UAM suffers first loss
ARKADELPHIA — The University of Arkansas at Monticello softball team suffered its first loss of the 2014 season on Friday with a 7-3 setback to Central Missouri at Sully Anderson Field on the campus of Ouachita Baptist University.
The Jennies (1-1) jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the top of the first inning, highlighted by a solo home run Jakki Prater and an RBI double by Lauren Mabe. UCM added two more runs in the fifth taking advantage of a UAM fielding error and an RBI double from Emily King.
The Blossoms (2-1) took advantage of a UCM fielding error in the sixth to score all three runs in the inning.
Junior Katie Slaughter (1-1) took the loss for UAM after giving up three runs (two earned) off four hits with one strikeout and no walks in the first 2.2 innings.
The Blossoms are scheduled to return to action in the “Hurry Up” Softball Classic on Saturday at 11 a.m. against Lincoln.
Lady Reddies rally late for win
ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth-inning to beat Central Missouri 4-3, Friday at the Hurry Up Classic.
Trailing 3-0 after the Jennies scored two runs in the top of the inning, Ashlyn White led off the inning with a home run to right field to begin the comeback.
Kailey Johnson continued things for Henderson with her second hit of the game, a base-hit to center field. Morgan South then reached on an error with Johnson advancing to third on the play.
Alicia Zack tied the game at 3-3 when she laced a double to left center field to score South.
After Zack advanced to third on a wild pitch, Kayla Williams dropped down a bunt single to plate Zack and put Henderson on top 4-3.
Hannah Bender entered the game in relief of Cagen Medlock to pick up the win. Medlock, however, re-entered the game in the seventh to pick up the save.
In game two, Missouri Western pitcher Jackie Bishop struck out nine Lady Reddie batters and allowed five hits as the Griffons beat Henderson State 5-1.
Henderson’s lone run came in the third-inning on a solo home run by Tricia Hock.
Henderson State will next play a pair of games on Saturday with the Lady Reddies facing Lincoln University at 9 a.m., followed by a 3 p.m. start against Cameron at Dee White Field.
Hendrix drops first game
GEORGETOWN, Texas - Hendrix College lost the first game in program history 18-3 to Southwestern University on the road Friday night.
Freshman midfielder Kate Davis put the Warriors (0-1) up 2-0 with goals 1:49 and 4:10 into the game. The Pirates (1-0) answered with 12 straight goals to take a 12-2 lead at halftime. Southwestern tacked on four more goals in the second half, before Davis scored again with an assist from freshman midfielder Raychl Reger to make the game 16-3. The Pirates ended the game with two more scores in the final three minutes.
Davis scored all three goals for Hendrix on six shots to go with three caused turnovers. Freshman Rebecca Alexander came up with five saves in goal in the first half, and freshman Emily Rankin stopped three shots in the second half.
Hendrix will travel to Irving, Texas on Sunday to face the University of Dallas at 11 a.m.
Hendrix defeats BSC
CONWAY — Hendrix defeated Birmingham-Southern College 77-69 in Southern Athletic Association play at Grove Gymnasium on Friday evening.
The Warriors (9-11, 3-6) led most of the first half and took a 41-37 lead into the break. The Panthers (9-11, 5-4) closed the deficit to 60-59 with 6:38 left to play, but Hendrix answered with 13- 5 run over the next five plus minutes to go up 73-64 with 1:12 remaining and control the game.
Sophomore point guard Caitlin Kriesel-Bigler led the Orange & Black with 17 points, going 4-of-6 from deep territory, and five assists. Senior center Jamie Tate recorded 10 points, 16 rebounds and four assists and freshman guard Taylor Neal had 16 points and a pair of blocks. Freshman forward Anna King came off the bench for 13 points and sophomore forward Katy Gallien scored nine. Senior forward Katie Cougrhan chipped in eight points and senior forward Kaitlin McNeill had two points, six boards, three assists and block.
The Warriors will host Millsaps on Sunday in their final home game of the year.
Hendrix avenges earlier loss
CONWAY — Hendrix defeated Birmingham-Southern College 77-72 in Southern Athletic Association Competition at Grove Gymnasium on Friday evening.
The Warriors (9-11, 3-6) avenged a 33-point loss to the Panthers (12-7, 6-3) in Birmingham two weeks ago.
The first half saw five ties and 10 lead changes with Hendrix leading 38-37 at the break.
The second half was more of the same early with six more ties and 10 lead changes. BSC seemed to be in control when a pair of Ross Welch free throws put them up 60-53 with 11:13 to play. Hendrix answered with a 15-3 run, highlighted by eight points from junior forward Luke Vance, to put the Warriors up 68-63 with 3:24 remaining. A three-pointer by Larry Thomas with 46 seconds left cut BSC’s deficit to 74-72, but sophomore guard Jordan Barrett sunk a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left and sophomore guard Drew Nikolovski made one with seven seconds on the clock to secure the win for the Warriors.
Vance led the Orange & Black with a career-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting, to go with eight rebounds. Senior forward Colton Primm, who was honored before the game, recorded 18 points, six rebounds and tied the school record with five blocked shots. Barrett finished with 14 points. Sophomore guard Hank Aldous had seven points and three steals off the bench and freshman point guard Gabe Gumm recorded five points and dished out eight assists.
Hendrix will play their final home game of the seasons against Millsaps on Sunday at 3 p.m.