TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Arkansas Travelers brought an end to a 7-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Tulsa Drillers.
Pitcher Matt Shoemaker improved his record to 9-2, allowing one run and six hits over seven innings Sunday.
The victory was his fourth straight against Tulsa this season.
The Travs scored three runs in the first inning, including a 2-run double by Roberto Lopez.
Tulsa remains in first place in the Texas League North Division with a 15-14 second-half record, tied with Northwest Arkansas. The Travelers are a game behind at 14-15.
CAVE CITY — Shawn Walker and James Turner weighed in five fish totaling 12.55 pounds to win Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club night tournament on Lake Norfork, said Ron Watkins, tournament director.
That was the only place paid. Only five boats with a total of nine anglers competed, probably due to a conflict with another tournament, Watkins said.
A tie occurred for the biggest bass of the day when Chris Richardson and James Turner both weighed in 3.55-pounders.
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State has tapped an alumnus to lead the men’s and women’s track and field teams.
Athletics Director Dean Lee announced Thursday that former Campbell head coach and Tulane assistant coach Jim Patchell had been named to the post.
At Campbell, Patchell led the Camels men’s team to at least a third-place finish each of the past five years at the conference outdoor championships.
LITTLE ROCK — A Batesville man is among several lucky hunters whose names were drawn for Arkansas’ fifth season of alligator hunting. The season will get under way in September.
The following hunters, their hometown and zone have been selected to participate in the 2011 alligator hunting season:
Paul Willmuth of Batesville is eligible to hunt in Zone 3, a private land at-large zone.
Tracy McMahan of Batesville participated in the 2010 hunt and bagged a 9-foot-long alligator.
A meeting to discuss proper hydration for the Cave City seventh grade, junior high and senior high football teams is scheduled for Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
Coaches will inform parents and guardians how to prepare their children for upcoming football practices in extreme temperatures.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas has announced kickoff times for three non-conference games for the 2011 season.
The season opener on Sept. 3 in Fayetteville against Missouri State will start at 6 p.m.
The Sept. 10 game against New Mexico at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium will also kickoff at 6 p.m. That game is to be televised on ESPNU.
On Sept. 17, the Troy game at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville is to start at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised by CSS.
JONESBORO — The Sun Belt Conference announced Monday that the Arkansas State-Western Kentucky football game scheduled for Oct. 1 will be televised by the Sun Belt Network. Kickoff time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Ky.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Ryan Mallett’s replacement as Arkansas’ starting quarterback will have no shortage of playmakers at his disposal.
There’s Knile Davis, a 1,300-yard rusher. And Greg Childs, Joe Adams, Jarius Wright, Cobi Hamilton are one of the nation’s best receiving corps.
The quarterback — whether it’s Tyler Wilson or Brandon Mitchell — will have the luxury of at least five go-to guys, not just one, for defenses to focus on.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Two Northwest Arkansas pitchers combined to no-hit the Arkansas Travelers and the Naturals turned a triple play in a 1-0 win.
Northwest Arkansas’ Will Smith went seven innings for the win. Kelvin Herrera threw two perfect innings for the save in Tuesday night’s game in North Little Rock.
Smith walked two to start the sixth before Arkansas’ Alberto Rosario grounded into a third to second to first triple play.
The no-hitter and triple play are both the first in Northwest Arkansas’ three-year history.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes defeated swim clubs from Heber Springs and Pocahontas to take top honors at Saturday’s meet here.
Winning 36 of the 80 events, the Torpedoes combined to score a total of 547 points from the female and male divisions. Pocahontas finished second with 350 total points, and the host team took last place with 331.
LOCUST GROVE — Driver Gary Sallas was competing in the second heat of the front-wheel drive race at Batesville Motor Speedway Friday night when his car became engulfed in flames.
Sallas was attempting to maneuver around a car driven by fellow racer Ronnie Jones just before the explosion occurred, said wife Misty Sallas.
“His car went up against the wall, and that caused his fuel tank to rupture,” she said. “Sparks from his car rubbing up against the wall ignited the fumes causing a huge explosion. He looked like a big ball of fire when I saw him get out of the car.”