FAYETTEVILLE — The Arkansas Razorbacks’ offensive head coach is ready to talk defense.
Bobby Petrino, the offensive play-caller, knows last year’s defense generally was shy of the stoutness required in the SEC, but improved over 2008 and some of that strength showed in the Razorbacks’ Liberty Bowl victory over East Carolina.
SEARCY — The Searcy Lady Lions shut out the Batesville Lady Pioneers here Friday, winning this nonconference softball contest 10-0 in five innings.
Searcy pitcher Amber Rollins gave up just one hit in five innings while striking out 10, walking one and hitting one batter.
Alex Davidson provided Batesville’s one hit — a triple in the second inning. Davidson was thrown out at home plate.
For Searcy, Nila Navarro and Emily Ford each hit a triple and a double.
Batesville pitcher Angela Woods gave up 13 hits and two walks.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville Pioneers lost in the championship game of the CenturyLink Classic here Saturday, but they won three games and may have found some more players over the weekend.
“I feel better about the team,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said. “Offensively and on the mound, we had some bright spots.”
The Kickapoo Chiefs of Springfield, Mo., defeated the Pioneers 6-2 in a championship game that was stopped after six innings on the tournament’s 2-hour time limit for games.
On their first visit to Batesville, the Trumann Lady Wildcats found just the right formula for an Orange Crush Classic championship.
They finished off the day with an 8-2 victory over the Midland Lady Mustangs in the rain at the Batesville Recreation Complex. The game was stopped after five innings by the 80-minute time limit.
To reach the title game, the Lady Wildcats defeated the Rivercrest Lady Colts 11-0 in three innings, the South Side Bee Branch Lady Hornets 11-6 and the Rose Bud Lady Ramblers 9-6 in eight innings.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kim Sitzmann scored a season-high 21 points and Arkansas-Little Rock won its NCAA tournament debut, stunning Georgia Tech.
Arkansas-Little Rock (27-6) was so unsure of making the 64-team tournament field that it didn’t hold a formal viewing party last Monday. The Trojans, who had a 21-game winning streak snapped in the Sun Belt Conference tournament title game, received one of the last at-large bids.
Brigitte Ardossi scored 26 points for Georgia Tech (23-10), which fell to 2-6 all-time in NCAA tournament play.
NEWARK — The Cotter Lady Warriors edged the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves 7-6 in a Class 2A-2 softball game here Friday.
Danielle Stephenson led Cotter’s offense and was also the winning pitcher. She slapped two doubles and scored a run. Teammates Kayla Boyce and Rachel Hall each added a double and two singles.
Cedar Ridge’s statistical information was not provided by press time.
Softball games for today involving Cave City and Hillcrest were called off due to wet field conditions in Tuckerman. Tuckerman was scheduled to host the two for a 3-game set.
BRADFORD — The Midland Mustangs put up football-like numbers in a nonconference clobbering of the Bradford Eagles here Friday afternoon.
Midland scored seven runs in the first inning, eight in the second, three in the third and 11 in the fifth en route to a 29-6, run-rule shortened win.
Bradford sent five across in the second and one more in the third.
The Mustangs (6-2) recorded 20 hits. Cade Skidmore led the squad with two home runs, a double and five runs batted in. Skylar Litaker, Josh Thomas, Jon Farrar, Logan Smith and Drew Fortson slapped three hits each.
LOCUST GROVE — The TrackTek Spring Street Stock Nationals was rained out after 15 minutes Saturday night and it’s been rescheduled for June 3, Batesville Motor Speedway owner and promoter Mooney Starr said.
Friday night’s qualifying slate was completed. Listed below are the top two finishers from each heat:
Heat 1 — Richie Tosh, Peyton Taylor; 2 — Tommy New, Kevin Salter; 3 — Robbie Arnold, Tyler Baker; 4 — David Hendrix, Dee Kelly; 5 — Stan Lewis, Brian Ritchie; 6 — Jared Wagster, Buddy Parks; 7 — Chuck McGinty, Joe Payne
Pole position dash
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Louis Dale scored 26 points and Ryan Wittman added 24, helping 12th-seeded Cornell dominate No. 4 seed Wisconsin 87-69 on Sunday to reach the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for the first time.
The Big Red entered the tourney with no victories in four previous appearances and upset fifth-seeded Temple in the opening round. They are the first Ivy League team to advance to the round of 16 since Penn in 1979.
Next up, top-seeded Kentucky in the East Regional semifinals.
VALLEY VIEW — The Valley View Lady Blazers and Blazers blanked the visitors from Southside in 4A-3 Conference action here Thursday.
The Lady Blazers led 3-0 at halftime and matched that in the second half for a 6-0 decision.
Southside’s Adrianna Jeffery recorded 33 saves. The Lady Southerners fell to 0-6-1 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
The Blazers led 1-0 at halftime and won 5-0.
Southerner goalie Brandon Ritter wad credited with 30 saves.
The Southerners fell to 3-5 and 0-2.
Lyon’s baseball doubleheaders with Avila University on Saturday and Sunday have been canceled due to travel concerns and the threat of rainy weather, Lyon’s sports information department announced.
Lyon’s softball team will also remain off the field this weekend as Saturday’s conference doubleheader at Mid-Continent has been postponed due to the threat of bad weather. It has been rescheduled for April 13 at 2 p.m. in Mayfield, Ky.
The Central Baptist at Lyon doubleheader originally scheduled for April 13, has been nixed to accommodate the trip to Mid-Continent.
POCAHONTAS — Despite only four hits, the Pocahontas Redskins were able to squeak out a 5-4 win over the Cave City Cavemen in nonconference baseball action here Thursday.
That was thanks in large part to four errors by the Cavemen. None of Pocahontas’ runs were earned.
Jacob Odom pitched the first 3 2/3 innings and struck out four and walked three. William Boyd provided relief and struck out two and walked one in 2 1/3 innings.
Jeremy Johnson hit two for two with a run batted in. Dalton Bell added a 2-run single in the first inning.