Bears sweep SLC softball awards

The University of Central Arkansas swept the Southland Conference’s weekly awards as Sarah Bigej was named the conference’s Hitter of the Week and Armstrong was named the conference Pitcher of the Week.

Bigej was a huge part of a Central Arkansas offense that outscored its opponents 67-9 in six games this week. She hit .471 with five extra-base hits and 12 RBI. Bigej reached base in five of the six games the Bears played. Saturday, she went 6-for-11 with nine RBI, four runs scored, two triples, a double and a home run. Against UAPB, she was 4-for-4, hitting two triples and a double on her way to five RBI.

Armstrong went 4-0, throwing 19.2 innings with an ERA of 0.71. She struck out more than two batters per inning, with a 20-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Armstrong struck out at least 12 batters in all three of her starts, adding three more on six batters faced in a relief appearance. On Saturday against Grambling State, Armstrong threw the second no-hitter of her career and came up an error short of a perfect game.

Conway boys tie Springdale in soccer

The Conway boys soccer team opened the season Friday night with a 1-1 tie against Springdale, the defending 7A state champions.

It was a benefit game for the Arkansas Activities Association’s catastrophic insurance fund.

After a scoreless first half, Springdale scored eight minutes into the second half off a deflection from a Conway defender.

With six minutes left, Conway had a free kick from 40 yards out. Matthew Williams took the kick and placed the ball inside the goal box and Geoff Gough was fouled on the attempted header. Senior Victor Ramirez sent the resulting penalty kick into the back of the net to tie the score at 1-1.

The Cats will play Christian Brothers Academy at 5 p.m. Friday at John McConnell Stadium.

Bears rout Delta Devils

The University of Central Arkansas Bears hit their first two home runs of the season and romped past Mississippi Valley State 19-3 on Tuesday afternoon at Bear Stadium.

Senior Forrestt Allday, this week’s Southland Conference Hitter of the Week, hit a three-run blast to left center in the seventh inning. Junior Doug Votolato had another three-run shot to right field in the third inning as UCA tallied 11 hits off four Delta Devil pitchers.

Allday finished 3 for 5 with four RBI and two runs scored and made a spectacular diving catch in right field. Votolato was 1 for 3 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. UCA starter Ethan McKinzie went six innings, allowing 5 hits and no earned runs for his first victory of the season.

UCA (7-1) is 7-0 at home this season.

UCA golfers 7th
at Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The University of Central Arkansas women’s golf team picked up two spots in the final round of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Classic on Tuesday to finish seventh at the Corpus Christi Country Club.

Senior Julia Roth tied for ninth overall, shooting 78-76-154 in the weather-shortened tournament. Sophomore Malin Senneryd tied for 21st with rounds of 84-75-159. Freshman Sarah Brown and junior Carly Dear tied for 40th, with Brown shooting 84-80_164 and Dear posting 86-78-164. Freshman Frida Svensson shot 91-82-173 and was 66th.

Lamar won the tournament (616), followed by Oral Roberts (619), Missouri State (622), Sam Houston State (626), North Texas (631), A&M-CC (640), UCA (641), Oklahoma City (642), Houston Baptist and Bradley (648), Stephen F. Austin (651), McClennan CC (652), Texas-Pan American (673) and Texas A&M-Kingsville (687).