MCKINNEY, Texas — Riding a 2-under par 70 from freshman James Newton on Monday, the University of Central Arkansas men’s golf team took the lead after the first round of the 2013 Southland Conference Men’s Golf Championship being played at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club.

Newton, from Macclesfield, England, eagled the par-5 third hole en route to his 2-under round, which puts him alone in first place at the Pete Dye Signature Course. Senior Austen Moix of Conway is tied for third after shooting a 2-over 74. Sophomore Pep Angles is tied for sixth with a 4-over 76, while freshman Jacob Oaks is tied for 20th (79) and junior Richard Farmer is 36th (86).

UCA (299) had a two-stroke lead over Southeastern Louisiana (301), followed by Lamar (307), Stephen F. Austin (313), Oral Roberts (317), Sam Houston State (319), Nicholls State (322) and McNeese State (325).

Newton was medalist at UCA’s past two tournaments leading up to the SLC Championships. UCA is the top-rated team entering the tournament, according to Golfstat rankings.

The teams will play 18 holes Tuesday and Wednesday.


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The University of Central Arkansas baseball team won its fourth straight Southland Conference series and set a program record for victories in NCAA Division I with an 8-7 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The Bears (28-10, 8-7) helped create a logjam in the SLC baseball race as seven teams are within two games of league-leading Stephen F. Austin. UCA is tied for sixth.

Senior Ethan McKinzie pitched a perfect ninth inning Sunday to help the Bears take the series, 2-1.

The Islanders (22-17, 9-6) rallied twice, including a four-run eighth inning, to make it close. But McKinzie came on as UCA’s fourth pitcher of the day and got consecutive ground ball outs to shortstop Justin Treece and then struck out Russell Vaughan swinging to end it.


JACKSON, Miss. – In a pair of high-scoring games, the Hendrix College softball team split with Millsaps College on the final day of the Southern Athletic Association regular season Sunday. The Warriors (21-17, 10-12) took the first game 11-1 in five innings, but the Majors (20-19, 11-13) responded to win the second game 12-10.

Millsaps earned the fourth seed at this weekend’s SAA Tournament in Danville, Ky. Hendrix clinched at least the fifth seed.

Ashley Halbert earned the win, allowing four hits, one run and a strikeout in five innings.


ATLANTA — The Hendrix College baseball team clinched the No. 4 seed in this week’s Southern Athletic Association tournament with a 9-1 victory over Oglethorpe on Sunday winning the series 1-1.

The Warriors improved to 19-20 overall and 10-10 in SAA play, while the Stormy Petrels fell to 13-25 and 7-14.

This weekend the Warriors will travel to Jackson, Miss., for the first phase of the tournament along with Millsaps, Oglethorpe and Sewanee.

(Sports information departments at UCA and Hendrix contributed to this report)