Matt Strickland allowed one hit over four innings of relief in recording his second victory of the week Friday, helping Conway to an 11-6 victory over Fort Smith Southside in baseball at Wampus Cat Field.

The Cats (3-1 in 7A/6A Central) had 12 hits. Southside fell to 2-3 in conference.

Cade Jones had two hits, including a three-run home run for Conway. Conner Williams also had three RBIs.


FOUNTAIN LAKE — Mayflower (10-2) took a 12-2 mercy-rule victory Friday night over Fountain Lake.

The Eagles would take a 1-0 lead in the first on hits by Drew Duncan, Tyler Herrin and an RBI single from Trey Bradley. Mayflower would added two more in the second on a two-RBI hit from Jordan Burns. Mayflower added another run in the third and then four in the fourth with two RBIs each from Herrin and Bradley to give the Eagles an 8-0 lead. Burns added two RBIs in the fifth to make it a 10-0 lead.

Burns carried a no hitter into the bottom of the fifth before giving up three hits and two runs. Mayflower added two more runs in the sixth with RBIs from Bradley and Tyler Godwin.

Jordan Burns struck out eight and allowed three hits. The Eagles were led at the plate by Herrin who went 3 for 3 with two RBIs and Bradley, who went 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Jordan Burns also went 2-for-3 with four RBIs.

In JV action, the Eagles won 8-0. Dakota Brown recorded the win and Austin Grundy went 2-for-2 with two RBIs.


LAKE CHARLES — McNeese State’s Cowgirls gunned downed the University of Central Arkansas in a sweep of a softball doubleheader Saturday.

McNeese State (26-10, 10-3) won the first game, 4-0, then scored four unearned runs in the second game to take a 4-2 victory over the Bears (17-24, 7-6).

The two teams will wrap up the series Sunday.


Southeastern Louisiana junior Andro Cuturo held the University of Central Arkansas Bears to three hits Friday night in a 6-0 shutout in Southland Conference action at Bear Stadium.

Cuturo (5-1) struck out seven and walked just one in the complete-game victory. UCA freshman designated hitter Joey Pinney had two of UCA’s three hits, with a second-inning double and a fourth-inning single. After Carson Dowdle’s base hit in the fifth inning, Cuturo did not allow another base runner until Austin White walked with two out in the ninth.

UCA senior Bryce Biggerstaff (2-3), in his first start since an elbow injury last month, allowed eight hits and three earned runs in 7 2/3 innings. SLU (19-11, 6-4) finished with 10 hits, including two each from Jameson Fisher and Jacob Williams.

The Lions, who broke UCA’s five-game home winning streak, scored single runs in the third and fourth innings, then added four more to put the game away in the eighth.

The Bears (16-11, 5-5) were playing without three players and an assistant coach, who were serving suspensions for their involvement in Tuesday night’s incident that took place in the Arkansas-Little Rock game. UCA head coach Allen Gum also served a voluntary one-game suspension Friday night.