The University of Central Arkansas softball team will celebrate the careers of seven senior during a three-game series against Southeastern Louisiana this weekend.
Tylor Dodson, Kayla Gomness, Bailey Reynolds, Hannah Stirton, and Briana Whisenhunt, junior Randi Wallace, and student assistant Taylor Kuhn will play their final regular-season home games.
Dodson, a first baseman from Welch, Oklahoma, has seen action in 94 games while making 20 starts for the Bears.
Gomness, a pitcher from Lemoore, California, has thrown in 104 games, making 56 starts, while compiling a record of 27-26 with five saves.
Reynolds, a catcher from Greenbrier, Arkansas, has seen action in 139 games while making 69 starts. She has tallied 18 doubles, one triple, and five home runs while scoring 23 runs and driving in 40. She has worn Michelle Short’s No. 13 jersey, given to a UCA player that is in good academic standing, this season. Reynolds will graduate with a degree in accounting.
Stirton, an outfielder from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been a mainstay in left field over the past four year, playing 218 games and making 216 starts. She is the UCA record holder for times hit by a pitch.
Wallace, in infielder from Madera Ranchos, California, has played in 59 games while making 13 starts during her career. She is a career .318 hitter.
Kuhn, from Conway, played one season for the Bears before moving into a student assistant role, where she has helped the team in all facets of the game.
The Bears will have an on-field graduation ceremony prior to Friday’s first game at 3:45 p.ml Senior Day ceremonies at will be at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday.
On the field, the Bears (17-30, 7-11 SLC) will look to make up some ground the Southland Conference standings, where they currently sit ninth, one-and-a-half games back of the final spot in the upcoming SLC Tournament. Southeastern Louisiana (22-22, 9-9 SLC) is currently in fifth place in the conference standings, tied with Sam Houston State.
First pitch for Friday’s doubleheader is set for 4 p.m, while Saturday’s game will begin at noon.
Central Baptist College will now be playing the Crowley’s Ridge Pioneers on Mondayat Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little ROck due to a conference scheduling conflict with the Harding Bisons.
Tickets are available in the CBC Business Office, at the gate or online at cbc.edu/dickey-stephens.
Hendrix (17-20) swept a doubleheader from University of the Ozarks (9-24) by 12-6 and 8-7, at Warrior Field on Wednesday night.
Freshman starter Josh Gonzales (2-1) earned the win in the first game with two strikeouts and two hits allowed in two scoreless innings.
Matthew Lillard was 3 for 4 with two RBI, a double and a home run. Drew Judson had four RBI.
With Lillard’s three RBI in the second game he brokeForgerson’s 2009 single-season program record with 47 RBI this year. Lillard recorded a double to go with his sixth home run of the year.