The University of Central Arkansas beach volleyball team made a rousing debut this weekend at the Austin Peay Governors Duals at the Franklin Beach House at Franklin, Tenn.
Playing their inaugural four games, the Sugar Bears lost only one set and were 20-0 in sweeping four matches against Carson-Newman, UT-Martin, Missouri Baptist and host Austin Peay.
Saturday, the Bears closed out the tournament with a pair of 5-0 victories over Missouri Baptist and Austin Peay.
Against Missouri Baptist, Hailey Tippett and Stehanie Pullnow won, 21-10, 19-21, 15-8. Kate Elman-Heather Schnars won, 21-18, 21-9. Other victories were by MC Rogers-Kristine Hjembo, 21-11, 21-18; Kellen Dunn-Mackenzie Dear, 21-14, 21-7; and Abbie Henry-Amy South, 21-13, 23-21.
Against Austin Peay, Tippett-Pullnow won, 21-12, 21-17. Elman-Schnars won, 21-12, 21-11; Rogers-Hjembo, 21-11, 21-18; Dunn-Dear by 21-14, 21-7; Henry-South by 21-13, 23-21.
UCA next plays at the ULM Bayou Bash in Monroe, La,, beginning March 31.
Incarnate Word held off the UCA baseball team Saturday, 9-8, to even the three-game series characterized by offense.
The Cardinals (12-8) got 15 hits. The Bears (8-12, 1-4) got nine, including a three-run double by Eddie Sanchez and a 3-for-5 effort by Hunter Strong.
Friday night, the Bears got a pair of seven-run innings on the way to a 15-10 victory.
The Bears (8-11, 1-3) got a grand slam in the sixth inning from Keaton Presley that helped push the UCA lead to 15-6. Hunter Strong had a leadoff home run in the same inning, UCA’s first long ball since Feb. 28.
The rubber game of the series is Sunday afternoon.
On Military Appreciation Day Saturday at Farris Field, the UCA softball team (9-20, 2-4) defeated Incarnate Word (5-23, 1-5) to take the three-game series.
Kayla Gomness (6-8) picked up the win. Kayla Crutchner was 3 for 4 and scored three runs. Kaylyn Shepherd was 2 for 3 and Kate Myers had two RBI.
The Bears and the Cardinals split a doubleheader Friday night with UCA winning the first game, 5-0, and Incarnate Word the second, 5-4.
In the opener, Gomness (5-8) picked up the win with her eighth complete game of the season. She limited the Cardinals to just six hits while striking out four.
Incarnate Word built a 4-0 lead in the second game before turning back a UCA rally.
On the day, Brianna Whisenhunt went 4-for-7 with two runs and an RBI, while Heather Pratt was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a walk. Hill also tallied multiple hits, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI.
William Woods took a 1-0 victory over Central Baptist College on Saturday to take the three-game series at Conway Christian’s Victory Field, 2-1.
The teams managed just six hits between them.
The Owls’ Ryan Phillips worked all nine innings and giving up no runs on three hits with two walks while striking out 11.
Brian Moreno recorded the loss for the Mustangs giving up the lone run in 4.2 innings of work. Moreno gave up two hits, walked three and struck out five.
Alex St. Pierre got the single that scored Jansen Smith for the Owls.
Cole Johnson gave the Mustangs three strong innings, giving up a hit, walking two and striking out two. Jose Delmar closed the game walking one and striking out two in a little over one inning of work.
The teams split a baseball doubleheader Friday.
The Mustangs won the first game 9-4 but dropped the evening game, 16-4.
Santez Richardson was 2 for 3 for the Mustangs in the first game with two runs and four RBI. L’Donta Howard and Jalin Lawson also had two hits and two RBI. Deonta Howard had two hits.
Caulin Cragle picked up the win pitching five innings allowing three runs on seven hits, with two walks and four strikeouts
Hannibal-LaGrange swept a doubleheader from Central Baptist College, 9-7 and 5-2, Friday at City of Colleges Park.
Hunter Clark was 4 for 4 for CBC in the first game. Whitney Wade was 3 for 4 with three RBI.
Clark, Raquel Westerman, Beth Jones, Rachel Lawson and Allison Skelton all recorded hits for the Lady Mustangs in Game 2.
Hendrix and Sewanee split a doubleheader Saturday with the Tigers taking the first game, 4-3 and the Warriors winning the second, 4-2 at Warrior Field
Drew Judson had three hits for the Warriors in the opener. Josh Walker was 2 for 4.
Colin Brown scattered eight hits in 6.2 innings in the seven-inning second game. Brian Epstein got the save.
At Memphis, Hendrix and Rhodes split a doubleheader. The Warriors won the second game, 10-3, after losing the opener, 10-5.
Karlie Sewell had a three-run home run in the first game for the Warriors.
Hendrix had a 13-hit attack in the nightcap. Brianna Carlisle was 2 for 5 with three RBI. Morgan Maida had three hits. Nikki Sanders hit a three-run home run. WInning pitcher Emily Stockalper, the winning pitcher, had a triple.