UCA baseball team opens at home

On the heels of a record-setting and championship season, the University of Central Arkansas baseball team will begin the 2014 campaign at Bear Stadium with a three-game weekend series against Missouri State.

UCA was 42-22 last season. The Bears rallied from a midseason slump to win the Southland Conference tournament title, then advanced to an NCAA regional title game, losing to eventual national runner-up Mississippi State.

The Bears will play Missouri State in a 3 p.m. game Friday, a 2 p.m. contest Saturday and a 1 p.m. contest Sunday.

UCA basketball teams hit road again

The University of Central Arkansas basketball teams will head south for road games Friday and Sunday.

The Bears and Sugar Bears will take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Thursday night before traveling to Houston to play Houston Baptist on Saturday afternoon.

The UCA women (15-7, 9-2) will be trying to protect a one-game lead over Lamar (8-3) in the SLC race. The Islanders, who lost at home to the Sugar Bears earlier in the season, are 12-11, 5-7.

The A&M-Corpus Christi men are 11-14 but stand third in the SLC men’s race at 8-4.

The UCA men are in 11th place at 3-8, 6-16.

Homeschool tourney begins in Conway

The 2014 State Homeschool Basketball Tournament, involving 44 teams in seven age divisions, will begin at noon Thursday at the McGee Community Center.

The tournament, sponsored by the Faulkner County Homeschool Athletic Association, will feature 55 games Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Competition will be in 18U, 16U, 14U, 12U for boys and girls and 10U for girls.

UCA women 10th in golf tourney

BROUSSARD, La. — The University of Central Arkansas women’s golf team shot 317 in the second round of the McNeese State Le Triomphe Collegiate Invitational on Monday, finishing 10th overall as Tuesday’s final round was canceled due to wet conditions.

Sophomore Sarah Brown tied for 24th after rounds of 77-78-155. Senior Carly Dear was close behind, tied for 26th (78-78-156), while junior Kendra Mann shot 79-79- 158) and tied for 34th. Junior Malin Senneryd tied for 47th (79-82-161) and sophomore Frida Svensson tied for 76th (83-86-169).

Louisiana Monroe topped the field at 599, followed by Houston Baptist (604), Grand Canyon (612), Lamar (621), McNeese State Blue and Stephen F. Austin (622), Sam Houston State (626), Arkansas State (627), South Alabama (628), UCA (630), Oral Roberts (633), New Orleans (642), Incarnate Word (647), McNeese State Gold (648), Texas Pan American (652), McLennan CC (662), Valparaiso (671) and UAB (672).