The Conway baseball team defeated Benton, 9-7, Tuesday to reach Wednesday night’s finals in the Central Arkansas Invitational tournament.

The Cats, who got a grand slam home run by Grayson Pinkett, trailed 7-6 before they rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh.

Conway, which played Springdale for the title, Wednesday night, defeated Watson Chapel and Sylvan Hills earlier in the tournament.


Central Baptist College’s baseball team (27-5), ranked No. 1 in the National Christian College Athletic Association’s baseball poll for the third week in a row, swept Mid-American Christian in a doubleheader Tuesday, 4-3 and 8-1,

Santez Richardson racked up four RBI on two hits for the Mustangs in the first game. He homered in the first inning and doubled in the third inning.

Kale Fultz struck out 10 and allowed two earned runs on six hits.

The Mustangs never trailed after scoring two runs in the first on a two-run home run by Richardson.

In the final game, the Mustangs scored three runs in the third inning on an error and a home run by Jalin Lawson. CBC scored four runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Santez Richardson and a two-run home run by Austin Kuchinski.

Jalin Lawson racked up two RBI on two hits with a home run.

Dillon Cates got the win in allowing one earned runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Three Mustangs hit .400 on the day, Seth McLemore (2-5, one RBI, three runs), Brent Bunker (2-5) and Austin Kuchinski (2-5, two RBI, one run, home run). Richardson was 3 for 5, five RBI, one run, one home run).


At Clermont, Fla., the Hendrix College softball team opened its six-game trip to The Spring Games at Legends Way Ballpark with a pair of wins on Tuesday.

The Warriors (12-12) defeated the University of Northwestern Ohio (9-8) 13-2 in five innings, then defeated NCAA Division II member Saint Michael’s College (1-9), 4-1. Anderson now has seven homers on the season, breaking the school record of six that was held by Christina Byler in 2010 and 2011 and Jaclyn Herrera in 2010.

Emily Stockalper struck out six and allowed six hits in the second game.


At Arkadelphia, Henderson State (12-16) scored three times in the third inning, then held off Hendrix (12-11) for a 5-3 baseball victory Tuesday.

Reddie starter Kris Priddy (1-0) held the Warriors (12-11) hitless while only allowing three walks and striking out three through seven innings.

The Warriors loaded the bases in the top of the ninth against closer Nick Vanthillo, but he was able to induce a double play and get a ground out for his fourth save of the year.


At San Marcos, Texas, the University of Central Arkansas tennis team won all six singles matches in a 6-1 victory Tuesday over Texas State.

Marli Van Heerden, Xylia Xiang, Krizia Buck, Amiru Shimoguchi, Rada Manatatweewat and Qili Ma all won matches.


At Boosier City, La., the Hendrix College men’s golf team placed seventh at the Hal Sutton Invitational, hosted by Centenary College at The Golf Club at StoneBridge.

Junior Kevin Austrian tied for 10th with a 76-78-154 for his second tournament top 10 of the season.

The women finished sixth. Junior Ashley Baker led Hendrix with a 110-108-218, placing 25th.

(CBC, UCA and Hendrix Sports Information Departments contributed to this report)