Hunters goes hitless in Detroit’s win

DETROIT — Pine Bluff native Torii Hunter went 0 for 4 with a strikeout in Monday’s season opener between Detroit and Kansas City.

Alex Gonzalez lined an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Tigers a 4-3 victory over the Royals in Brad Ausmus’ first game since replacing Jim Leyland.

Victor Martinez homered for Detroit, and Justin Verlander was sharp aside from a three-run fourth.

The series continues today with a noon start.

UAPB drops series to TSU

Texas Southern scored four runs in the top of the 10th and held off a rally by Arkansas-Pine Bluff as the Tigers defeated the Golden Lions 9-8 Sunday to win the three game series.

UAPB (8-19, 8-3 SWAC) had a 5-4 lead after eight complete, but TSU (10-16, 7-3) scored a run in the top of the ninth to tie the game. TSU took a 9-5 lead in the top of the ninth and UAPB nearly came back after scoring three runs in the bottom of the 10th.

UAPB also scored two runs in the first and three in the eighth. TSU scored one run in the fourth, one in the seventh and two in the eighth.

Jaron Gold is tagged with his first loss of the season after giving up three runs (all earned) on two hits in the top of the 10th.

Starter Kyle Schwartz lasted 6 1/3 and allowed just two runs (unearned) on six hits with no walks and no strikeouts.

For TSU, Larry Romero is credited with the win. He pitched 2 1/3 and gave up three runs (all earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

Tyler Oertle led UAPB offensively, finishing the day 1 for 5 with three RBIs. Mike Wieland was 2 for 5 with two runs scored and Isias Alcantar was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Jordan Haas was 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored.

For TSU, Jerry Ford II was 4 for 5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Andrew Garza was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

UAPB will play at Ole Miss on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and will return home on April 8 for a single game against Lyon College.

Matthews leads Blossoms in Sunday split

ADA, Okla. — Junior Sara Matthews combined for three homeruns and seven runs batted in to lead Arkansas-Monticello in a doubleheader split on the road against East Central on Sunday. UAM won the first game 9-3 and lost the second game 10-3.

UAM (22-17, 13-13 GAC) junior Katie Slaughter earned the complete-game victory, giving up four runs off five hits with four strikeouts and no walks in seven innings of work.

The Lady Tigers scored four runs in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth and one in the fifth, highlighted by two-run homeruns from Gena Mengwasser in the third and fourth innings.

Junior Lacy Blanchard took the loss for UAM after giving up five runs (three earned) off three hits in the first two innings.

The Cotton Blossoms are back in action Friday and Saturday with a four-game home stand against Southeastern Oklahoma State.


Arkansas drops finale at Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Arkansas baseball team dropped the series finale at No. 13 Mississippi State on Sunday, falling 5-1 at Dudy Noble Field.

Chris Oliver suffered the loss for the Razorbacks (17-10, 4-5 SEC), lasting 6 1/3 innings and giving up four runs on seven hits, while walking one and striking out three. Colin Poché and Jacob Stone came on in relief and combined to work 1 2/3 innings and not allow an earned run.

Brian Anderson led the way at the plate with two hits for his team-leading ninth multi-hit game of the year, while four other players recorded single hits.

The Razorbacks return to action with five games in five days, playing host to Nebraska today and Wednesday.


Wainwright dazzles as Cards blank Reds

CINCINNATI — Yadier Molina homered for the game’s only run and Adam Wainwright fired seven splendid innings to help the St. Louis Cardinals begin defense of their National League pennant with a 1-0 victory at Great American Ball Park.

Wainwright (1-0) held the Reds to three singles and racked up nine strikeouts while working around four walks to barely outperform counterpart Johnny Cueto in a terrific Opening Day pitchers’ duel and spoil the debut of new Reds manager Bryan Price.

The two aces were engaged in a scoreless deadlock that Molina broke with a one-out homer in the top of the seventh.

Cueto (0-1) was otherwise outstanding as well, yielding just three hits and the game’s only run while fanning eight over his seven-inning stint.

Molina and Matt Adams each collected two hits for St. Louis, which managed just five as a team.