UAPB’s Wieland named to Bench Award watch list

WICHITA, Kan. — Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior catcher Michael Wieland has been named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List as announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission on Thursday.

The annual award is given to the top collegiate catcher.

The Rock Island, Ill., native has accumulated 50 hits, 16 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, and 34 RBI while hitting a combined .254 over the past two seasons.

The watch list features 72 catchers nominated for the award by their respective head coach. The watch list will be updated to feature other candidates on May 5 before being narrowed down to semifinalists on May 15.

Lady Lions softball splits at invitational

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lacie Sutterfield pitched a complete game and the Arkansas-Pine Bluff softball team came back to beat Saint Louis, 3-2, in its opener at the Tiger Invitational at Tennessee State.

The Lady Lions fell in their second game of the tournament, 6-0, to the host Tigers.

Sutterfield (2-7) gave up two runs (both earned) on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts to beat Saint Louis (8-4).

Jasmine Hardwrick led the Lady Lions’ offense going 2-for-3 with all three RBIs.

Hardwrick and Maria Aguilar each had a pair of hits in the loss to Tennessee State (8-15).

Rolanda Murry (0-4) took the loss for UAPB (2-13). She allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits with six walks and a strikeout over six innings.

Weevils shut out by Tigers

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist starting pitcher Davis Ward threw eight scoreless innings and tallied nine strikeouts to defeat the 11th-ranked Arkansas-Monticello baseball team by a final score of 4-0 on Friday at Rab Rogers Field.

The Tigers (10-9, 5-5 Great American Conference) scored one in the first, two in the fifth on a two-run triple from Parker Norris and added their final run in the eighth.

UAM (14-6, 6-4) left 12 runners on base in the loss, including bases loaded in the eighth and ninth innings.

Both teams totaled seven hits in the contest. The Boll Weevils were led by senior Ben Agredano’s 2-for-4 outing at the plate. OBU’s Jace Melby went 3-for-4.

OBU’s Davis Ward (5-0) kept his perfect record intact by allowing no runs off six hits with nine strikeouts and three walks in the first three innings. Junior Logan Johnson (3-2) took the loss for UAM after allowing three runs off five hits with four strikeouts and one walk in the first 6 2/3 innings.

The two squads close out the three-game GAC series on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at noon in Arkadelphia.


Grizzlies edge Bulls

CHICAGO — Marc Gasol registered 18 points and 10 rebounds to guide the Memphis Grizzlies to a gritty 85-77 win over the Chicago Bulls.

Mike Miller went 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and scored 14 for the Grizzlies, who have won eight of their last 11 games. Mike Conley and Kosta Koufos both had 12 points, while Zach Randolph totaled 10 points and 11 boards in his return to the lineup. Randolph did not play against the Nets Wednesday because of flu-like symptoms.

"We played good basketball, we played good defense," Randolph said. "We got stops when we needed stops. Marc had a great game. It was a team win."

Taj Gibson had 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter for Chicago, which had its five-game home winning streak broken. Joakim Noah ended with 15 points, eight boards and six assists.

Royals’ Hochevar to have Tommy John surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Kansas City Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar will undergo Tommy John surgery, according to MLB.com.

Hochevar felt a twinge in his elbow during Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. An MRI taken Tuesday revealed a sprain in Hochevar’s right elbow, and the team expected him to be out until at least late May.

The right-hander will now miss all of the 2014 season.

Hochevar was moved to the bullpen last season and posted a 5-2 record with a 1.92 earned run average over 58 appearances, but expected to compete for the fifth spot in the Royals starting rotation.

Hochevar suffered a similar injury in 2010, but it did not require surgery.


Four share lead at windy Doral

MIAMI — Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan all carded 2-over 74s on Friday and they share the lead after two rounds at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Those three were joined atop the leaderboard at 1-under-par 143 by fellow American Patrick Reed, who carded a 3-over 75 at windy Doral.

Jamie Donaldson had the low round of the day with his 2-under 70. That helped him climb into a tie for fifth at even-par 144. He stands alongside Graeme McDowell (71), Francesco Molinari (75) and Rory McIlroy (74).