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BASE­BALL Bryant loses World Se­ries opener

The Bryant Black Sox fell to Lewis­ton, Idaho, 4-0 in their Amer­i­can Le­gion World Se­ries opener Thurs­day af­ter­noon in Shelby, N.C.

Lewis­ton scored three runs in the top of the sixth in­ning to take a 3-0 lead.

Alex Light walked and AJ Davis was hit by a pitch by Bryant start­ing pitcher Aaron Oren­der to lead off the sixth in­ning. With run­ners at first and third and one out, Light stole home and Davis ad­vanced to sec­ond, giv­ing Lewis­ton a 1-0 lead.

Four bat­ters later, Oren­der hit Chris Pow­ell with the bases loaded and Lewis­ton led 2-0. Kolt Olson then hit a RBI single, scor­ing Chase Ad­ki­son for a 3-0 ad­van­tage.

Lewis­ton ex­tended its lead to 4-0 in the top of the sev­enth in­ning when Light came home on a throw­ing er­ror by Bryant cen­ter fielder Lo­gan Allen.

Oren­der took the loss 1for the Black Sox, al­low­ing 4 runs,

3 earned, on 9 hits in 6 /3 in­nings. He struck out three and walked two.

Alex Shurtl­eff led Bryant of­fen­sively, go­ing 2 for 4. The Black Sox were out­hit 10-8.

Bryant, which won the Mid-South Re­gional on Sun­day in New Or­leans, con­tin­ues round-robin play at 10:30 a.m. Cen­tral on Satur­day against Hopewell, N.J.


ASU’s Napier fal­ters on fi­nal day

Arkansas State se­nior Tan­ner Napier shot a 5-over 75 on Thurs­day and fin­ished in a tie for 16th place at 1-over 281 at the Cana­dian Men’s Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship in Mis­sis­sauga, On­tario.

Napier bo­geyed three of the first five holes, then added con­sec­u­tive bo­geys on holes 9 through 11. His only birdie of the round came on the par-5 16th hole. For the tour­na­ment, Napier went 6 un­der on par-5s, played the par-4s at even par and went 7 over on the par-3s. His 281 to­tal left him three strokes away from a top-10 fin­ish.

Zach Bau­cho of For­est, Va., won the tour­na­ment af­ter shoot­ing an 8-un­der-272 to­tal. The vic­tory earned Bau­cho an ex­emp­tion into the U.S. Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship and next year’s RBC Cana­dian Open.

Two Red Wolves ad­vance

Arkansas State sopho­more Zan Luka Stim is in fourth place and ju­nior Jakub Bares is in 24th place af­ter two rounds of the Czech In­ter­na­tional Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship in Dritec, Czech Re­pub­lic.

Stim, the Sun Belt Con­fer­ence’s Fresh­man of the Year and a first-team all-con­fer­ence se­lec­tion, shot 70-69—139 and en­ters to­day’s third round three strokes be­hind the leader. Bares, who joins the Red Wolves af­ter spend­ing the past two sea­sons at In­dian Hills (Iowa) Com­mu­nity Col­lege, shot 75-71—146 and is five strokes out­side the top 10 golfers.


ASU men un­veil non­con­fer­ence sched­ule

A five-game home slate along with games against In­di­ana, South Florida and Wi­chita State high­light the Arkansas State Univer­sity men’s non­con­fer­ence sched­ule an­nounced Thurs­day.

The Red Wolves open the sea­son Nov. 10 at Evansville, fol­lowed by their home opener Nov. 13 against Abi­lene Chris­tian. ASU will then par­tic­i­pate in the Hoosier Tip-Off Clas­sic, where they will play at East­ern Michi­gan (Nov. 16) and host Howard (Nov. 20) be­fore hit­ting the road for games at In­di­ana (Nov. 22) and at South Florida (Nov. 24).

ASU fin­ishes Novem­ber with a game at Cleve­land State (Nov. 29) be­fore host­ing Ten­nessee-Martin on Dec. 5 and Hen­der­son State on Dec. 9. The Red Wolves then go on a three-game road trip with games at Nebraska-Omaha (Dec. 13), Florida At­lantic (Dec. 16) and Wi­chita State (Dec. 19). The fi­nal non­con­fer­ence game is Dec. 22 against Cul­vert-Stock­ton in Jones­boro.

VOL­LEY­BALL Hard­ing picked to win GAC

Hard­ing Univer­sity earned 113 points and 7 of 12 first-place votes Thurs­day to fin­ish atop the Great Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence’s pre­sea­son coaches poll.

Oua­chita Bap­tist earned 105 points and three first-place votes to fin­ish sec­ond, fol­lowed by Arkansas Tech, which fin­ished third af­ter re­ceiv­ing two first-place votes and 95 points. Ok­la­homa Bap­tist (90 points) and South­ern Nazarene (77 points) round out the top five.

Arkansas-Mon­ti­cello fin­ished eighth in the poll with 56 points, fol­lowed by Hen­der­son State with 45 points. South­ern Arkansas was picked to fin­ish 11th and re­ceived 25 points.

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