State sports briefs

SOFTBALL

Gibson Wins SEC Honor

University of Arkansas first baseman Danielle Gibson hit five homers in four games this week and had 12 runs to earn SEC Player of the Week honors, which was announced by the league office on Tuesday.

The redshirted senior from Murrieta, Calif. went 8 for 12, scored 6 points and also walked 3 times to help the No. 10 Razorbacks win three of four games, including two of three at Tennessee. She hit two homers and scored seven wins in a win over the Lady Vols, then hit two more homers in the Razorbacks’ 8-1 win in Western Kentucky.

These are back-to-back SEC Player of the Week honors for the Razorbacks. Sophomore Hannah Gammill took home the honor a week ago.

Gibson now leads Division I with a .548 batting average to go with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs. She ranks second in slugging percentage (1.123) and among the top 10 in the nation in seven other statistical categories, including home runs and RBI.

Arkansas hosts No. 22 LSU for a three-game series at Bogle Park in Fayetteville beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Bears Double Split Title

The University of Central Arkansas split two games against Florida Atlantic on Tuesday in Boca Raton, Fla., losing the first 4-1 and winning the second 5-0.

In the first, Florida Atlantic (16-16) scored its first run to top the first on a Zoey Jones RBI single, and followed it up with runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Jordan Johnson, who recorded the loss for UCA (16-11), struck out eight in six innings.

In the second, UCA’s Kayla Beaver allowed a hit in the shutout, striking out six in seven innings. Jaylee Engelkes had a two RBI day for the Bears, and Kristen Whitehouse and Emily Sampson were the other UCA players with multiple hit performances.

BASKETBALL

Oberg says she will transfer

University of Arkansas player Destinee Oberg announced on Tuesday afternoon on Twitter that she intended to register her name on the transfer portal.

“I’m lucky to have been able to play for you and grow as a person and a player,” Oberg posted on her Twitter account. “My journey will continue on a new path as I enter the transfer portal. I am grateful for everything this program and my teammates have given me! Relationships and memories mean the world.”

The 6-3 center in Burnsville, Minn. played a career-high 19 games this season, averaging 1.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in just under seven minutes per game. Oberg finished with career highs of 10 points and 10 rebounds in 17 minutes of action in the Razorbacks’ 73-39 win over the University of Arkansas-Little Rock on Dec. 12. It was also his only double-double as a Razorback.

The Razorbacks ended their season with a 92-69 loss to Utah in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon.

–Paul Boyd

BASEBALL

UCA drops to No. 3 in Texas

The University of Central Arkansas was held to five hits on Tuesday, scoring singles in the seventh and eighth innings of a 7-2 loss to No. 3 Texas in front of 5,678 fans at UFCU Disch- Falk Field in Austin, Texas.

The Bears scored in the seventh inning on an RBI single from Reid Bowman and on an RBI single from Hunter Hicks in the eighth. Hicks was the only UCA player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3, with the other hits coming from Bowman, Kolby Johnson and Drew Sturgeon. Left-hander Dillan Janak suffered the loss for the Bears after allowing 6 earned runs on 7 hits in 31/3 innings with 2 walks and 1 strikeout.

GOLF

ASU Men finish 8th

Arkansas State University was unable to play in the third round of the All-American Intercollegiate in Houston on Tuesday following heavy overnight rain.

ASU was tied for 8th at 36 holes, shooting 21 over par (597) as a team. Devyn Pappas hit a par 71 1-under in his second round, leading the Red Wolves with a tie for 18th place among all individuals.

–Mitchell Gladstone

UALR women 6th, UCA 7th

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock came within a shot of fifth-place Jacksonville, but managed a fifth consecutive top-10 finish at Gulf Shores Golf Club in southern Alabama.

UALR recorded rounds of 18 over par (306) and 15 over par (303) in the second and third rounds, respectively, as both were played on Monday to avoid the threat of Tuesday rain. Viktoria Krnacova, in individual competition, finished tied for 12th with a score of 11 over par (227).

Senior Syndey Scraba and rookie Anna Dawson led the Trojans with a pair of 15-over-par performances (231).

The Bears moved up the standings after posting the fifth-highest score in Sunday’s first round. UCA shot 20 of 308 in the second round and 9 of 297 in the final round to finish the weekend 7th.

–Mitchell Gladstone

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Candidates sought

Today is the last day for applications to be accepted for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Preps basketball teams.

There will be a first team and a second team chosen, as well as a subclass team (freshmen and sophomores) for boys and girls. All teams will have five players. In addition, all players chosen for the final teams will be selected from the group of student-athletes who were actually nominated.

Season stats, averages and rank classification should be included with nominations, along with heights and any other relevant information that may aid in a potential selection.

All endorsements can be emailed to [email protected] or direct messaged on Twitter using the handle @ETTaylor79.

–Erick Taylor