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State sports briefs

February 27, 2021 at 2:26 a.m.

BASKETBALL

UAPB games postponed

The University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff postponed today's basketball doubleheader with Grambling State, citing water pressure issues and other lingering winter weather effects in Jefferson County. A make-up date for the postponed games has not been decided.

The games were moved to Grambling, La., earlier this week due to concerns over UAPB's facilities. The doubleheader was then moved back to Pine Bluff on Friday morning before it was called off Friday evening.

Both Golden Lions programs will return to the court Monday to face Jackson State at H.O. Clemmons Arena with two scheduled regular-season games remaining on their respective schedules. Tip-off for the UAPB women is set for 5 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.

BASEBALL

UALR swept by Eastern Illinois

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (1-4) was swept in a doubleheader by Eastern Illinois (4-2) on Friday by the scores of 12-6 and 17-1 at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock.

Tyler Williams went 2 for 4 with a two-run double for UALR in the first game. John Michael Russ had four hits to lead the Trojans.

In the second game, Eastern Illinois pulled away from the Trojans in the fourth inning, scoring 13 runs to make it 16-0.

Noah Dickerson homered in the bottom of the fourth inning for the Trojans' only run of the second game.

UCA falls at Missouri State

The University of Central Arkansas (0-1) was held to four hits in a 6-1 loss at Missouri State (3-0) on Friday at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo.

Benny Ayala provided the Bears' only RBI with a double in the top of the third inning that scored Coby Potvin to tie the game at 1-1. But Missouri State took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third and added three runs in the fifth and a run in the seventh.

Ayala, Christian Brasher, Beau Orlando and Coby Potvin each had a hit for the Bears. Mark Moyer (0-1) took the loss for UCA, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in 4 innings.

TENNIS

Arkansas women defeat Memphis

The University of Arkansas women's tennis team remained undefeated with a 4-3 victory over Memphis on Friday in Fayetteville.

Arkansas (8-0) picked up singles victories from Laura Rjikers, Indianna Spink and Tatum Rice. The teams of Spink and Morgan Cross, Rice and Lauren Alter, and Rjikers and Kelly Keller earned doubles victories for the Razorbacks.

SOCCER

LR Rangers announce schedule

The Little Rock Rangers announced their 2021 schedule Friday, which includes their USL 2 season-opening match May 12 against Houston FC at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

The Rangers will play 14 matches in their first season in the USL 2 after playing their first four seasons as a member of the National Premier Soccer League.

In addition to their opening home match, the Rangers have six other matches at War Memorial Stadium. The Rangers will host Mississippi Brilla FC on May 28, Texas United on June 2, Round Rock SC on June 12, AHFC Royals on June 22, Brazos Valley Cavalry FC on June 26 and Corpus Christi FC on July 10.

Little Rock will travel to AHFC Royals on May 22, Round Rock SC on June 6, Mississippi Brilla FC on June 9, Corpus Christi FC on June 19, Texas United on July 2, Houston FC on July 6 and Brazos Valley FC on July 8.

-- Democrat-Gazette Press Services

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