2 Arkansas seniors to be at news conference today
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - A couple of seniors on the Razorback baseball team that made it to the semifinals of the College World Series this year may have decided there's a future for them in baseball beyond college.
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals have scheduled a news conference this afternoon at the team's home field in Springdale, Arvest Ballpark. A news release from the Naturals said Arkansas infielders Ben Tschepikow and Scott Lyons would be at the news conference, along with officials of the Naturals' parent organization, the Kansas City Royals.
Both Tschepikow and Lyons were selected by the Royals organization in the major league draft this year, but the release did not say what would be discussed at the news conference.
Enloe wins Nationwide Fort Smith Classic in a playoff
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Jason Enloe has won the Fort Smith Classic with a putt for par on the first hole of a playoff, ending his 3-year winless streak on the Nationwide Tour.
Enloe finished regulation play yesterday at Hardscrabble Country Club at 15-under 265, along with Chris Tidland, who entered the final day of the tournament in the lead by two strokes. Enloe had started the day tied for fifth, three shots off the pace.
Entering the Fort Smith Classic, Enloe was ranked 117th on the tour's money list. He had one Top 25 finish this year. His victory Sunday was worth $99,000.
Enloe won the tournament by sinking a 6-foot putt moments after Tidland's 8-footer lip out.
Enloe's last victory came in 2006.
Naturals and Travelers both lose
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - It was not a good day for Arkansas teams in the Texas League. Both the Arkansas Travelers and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals lost yesterday.
At North Little Rock, the Travelers succumbed to the bats of the Tulsa Drillers, 4-2.
At Springfield, Missouri, the Naturals fell to the Cardinals, 4-3.
The two Arkansas teams both start new series today, basically trading off opponents. The Naturals travel to Tulsa to take on the Drillers, while the Travelers head for Springfield.
Springfield and Tulsa are tied at the top of the Texas League's North Division. The Naturals are in third place, two games behind the two leaders, while the Travelers are far back in the cellar, 10 games behind.
Pujols drives in 6, Cardinals beat Royals 12-5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Albert Pujols finished off a 3-day romp in Kansas City with two homers and six RBIs, helping the St. Louis Cardinals rout the Royals 12-5 in win No. 2,500 for manager Tony La Russa.
Pujols made a mockery of Kansas City pitching yesterday as he returned to the town where he went to high school, hitting three homers and driving in 10 runs in the Cardinals' 3-game sweep over their cross-state rivals.
The 2-time NL MVP had four hits in yesterday's game and delivered the decisive blow in the Cardinals' eight-run fourth inning, pounding his club record-tying third grand slam of the season off a window on the Royals Hall of Fame in left.