Sports briefs: Cumbess leads UK softball over Ole Miss

April 13, 2014 

Senior pitcher Lauren Cumbess delivered a game-winning, two-run triple in the first inning and followed the clutch hit with five impressive innings in the circle, leading Kentucky to a 3-1 series-clinching win over Mississippi on the road.

Freshman pitcher Meagan Prince closed out the game to earn the first save of her career.

Kentucky scored all the runs it needed in the first inning, getting three on three hits. After a groundout to start the frame, speedy outfielder Sylver Samuel extended her hitting streak to six games with an infield single, moving to second on a throwing error by the Ole Miss second baseman. Junior catcher Griffin Joiner followed with a double to left field, scoring Samuel and giving Kentucky a 1-0 lead.

After senior Emily Gaines walked and sophomore Nikki Sagermann hit into a fielder's choice for the second out, Cumbess lined a ball off the glove of the Ole Miss first baseman and into the right-field corner, clearing the bases and giving the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.

The triple by Cumbess was the first of her career. The senior was also impressive on the mound, allowing one earned run on three hits with four strikeouts to pick up the win.

• Hosting its first tournament since 2011, the Kentucky men's golf team will enter Sunday's final round of the Bluegrass Invitational in first place after posting a team score of 13-under 563. Leading the way for the Wildcats was senior Ben Stow, who recorded rounds of 69 and 70 to place him in fourth overall with a 5-under 139.

NBA

Wizards clinch winning record

Bradley Beal scored 26 points, and the Washington Wizards moved a step closer to claiming the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference on Saturday night with a 104-91 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, whose loss guaranteed they will finish with at least a tie for the worst record in the NBA.

John Wall added 15 points and eight assists for the Wizards, who also clinched the franchise's first winning record since 2008 — which was also the last time they made the playoffs.

Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Lou Williams had 18 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Hawks earned the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot with a 98-85 victory over the Miami Heat. LeBron James finished with 27 points and Dwyane Wade, in his first game since missing nine straight with a sore left hamstring, scored 24 for Miami.

• Rookie Kelly Olynyk matched a career high with 25 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-99 on Saturday night. Avery Bradley also scored 25 points for the Celtics, who built a 33-point lead early in the fourth quarter before Cleveland's reserves cut into the margin. The Celtics, who dressed only eight players, were without point guard Rajon Rondo (strained shin) and center Jared Sullinger (sprained ankle).

Blake Griffin scored 27 points, DeAndre Jordan added 21, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Sacramento Kings 117-101 on Saturday to earn their franchise record-tying 56th victory of the regular season. DeMarcus Cousins had his seventh straight double-double with 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Kings, who lost their fifth in a row.

Al Jefferson continued his dominating play with 29 points and 12 rebounds, and the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 111-105 Saturday night for their sixth win in seven games. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 10 points and eight rebounds.

High school basketball 2 UK signees in Nike Hoop Summit

Emmanuel Mudiay led with 20 points as Team USA topped the World team 84-73 in the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit. Starting forward Trey Lyles scored nine points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while fellow Kentucky signee and starter Karl Towns Jr. had six points, eight rebounds and two blocks at center.

Auto racing Hunter-Reay tops all-Andretti front

Ryan Hunter-Reay, determined to rebound from a disappointing season, is off to a strong start in what he hopes will be another run toward the IndyCar championship.

Hunter-Reay won the pole Saturday for the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, knocking teammate James Hinchcliffe from the top spot while ensuring an all-Andretti Autosport front row.

Hunter-Reay won three poles last year, but as his performance tapered off in the second half of the season, he was unable to defend his 2012 championship.

Minor League baseball

Legends take third straight vs. Power

Back-to-back doubles by Chad Johnson and Dominique Taylor produced two runs in the fifth inning, and the Lexington Legends held on for a 2-1 win over the West Virginia Power on Saturday in Charleston. The Legends have won all three games so far in the series, which concludes Sunday afternoon.

West Virginia had taken a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Lexington's Michael Antonio was hit by a pitch leading off the fifth. With one out, Johnson doubled to right-center, scoring Antonio, and Taylor followed with a double to left that brought Johnson home.

Jose Rodriguez pitched the first five innings, and reliever Luis Santos, who finished the game, made the lead stand up.

Etc. Union College hockey wins first NCAA title

Union College won its first NCAA hockey title Saturday night, scoring three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night. Mike Vecchione tied it at 2 with 4:01 left in the first, Eli Lichtenwald gave the Dutchman the lead 57 seconds later, and Daniel Ciampini capped the spree with 2:57 to go.

• Michigan's Sam Mikulak tied a record with his seventh individual NCAA gymnastics title, winning the parallel bars Saturday night.

Bowling

Three roll perfect games

Billy Short paced local bowlers this past week by rolling an 821 series in the Friday Night Fun League at Collins Bowling Centers-Eastland on April 4. Short posted games of 277-268-276 to record the season's ninth 800 series.

Three bowlers rolled perfect games, Jeff Deaton, Kyle Fight and Allen Sparks. Fight rolled his score on April 4 in the Friday Night Fun League. The perfect game is his second this season. Sparks posted his second 300 of the season the same night in the Friday Night Fun league. Deaton rolled his 300 at Collins Bowling Centers-Southland in the James R. Wafford Memorial League. Deaton used the perfect game to pace a 725 series.

The three perfect games bring the season's total to 35.

The last word

Fifty-year-old golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez doesn't look very athletic, unless he's gyrating his hips during his now-infamous stretching routine. Said the Spaniard:

"Well, the fans like to see that. That is a little funny, what you see there. But it helps to move the joints, you know. ... You need to be flexible, and you need to be elastic and strong to be here. Sometimes I'm looking at myself on video, and I'm laughing, too. It's nice. It's bueno. But you know what? I never get injured."

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