Baseball unable to exorcise Demons, falls to seventh in SLC

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The UCA baseball team lost 2-1 in its series of three matches against Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, last weekend.

A 2-1 win on Friday and 4-5 loss on Saturday set the Bears up for a rubber match against the Demons on Sunday, which they lost 4-8.

On Saturday, the Bears were positioned in the eighth inning to sweep the Demons and win the series.

Runs scored by senior left fielder Wesley Hoover, junior center fielder Travis Hull, junior third-baseman Hayden Steele and senior designated hitter Nick Rougeau gave UCA a 4-3 lead going into the ninth inning.

However, a quick succession of runs by for the Demons caused the Bears to lose 5-4 in the ninth inning.

“After Friday we had momentum going into Saturday, and Saturday we had the momentum going into the ninth inning,” junior outfielder Tyler Langley said, “but they kicked the momentum back.”

During their match Sunday, the Bears led 4-1 until the Demons began scoring in the third inning.

The Bears could not stop the Demons’ attack, as they earned seven more runs and crushed the Bears.

At the bottom of the first, NSU scored one run and left one man on base.

During the top of the second inning, the Bears answered that run with two of their own after freshman right fielder Ty Tice singled to the pitcher and brought senior center fielder Charles Deckard and senior second baseman Brad Dillenberger over home plate.

The runs left the score at 2-1 at the end of the inning.

On a roll, the Bears scored two more runs at the top of the third inning. Langley and Hoover singled into the outfield when at bat.

Anderson hit and was out at first, allowing Langley and Hoover to advance to second and third base.

Steele grounded out to second base, allowing Langley to score from third base.

On the next play, Dillenberger singled up the middle, allowing Hoover to score.

Afterward, a series of hits from NSU earned the Demons three more runs and tied the match at 4 in the bottom of the third.

For the rest of the game, the Demons consistently added runs to their score. They scored one run in the fourth and fifth inning and two in the seventh inning, ending the game with an 8-4 win.

Langley said the ride home on the bus was quiet and his teammates were “kind of pissed off” after their loss on Sunday, but that the team will be quick to bounce back this week.

“We play at least four times a week; you can’t just let things dial back,” he said. “You have games that are tough losses, but at 12 o’clock that night we try to flush that game and move on. We don’t live and die off stuff from [those days].”

Junior pitcher Bo Stitch is 4-4 on the season after Sunday and has a of 4.45 ERA.

NSU senior shortstop Joel Atkinson made four hits and three runs against Stich during his five times at bat.

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Associate Editor Jared Holt is a graduating senior journalism student at the University of Central Arkansas. He takes pride in growing up in Bentonville "before it got cool" and plans to move to Washington D.C. after graduation. He spends his free time working as a freelance multimedia producer, sampling micro-brewed beer and pretending to be a DJ.

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