UCA (17-12, 6-6 Southland Conference) batters totaled 11 hits and five walks against Southeastern Louisiana (20-12, 7-5 SLC) Sunday, but the Bears gave up five earned runs on 12 hits to lose the final game of the series 7-4 at Bear Stadium on Sunday.
Junior Connor McClain, UCA’s starting pitcher, lasted seven innings and had eight strikeouts with just one walk. However, SLU batters collected 10 hits off of him which resulted in all five earned runs.
The Bears took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, when sophomore infielder Chris Townsend‘s single to the right side scored senior infielder Doug Votolato and freshman designated hitter Joey Pinney‘s single to center field scored senior shortstop Justin Treece.
In the third inning, Lions freshman outfielder Jacob Seward singled and scored freshman infielder Kennon Menard. Later in the inning, junior infielder Jacob Williams scored on a sacrifice fly from sophomore infielder Jameson Fisher. SLU then took a 3-2 lead on junior outfielder Andrew Godbold‘s single to center field that brought home Seward.
Treece scored again in the bottom of the third on a single by senior infielder Scott Zimmerle to tie it up at three. The Bears took the lead later in the inning when Zimmerle scored on sophomore infielder Matt Anderson‘s single.
SLU sophomore outfielder Kyle Cedotal scored in the sixth inning to tie the game again after an error by Zimmerle.
In the eighth, junior infielder Brett Hoffman brought Godbold home on a single to center field for the Lions. Sophomore pitcher Connor Gilmore then replaced McClain for UCA, and Menard grounded out to second base but still scored sophomore infielder Daniel Midyett from third base. Hoffman became the final score of the game for SLU as he scored on a single from Williams.
McClain took the loss for UCA, dropping him to 4-2 on the season. Senior pitcher Dylan Hills got the win for SLU with three innings of two-hit, two-walk baseball.
The Bears committed two errors on the day, with SLU only having one. UCA left 10 men on base compared to seven for the Lions.
UCA will take on the Nicholls State Colonels in their next SLC contest. The series will begin 6 pm. Friday in Thibodaux, LA. The Colonels are 16-18 overall and 8-4 in SLC play.