The UCA baseball failed to move ahead of the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions in the standings after losing the series to SLU last weekend.
According to a tweet from former UCA catcher Travis Snider, head coach Allen Gum suspended himself from the game before delivering a message in the dugout to the team about good leadership.
The baseball team made national headlines for a fight during the 10th inning of the Bears’ 5-4 win over the University of Arkansas — Little Rock Trojans on April 2.
Senior pitcher Bryce Biggerstaff threw 136 pitches in seven and two-thirds innings with four strikeouts for UCA (17-12, 6-6 Southland Conference) against SLU (20-12, 7-5 SLC) , but it wasn’t enough as the Lions totaled eight hits and three earned runs against him to earn a 6-0 victory in Friday night’s game at Bear Stadium.
The game’s first run for the Lions came in the third inning when SLU freshman outfielder Jacob Seward singled to the left side and scored freshman infielder Kennon Menard.
The Lions added another run in the fourth inning, as junior outfielder Andrew Godbold’s double scored sophomore infielder Jameson Fisher from first base.
UCA then held SLU scoreless until the eighth inning, when junior infielder Brett Hoffman singled up the middle and scored Fisher.
UCA sophomore pitcher Bo Stitch replaced Biggerstaff as the Lions’ lead grew to three.
Hoffman and sophomore infielder Daniel Midyett increased the lead again as they came home on an error from UCA senior first baseman Scott Zimmerle.
The game’s final score came in the same inning as junior infielder Jacob Williams singled and scored sophomore outfielder Kyle Cedotal to secure the game at 6-0.
UCA senior pitcher Jon Rand pitched the final 1.1 innings for the Bears, allowing one hit and
striking out one batter.
Biggerstaff suffered the loss for UCA, dropping his record to 2-3 on the year.
SLU junior pitcher Andro Cutura got the win after a complete game, seven-strikeout performance, moving to 5-1.
Bears freshman designated hitter Joey Pinney was the most productive at the plate for the Bears, going two for four with one double.
Junior infielder Brad Dillenberger went one for two and was hit by a pitch.
The Lions had 10 hits to UCA’s three, and left eight men on base compared to six for the Bears. Each team had one error.
UCA junior pitcher Chris Caudle threw a complete game of one-hit baseball as the Bears shut out Southeastern Louisiana 3-0 in game two to even the series 1-1.
Caudle’s complete game marked his second of the season so far for the Bears, as he allowed just one walk with five strikeouts out of the 29 batters he faced.
SLU sophomore pitcher Tate Schioneaux lasted eight innings and allowed just three hits, but was also charged with three earned runs on the day.
Neither team scored through four innings, when the Bears took a 1-0 lead on Pinney’s sacrifice fly to center field that scored senior shortstop Justin Treece.
Junior outfielder Austin White hit another sacrifice fly to left field to score sophomore infielder Chris Townsend to make the game 2-0.
In the fifth inning, UCA freshman outfielder Carson Dowdle hit a solo home run, the first of his collegiate career, to stretch the lead to 3-0.
Caudle’s one-hitter earned him his fourth win of the season, the most among UCA pitchers. Schioneaux dropped to 5-2 with the loss for the Lions.
UCA batters totaled 11 hits and five walks against the Lions in game three, but the Bears gave up five earned runs on 12 hits to lose the final game of the series 7-4 at Bear Stadium.
UCA junior starting pitcher Connor McClain lasted seven innings and had eight strikeouts with just one walk. However, SLU batters collected 10 hits off him, which resulted in all five earned runs.
The Bears took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, when Townsend’s single to the right side scored senior infielder Doug Votolato and freshman designated hitter Joey Pinney’s single to center field scored Treece.
In the third inning, Seward singled and scored Menard. Later in the inning, Williams scored on a sacrifice fly from Fisher.
SLU then took a 3-2 lead on Godbold’s single to center field that brought home Seward.
Treece scored again in the bottom of the third on a single by 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.
Cedotal scored in the sixth inning to tie the game again after an error by Zimmerle.
In the eighth, 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 its 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.