Baseball loses series at Stephen F. Austin State University

The UCA baseball team dropped to 5-4 in Southland Conference play and 15-10 overall after losing a series to Stephen F. Austin State University last weekend.

The first game of the series saw the Bears lose 9-6 on March 29, behind SFA junior pitcher Cameron Gann’s (4-0) six-inning performance.

Gann gave up three runs on six hits, walked three batters and struck out eight.

Junior pitcher Tyler Wiedenfeld got his third save of the season.

The Lumberjack offense had nine hits with no player getting more than one.

Senior catcher Zach Marberry hit a three-run home run to right field. His three RBIs led the team during the game.

Marberry’s home run gave the Lumberjacks the go-ahead lead in the third inning and didn’t look back.

UCA sophomore pitcher Connor Gilmore took the loss for the Bears and is 2-1 on the season.

Junior infielder Nate Ferrell led the UCA offense with three hits in four at-bats and had one RBI and one walk.

Both teams scored three runs the rest of game.

UCA senior infielder Doug Votolato said the team struggled to play as a team.

“We just didn’t play a complete game as a team,” he said. “We can beat anyone in the country when each phase does it’s job. Hitting, pitching and defense.”

The second game of the series saw SFA win 5-4 on Saturday.

Junior pitcher Dillion Mangham picked up his fourth win of the season after pitching six innings.

He gave up two earned runs on seven hits and walked four batters.

UCA freshman pitcher Riley Echols took the loss for the Bears. He gave up one run on one hit in one and two-thirds innings.

Senior outfielder Rick Cruz led the Lumberjacks’ offense with two RBIs. He knocked in both RBIs when he reached on a fielding error by sophomore Chris Townsend.

Those two runs contributed to SFA’s four-run fifth inning.

Bears sophomore catcher Brandon Montalvo led the UCA offense with two RBIs.

He knocked in both runs in the top half of the second inning after doubling to left center.

The double knocked in Ferrell and junior shortstop Justin Treece.

Senior first baseman/pitcher Scott Zimmerle said hitting in the right spots was a big problem.

“In both games, we just couldn’t get the timely hit we needed to break the game open,” he said.

UCA got its lone win of the series on Saturday’s 8-4 win over the Lumberjacks.

The Bears had 12 hits compared to SFA’s nine.

UCA junior pitcher Connor McClain (3-1) got the win in his six innings of work.

He gave up four runs on seven hits.

Ferrell went three for five at the plate with one double and two singles.

Ferrell singled through the right side to score Townsend. This gave UCA a 5-4 lead.

The Bears added three runs in the top of the eighth inning on three hits.

The two-out three-run rally started when junior catcher Charles Deckard singled to left center on a 2-1 pitch.

Junior infielder Jake Dillenberger walked and sophomore outfielder Tyler Langley doubled to right center to bring Deckard and Dillenberger home.

Senior infielder Doug Votolato doubled down the left field line to score Langley.

The three runs gave UCA the 8-4 win.

The Bears will play the 16-11 Southeastern Louisiana University Lions this weekend. The Lions are tied with UCA for fourth in the conference with a 5-4 record.

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