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Bears avoid sweep at NSU, pick up 4-3 win Sunday

The UCA men’s baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak Sunday after beating the Nicholls State University Colonels 4-3.

The Bears (18-15, 7-8 SLC) lost the first two games of the series to the Colonels (19-19, 10-5 SLC) 4-0, 3-2.

The first game of the series saw UCA get shut out in a 4-0 loss April 11.

NSU jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a single to right field by junior designated hitter Justin Smith to score senior infielder Philip Lyons.

This was the only run the Colonels scored until the bottom of the seventh inning when they scored two runs on three hits.

Freshman outfielder Justin Holt led off the inning for NSU with a bunt single. He advanced to second on a groundout by Lyons.

Senior infielder Leo Vargas singled up the middle to score Holt.

Senior Keith Cormier got the final RBI of the inning when he doubled to right field to score Vargas.

The game’s final run came in the bottom of the eighth inning after Vargas doubled to left field to start the inning.

He stole third after Cormier fled out to center field and scored on a throwing error by sophomore catcher Brandon Montalvo.

UCA senior pitcher Bryce Biggerstaff (2-4) took the loss for the Bears after pitching seven innings.

He gave up two earned runs on five hits and walked and struck out two batters.

Colonels senior pitcher Taylor Byrd (5-2) picked up his fifth win of the season after giving up four hits in seven innings.

Junior pitcher Stuart Holmes earned his second save of the season after throwing two innings and giving up two hits.

The series’ second game saw the Bears lose 3-2 on April 13.

NSU took the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning after junior outfielder David Zorn hit a bases loaded single through the right side of the infield to score sophomore designated hitter Marc Fraizer.

UCA tied the game in the top of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by freshman outfielder Carson Dowdle to score senior second baseman Chris Townsend.

The Colonels took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Vargas grounded out to second base to score junior catcher Christian Correa.

The Bears tied the game in the top of the sixth inning when senior first baseman Scott Zimmerle singled to right field to score Townsend.

NSU got the 3-2 win on a walk off single to center field to score Zorn.

UCA junior pitcher Chris Caudle (5-3) took the loss for the Bears after giving up three runs on eight hits in eight and one-third innings.

Colonels junior pitcher John Satriano (2-1) got his second win of the season after pitching two innings.

The series’ final game saw UCA win 4-3.

NSU gained the lead in the bottom of the first inning after Vargas stole home.

The Bears tied the game at one on a single up the middle by Townsend to score senior outfielder Doug Votolato.

UCA broke the game open in the top of the fourth inning when Zimmerle grounded out to Vargas to score junior infielder Nate Ferrell.

Sophomore Matt Anderson singled to score two runs to put the lead to 4-1.

The Colonels added one run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Fraizer reached on an error by Townsend to score Vargas.

The game’s final run was knocked in by Vargas when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score sophomore infielder Seth Stevens.

UCA sophomore pitcher Connor Gilmore (3-1) won his third game of the season after giving up one earned run on four hits in eight innings of work.

Junior pitcher Connor McClain got his first save of the season after giving up one run in one inning.

NSU sophomore Zach Thiac (2-2) took the loss for the Colonels when he gave up one hit and two- thirds innings pitched.

The Bears will return home for a three-game series against McNeese State University this weekend starting Thursday.

The Cowboys are second in the Southland Conference with a 10-5 conference record and are 20-14 on the season

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