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Bears Drop Road Series versus SLC Opponent

The UCA men’s baseball team lost two of three games last weekend against the Texas A&M — Corpus Christi Islanders.

TAMUCC won 6-3 in the first game in the Southland Conference opener for both teams at Chapman Field on Friday night.

UCA senior right pitcher Bryce Biggerstaff said the game was decent.

“I didn’t pitch as well as I would have liked to and it put us behind and that was hard to come back from,” Biggerstaff said.

The Bears led 2-0 in the top of the first inning after sophomore right fielder Tyler Langley hit a triple to left center and senior infielder Doug Votolato’s single brought Langley home.

Votolato then stole second and was moved to third by junior infielder Nate Ferrell’s base hit.Votolato finished three for five at the plate.

Biggerstaff pitched three scoreless innings, but trouble hit in the fourth inning when TAMUCC had four hits and three runs.

By the fifth inning, the game was tied 3-3, but the Islanders scored three more runs, giving TAMUCC a 6-3 advantage.

The game ended with the Bears striking out twice, finishing with 10 runs.

UCA outhit TAMUCC 10-8 with Ferrell and junior outfielder Wesley Hoover leading the team with two hits each.

Biggerstaff allowed eight hits and earned three runs in five innings. Senior first baseman/pitcher Scott Zimmerle pitched three innings, allowing two walks and striking out three players.

UCA and TAMUCC teams played a second game at 1 p.m. March 15 and UCA made up for its Friday night loss with a 4-2 victory.

Sophomore right-hander Connor Gilmore pitched a complete game, allowing a total of eight hits and striking out five.

UCA took the lead in the first inning on a Langley double, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Votolato, which allowed Langley to advance to third.

Ferrell and sophomore catcher Brandon Montalvo were hit by pitches and Hoover walked, making the score 2-0.

UCA junior outfielder Nick Rougeau eventually scored the game-winning run after senior shortstop Justin Treece’s bunt moved Roueau to second and a single to left field by Montalvo allowed Rougeau to score.

Montalvo was then moved to second by Zimmerle’s base hit and junior third baseman Brad Dillenberger’s hit to left center, allowing Montalvo to score, making it 4-2 in UCA’s favor.

The Bears finished with nine hits. Islander’s junior outfielder Jordan Lee and freshman third baseman Dawson Yates had two hits each.

According to ucasports.com, this win was the 100th victory with UCA for Bears Head Coach Allen Gum.

The third and final game of the series was at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The Islanders won 9-4, what was a close game with three runs in the seventh inning and two more runs in the eighth.

For the third day, the Bears started out in the lead.

With a run in the top of the second inning, freshman infielder Joey Pinney hit a single up the middle, and then moved to second on a bunt.

Treece’s base hit moved him to third and he scored on a sacrifice fly by junior catcher Charles Deckard.

The Islanders quickly caught up with two runs in the bottom of the second and the Bears followed with two more in the third.Votolato stole second and sophomore infielder Chris Townsend’s RBI single got Votolato home.

The Islanders snagged the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth.By the eighth inning, UCA was behind 9-3, but got one hit by the top of the ninth by Votolato, scoring on Townsend’s RBI single. TAMUCC took the victory, though, winning the series 2-1.

UCA dropped to 9-8 overall and 1-2 in the Southland Conference.

The Bears start a three game series at home this weekend against Sam Houston State University at 6 p.m. Friday, then travel to Nocogdoches, Texas the following weekend to play Stephen F. Austin State University.

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