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Bears sputter against Southeast Missouri State

The Bears played a three-game series games against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks this past weekend in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

UCA won one out of the three games, 0-6, 1-0 and 2-6.

On Friday the Redhawks scored a run during the first and second innings of the game and scored four runs during the eighth inning of the game, starting the Bears with a loss.

The Bears achieved five hits during the game.

Starting pitcher Connor Gilmore (1-2) went five innings. He walked five and struck out seven.

The Bears won the second game on Saturday 1-0.

Sophomore catcher Justin McCarty said the second game was the ultimate pitchers’ duel. He said it was great to score that run in the ninth inning, not only to get ahead but also to give freshman pitcher Cody Davenport the chance to go out there and finish off such a great pitching performance.

According to UCA Sports, the Bears struck out 14 times, then got a one-out double from senior center fielder Tyler Langley during the ninth inning.

“It was a great feeling winning that game. The Redhawks pitcher was pretty good and we just kept getting out. But the big thing was, we got up one more time than we got knocked down and won,” Langley said.

He said playing multiple games against the same team does not get tiring. He said the upperclassmen realize that it’s their last year to play together.

“We try to go out every day and make the most of every game. The underclassmen do a good job of staying locked in and playing with all they have to lay it on the line for the older guys,” he said.

Langley said the pitching was great this weekend.

“Gilmore, Davenport, Murray and Beier pitched great. Davenport threw a complete game on Saturday, which was huge,” he said. “Coach Harlan has done an outstanding job getting him ready and the rest of the staff.”

The Redhawks loaded the bases during the eighth inning. Cody Davenport caught two fly balls to get the outs needed to end the inning. The Bears final game was played on Sunday March 6. The Bears lost the series finale against Southeast Missouri 2-6.

According to UCA Sports, UCA fell behind 5-0 after five innings before McCarty hit a home run during the sixth inning.

“I’m not going to say it didn’t feel good to hit a home run,” McCarty said.

He said there were many opportunities for him and the rest of the team to come up big this weekend and it just didn’t happen. He said that was one of the most disappointing aspects of the weekend.

Junior pitcher Hunter Neal went 1 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs while striking out.

Central Arkansas will have five consecutive home games against Mississippi Valley State starting with a Tuesday-Wednesday sequence but was canceled due to weather. On Friday the Bears will play in the Southland Conference, at 6 p.m. at Bear Stadium.

This article originally appeared in the March 9, 2016 print edition of The Echo.

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