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UCA Baseball Sweeps New Orleans

The UCA baseball team (15-9, 7-2 SLC) earned its second straight conference series sweep of the season at
the University of New Orleans March 23 through March 25.

UCA won on March 23 in a ten-inning affair 4-2. They exploded offensively to win 16-7 on March 24 and finished
the sweep with a 5-3 win on March 25.

The 7-2 conference record tie the Bears for second place in the Southland conference. In the final game of the
series, both teams were held scoreless through the first three innings.

In the fourth inning, the Bears’ bats came alive with three runs. Senior catcher Colby LeBlanc hit a single to right field to score in junior first baseman Hunter Strong for UCA’s first run.

Senior third baseman Rigo Aguilar hit a double to right field to score in two more runs, giving the Bears a 3-0 early lead.

UNO answered with one run in the fourth inning only for UCA to answer with two more runs from a home run by senior shortstop Josh Somdecerff.

UCA had 25 total runs through the weekend series. Of those runs, Somdecerff hit in seven runs.
With his success, Somdecerff gave credit to his teammates.

“It helped that the people in front of me got on base to give me a chance to hit them in,” Somdecerff said.

UNO fought back with two more runs between the eighth and ninth inning, but UCA maintained the lead to win 5-3.

In the second game of the series, UCA thrived offensively with 22 hits, including a home run from senior outfielder Keaton Presley and Somdecerff.

UCA scored the first five runs of the game through the first three innings before UNO scored two runs in the bottom half of the third inning.

Somdecerff and graduate designated hitter McCarty both hit RBI doubles in the first inning to give the Bears
their first two runs. Junior first baseman Hunter Strong hit an RBI double in the second inning and Somdecerff hit a single to left field to earn his second RBI of the game.

In the third inning, McCarty scored off of a wild pitch. After the Privateers scored two runs, the Bears scored 11 more runs, with RBI from 7 players.

For the series, coach Allen Gum was satisfied with the full-team effort.

“It was a great team effort,” Gum said. “There were so many guys doing a lot of little things right, whether it was on the mound, or defensively, or offensively.”

After scoring two runs in the third and fourth innings, New Orleans didn’t score again until senior third baseman Owen Magee hit a home run in the seventh inning.

UCA allowed one more run in each the eighth and ninth inning, winning the game 16-7. UCA won the first game of the series 4-2, capped with a 2-run RBI single from senior centerfielder Michael Haun in
the tenth inning.

New Orleans scored a run in the first inning and UCA tied the score in the third inning with a home run from Strong.

An RBI single from Magee gave UNO a 2-1 lead in the third inning, and UCA responded with a sacrifice fly RBI from junior first baseman Smith in the fifth inning to tie the game.

Senior pitcher Tyler Gray pitched 8 and 1/3 inning for UCA. He struck out nine batters and didn’t allow a run after the fifth inning.

Senior pitcher Will Brand and sophomore pitcher Ross Rogers pitched relief for the Bears in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sophomore pitcher Mark Moyers shut out the Privateers in the tenth inning and earned the save.

Photo by Waid Rainey.

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