The University of Central Arkansas softball team dropped two of three games to Stephen F. Austin on April 6 and April 8 after winning two in a row against the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on April 4.
Game one against SFA was a nail-biter. UCA opened up scoring in the first inning with a sacrifice fly by sophomore first baseman Kaylyn Shephard that drove home junior right fielder Morgan Felts.
The Bears went on to score one more run in the first inning. Scoring was back and forth for the rest of the game.
UCA headed into the seventh inning down two runs, and looked to be on the comeback trail when junior second baseman Libby Morris hit a sacrifice fly to score a run. The Bears came up short, however, unable to
score another run in the seventh inning. SFA won 5-4.
Game two was a different story. The Bears once again opened up scoring in the first inning and managed to score two runs.The Bears drove home three more runs throughout the match.
Freshman pitcher Rio Sanchez shut out SFA over seven innings. She had two strikeouts and allowed four hits.
The third and final game, which was delayed by one day due to weather, was much like game two, but with a different result.The game was scoreless for the first four innings, until SFA exploded in the fifth inning for four runs.
They added two more runs in the sixth inning, and shut out UCA to win 6-0. UCA used four total pitchers throughout the game.
Sanchez pitched for four innings, while three other pitchers each pitched for 0.2 innings. Sanchez was credited with the loss.
The losses drop UCA to sixth place in the Southland Conference with a 9-2 conference record. Nicholls currently sits at the top of the SLC with a 11-4 conference record.
The Bears have six conference games left in the season, and will have to win consistently to climb through the conference standings.
Photo by Lauren Swaim.