The University of Central Arkansas’ pitching dominance continued Saturday as the Bears completed a sweep of the baseball series with McNeese State, which came to Conway leading the Southland Conference.
Connor Gilmore tossed a complete game and Doug Votolato had a go-ahead, two-run home run in the seventh to carry the Bears to a 4-2 victory Saturday at Bear Stadium.
It was UCA’s second home series sweep, and pushed the Bears’ overall record to 21-15 and SLC mark to 10-8. McNeese, dropped its fifth straight game and sits at 20-18 and 10-8.
UCA starting pitchers Bryce Biggerstaff, Chris Caudle and Gilmore pitched all but two outs in the three games.
Gilmore (4-1), from Little Rock Catholic, allowed eight hits and two earned runs, struck out four and walked one in his third complete game of the season.
After UCA took the 4-2 lead on Votolato’s homer, Gilmore worked around a base hit in each of the eighth and ninth innings, ending the game with another double play ground ball to shortstop Justin Treece.
Votolato finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs as UCA managed only six hits. Anderson had the other RBI, going 1-for-1. UCA’s starting pitchers threw all but 2/3 of an inning in the series.
UCA hosts Arkansas State at 6 p.m. Tuesday and travels to UALR for a 6 p.m. matchup on Wednesday night.
The Bears clinched the series Friday night as right-hander Chris Caudle allowed just one earned run in 8 1/3 innings Friday night. The Bears turned 12 hits into an 11-3 rout.
UCA won the series for the second year in a row. Designated hitter Matt Anderson went 3-for-4, while Votolato went 2-for-3 and scored three runs. Nate Ferrell was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Chris Townsend had just one hit but knocked in three runs, while Charles Deckard added a pair of RBIs.
Tyler Langley of Conway added his team-high third home run in the fifth inning.
SEWANEE, Tenn. — Sewanee split a doubleheader with Hendrix’s baseball team on Saturday to win the three-game series.
Charles Warren scattered six hits in the first game in leading the Tigers to a 4-0 victory. Collin Raddack hit two hits for Hendrix.
The Warriors scored two runs on bases-loaded walks in the second game for a 6-4 win. Raddack was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Matt Simmons had two hits. Daniel Imbro was the winning pitcher in relief.
At Warrior Field in Conway, Rhodes swept Hendrix in a softball doubleheader.
The Lynx took the first game, 5-1.
A six-run ninth powered Rhodes to a 10-4 win in the second game. DJ Sandidge had a two-run double for Hendrix and Catelyn Gibbs had an RBI.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Both Hendrix lacrosse teams were eliminated Saturday in the Southern Athletic Association tournament.
Sewanee defeated the women, 19-2. Kate Davis had both goals for Hendrix, which finished its first season at 4-10.
Birmingham-Southern won the men’s game, 9-7.
BEEBE — The Mayflower Eagles (18-2) took a 9-4 victory over the 5A Beebe Badgers Friday night.
The Eagles scored three runs in the second on hits by Trey Bradley, Ryan Koonce, Justin Sewell, Mason Quick and Michael Post. After Beebe tiedthe game at 3, Mayflower scored five in the sixth after two walks and four straight RBI hits from Post, Jordan Burns, Drew Duncan, and Tyler Herrin to push the lead to 8-3.
Beebe got a run back on a solo homerun in the bottom half to make it 8-4.
The Eagles added another run in the seventh.
Mayflower coach Joe Allbritton said, "We beat a good ball team tonight. We didn’t make any errors and pounded out 10 hits, that will usually get you the W."
Mayflower was led at the plate by Post and Quick, each going 2 for 3 and Burns and Duncan had two RBIs each. Justin Sewell (3-0) recorded the win for the Eagles striking out nine along the way.
In JV action the Eagles were defeated, 4-2. J.L. Jones led the Eagles at the plate with two hits. Dakota Brown took the loss.
ABILENE, Texas — Abilene Christian (16-5, 8-3) snapped a five-game Southland Conference winning streak by the University of Central Arkansas tennis team Friday with a 6-1 victory.
Cassidy Crawford won the No. 4 singles match for the only point for the Bears (12-10, 5-7).
UCA will play its final match of the regular season on Tuesday, hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff.