After staving off elimination Thursday night with a come-from-behind victory, Central Baptist College’s baseball team lost, 3-1, to McMurry University of Abilene, Texas, 3-1, in a losers bracket game in the National Christian College Athletic Association’s Central Regional at Edmond, Oklahoma.

The Mustangs finished the season with a school-record 31 victories under first-year head coach Aaron Brister.

Dillon Cates went the distance for the Mustangs, allowing one earned run and seven hits and one walk while striking out five over nine innings of work.

Mitch Labbie got the win for McMurray. He allowed one run over nine innings. He struck out 10, walked one and surrendered eight hits.

CBC tied the game at 1 in the first inning on an RBI single by Sam Buczek.

McMurry went up for good in the second, scoring two runs on a groundout by Kyle Sargent and an RBI single by Jeremy Ruiz.

Buczek went 2 for 4, one RBI, and Brady Brashier went 2 for 4.

Thursday night the Mustangs rallied for a 12-9 victory over Dallas Christian.

Josh Buczek had two RBI on three hits for the Mustangs.

The teams combined for 21 total runs and 30 hits. Coaches of the two teams seemingly emptied their bullpens in search of the win, as there were six pitchers used in the game.

The Mustangs’ Ross Westbrook went 3 for 4 with one RBI and two runs scored.

Gunner Allen recorded the win for CBC even though he allowed six runs and nine hits over six innings.


At Hammond, Louisiana on Thursday night, second-seeded Northwestern State used a two-run triple by Cali Burke in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-3 victory over the University of Central Arkansas in the Southland Conference softball tournament.

The Bears (25-33) were scheduled to play an elimination game against Stephen F. Austin on Friday afternoon but heavy rains postponed all Friday games. Tournament officials will meet Saturday morning to assess the field and assign new game times.

The Bears struck first in the opening inning against the Lady Demons with Hayley Parker’s double driving in Sam Forrest.

The Lady Demons (28-20) answered back with two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead, getting a pair of solo home runs from Brianna Rodriguez and Cassandra Barefield and a bases-loaded walk from Burke.

The Bears battled back in the top of the sixth, scoring two to tie the game at 3 on Taylor Dear’s two-run single. He came to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a high hopper over Rodriguez at first base to score Parker and pinch runner Lindsey Barsoum. The Bears had runners on the corners with one out, but the Lady Demons retired the next two UCA hitters to end the threat.

Burke regain the lead for NSU with a triple in the bottom of the inning.


UCA’s baseball game against Incarnate Word at Bear Stadium was also postponed because of rain.

The teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, and a single game Sunday.