STARKVILLE, Miss. — Ethan McKinzie and Bryce Biggerstaff combined on a seven-hit shutout Tuesday night as the University of Central Arkansas Bears downed Mississippi State 2-0 at historic Dudy Noble Field.
McKinzie (1-1), a junior righthander from Gravette, went six innings in his first start and allowed just five hits and struck out four. Sophomore Bryce Biggerstaff from Sherwood pitched the final three innings for his first save.
"That was just a complete ballgame tonight," said UCA head coach Allen Gum. "Pitching, defense and some timely hitting. We just played good baseball. When our guys play that kind of baseball, we can beat anybody."
The Bears (24-26), who managed eight hits off five MSU pitchers, scored the only run they would need in the second inning when senior designated hitter Blake Roberts singled home catcher Michael Marietta for a 1-0 lead. UCA made it 2-0 in the fifth.
The Bears, in sixth place in the Southland Conference, host league leader Sam Houston State in the final regular-season series beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. The top eight teams receive berths to the 2012 SLC Tournament.
Friday’s game is set for 6 p.m., with Saturday’s "Senior Day" beginning at 1 p.m. at Bear Stadium.
The 14th annual Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic will be held Monday, July 30, at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock.
This year’s celebrity event will be hosted by new Arkansas State University head football coach Gus Malzahn and members of his coaching staff. Lunch will be served at noon, tee time will be 1 p.m., awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m. and a reception and dinner will conclude the day’s activities at 6 p.m.
That evening’s dinner is being billed as "Talking Football with Gus Malzahn." The cost for an afternoon of golf for four players and a dinner table of 10 is $2,500. The fee for just a golf team of four is $2,000.
Individual dinner tickets for "Talking Football with Gus Malzahn" are $150, and tables of 10 can be purchased for $1,500 each.
Those desiring more information should call Jennifer Smith at (501) 663-4328 or Catherine Johnson at (501) 821-1021.