University of Central Arkansas junior righthander Cody Davenport tossed a one-hit shutout on Sunday afternoon as the Bears beat the Houston Baptist Huskies, 5-0, in the second game of a Southland Conference doubleheader at Bear Stadium to salvage the final game of the weather-delayed series
HBU won the opener, 3-1, to win the series.
Davenport (3-1) allowed no hits until the fifth inning and finished with seven strikeouts and no walks to go with the one hit. It was UCA’s first one-hitter since April 5, 2014 when Chris Caudle allowed one hit in a 3-0 victory over Southeastern Louisiana in Conway.
Rigo Aguilar went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI to lead the Bears.
In the opener, HBU starter Matthew McCollough outdueled UCA starter Tanner Wiley, allowing just one run and striking out 10 to improve to 4-1. Wiley (2-1) also went the distance, allowing eight hits, three runs and stirking out eight.
The Bears (18-13, 10-5) play at Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 3 p.m. Tuesday and then return home to host UT-Martin in a non-conference weekend series, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.
Central Baptist College (19-21, 10-14) avoided a sweep in its three-game weekend series against Columbia College (24-9, 11-7) with an 8-3 victory at Columbia, Mo
Hunter Marshall threw a season-high eight innings, scattering 10 hits and allowing two runs with three walks and a season-best seven strikeouts.Charley Harber had four hits and scored twice, Brett Luna had three hits, scored twice and had an RBI, and Baker Wilson (two RBIs) and Trae BoBo (three) both had multi-RBI games.
UCA beach volleyball
At New Orleans, the University of Central Arkansas beach volleyball team went 1-2 Sunday to close the weather-delayed Green Wave Invitational.
The weather forced UCA to play three games Sunday. the Beach Bears defeated New Orleans, 3-2, then lost to No. 8 LSU, 5-0, and No. 19. Tulane, 4-1.
Delaney Driver and MC Rogers, Kimberly Schnars and Stephanie Pollnow and Kristine Hjembo and Rachel Kuhn won against New Orleans.
Against eighth-ranked LSU (19-9), Central Arkansas (8-5) was unable to get on the board,
The Bears fell to the nineteenth-ranked Green Wave (17-11) 3-1 while forcing a third set in three matches. Hjembo and Hamilton won the only match for UCA.
Central Arkansas returns home next weekend, hosting Austin Peay and ULM for the Beach Bear Classic.
The UCA tennis team (11-5, 4-3) snapped a two-game losing streak Sunday, rallying in singles for a 5-2 victory over Southeastern Louisiana.
After waiting nearly 44 hours to wrap up their Southland Conference series at Stephen F. Austin due to weather at Nacogdoches, Texas, the UCA softball team (20-17, 9-6) lost its second conference series of the season, falling in the rubber game, 6-0.
The Bears managed just a pair two hits on the day, getting a bunt single from Kate Myers in the fourth and an infield single from Oakley Sisemore in the seventh, but still managed to put 10 runners on base on seven walks and a hit-by-pitch.
The Bears close a four-game road trip at Ole Miss on Tuesday, before hosting Lamar for a three game series at Farris Field this weekend. The Bears and Cardinals will play a doubleheader Friday and a single game at 1:00 PM on Saturday.
Columbia College (15-8, 8-0) swept Central Baptist College's softball team (17-14, 6-6) in a doubleheader in a weather-delayed American Midwest Conference series.
Columbia won there first game, 4-3, and the second game, 8-5.
St. Joseph softball
Wonderview uised a 14-hit attack and six St. Joseoh errors to defeat the Lady Buddogs, 14-7 in softball at Wonderview.
St. Joseph left 10 runners on base and the bases-loaded twice. Bailee Atkinson was two for three with four RBI.
"Wonderview hit the ball well in the fourth (seven runs) and we couldn't stop the bleeding," said coach Debra Wilhite. "Otherwise, we did some good things."