University of Central Arkansas teams completed a dramatic weekend Sunday.
The baseball team capped a series sweep over UT Martin on a walkoff home run.
The softball team staged a three-run rally with two outs to defeat Lamar and win the weekend series, 2-1.
The tennis team won two home matches, including one against the Southland Conference leader and clinched a spot in the Southland Conference tournament.
William Hancock hit a walkoff solo home run to lead off the 12th inning Sunday to give the Bears (22-12) a 4-3 victory in the series finale against the Skyhawks (5-28) at Bear Stadium
Sophomore reliever Mark Moyer earned the victory with five innings of relief, allowing four hits Sunday and one run and striking out three.
Hancock, who entered the game in the ninth inning as a pinch hitter, took a 3-1 pitch over the right field fence off UT Martin reliever Austin Buzick.
Saturday, Tyler Gray tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out 12 in the 3-0 victory in the nightcap. Gray moved into second place in career strikeouts at UCA with 249, trailing only Matt Whitaker’s 269.
UCA begins a five-game road swing at Wichita State on Tuesday night. The Bears, in third place in the league standings, return to Southland Conference play on Friday night at league-leader Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas.
A six-run seventh inning was the highlight of a fiercely fought series finale between the Lamar Cardinals and Central Arkansas Bears at Farris Field on Sunday.
After the Cardinals struck three times to take a 6-4 lead in the top of seventh, the Bears answered with three two-out runs of their own to take the game, 7-6, and the series 2-1.
Lamar (24-21, 9-9 SLC) took advantage of a pair of defensive miscues by the Bears to tie the game in the top of the seventh, tying the game on a dropped fly ball and taking a lead on an RBI double from Shelby Henderson and a UCA throwing error. Central Arkansas (22-19, 11-7 SLC) responded in the bottom of the frame. Oakley Sisemore reached on an error that drove in Kayla Crutchmer and a dropped popup scored Sisemore and Morgan Felts to give the Bears the walkoff win.
Lauren Brooks and Kayla Crutchmer led the Bear offense, going three for four.. Brooks added three RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Kate Myers' three-run home run Saturday gave the Bears an 8-5 victory in the second game after losing the opener, 5-2.
A record-setting performance from QiLi Ma and Rada Manataweewat highlighted the Sugar Bears' 5-2 win over Stephen F. Austin, their second in two days.
Ma and Manataweewat, who have spent the last three seasons as a doubles pair for Central Arkansas (14-5, 7-3 SLC), earned their 51st career win in the 60th match they have played together, pushing their program-best winning percentage to .852.
Saturday, UCA locked up their spot in the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament on Saturday, defeating the league-leading Northwestern State Lady Demons (14-7, 8-2) , 4-3.
“Today was one of the hardest-fought matches we’ve played all year,” said UCA head coach Casey Wharton. “Northwestern State is unbelievably good this year, and we knew it would be difficult."
The University of Central Arkansas grabbed 14 golds at Saturday’s UCA Open at the Bill Stephens Track and Soccer Complex.
The UCA women had 10 first-place finishes and the men four.
For the women, Ajah Criner won the 400 meters in a time of 57:05 and was second in the 200 meters (25.39). Taylor Dunn took the 5,000 meters (18:04.48) while Aysha Anderson won the 100-meter hurdles (14.26) and Logan Morton won the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.16). UCA’s 4x400 team of Aliyah Robinson, Tia Coleman, Samantha Ellis and Molly Sampson won in 4:03.95.
Taylor Coleman won the long jump (17-04.75) and Hannah Noble won the high jump at 5-7, with Brooke Wright in second at 5-3. Teshuna Sheppard took gold in the triple jump (37-5) and Shawanna Brockman took the shot put title (37-06.75). Rachel Durler won the javelin (128-9).
On the men’s side, Alex Hanson won the 800 meters in 1:54.19, folowed by Daniel Lawson in second (1:57.85). Julien Jeandree took gold in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:33.54, with Jaron Hamilton second (9:45.17). Eric Moore took the high jump, winning a jump off with a height of 6-09.75. Darius Herl won the javelin with a throw of 169-1.
The Conway Christian baseball team defeated Southside of Bee Branch, 7-2, last week,.
Jevin Callaway pitch six innings as he Eagles remained undefeated.
The Central Baptist College softball team (20-17, 7-7) split a doubleheader with William Woods (20-16, 11-5).
CBC won lost the first game, 12-6 then won the nightcap, 8-7 over the Owls (20-16, 11-5).
(20-16, 11-5 AMC), dropping game one 12-6 but winning game two 8-7.between games.
Baleigh Jackson homered for the Mustangs.
Coming off their first victory after trailing by five runs or more,
Tje Mustangs then swept Park (15-18, 11-9), 6-2 and 5-0.
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