The Central Arkansas Bears could secure a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning before the Southeastern Louisiana Lions scored two runs in the top of the seventh before scoring three runs in the top of the ninth on their way to a 10-6 victory Saturday.
The Bears (31-19, 17-9 Southland Conference) got the scoring started when junior Tyler Smith scored on a bases loaded fielder’s choice by junior T.J. Black.
Senior Keaton Presley added another run in the bottom of the second when he drove home senior Colby LeBlanc.
The Lions (33-19, 20-9 SLC) got on the board when junior Kyle Schimpf hit an RBI single through the right side, scoring junior Cody Grosse.
SLU junior Evan Pace hit a solo home run to left center in the top of the fourth.
The Lions added another run when Grosse scored on a wild pitch.
UCA junior Hunter Strong answered with a two-run home run to right field, making the score 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth.
Home runs continued to be the main scoring tool for both teams when senior Trenon Trosclair homered down the left field line, tying the game at five.
Junior Mike Taylor hit a two-run home down the left field, taking a 7-5 lead.
It was the Lions first lead of the game.
Strong hit his second home run of the game to right center, making the score 7-6.
SLU senior Drew Avens hit a ninth inning two-run home run to right center, giving the Lions a three-run lead. Their highest of the game to that point.
Schimpf scored the Lions final run when Pace sacrifice bunted runners over.
Sophomore Bryce Tassin pitched three innings of relief, giving up one run on two hits, two walks, while stirking out three.
He came in for junior Carlisle Koestler, who gave up five runs on 10 hits, while striking out four.
Junior Kade Granier got his second save of the season, working one and one-third innings. He gave up one hit and struck out one.
UCA junior Cody Davenport took the loss, throwing six and one-third innings.
He gave up six runs on 11 hits, one walk, one hit batsman, while striking out six.
The Lions and Bears conclude their series Sunday at 1 p.m. as the two teams battle for second place in the SLC.