The University of Central Arkansas softball team came up on the short end of two games Friday.
The Bears (1-6) lost a pitchers’ duel to Samford (2-4) 1-0 in eight innings in the opener. UCA then blew a four-run lead against host Troy (4-2), falling 13-5 in six innings.
After seven scoreless regulation innings, Samford took advantage of the international tie-breaker rule in the bottom of the eighth inning. The rule allows a runner to start the inning on second base. Pinch runner Kayla Shaffer was bunted over to third then scored on a base hit from second baseman Julianne Surane.
UCA sophomore pitcher Kelsie Armstrong (1-4) limited the Bulldogs to just two hits and two walks, while striking out five. Samford’s Nicole Bobrowski (2-0) threw a three-hit, three strikeout shutout.
Troy scored eight runs in the bottom of the third in the second game. Melanie Bryant and Tarra Underhill each had a two-run homer in the third inning for UCA.
Bryant led UCA at the plate by going 3-for-4. Junior first baseman Kasey Britt had two hits, including a double. Kelvon Greer had two hits and a RBI and Preslie Long recorded a double.