Senior Blake Roberts hit a pinch-hit, three-run walkoff home run on Saturday afternoon to carry the University of Central Arkansas Bears to a 12-1 run-rule victory over the UTSA Roadrunners at Bear Stadium.
Junior Caleb McClahanan pitched a complete-game four-hitter, striking out four, walking none and allowing one earned run to improve to 4-3 on the season. The Bears (18-21, 12-11) made the most of their nine hits, recording their third run-rule victory of the season.
Bryan Willson and junior right fielder Forrestt Allday both had two hits and scored three runs for the Bears. Eight of nine UCA starters had at least one RBI, while sophomore Jonathan Davis had no RBI but scored twice. Roberts had three RBI, all with one swing, and catcher Travis Snider added two RBI.
UCA won its seventh straight home game and won its fourth Southland Conference series in as many tries this season.
The Bears scored a run without a hit in the first inning off UTSA starter Michael Kraft. Davis walked, stole second, advanced to third on a sacrfice bunt by Ethan Harris and scored on Allday’s groundout. They rallied for six runs in the third inning on five hits and an error.
Willson had an RBI single, Logan Moon had a sacrifice fly, Garrett Brown had an RBI double, Kraig Kelley added another sacrifice fly and Blake Marchal singled in the sixth run for a 7-1 lead.
Two more came in in the fourth on Snider’s two-run double. UCA could not get the 10-run lead needed for the run rule until the eighth when Allday and Willson were both hit by pitches in consecutive at-bats with two outs. Roberts then came off the bench with his team-high fourth home run of the season and the 13th of his career.
McClanahan allowed a double to the first batter he faced, then Mike Warren homered in the second inning, but that was it. The only other hits he allowed were two infield singles in the third and fourth innings. McClanahan recorded his team-high third complete game of the season.
Game 3 of the series is set for noon Sunday.