Bear Stadium was a welcome site for the University of Central Arkansas baseball team Thursday night.
After playing 12 of the last 13 games on the road and being swept by Oral Roberts in their opening Southland Conference series, the Bears (20-6, 1-3) run-ruled Lamar (21-7, 1-3) in the opener of a three-game home series.
Bear Stadium was just what the University of Central Arkansas Bears needed on Thursday night as they rolled past the Lamar Cardinals in a 10-0 run-rule victory in the Southland Conference series opener.
UCA senior righthander Caleb McClanahan cruised to a complete-game, three-hit victory, allowing just three singles and no runners past first base. McClanahan (5-2), from Wynne, struck out four in his second complete game of the season. It was the fourth straight time the Cardinals have been shut out in Conway, dating back to last year’s series sweep.
Michael Marietta finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored, while Garrett Brown was 2 for 2 and Justin Treece went 2 for 3 with two RBI,
The Hendrix baseball team stretched its winning streak to four Friday with a doubleheader sweep of Sewanee.
Teddy Smoyer hurled a complete-game shutout as the Warriors won the first game, 5-0. They came back to win the second, 5-1.
It marked three victories in two days for Hendrix, which played the longest game in school history Thursday.
Thursday night, senior pitcher Tyler Keever pitch five innings of scoreless, gutsy relief and junior Collin Radack hit a walk-off double in the bottom of the 13th as Hendrix defeated the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 9-8, at Warrior Field.
In their longest game by innings in school history, the Warriors (12-15) were outhit by the Pioneers (5-9) 18-13, but Hendrix recorded four extra-base hits, three by Radack.
Keever, a left-hander, allowed six hits and four walks to go with three strikeouts, but did not allow a run over five innings to pick up his first win of the year.
Ryan Ritz led the bottom of the 13th off with a bunt single and St. Clair walked to put two runners on with no outs. Radack ended the game with a double to left field, allowing Ritz to score the winning run.
Radack went 4-for-6 with eight total bases, three RBI and two runs scored. Ritz had two hits, including a double, two runs scored and three RBI. Matt Simmons also had two hits and drove in three runs. Ritz, a first baseman, set two school records with 17 chances and 17 putouts and freshman shortstop Brandon Smith tied the program record with nine assists.
Birmingham-Southern swept the Hendrix women’s tennis team, 9-0, Thursday at the Hendrix courts.
The Panthers (7-1, 2-0) swept through doubles play against the Warriors (2-5, 0-2) to start the match. In singles, Saranya Prathibha had the closest match at the third spot, falling to Sara Cohen 6-1, 6-3.
Berry College cooled off the Hendrix College softball team quickly Friday in compiling 32 runs an 37 hits in sweeping a doubleheader at Warrior Field. Berry (19-7, 11-3) won the first game, 23-3, and the second 9-5.
The Warriors entered the series with an eight-game winning streak. The visitors got 23 hits in the first game while Cassie Caillee (8-2) struck out five and tossed a five-hitter.
Berry got 14 hits in the second game while limiting Hendrix to seven.
Ashley Halbert was the losing pitcher for the Warriors (17-7, 7-3) in both games.