SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — The University of Incarnate Word scored four runs in the fourth and fifth innings Saturday on the way to a 9-3 victory over the University of Central Arkansas softball team, salvaging the third game of a three-game softball series.

The Lady Cardinals (14-23) had 15 hits. The Bears (17-22) had four, two by Sarah Bigej.

Before the game, UIW officials, on their Senior Day, also honored UCA seniors Lindsey Barsoum and Taylor Dear.

Friday, the Bears outscored UIW, 14-1, in a doubleheader sweep, winning the first game, 9-1, and the second, 5-0.

Kylee Studioso allowed just one run and seven hits while striking out 15 in 12 innings. She went the distance in both games, recording her third shutout of the season with nine strikeouts in the day’s second game after allowing just two hits in the opener.

Jessie Taylor tied the UCA single-season RBI record with her 48th of the year, Briana Whisenhunt was 4-for-8 with a pair of RBIs, Amy Gunnells had three RBIs and Hayley Parker and Hannah Stirton each had two.

In the day’s first win, the Bears scored nine runs on 10 hits and four walks while limiting UIW to two hits.

In the nightcap, the Bears took a 1-0 lead in the top of when Briana Whisenhunt singled in Sarah Bigej.

UCA tacked on another in the fourth on an Ashley Boswell solo home run to center, then stretched the lead to four with two runs in the sixth on a pinch-hit RBI double by Peyton Jenkins and an RBI single by Gunnells. The Bears got their final run in the top of the seventh when Whisenhunt tripled to score Sam Forrest.


NATCHITOCHES, La. — Northwestern State worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning Friday night on the way to downing the University of Central Arkansas, 6-2, in the opener of a three-game series at Brown-Stroud Field.

The Bears (22-17, 10-9) saw their four-game conference winning streak come to an end, while the Demons (23-18, 11-8) broke an overall five-game losing streak with the victory. The teams met in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon to avoid possible severe weather on Sunday.

UCA left 11 runners on base, including six of those at third base. The Bears did not score after the fourth inning despite having eight baserunners over the final five innings.

NSU’s freshman starter Adam Oller (5-0) remained perfect by allowing 9 hits and 2 earned runs and striking out 6 over 7 1/3 innings. Brandon Smith picked up the save, coming in with the bases loaded in the ninth and striking out three consecutive Bears.

UCA senior Bryce Biggerstaff (3-5) took the loss, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs in seven innings. Doug Votolato was 3-for-5 and stole his 16th baseball of the season. Nate Ferrell finished 2-for-5, while Scott Zimmerle was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base.