A day after absorbing a 19-5 pounding to Lamar at Beaumont, Texas, the University of Central Arkansas baseball team lost, 7-6, Saturday in the ninth inning.
The Bears (9-9, 3-2) rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth but Lamar (12-7, 3-2) got a walkoff single in the bottom of the inning at Vincent-Beck Stadium.
UCA scored three in the ninth when Michael Haun hit a one-out single to left and Tyler Langley followed with a walk. Austin White’s double to left center scored Haun. After a strikeout, Logan Preston’s infield single combined with an error brought in Langley. Hunter Strong then singled to left field but Preston was thrown out at the plate for the third out.
The Cardinals loaded the bases in the ninth off UCA closer Jacob Murray (0-20 with a walk, a base hit and an intentional walk. Third baseman Cutter McDowell then laced a base hit down the left-field line to win it.
Langley, Preston and Haun all had three hits for the Bears, who were out-hit 10-9 by the Cardinals.
Friday night, UCA committed three errors and gave up eight unearned runs and were never in it. Senior Connor Gilmore (1-3) took the loss, striking out 7 in 4 2/3 innings.
Lamar will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon.
At Nacogdoches, Texas, the UCA softball team (18-0, 3-1) used power to win the second game of a doubleheader with Stephen F. Austin to gain a split and win their second road series in the Southland Conference.
In a 7-3 victory in the nightcap, four of UCA’s eight hits were home runs — by Sam Forrest, Jessie Taylor, Kate Myers and Amy Gunnells. Shivaun Landeros tossed a five-hitter.
After UCA rallied from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game at 6, the Ladyjacks scored two runs in the sixth inning to win the opener, 9-7. Lindsay Elliott had a grand slam for UCA. Taylor also homered.
At Beaumont, Lamar (7-5, 2-3) blitzed the UCA Sugar Bears in doubles on the way to a 5-2 tennis victory Saturday.
Krizia Buck and Qili Ma won singles matchs for the Bears (8-6, 3-4).
At Warrior Field, Hendrix’s softball team (10-11, 5-6) split a doubleheader with Millaps (12-9, 1-1), losing the first game, 6-0, and winning the second, 5-2.
The Warriors got only four hits off Casey Denbow.
In the second game, Bryanna Carlisle, Karli Sewell and Jamie Johnson all had two hits for Hendrix. Johnson had three RBI.
Dasha Donahoe (3-3) got the win. Savannah Draup got the save.
Also in a game in Conway, the Hendrix baseball team (11-10, 5-3) split a doubleheader with Oglethorpe, winning 8-2 and losing, 4-2.
Jorge Leon and Tanner Cooper had two hits in the opener. Five Hendrix players were hit by a pitch.
Daniel Imbro (3-3) struk out seven and allowed five hits in seven innings.
(UCA Sports Information contributed to this report)