Hannah Stirton’s single in the bottom of the 12th drove in Amy Gunnells with the winning run, giving the UCA softball team a crazy, 12-11. come-from-behind victory over Abilene Christian on Saturday at Farris Field.
UCA came back five times to pull out the win.
The win gave the Bears (22-11, 6-3) a 2-1 victory in the series against the Wildcats (12-14, 6-3).
Things looked bleak in the 11th.
They were staggering against the ropes in the 11th inning. Then the Bears’ Jessie Taylor came out swinging. Her grand slam home run tied the game at 9 in the 11th.
Stirton was 3 for 7 with three RBI. Taylor was 2 for 6.
Friday night, the Bears and the Wildcats split a doubleheader with UCA winning 4-1 and losing, 3-2, in eight innings.
Gunnells had a home run in the first game and Landerson hurled her 10th complete game.
ACU won the second game on an unearned run in the top of the eighth
After dramatic victory Friday night to clinch the series, the University of Central Arkansas baseball team lost, 3-2, in 10 innings to Houston Baptist.
UCA (11-11, 5-4) still won the series, 2-1.
Saturday at Bear Stadium, the Bears led, 2-1, heading to the ninth with closer Jacob Murray coming in to replace starter Riley Echols had gone eight innings, allowing just three hits and one run, striking out four and walking four.
Murray, who leads UCA with five saves, allowed a leadoff double to Brandon Brintz in the top of the ninth. After a strikeout of Austin Saenz, Carey Jones laced another double to tie the game at 2-2. In the 10th. Chris Durham replaced Murray in the 10th and shortstop Louie Payetta gave the Huskies a 3-2 lead with an RBI single that scored pinch-runner Kendrick Holmes.
The Bears trailed 1-0 after four innings but Tyler Langley smacked a two-run home run to left center off HBU starter Christian Thames (1-3) for a 2-1 lead. Second baseman Matt Anderson led the Bears, going 2 for 4, while Langley, of Conway, finished 1 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored. UCA hosts UA-Pine Bluff at 6 p.m. Tuesday before heading to Huntsville, Texas, to take on Sam Houston State next weekend in SLC play.
On a Friday night in which four other state teams (Arkansas, Arkansas State, Little Rock and Arkansas-Pine Bluff) notched walkoff victories, UCA had one of the most dramatic against the Huskies.
Langley singled in the ninth to drive in the winning run in an 8-7 victory. The Bears fell behind 6-0 after three innings but tied the score at 7 in the seventh. Langley drove in Michael Haun, who hit a one-out single in the ninth and stole second and advanced to third on an error.
UCA got 6 1/3 strong innings from senior Derek Beier in relief of freshman starter Cody Davenport. Beier allowed just four hits and one earned run to improve to 3-0 on the season in his longest outing of the season, and second longest of his two-year career at UCA.
HBU’s three pitchers combined to walk seven batters and hit five more batters.
UCA hosts UAPB on Tuesday, then plays Sam Houston in a three-game series in Huntsville this weekend.
At Sewanee, Tenn., Saturday, the Hendrix baseball team (14-11, 8-3) moved into a first-place tie in the Southern Athletic Association with a doubleheader sweep of Sewanee, 6-2 and 6-4.
The Warriors got two complete-game, three-hitters against the Tigers (3-24, 2-9). Daniel Imbro (3-4) won the first game an Marshall Nichol (3-2) struck out eight in a winning effort in the nightcap.
In the first game, Drew Judson was 4 for 5. Wyatt Hogan was 3 for 4.
In the second game, Jorge Leon was 2 for 4. Justin Robinson was 2 for 4 with two RBI.
The Warriors opened the series Friday with a 3-2 victory.
Rightfielder Marshall Nichol threw out the tying run at the plate to end the game. Junior starting pitcher Harley Faye (4-1) earned the win with a career-high eight strikeouts and allowing eight hits, an unearned run and two walks over eight innings. Freshman Taylor Barker earned his fourth save of the year by throwing the ninth.
Hendrix College junior Matt Ramirez placed third in his first decathlon at the Hendrix Multis at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium Friday and Saturday.
Ramirez, from Midland, Texas, recorded 5,771 points and finished behind David Pencarinha from Harding University and Ryan Kruse of Central College in the eight-man field. Ramirez’ point total was 30 off the school record set by David Spriewald in 2012.
On Friday, Ramirez had the fifth best 100 meter dash time of 11.98 seconds. He then recorded a long jump of 6.33 meters (20 ft.-9.25 in.), the second best mark of the day. Ramirez was fifth again in the shot put with a mark of 10.55 meters (34 ft.-7.5 in.), then was second in the high jump by clearing 1.82 meters (5 ft.-11.5 in.). He finished the opening with the fourth best 400 meter dash time of 53.80 seconds.
Ramirez started Saturday with the fourth best mark in the 110 meter hurdles in 17.73 seconds. He recorded a personal-best distance of 34.32 meters (112 ft.-7 in.) in the discus, good for second. Ramirez had the sixth best pole vault of 3.45 meters (11 ft.-3.75 in.) and second in the javelin with another career best mark of 47.53 meters (155 ft.-11 in.). He finished the decathlon with the second best 1,500 meter time in 5:06.07.
The Hendrix College men’s lacrosse team lost to Berry College, 10-3, on Senior Night Friday at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium.
Before the game the Warriors (5-7, 1-2) honored their seven seniors - Zachary Baier, Dennis O’Hara, Joe Takacs, Travis Rabun, Dan D’Ostuni, Kevin Estell and Will Ross. In a women’s game Saturday, Rhodes snapped a four-game Hendrix winning streak with a 17-4 victory.
The visiting Lynx (9-2, 3-0) built a 7-0 lead over the first seven minutes of the game. The Warriors (6-5, 0-4) picked up goals 12 seconds apart from sophomore Reilly Frazier and junior Raychl Reger to make the game 7-2 with 22:01 left in the first half. Rhodes outscored the Warriors 7-1 the rest of the half. Freshman Jesse Clark scored the Warriors’ other goal on Morgan Dasch’s second assist of the game.
(UCA and Hendrix Sports Information departments contributed to this report)