ITTA BENA, Miss. - The University of Central Arkansas softball team earned ITS first win of the 2011 season by defeating Mississippi Valley State 5-2 here Wednesday afternoon. 

The Bears (1-4) hammered out 11 hits, while holding the Devilettes (3-2) to just five. Junior Kasey Britt paced UCA’s offense by going 2-for-4 with four runs batted in.    

Shay Ristau had a pair of doubles for UCA. Nicole Beals and Melanie Bryant added two hits each.    

Kelsie Armstrong (1-3) earned the win by fanning seven and walking one in seven innings. 

UCA will travel to Troy, Ala. for the Quality Inn Classic, beginning Friday.