CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Bears made it two straight over the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars on Saturday, using a six-run third inning to record an 11-4 win at Bear Stadium.
The Bears (2-3) pounded out double-digits hits for the second consecutive day, finishing with 11. Junior righthander Caleb McClanahan threw a five-hit shutout through seven innings to earn his first victory at UCA. He struck out 8 and walked just one.
The Bears, leading 1-0 after the first inning, put up six more runs in the bottom of the third, with some help from the Cougars. UCA had four hits in the inning and drew three bases-loaded walks and had a pop fly drop in front of the plate.
Forrestt Allday started the inning with a single up the middle and a bunt single by Jonathan Davis moved him to second. Ethan Harris’ sacrifice bunt moved both before Allday scored on a fielder’s choice by Bryan Willson. Davis came in on a passed ball and Travis Snider singled to shortstop to re-load the bases.
After an out, Blake Marchal, Michael Marietta and Allday drew consecutive walks off SIU starter Ryan Daniels for three more runs. Daniel Reed came on to pitch for Daniels and Davis greeted him with an RBI single for the sixth and final run of the inning.
Daniels went 2 2⁄3 innings, allowing five hits, seven earned runs, with five walks and five strikeouts.
The Bears added three more runs in the sixth inning when Willson was hit by a pitch and moved up on a passed ball. Roberts drew a walk and Travis Snider singled to left field to load the bases. Junior shortstop Garrett Brown cleared the bases with a three-run double down the left-field line for a 10-0 lead. UCA added one more in the seventh on doubles by Davis and Roberts.
Davis, a sophomore from Camden, went 3 for 5, while Snider was 3 for 4. Willson and Brown had two hits and 3 RBI each. Willson knocked in the first-inning run with a single to right field that scored Allday. UCA freshman Connor McClain of Conway pitched a perfect ninth inning for UCA.
Game 3 of the series is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.