SAN MARCOS, Texas — The University of Central Arkansas Bears wasted a solid pitching performance by junior Caleb McClanahan on Saturday afternoon, falling 2-1 to the Texas State Bobcats in Southland Conference action at Bobcat Ballpark.
McClanahan threw a complete-game four-hitter but Texas State’s two early runs held up as the Bobcats survived two late-inning rally attempts by the Bears (16-19, 10-10). UCA got runners to second and third in the eighth inning but an unorthodox double play with both runners being tagged out at third base ended the threat.
In the ninth, UCA got a single from Logan Moon but failed to score when Texas State (22-16, 10-10) turned another double play to end the game.
McClanahan (3-3) allowed only one extra-base hit, a double to the first batter he faced. He struck out 3 and walked 1. The Bears out-hit the Bobcats 8-4 but managed only one run. That came in the fifth inning when Ethan Harris’ RBI single through the right side scored Kraig Kelley.
Harris finished 2 for 4 with an RBI while second baseman Blake Marchal was 2 for 2. Tyler Sibley, who had the leadoff double, had two of TSU’s four hits and scored both runs. Colton Turner (4-2) got the victory for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats won the series opener, 5-3, Friday.
The series finale will be at 1 p.m. today.