Central Arkansas got a 10-strikeout, complete-game outing from senior pitcher Jeffrey Enloe to complement 10 hits and 10 walks at the plate as the Bears easily defeated the Kansas Jayhawks, 9-3, at Bear Stadium on Saturday.
The Bears (5-1) fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, but responded by getting on the board in each of the next three innings and held the Jayhawks (3-3) scoreless for seven of the final eight to get the victory in their first-ever home game against a Big 12 foe.
After a scoreless first, the Bears took the lead with a three-run second – getting two runs when Kansas left fielder Michael Suiter misplayed a ball hit by UCA’s Forrestt Allday, and adding another on a Blake Marchal single.
The Bears followed with four runs in the third inning. A Kraig Kelley single and two walks loaded the bases for the Bears with one down, and junior Justin Treece drew the third walk of the inning to score Kelley. Freshman Tyler Langley of Conway followed with a double down the right field line to plate Scott Zimmerle and Garrett Brown for the Bears’ next two runs, and Allday scored Treece on a sacrifice fly for the final run of the inning.
Kansas answered with one run in the top half of the fourth, but the Bears retaliated with a pair in the bottom half – doing all their damage with two outs.
Enloe limited the Jayhawks to five hits and struck out five over the final five innings – including a game-ending strikeout of Kevin Kuntz – to finish his fourth career complete game and the first of the season for the Bears.
Brown, Kelley, Treece and Zimmerle each scored two runs for the Bears, and Allday, Treece and Langley each had two RBI.
The win marks the third all-time against Big 12 competition for the Bears, who have twice defeated former Big 12 member Missouri. With the victory, the Bears improve to 5-0 at home this season, and will look to finish their second perfect weekend of the season on Sunday against Jackson State at 1 p.m.