Lions drop series finale to Eagles

FORT SMITH — Oklahoma Christian’s pitching tandem of Tyler Sturges and Dillon Endecott held the UAFS to just two hits on Sunday afternoon as the Eagles beat the Diamond Lions 6-1 in the Heartland Conference series finale at Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City.

The Eagles (10-5, 7-2) swept the three-game series against the Diamond Lions (8-9, 4-5), winning the series opening doubleheader 2-0 and 10-6 on Friday. It was the fourth loss in a row for UAFS.

Catcher Justin Shealy had both hits for UAFS, which batted 0.077 during the nine-inning game. Shealy, who was 2 for 3, had a two-out single in the first inning off Sturges, who earned the win in seven strong innings, and a one-out single in the ninth inning off reliever Dillon Endecott.

Shealy reached base in three of his four at-bats. He drew a leadoff walk in the seventh and scored on a RBI fielder’s choice by third baseman Matt Turner.

Sturges (1-1) allowed just one hit and one earned run, struck out five and did not allow a walk in seven innings. Endecott allowed one hit and struck out one in two innings of relief. UAFS left four runners on base.

Oklahoma Christian scored all the runs it needed in the opening inning, tagging UAFS starter Devin Hampton with four runs off two hits, three walks and a hit batter. The Eagles had seven hits off four of the five Diamond Lions pitchers.

Hampton (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing five runs – three earned – on three hits with six walks and two strikeouts over five complete innings. Reliever Collin Ogilvie allowed one hit in one inning, reliever Austin Duerr allowed one hit with one walk and one strikeout in 2/3 innings, reliever Hayden Harvey pitched a perfect 1/3 inning and reliever Blaise Warrick allowed one earned run on two hits with two strikeouts in one inning.

UAFS will begin a 17-game homestand at 1 p.m. on Tuesday when it hosts Southeastern Oklahoma State in a doubleheader at Crowder Field.

Bears take series from Tigers

MEMPHIS — The University of Central Arkansas Bears got a complete-game performance from starter Chris Caudle and pounded out 15 hits Sunday afternoon in an 8-4 victory over the Memphis Tigers at FedEdPark.

The Bears (8-5) took the series 2-1 after 17- and 14-inning games on Friday and Saturday. Memphis entered the weekend with an 11-1 record, including road victories at Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Caudle, a junior from Greenwood, improved to 3-1, allowing 13 hits and four earned runs while striking out four. Left fielder Wesley Hoover led the UCA offensive attack, going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI, while Nate Ferrell, Justin Treece, Charles Deckard and Nick Rougeau had two hits apiece.

The Bears took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Hoover’s two-run single up the middle that scored Doug Votolato and Tyler Langley. UCA added another run in the second on Deckard’s single, a Memphis throwing error and Langley’s sacrifice fly.

UCA made it 5-0 in the third when Hoover and Joey Pinney had RBI singles.

Caudle kept the Tigers (12-3) off the board until the fifth when they got one run on a sacrifice fly and another in the sixth with an RBI double. The Bears got those two runs back in the top of the eighth on Ferrell’s two-run single back up the middle that brought in Votolato and Langley again.

For the weekend, the UCA pitching staff posted a stellar 1.60 earned-run average over 40 innings, with just 9 walks, 17 strikeouts and 7 earned runs.

Late rally falls short for A-State

MILLINGTON, Tenn. — The Arkansas State baseball suffered a 5-4 setback Sunday afternoon in the second game of a three-game series against Creighton at USA Baseball Stadium.

The Red Wolves (6-8) trailed by one run going into the bottom of the ninth inning and loaded the bases with one out, but a strikeout and groundout to first base ended A-State’s comeback attempt and left the bases loaded.

The Red Wolves and Bluejays were tied at 3-3 after 6 ½ innings but Joe Schrimpf put A-State ahead with a 2-out single through the left side the plated Lucas Feddersen and the Arkansas State bullpen combined to finish out the game.

The inning began with a single by Feddersen and then he stole second base to move himself into scoring position. After a fly out and a strikeout, Stuart Levy was intentionally walked and Schrimpf delivered with the RBI hit.

Arkansas State took advantage of two Bluejays’ miscues in the bottom of the fourth inning to take its first lead of the afternoon. Burgess started the inning by reaching on an error by the Creighton shortstop and Stuart Levy followed with double down the left field line to extend his hitting streak to 12 straight games.

The Red Wolves tied the game when Burgess scored on the second error of the inning by Creighton’s shortstop, which also allowed Schrimpf to reach safely at first base and Levy advanced to third on the play.

Austin Groth, who had been efficient with the Arkansas State batters until the inning began, struggled to find his command and threw a wild pitch that allowed Levy to score the go-ahead run from third. Groth then hit Collin Massanelli and Dustin Jones singled up the middle to put runners on first and second.

Zach Maggio singled through the left side to drive in the inning’s third run and forced a pitching by the Bluejays. Nick Highberger came in, in relief and immediately issued a walk to Feddersen to load the bases, but Austin Baker flew out to left to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.

The lead would not last however as Mike Gerber tied the game in the top of the sixth inning with a two-run home run to right field. It was one of just two mistakes that Chandler Hawkins made on the afternoon. The sophomore also gave up a solo home run to Landon Lucansky in the second inning.

Hawkins turned in the second quality start of the season for an A-State pitcher, tossing six innings and giving up just three run on three hits while striking out four.

Levy finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored, while Schrimpf added a hit and two RBIs. Maggio also had an RBI on the afternoon and had two hits.

Warriors pound Colonels

CONWAY — The Hendrix College baseball team closed out their three-game Southern Athletic Association series with an 11-1, 7-inning victory over Centre College on Sunday at Warrior Field.

The win gave the Warriors (7-7, 4-2) their second straight conference series by winning two of the three games. The Colonels fall to 4-7 and 1-2.

Hendrix outhit the Centre 16-4 and scored one run in the first, two in third, three in the fourth, two in the sixth and ended the game via run-rule with three in the seventh.

Senior center fielder Collin Radack tied the school record with five runs scored and had two hits, two RBI and three stolen bases. The Austin, Texas native moved into second on the Hendrix career hits list with 205 and is just two behind record-holder Clark Sims with 207.

Junior shortstop Ryan Ritz extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a pair of doubles for three RBI and a stolen base. Junior right fielder Matt Simmons had a hit and knocked in three and freshman first baseman Logan Hiatt drove in two. Junior designated hitter Brady Newville and freshman left fielder Wyatt Hogan recorded three hits each. Seth Mobley and Jacob Perschke added two singles a piece.

First baseman Trey Litsey drove in the Colonel’s only run.

Senior starter Thomas Weber (2-2) earned the win, allowing three hits, one run and five walks with a strikeout over six innings. Freshman lefty Colten Poellinger allowed one hit and a walk in a scoreless seventh.

Stephen Shunk (0-3) allowed nine hits, six runs and a walk with a strikeout in four innings in the loss