Bronchos’ barrage halts Lions’ streak
FORT SMITH — The UAFS Diamond Lions’ undefeated streak ended abruptly on Friday afternoon as the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos opened the season with an 11-1 run-rule win at Wendell Simmons Field in Edmond, Okla.
UAFS (3-1) faced Central Oklahoma (1-0) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the second game of the three-game series and will finish the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Bronchos collected 13 hits off three Diamond Lions pitchers, including four for extra-bases. UAFS starter Jordan Cordray (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing four runs – three earned – on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings.
UAFS relievers Austin Duerr and Collin Ogilvie combined to allow seven earned runs on five hits with five walks and two strikeouts in two innings.
UAFS collected six hits off two Central Oklahoma pitchers – all singles. Senior right-hander Landon Hallam (1-0) allowed one earned run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts over six innings before giving way to reliever junior left-hander Andrew Davis, who allowed two hits in the seventh.
Left fielder Josh Vanderpool was 2 for 3 to lead UAFS, who left seven runners on base.
Wonder Boys earn first league win
RUSSELLVILLE — Senior Chance Scamardo went 3-for-3 with one run and an RBI, senior Mike Kattula went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and junior John Lassiter went 2-for-3 as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (5-2, 1-0 GAC) earned their first conference win of the season 5-1 against the Southern Nazarene Crimson Storm (3-1, 0-1 GAC) Friday night at Tech Field.
The Crimson Storm opened up scoring in the top of the first on a wild pitch from pitcher Ryan Taylor.
The Wonder Boys struck back in the bottom of the third, as Scamardo was doubled home by junior Patrick Castleberry. Junior Kris Ayers then hit an RBI single to give Tech a 2-1 lead.
Taylor took the win for the Wonder Boys after pitching 6 2/3 innings throwing nine strikeouts and allowing only three hits and one run. Ethan Crocker was stellar in relief, allowing just one hit in 2 1/3 innings of work.
The Wonder Boys will continue the series against Southern Nazarene Saturday, Feb. 15 with a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
Bears drop opener to Missouri State
CONWAY — The University of Central Arkansas Bears allowed 13 hits and recorded five errors in dropping their season opener 11-5 to Missouri State on Friday afternoon at Bear Stadium.
The Bears, who won a school-record 42 games last season, gave up chunks of runs Friday as the visiting Bears scored two in the second, three in the fifth and four more in the seventh. UCA had a brief 4-3 lead after scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but MSU answered with three runs in the top of the next inning and never trailed again.
Senior shortstop Justin Treece was the offensive star for the Bears, going 3 for 4 with a triple and two RBI.
UCA senior starter Bryce Biggerstaff allowed five earned runs in five innings, striking out five and walking one to pick up the loss. Schumacher threw four innings of relief for MSU to get the win. Doug Votolato also had a pair of hits for UCA, going 2 for 3 with a run scored, as MSU’s three pitchers held UCA to just eight hits.
Game 2 of the non-conference series is set for Saturday.
Southeastern rallies for win
ARKADELPHIA — Southeastern Oklahoma scored nine unanswered runs to come from behind to beat Henderson State 11-5, Friday in Great American Conference baseball action at Clyde Berry Field.
SOSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first-inning benefitting from a Reddie error and three straight walks given up by Henderson State starting pitcher Jon Luthe.
The Reddies then put together their most productive inning of the year plating five runs all with two-outs in the bottom of the first.
SOSU (3-2 overall, 1-0 GAC) scored a run in the second-inning on a double by Evan Ramsey. The Storm tied the score with a pair of runs in the third with the big hit being a Trevor Bowen double to right-center field to drive in two runs.
Henderson State (0-7, 0-1) managed just three hits the remainder of the game, while the Savage Storm continued to add to their lead.
Luthe (0-3) was tabbed with the loss giving up six runs on four hits with five walks in 4 2/3 innings of work.
The two teams will conclude the series with a double-header on Saturday with the first pitch set for noon at Clyde Berry Field.
Warriors fall to Loggers in opener
FRISCO, Texas — The Hendrix College baseball team lost their 2014 season opener 6-5 to Puget Sound at Dr. Pepper Ballpark on Friday afternoon.
The Warriors (0-1) outhit the Loggers (1-0) 11-7, but a trio of errors led to five unearned runs allowed for Hendrix.
An error and three hits and two walks led to a three-run seventh inning for the Loggers to regain a 6-4 lead. Radack walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth for the final run of the game.
Seth Mobley went 3-for-3 at the plate with a RBI and threw a base runner out for Hendrix. Hogan also went 3-for-3 with a RBI. Collin Radack had two hits, including a double and a triple, and Matt Simmons had two hits and a scored twice.
Sophomore starter Will Nichol went six innings on the mound for the Warriors, giving up four hits, one earned run, one walk and striking out three. Freshman Connor Nelson (0-1) took the loss, allowing three unearned runs, three hits and two walks. Junior Nick land allowed just one walk and fanned two in two innings.
Hendrix will return to action on Saturday against Whitman College at noon at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.