The UCA baseball team had a 2-1 record over the weekend.
The Bears played two games against Tarleton State.
In the first game of the weekend, the Bears beat Tarleton State 6-1, with a strong game from senior pitcher Mark Moyer.
Moyer pitched six innings, striking out four, and only allowed 1 run.
Redshirt freshman Tyler Cleveland pitched three innings, striking out four and allowed zero runs.
Senior left fielder Coby Potvin finished the game with 2 RBI and 1 single run.
UCA senior catcher Nathaniel Sagdahl also had a pair of RBI and a solo run for the Bears.
Senior right fielder Connor Emmet and freshman designated hitter Connor Flagg each had 1 RBI for the Bears.
In the second game of the weekend, the Bears had a huge 19-2 win over Tarleton State.
The Bears came out in this game getting a lot of big hits from the whole team. The team had 17 hits from 13 different players.
In the first inning, UCA managed to score 8 runs on Tarleton.
After a scoreless second inning, the Bears were able to come out in the third and get 5 more runs.
The Bears went up 19-0 through seven innings.
Tarleton was able to score 2 runs in the eighth inning.
UCA senior Alonso Bibiano hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning.
UCA senior Mark Moyer said his team did a lot of things well in the first two games.
“I think we did a lot of good things in the first 2 games. On the defensive side we pitched it well, got ahead in counts and made good pitches. Our defense played great as well too. Our offense got runners on and we found a way to get them in. Coach Gum talks a lot about getting the big inning in which we haven’t done yet and we did on Friday and Saturday,” Moyer said.
In the last game of the weekend, the Bears were defeated by Missouri State 15-9 on March 7.
Missouri State came out hot in the first inning, scoring 4 runs to UCA’s 2 runs.
The Bears were able to hold Missouri State to zero runs in the second and third innings and tie the game, but Missouri State had a big fourth inning, scoring 8 runs and holding UCA to 0 runs.
“I think we got down after they went up big on us. Pitchers didn’t necessarily struggle, but we didn’t put them away when we had 2 strikes. We started to get behind in counts while pitching and with that team you can’t afford that. We made that error in left and we gave up a big inning after it. They threw a guy against us who commanded both sides of the plate well and we went to a certain approach after a few innings and we got a HR. We started to come around, but it was too late. They gave us 16 free bases and we just couldn’t get the runners in,” Moyer said.
The Bears will play their next game against Abilene Christian at home on March 12.