Feb. 25, 2012
CONWAY, Ark. - The SIUE baseball team scored all four of its runs in the eighth inning but could not overcome an early deficit in an 11-4 loss to Central Arkansas Saturday afternoon at Bear Stadium.
"We did not get the start we needed at all," said SIUE Head Coach Gary Collins. "We were not good in any phase of the game."
UCA's starter Caleb McClanahan (1-0) picked up the win pitching seven scoreless innings allowing just five hits. McClanahan struck out eight batters with one walk.
The Cougars dropped to 2-3 overall while UCA moved to a similar 2-3 mark with the win.
The Bears took a quick lead scoring in the first inning and broke the game open with six runs in the third for a commanding 7-0 advantage off SIUE starter Ryan Daniels.
Daniels (0-2) took the loss for the Cougars pitching just 2 2/3 innings allowing seven runs on five hits with five strikeouts and five walks.
"Ryan did not stop the bleeding from yesterday," added Collins.
UCA added to its lead with three runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh off the SIUE bullpen.
With the bases still loaded, SIUE's Zach Hawkins dug in and drove a bases-clearing double into right field to cut the deficit to 11-4.
Jonathan Davis and Travis Snider recorded three hits for the Bears while Bryan Willson and Garrett Brown had two hits but tallied three RBIs apiece. UCA finished with 11 hits.
"There is nothing we can do about today. We are going to go out tomorrow and try to get better. That's our philosophy," said Collins.
The three-game series concludes Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.