AUSTIN, Texas _ The University of Central Arkansas Bears put a mild scare into the 20th-ranked Texas Longhorns on Tuesday night before eventually falling, 4-2,at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
The Bears (16-21) led 1-0 in the fourth inning when Michael Marietta singled and eventually scored on a throwing error on Texas shortstop Jordan Etier, one of his three in the game.
UCA then tied the game again at 2-2 in the sixth inning when Bryan Willson singled, Ethan Harris drew a walk and Marietta had his second hit of the game, scoring Willson. But the Longhorns (24-14) scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to pull away in the team’s first meeting.
UCA got two runners on in the ninth, with Travis Snider reaching on Etier’s third error and Jonathan Davis drawing a walk, but UT’s record-setting closer Corey Knebel shut things down with consecutive strikeouts for his eighth save for the Longhorns, who improved to 15-5 at home this season.
The Bears had seven hits off five Texas pitchers, with Marietta and Willson both going 2 for 4. UCA used six pitchers, with reliever Bryce Biggerstaff (1-4) getting the loss. UCA starter Clint Green threw four solid innings, allowing six hits and only one run. John Curtiss (2-2) got the victory.
The Bears return to Southland Conference action at home this weekend against UTSA, which ended No. 1 Baylor's 24-game winning streak Tuesday. The series begins with a 6 p.m. start Friday night at Bear Stadium.