CLEARWATER, Fla. — After sweeping Western Michigan and Temple on Saturday, Central Arkansas closed out the USF/Under Armour Invitational with a 5-1 loss to Loyola-Marymount on Sunday to finish 2-3 in the tournament.
The Bears also fell to No. 11 Stanford and South Florida on Friday.
The Bears (8-14) took a 1-0 lead against Marymount in the top of the second, when Ashley Boswell laid down a squeeze bunt to bring in Briana Whisenhunt, who had tripled to lead off the inning.
After holding LMU (7-8) scoreless for 3.1 innings, the Bears surrendered a pair to the Lions in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer from Amanda Dirks. LMU added another in the fifth before UCA pitcher Kylie Studioso was relieved by Kayla Gomness, who allowed two more LMU runs in the sixth.
In addition to Whisenhunt’s triple, Sam Forrest had a triple and a single for the Bears. The Bears struck out 16 times against LMU sophomore pitcher Sydney Gouveia, the 2013 Pacific Coast Softball Conference Pitcher of the Year who is 7-1 with an 0.57 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 49 innings.
The Bears will host Missouri State at 5 p.m. Wednesday before beginning Southland Conference play this weekend at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The Central Baptist College softball team defeated Williams Baptist, fourth-ranked in the NAIA, 5-3, on Saturday.
The Lady Mustangs took an early lead on Tiffani Pledgers’ three-run home run. Jessica Sheldon tossed a three-hitter for CBC.
The Lady Mustangs (12-2) have won three tournaments — the Lyon Community Bank Invitational, the CBC February Meltdown and the CBC March Invitational — to put them on a 12-game winning streak and undefeated on their home field.
The Lady Mustangs have a scheduled doubleheader Tuesday against Lyon College at City of Colleges Park. They open conference play at City of Colleges Park against Oklahoma-Wesleyan on Saturday.
The Central Baptist College baseball team went 2-2 in a weekend series against William Penn University at Victory Field at Conway Christian High School.
In Friday’s first contest, the WPU pitching was too much for CBC, with Josh Ruiz pitching seven shutout innings in a 6-0 win.
In the second game Friday, CBC got a walkoff single from Conway’s Cody Rhodes in a 3-2 victory. Brady Brashier was 3 for 4.
Zach Sparks provided seven innings of strong pitching. Ezra Wiley allowed no hits in two innings of relief to gain the victory.
On Saturday, CBC (10-4) lost the first game, 3-1, in 12 innings. WPU scored on a fielder’s choice in the sixth, while CBC scored on a wild pitch in the same inning. WPU then held after scoring two in the 12th.
The Mustangs prevailed in the final contest Saturday, 4-0. Ross Westbrook hurled a two-hit shutout.
Myles Hiebert had three RBIs and homered in the sixth to lead CBC. Samuel Buczek also homered for the Mustangs.
Because of weather conditions, the University of Central Arkansas has changed its mid-week baseball schedule for games against UT-Martin.
There will be no game on Tuesday. Instead, the Bears and Skyhawks will play a doubleheader beginning at noon Wednesday at Bear Stadium.