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Bears shut down Southeastern Louisiana

Posted: April 5, 2014 - 6:53pm

University of Central Arkansas junior right hander Chris Caudle tossed a one-hitter against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday afternoon as the Bears won 3-0 in Southland Conference action at Bear Stadium.Caudle allowed a single to shortstop Kennon Menard in the third inning, and nothing else, in a game that was played in a brisk one hour and 35 minutes. Caudle, from Greenwood, improved to 5-2 on the season with his third complete game. UCA only managed three hits off SLU ace Tate Scioneaux (5-2), but one was the first career home run for freshman right fielder Carson Dowdle, a solo shot to left field that gave the Bears their 3-0 lead. The home run was only Dowdle's second career hit of any kind at UCA.

The Bears had taken a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning as senior shortstop Justin Treece led off with a walk and advanced on Chris Townsend's single. Scott Zimmerle was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Joey Pinney's sacrifice fly scored Treece with the game's first run.

Junior Austin White then flied to left to score Townsend for a 2-0 advantage. From the sixth inning on, Caudle and Scioneaux combined to set both lineups down in order the rest of the way. Caudle struck out five and walked just one, while Scioneaux struck out four and walked a pair while allowing three earned runs. The teams combined for just five runners left on base, three for UCA and two for SLU.    The series finale has been moved to 11 a.m. Sunday to avoid possible afternoon rain.

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