The University of Central Arkansas stayed in strong contention for a Southland Conference baseball tournament berth by sweeping a doubleheader Saturday from Incarnate Word at Bear Stadium.
Bryce Biggerstaff had a perfect game through six innings of the first game and ended up with a three-hitter to lead the Bears (25-21, 13-13) to a 9-1 victory over the Cardinals (15-31, 6-14).
In the second game, reliever Josh Markel held the Cardinals hitless over the final four innings to help the Bears pick up the come-from-behind, 5-4 victory.
Biggerstaff, (5-5) making the final regular season start of his career at Bear Stadium, picked up his third complete game of the season.
UCA gave Biggerstaff plenty of run support, scoring nine runs on 12 hits.
With the Bears trailing 4-3 iin the eighth inning of the second game, Chris Townsend drew a walk to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to second base before scoring on a single from Tyler Langley. Langley stole second before Scott Zimmerle singled to right to drive in the go-ahead run.
Chris Caudle started for the Bears, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings of work. Markel (2-0) earned the win in relief, giving up just one walk and hitting a batter while striking out three over the final four innings.
The Bears will try to sweep the series at 1 p.m. Sunday.