For the second straight weekend, the University of Central Arkansas baseball program has a high-profile guest coming to Bear Stadium.
Perennial power Wichita State will escape the winter weather at home and head south to play five games over four days in the central Arkansas area, including a matchup with UCA at 4 p.m. Saturday at Bear Stadium.
Fellow Southland Conference foe Northwestern State and Missouri State are also moving their weekend series to Bear Stadium because of anticipated weather issues in Springfield, Mo.
UCA will play its regularly scheduled game with New Orleans at 6 p.m. Friday, preceded by Northwestern State-Missouri State at 1 p.m. On Saturday, Wichita State will face New Orleans at noon, followed by UCA-Wichita State at 4 p.m. and Northwestern State-Missouri State at 7 p.m. Sunday’s schedule has NSU and MSU playing at 9:30 a.m., followed by UCA’s regularly scheduled game with New Orleans at 1 p.m.
Wichita State, which has made 27 NCAA Tournament appearances and five College World Series trips, will also play a Thursday game vs. UALR in Little Rock, as well as a Friday game vs. Western Illinois and a Sunday matchup with Iowa, all at UALR’s Gary Hogan Field. The Shockers have had to cancel eight games this season due to weather issues.
UCA, 6-0 at Bear Stadium this season, beat Big 12 Kansas 9-3 last Saturday after the Jayhawks joined the Bears’ series with Jackson State. UCA is 6-1 overall, with the lone loss coming at then-No. 2 Vanderbilt.
The Bears will play this year’s SLC series with Northwestern State on April 5-7 in Natchitoches, La. Former Conway High and University of Arkansas assistant coach Chris Curry is an assistant coach for Northwestern State.