SLC baseball tourney: Another complete game from UCA's Biggerstaff

Lamar, Nicholls State eliminated

The University of Central Arkansas Bears placed their opening-round Southland Conference tournament hopes on the arm of senior Bryce Biggerstaff and the bat and legs of senior Doug Votolato to advance in the opening round of the Southland Conference baseball tournament Wednesday night.

Biggerstaff, solid on the mound during the past month for UCA, was the workhorse again Wednesday night in propelling the sixth-seeded Bears to a six-hit, 3-1 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before a record crowd of 758 at Bear Stadium.

“He (Biggerstaff) is a hard-nosed guy who has been outstanding each and every time he has gone out there down the stretch,” said UCA coach Allen Gum. “He just gets the ball and goes, and pitch counts don’t matter.”

It was the sixth straight victory by the Bears in the SLC tourney, going back to a run through the losers bracket to the title last year.

Votolato, provided the offensive spark, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs, plus making an outstanding catch in center that prevented extra bases in the seventh.

Justin Treece, another senior, was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Sophomore Tyler Langley of Conway was 2-for-3 with a RBI.

The Bears were 30-21 going into Thursday’s late winners’ bracket game against seventh-seeded McNeese State, which defeated second-seeded Nicholls State, 4-2 Wednesday night.

NORTHWESTERN STATE 10, LAMAR 8

Thursday morning, Northwestern State’s Caleb Dugas hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to help lead the Demons to a 10-8 victory over Lamar in an elimination game.

The Demons tallied 13 hits and took advantage of four Lamar errors to score 10 runs, three of which were unearned.

They will play another elimination game at 9 a.m. Friday.

TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI 3, NICHOLLS STATE 2

Thursday afternoon, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi gave up two runs on six hits in 7.1 innings in sparking the Islanders to a 3-2 victory in another elimination game. They now await the loser of the UCA-McNeese State game.

Closer Jacob Dorris earned his eighth save of the season.

More

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 16:26

Hogs return home against struggling LSU

FAYETTEVILLE - In addition to the home court, momentum seems to ride with the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday night against the LSU Tigers.

Read more
Fri, 01/20/2017 - 16:29

Bears take on league leaders at home

Fri, 01/20/2017 - 14:23

UA women scramble for victory over Vanderbilt

FAYETTEVILLE - All-SEC senior forward Jessica Jackson tied up Arkansas’ victory in a possession-arrow favored loose ball scramble with five seconds left, and Devin Cosper stretched it with two free throws for a Razorbacks women’s 59-56 SEC victory over the Vanderbilt Lady Commodores Thursday night at Walton Arena.

Read more
Fri, 01/20/2017 - 14:14

Basketball roundup: CBC and Conway Christian

COLUMBIA, MO. — Columbia College (19-1, 12-0) , the third-ranked team in the NAIA, came on strong in the second half Thursday for an 86-68 victory over Central Baptist College (11-6, 6-5) in American Midwest Conference men’s basketball action Thursday.

Read more