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College Round-Up for Feb. 17: Baseball

Bisons complete series sweep

SEARCY - Harding used a season-high 11 hits and received solid starting pitching from senior Logan Holthaus and defeated Truman State 9-4 on Sunday in baseball action at Jerry Moore Field. The victory gave the Bisons a series sweep of the Bulldogs. Harding won 7-3 and 3-2 on Saturday.

Harding improved to 5-2 on the season and hosts Ouachita Baptist in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday beginning at noon. Truman State, a first-year member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference and playing its first games of the season, fell to 0-3.

Trailing 2-0, Harding scored four runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good. Trent Wooldridge, Zac Stewart, Erin McCarver and Matt Calhoun each drove in runs in the inning.

Holthaus (1-0) struggled a bit with his control in the first inning and gave up two runs, but settled in and allowed only two unearned runs over his next five innings. He yielded six hits and struck out two.

Senior Bronson Smith pitched two scoreless innings of relief, and sophomore Hunter Payne pitched a scoreless ninth.

Stewart was 2-for-5 with two RBI, and James Anderson went 2-for-3. Sophomore Davis Richardson also had two RBI.

No. 15 Weevils claim first GAC series

ALVA, Okla. — The 15th-ranked University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team used a five-run fifth inning to record an 8-5 victory over Northwestern Oklahoma State on Sunday and claim the first Great American Conference series of the 2014 season.

Sophomore Gavin Johnston (1-0) picked up the win in relief for UAM after allowing just one run off six hits with three strikeouts and no walks in the middle three innings. Senior Jeff Harvill picked up his second save of the season after striking out two in the ninth and walking one in the ninth. Junior Kregg Snook held the UAM lead, forcing four popups in his inning and a third of relief.

UAM ended the game with a 10-6 edge in total hits. Braddock went 3-for-5 and Wood finished 2-for-3 with two walks.

The Weevils are back in action on Tuesday on the road against Arkansas State for one game in Jonesboro.

Two-run eighth propels UCA to win

CONWAY — University of Central Arkansas designated hitter Nate Ferrell hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday to propel the Bears to a 6-4 victory over the Missouri State Bears in the series finale at Bear Stadium.

Ferrell’s single to center field scored shortstop Justin Treece and center fielder Doug Votolato to break a 4-4 tie and give the Bears (1-2) their first win of the season.

Ferrell, who went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI and a run scored, hit the first pitch he saw from Adam Anawalt sharply to center. He was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double after both runners had scored.

Junior transfer Ben Ancheff came on to pitch the ninth for the Bears and set the visiting Bears down in order for his first save. Junior transfer Chris Caudle got the victory with two innings of hitless and scoreless relief. UCA starter Connor Gilmore went six innings, allowing 5 hits and 3 earned runs but left with the game tied at 4-4.

Treece went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and is hitting .600 after the opening series. UCA pitchers held MSU to just five hits after allowing 13 and 15 in the previous two games.

UCA faces Wichita State at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Eck Stadium in Wichita.

A-State completes series sweep of Miami

JONESBORO — For the second straight season the Arkansas State baseball team opened the year with a home season sweep after defeating Miami (Ohio) 13-3 Sunday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium.

Matt Burgess and Austin Baker combined to 6-for-8 in the game with five RBIs to complete a huge weekend at the plate for the pair. Burgess went 6-for-9 at the plate in two games with six RBIs, two doubles and five runs scored, while Baker finished the series with five hits, five RBIs and a triple.

The Red Wolves (3-0) scored in six of the first seven innings and were aided

David Owen earned his first victory of the season after going pitching five innings and giving up three runs on four hits in his first collegiate start. Morgan Croft followed on the sixth with three innings of shutout baseball, while Tanner Ring tossed a perfect ninth to close out the game.

The series concluded a big weekend at the plate offensively for the Red Wolves who scored 34 runs across two games and had 36 hits.

Arkansas State will return to the diamond for an in-state matchup with Arkansas-Monticello Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Kell Field.

Hendrix drops two in Texas

FRISCO, Texas — The Hendrix College baseball team lost a pair of games to teams from the Lone Star state at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas on Sunday afternoon. The Warriors (0-4) lost to Hardin-Simmons University (2-1) 5-4 in the first game, then fell to the University of Texas at Dallas (3-0) 7-1.

Jacob Perschke went 2-for-4 for the Warriors at the plate. Center fielder Jason Vause had a pair of singles for the Cowboys.

Hendrix freshman left-hander Colten Poellinger struck out five and allowed two hits, one run and three walks in his collegiate debut. Junior Nick Land (0-1) took the loss with three strikeouts, four hits, four runs and a walk in four innings. Senior Justin Mosbey allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth.

Collin Radack went 2-for-4 with two steals and Perschke hit a double for Hendrix.

Thomas Weber (0-1) allowed four hits, five runs, three walks and struck out one in the 4.2 inning losing effort.

Hendrix will travel to the University of the Ozarks for a Tuesday afternoon game.

Bronchos sweep series against Lions

FORT SMITH — The UAFS bats finally came alive against the University of Central Oklahoma, but the big hits continued to elude the Diamond Lions.

UAFS collected 10 hits — all singles — off two of the three Central Oklahoma pitchers but left seven runners on base during an 8-4 loss to the Bronchos in the finale of the three-game series on Sunday at Wendall Simmons Field in Edmond, Okla.

The Bronchos (3-0) swept the series, winning the first two games via run-rule 11-1 and 18-3, respectively.

Central Oklahoma committed six errors, which led to three unearned runs.

Shortstop Ozzie Hurt was 3 for 4 to lead the Lions (3-3), who lost their third game in a row. Catcher Justin Shealy was 2 for 4, and left fielder Josh Vanderpool was 2 for 4 with one RBI.

The Bronchos had 12 hits off three Diamond Lions pitchers. Starter Wayde Roth (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing six earned runs on eight hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts over six innings. Reliever Jordan Hammer allowed two earned runs on two hits over one inning, and reliever Hayden Harvey allowed two hits with two strikeouts over one inning.

Allen, UALR sweeps Creighton

LITTLE ROCK — The Trojans finished off a sweep of the visiting Bluejays with a 7-1 win behind junio rCameron Allen on the hill. Junior Mitchell Scheuler added a three-run home run to power the offense for UALR (3-0) that outscored Creighton (0-3) 19-6 in the three-game series at Gary Hogan Field.

Allen got his first start of the season and came through with a great performance, the Trojans’ third solid outing of the weekend from their starters. The right-hander went 7.0 innings allowing just three hits and one run while striking out a career high six batters. He finished his out by retiring 16 straight Bluejays before he turned it over to the bullpen.

Junior Josh Merrill and junior Dyllon Brownmiller came on in relief and each pitched an inning to hold the Bluejays to one run.

Justin Steelmon led the offense going 3-for-4 including a double and one run scored. Scheuler went 1-for-4 with three RBIs and a home run. Ryan Scott and Austin Pfeiffer each had two hits Scott scored twice and Pfeiffer scored once.

The Trojans will hit the road for the first time when they travel to Southeast Missouri State on Tuesday for a game starting at 3:00 p.m. in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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