Pilots drop game two 10-9 and split double-header with Bears; Story courtesy CAU Sports Information
February 28, 2006
CONWAY, Ark _ The University of Central Arkansas Bears used a six-run sixth inning to rally for a 10-9 victory over LSU-Shreveport on Tuesday and earn a split of their non-conference doubleheader.
The Pilots won the opener 9-6 behind four home runs.
The Bears (9-5) tallied four solo home runs in the first four innings in the nightcap but still trailed 9-4 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Jonathan Ashworth led off the inning with another solo homer to left center. Consecutive walks to Todd Gossage and Ben McMurry and a single by Matt Warren loaded the bases.
Catcher Chris Davis was hit by a pitch, the ninth of the day for the Pilots, brought in Gossage to make it 9-6. Scott Cline grounded out to bring in McMurry before Chris Houk tied it with a two-run double to left center.
Payton Seelinger then tripled down the right-field line for the go-ahead run.
Ashworth, a junior from Little Rock, moved from shortstop to the mound for the seventh inning and got the save, striking out the final batter. Zach Barnett, who pitched a perfect sixth inning, got the win.
Gossage had two of UCA’s home runs, while Ashworth, Warren and Davis added the others. Gossage led off the game with his first solo homer and led off the fourth with another.
In the opener, the Pilots (6-4) got home runs from Dusty Maddox, Tyler Williams, Steffan Primeaux and Brent Lavalee and scored nine earned runs off two UCA pitchers. Matt Clayman went the distance for LSU-S, allowing 9 hits and 5 earned runs.
For the Bears, Warren had a pair of doubles and went 2 for 2 with 3 runs scored.