CONWAY, Ark. – The McNeese baseball team suffered its third straight Southland Conference loss Friday night as Central Arkansas used an 11-3 victory over the Cowboys to score the series win.
Despite recording double-digit hits for the 19th time this season, the Cowboys (20-17, 10-7 SLC) could not overcome the hot offense of UCA (20-15, 9-8 SLC) who used a six run outburst in the second inning to hand McNeese its second straight league series loss.
Designated hitter Billy Sommers paced the offense Saturday batting 3-for-5 while shortstop Connor Lloyd and first baseman Chayse Marion each recorded two hits. Third baseman Reed Gordy had the team's only RBI.
Starting pitcher Michael Clemens (4-2) picked up the loss after having tossed just two innings and gave up seven runs (five earned) on five hits and three walks. He fanned two batters in the process.
McNeese scored two runs in the third inning to cut into the Bears' lead due to a fielding error that allowed infielders Lloyd and Andrew Guillotte. The score was 7-2 at that point.
The last Cowboy run to score was that of outfielder Jackson Gooch's in the top of the fifth inning as he was sent in on a two-out single to left center from Gordy to make the score.
UCA would go on to plate two more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to cushion its lead to an 11-3 advantage over the Cowboys.
The two teams will meet back at Bear Stadium on Saturday to conclude the weekend series. First pitch is set for a 1 p.m. start.