ABILENE, Texas (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas Bears pounded out 12 hits, three from Tyler Langley, and held off the Abilene Christian Wildcats 6-4 in non-conference baseball action on Friday at Crutcher Scott Field.
The Bears (2-3) fell behind 1-0 in the first inning, but came back with a three-run third inning and never trailed again. Senior shortstop Justin Treece led off with a single and stole second base. Doug Votolato's base hit to center scored Treece. Nick Ferrell hit a two-out single to right, with Votolato advancing to third and scoring on an error by ACU's second baseman.
Scott Zimmerle followed with an RBI single that brought in Ferrell for a 3-1 UCA advantage. After ACU got one run back in the bottom of the third, UCA posted two more in the fifth. Votolato started it with a single to right, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the ACU catcher. Rougeau walked to bring on a new pitcher for the Wildcats.
Nick Ferrell grounded into a double play, scoring Votolato for a 4-2 lead. Zimmerle added a base hit and went to second on a wild pitch. After Wesley Hoover walked, Tyler Langley knocked in Zimmerle with a single to left field and a 5-2 lead.
Langley, who went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI, added an run-scoring double in the seventh, scoring Ferrell with UCA's final run. The Wilcats (3-1) put across two runs in the seventh inning to end Biggerstaff's night, but Caudle came in and got out of the jam.
Ancheff then allowed a leadoff hit in the bottom of the ninth but got a double play and a fly ball to end it.
Votolato, Ferrell and Zimmerle all had two hits for the Bears. Brandon Grudzielanek went 3 for 5 for the Wildcats.
UCA will face New Jersey Institute of Technology at 11 a.m. on Saturday and again on Sunday.