CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - The University of Central Arkansas won their sixth consecutive Southland Conference series on Saturday, downing Abilene Christian 16-8 at Bear Stadium.
The Bears (26-20, 14-9) overcame a 4-0 deficit in the first inning, scoring 11 runs over the next four innings, including six in the second inning and four in the fourth. UCA finished with 16 hits against seven ACU pitchers, with starter Nick Skeffington (1-5) taking the loss.
UCA starter Cody Davenport (4-2) got the win, despite allowing six earned runs over six innings. Senior Brandon Hagerla pitched a perfect seventh and eighth and freshman Ross Rogers finished it out, allowing a run in the ninth on a pair of base hits.
Junior third baseman Rigo Aguilar led the UCA offense, going 3 for 6 with 3 RBI, including a two-run home run in the second inning, his team-high fifth of the season. Sophomore first baseman Hunter Strong was also 3 for 6 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored, coming up a home run short of the cycle. Strong and junior right fielder Jansen McCurdy had back-to-back triples in the four-run fourth inning.
The Bears used five hits and an ACU error to score their six runs in the second inning. In the fourth, it was four hits and another error, one of four by the Wildcats (12-32, 2-21). The Bears added three more runs in the sixth, scoring all three runs on a single play when ACU had a pair of throwing errors.
With Saturday's victory, the Bears move into a three-way tie for fourth place in the SLC standings with Stephen F. Austin and Houston Baptist.
The Bears and Wildcats conclude the series at 1 p.m. Sunday.