UCA Bears Fall 2-1 To Memphis in 14 Innings

- MEMPHIS, TN - Round 2 went to the Memphis Tigers on Saturday as they ended a 14-inning marathon with an RBI single by Jake Little to take a 2-1 victory over the University of Central Arkansas Bears in non-conference baseball action at FedEdPark.

The Bears (7-5), who won a 17-inning affair on Friday night, had their chances in extra innings on Saturday but could not produce the run they needed. UCA left runners on base in the ninth, 10th, 11th and 14th innings, and stranded 14 on the day.

UCA starter Connor Gilmore, a sophomore from Little Rock, tossed nine strong innings, allowing just five hits and striking out five and allowing only an unearned run. Scott Zimmerle, who was at first base for the first nine innings, pitched the final five and allowed five hits and struck out two.

The Bears fell behind again Saturday as the Tigers scored an unearned run in the fourth inning, but UCA came back to tie it in the top of the fifth. Brad Dillenberger walked before Wesley Hoover hit a two-out triple to the gap in right center to tied it at 1-1.

From there, it was all pitching as Gilmore and Zimmerle held the Tigers scoreless for nine consecutive innings. A combination of four Memphis pitchers kept the Bears from crossing the plate for the final nine innings. Memphis finished with 10 hits and UCA had nine. After the teams combined for eight errors on Friday, they had only three in Game 2.

UCA went with the same position players throughout until Zimmerle went to the mound and Nate Ferrell moved from designated hitter to first base. Hoover, Doug Votolato and Chris Townsend all had two hits for the Bears. Memphis, which played 15 position players, was led by Little and Zach Willis, both with two hits.

Bryce Beeler (1-0), who started in left field, got the victory for the Tigers. Zimmerle (0-1) took the loss.

The series finale is set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

(Courtesy: UCA Sports Information)

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