Eagles Falls 3-1 to UCA in Series Opener Friday

Andrew Pierce has gone at least seven innings in all five starts this season.

Andrew Pierce has gone at least seven innings in all five starts this season.

March 15, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Caleb McClanahan threw a complete game and Ethan Harris collected a two-run double to lead No. 30 Central Arkansas to a 3-1 victory over Southern Miss here Friday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

McClanahan outdueled Southern Miss ace Andrew Pierce as he held the Golden Eagles to a season-low four hits, while limiting the home squad to one run to go along with four strikeouts and no walks in improving to 4-1 on the season.

Pierce limited the Bears (16-2) to a pair of runs on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over seven innings to suffer his first loss of the year and fall to 4-1.

The game remained scoreless for the first four innings, but that did not keep the Bears from trying to get on the board in the fourth. After Jonathan Davis delivered a one-out double, Scott Zimmerle singled to left with two outs and Davis tried to score on the play but was thrown out at the plate on a strong throw by Breck Kline to end the threat.

The Bears, though, started the fifth with a leadoff single from Garrett Brown. A walk to Kraig Kelley followed and Justin Treece then moved each runner up a base with a sacrifice. Harris put the Bears up for good by taking a Pierce 0-2 pitch to right for a double to give UCA the 2-0 advantage.

Southern Miss (7-10) had tried to get things going for themselves in the third. Freshman Nick Dawson, making his first collegiate start, singled to second base. A wild throw by Blake Marchal allowed Dawson to end up at second. USM, though, then had a strikeout, followed by a pop out and ground out to end their chance of scoring.

UCA added to its lead in the eighth. With the bases loaded, Davis hit a ground ball to centerfield. Harris, who started the frame with a walk, scored, but Forrestt Allday was thrown out at third on the play that resulted in a fielder's choice.

Golden Eagle sophomore Austin Roussel gave Southern Miss its only run in the bottom of the inning on his first career home run to right.

Southern Miss had a chance to tie the game in the ninth. With two outs, Tim Lynch singled and then Blake Brown hit a McClanahan pitch deep to left that Harris caught at the top of the wall to end the game. Brown ended the night 0-for-4 and had a 10-game hitting streak snapped.

The series continues with a 1 p.m., single game on Saturday and then concludes with a 1 p.m., tilt on Sunday.

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