Bulldogs quiet Lions’ offense

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s offensive tear cooled way down.

UAPB came up with eight hits Friday, but struggled to score as Samford, of the Southern Conference, took a 7-1 victory. The two teams will meet again at 2 p.m. today.

The SWAC’s Golden Lions (14-23), whose three-game winning streak was snapped, scored a total of 47 runs during that span, including 24 against Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday. But on Friday, they didn’t get on the board until the eighth inning, when Jacob Whitney singled to center field to drive in a run with two outs.

By that time, the Bulldogs (20-19) had already done their damage. Following their five-run first inning, they added two runs in the sixth.

The Bulldogs scored five runs (two earned) on three hits off starter Jaron Gold (2-6) before he could record an out. He was chased after facing five batters, and Andrew Buehler came on to scatter six hits through the next six innings.

Four more UAPB pitchers worked the final two innings.

C.K. Irby got Samford going with a single up the middle to drive in the first run, and Christiaan Durdaller (3 for 4, two RBIs) followed with a two-run double to center. Three unearned runs followed in the inning.

In the sixth, Caleb Bryson singled and Damon Waller doubled to push a run across each.

Durdaller was the only multiple hitter for the Bulldogs, who had 10 hits. Mike Wieland went 2 for 3 and scored the Lions’ only run.

Alex Milazzo (6-0) kept UAPB off the board through six innings, giving up four hits and striking out seven for the win.

The victory ended a five-game losing streak for Samford.