For Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the main goal of a midweek game is to learn from it.
“As long as you are learning from them, you aren’t losing,” UAPB head coach Carlos James said. “That’s what I tell my kids.
“… Hopefully our relief guys these last two days have learned something.”
Central Arkansas defeated UAPB 13-1 Wednesday night at Taylor Field to complete a two-game sweep. The Bears defeated the Lions 18-12 in the first game on Tuesday in Conway.
“You got to be realistic,” James said. “We are built for the SWAC. We are a SWAC team.
“What we try to do is get those guys some experience, so we can use them during the weekend.”
UCA (11-8) scored four runs in the second, four in the fifth, three in the fourth and two in the first. Wesley Hoover led the Bears’ offense with three hits — including a home run — and six RBIs.
“You’re talking about a team that went to the finals of a regional last year,” James said. “You got a program that is experienced and you got inexperienced guys throwing against them.
“Our guys are learning something. They learn at this level you have to pitch with a different type strike in you.
“If they can learn that during the week, this loss is worth it.”
UAPB (7-13) scored its only run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Mike Wieland led off the inning with an infield single. After a walk to Jerimiah Figueroa, Joshua Cassidy flew out to right field. A walk to Jason Ibrahim loaded the bases for lead off hitter Rashawn Tillman.
Tillman hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Wieland from third. Tyler Oertle was hit by a pitch and the inning ended on a groundout.
Felix Baez Pool was tagged with the loss for UAPB. He lasted three innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Didier Landry pitched four innings and gave up seven runs (six earned) on six hits with six walks and five strikeouts.
UAPB will host West Alabama for a three-game nonconference series this weekend at the Torii Hunter Baseball Complex. Friday’s game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. while Saturday and Sunday’s games are scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.
“West Alabama is a very good team,” James said. “They are probably going to be better than any team we are going to play in the SWAC, even though they are Division II.
“I played against them before. They have a bunch of Division I transfers so it is going to be a test.”
West Alabama is 16-9 overall and 7-7 in its conference.
Brandon Schmidt was credited with the win for UCA in Wednesday’s game. He pitched just two innings, allowing one run (earned) on one hit with five walks and one strikeout. Jon Rand pitched five innings and allowed just two hits with one walk.
Hoover had a two-run single in the first, a two-run single in the fourth and a three-run home run in the fifth.
Justin Treece was 3 for 3 with a run scored and two walks.
Figueroa led UAPB with two doubles and a walk. Jordan Haas had the only other hit for the Lions.
Following their three-game series with West Alabama, the Lions will travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face Texas Tech for a two-game series beginning Tuesday. UAPB will then host Texas Southern on March 29 for a doubleheader.