CONWAY, Ark. _ The University of Central Arkansas Bears, behind an impressive outing from senior righthander Caleb McClanahan, opened the 2013 season with a 10-1 romp past the Murray State Thoroughbreds on Friday night at Bear Stadium.
The Bears scored in six of their eight innings, including four straight innings with two runs each. UCA finished with 12 hits, with leadoff hitter Forrestt Allday going 3 for 5 and scoring 3 runs. Center fielder Jonathan Davis and catcher Michael Marietta had two hits each, with Davis scoring twice and Marietta and third baseman Garrett Brown knocking in two runs apiece.
McClanahan, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound senior from Wynne, threw five-hit ball over seven innings, striking out 3 and walking 1, allowing just one unearned run. The five hits allowed were all singles.
The Bears took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Allday led off with an infield single and went to third on Davis' single to right center. After Marietta walked, Doug Votolato's fielder's choice scored Allday.
After Murray State tied it at 1-1 in the second, UCA scored nine unanswered runs. The first came in the third inning when Davis and Marietta had back-to-back doubles. After a scoreless fourth, the Bears added two more runs with just one hit in the fifth on a single by Allday, a sacrifice bunt by Blake Marchal and consecutive hit batters (Davis, Marietta).
Allday eventually scored on a wild pitch and Garrett Brown walked to make it 4-1. In the sixth, UCA scored twice on two hits against a pair of MSU pitchers. A wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Marietta upped the lead to 6-1. Logan Moon led off the seventh inning with a walk and stole second base. Brown's single to left scored him and Marchal's double to left center later in the inning brought in Brown.
The Bears got their final two runs in the eighth when Marietta doubled, Votolato walked and both advanced on another wild pitch. Kraig Kelley singled in one run and Justin Treece's fielder's choice brought in the 10th run.
Game 2 of the series is set for 4 p.m. Saturday.
Steve East:UCA Media Relations