Trojans lose five straight
After losing a heartbreaker to Oklahoma State 9-6 in Stillwater, Okla., the Trojans were swept by the South Alabama Jaguars in Sun Belt Conference play on April 15-17, in Mobile, Ala. UALR lost 20-7 on Friday, 10-4 on Saturday, and 11-5 in the finale on Sunday.
The Trojans were ahead 6-5 going into the bottom of the eighth inning against Oklahaoma State, but a single that was just out of reach of Trojan Dillon Wilson’s glove for the third out, scored a run and led to a three-run homerun by the next batter.
The Trojans (15-20, 6-9 SBC) had taken two out of three from Middle Tennessee the previous weekend, losing Sunday’s finale 8-4, and were .500 with a 6-6 record in conference play going into the South Alabama series.
South Alabama (20-16, 8-7 SBC) outscored UALR by an average scoring margin of 13.7-5.3. The Trojans hit well in the series with a .339 average, but the Jaguars hit better, batting .427. UALR starters, seniors Travis Henke, Ryan Juris and Calvin Drinnen, combined in giving up a 19.00 ERA in their three games and gave up 23 hits in nine total innings.
UALR senior first baseman Jake Rowell hit .500 for the series with five RBIs and hit his third homerun of the year on Saturday. Sophomore right-fielder Myles Parma batted .454 during the series to push his team leading average to .425.
Trojan junior designated hitter Justin Barnes hit .417 against the Jaguars and senior Jason Houston bat .385 to raise his season average to .338. Junior catcher and outfielder Nick Rountree hit his team-leading sixth homerun of the year in Friday’s game, and junior Niko Navarro and senior Casey McCollum hit their first home runs in the series.
The Trojans host Florida International (22-16, 7-8 SBC) in conference action starting this Friday at 6 p.m. at Gary Hogan Field.