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Trojans off to strong start

Submitted by Matt Johnson on February 17, 2012 – 8:59 pm2 Comments

Senior Sean Bignall circles the bases on his second of two homeruns to help the Trojans defeat UAPB 13-0 in the season-opener. Photo by Matt Johnson

The Trojans came out swinging, belting four homeruns behind a six-inning shutout performance from junior Chance Cleveland to beat the Golden Lions of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 13-0 on Friday, Feb. 17 at Gary Hogan Field.

Senior Sean Bignall hit two homeruns in the game, belting a two-run shot in the Trojan’s five-run second inning, scoring junior David Guarno who had singled up the middle. Bignall added another blast in the third inning, a solo shot to left-center field.

“That was a good way to start,” said head coach Scott Norwood in a press release following the game. “We got some clutch hits to get us rolling for a little bit, but you can’t say enough about the way Chance (Cleveland) took care of the mound for us today. He was really, really, strong.”

UALR (1-0) would strike again in the fourth inning as junior Greg Burk would hit a homerun to left-center, scoring junior Myles Parma who was hit by a pitch to start the inning.

Parma went 2-for-4 with a homerun and five RBI’s in the game. Burk went 1-for-4 with two RBI’s.

Cleveland struck out seven batters and gave up just two hits, winning his first start as a Trojan. Freshmen Cameron Allen and Stephen Chandler combined to hold UAPB hitless over the final three innings.

“That was really encouraging to see Cameron and Stephen come in and just throw tons of strikes,” said Norwood.

Junior Chance Cleveland held the Golden Lions scoreless and gave up just two hits in six innings of work in the Trojans 13-0 victory. Photo by Matt Johnson

The Trojans would explode again in the seventh inning, adding four more runs, three of them coming on Parma’s blast  to right field. The Trojans ended up with 16 hits in the game.

The three-game series continues on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Gary Hogan Field.