Trojans roll again, beat UAPB 10-2
UALR notched their second victory of the season as they beat UAPB 10-2 on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Gary Hogan Field.
In his first start as a Trojan, junior Blake Huffman turned in a solid performance, holding the Golden Lions hitless over his six innings of work and striking out nine batters.
“I thought that was really a big key,” said head coach Scott Norwood. “He’s out 18 months and then [he] comes out here and does what he does today.” Huffman had surgery on his labrum and had not started a game since the spring of 2010.
UALR (2-0) started early, scoring two runs in their half of the first inning. Junior Myles Parma walked and junior Chris Burk was hit by a pitch and both advanced after a passed ball, leaving the Trojans with runners on second and third with just one out. Parma scored on a groundout by senior Nick Rountree and junior David Guarno plated Burk with an RBI double.
The Trojans seemed to shake off the first-game jitters that might have contributed to three errors in Friday’s game and Norwood said he was happy with the way his team played in the field.
“I thought today we took care of the baseball better,” he said. “We were in better positions today and we weren’t in such a rush.”
The Trojans finished with eight hits in the game, with Guarno and Junior Blake Johnson getting two apiece.
UALR added to their lead in the fourth, getting consecutive singles from Guarno and senior Sean Bignall. Guarno would later score on a wild pitch and Bignall was plated by a sacrifice fly to left off the bat of sophomore Bryson Thionett. Senior Cameron Bentley followed with his first homerun of the season, a blast over the right-field fence to give the Trojans a 5-0 lead.
The Trojans added three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh before sophomore Austin Pfeiffer came on to get his first save as a Trojan.
UALR and UAPB will play on Sunday at Gary Hogan Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.