UALR splits doubleheader, takes series
UALR took game one of their doubleheader 10-3 over the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee on Saturday, March 10, at Gary Hogan Field.
The Trojans had their seven-game winning streak snapped with a 10-5 loss in 10 innings in game two but still managed a series win, outscoring the Panthers 27-18 over three games.
Junior Blake Huffman took the mound in game one and improved his record to 3-1 on the season with the win.
Huffman went seven innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and striking out seven. He has 27 strikeouts on the season against just five walks.
The Trojans got things started early in game one, plating four runs in the bottom of the first inning.
A single to right by sophomore Kaleb Jobe scored juniors Myles Parma and Tyler Cameron. Parma walked and a balk by the Panthers put both runners in scoring position.
Junior David Guarno hit a two-run shot to left field, scoring Jobe. It was Guarno’s first homerun of the season and brought his RBI total to 17 on the season.
UALR loaded the bases twice, once in the third inning and again in the fifth, but they were only able to plate one run.
Parma walked, Jobe hit a single to center and Guarno would work a walk to load the bases again in the sixth inning. A wild pitch scored Parma and a 2-run double by senior Greg Garcia brought in Jobe and Guarno.
UALR defeated the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee 12-5 in game one of theseriesonFriday,March 9 at Gary Hogan Field, behind a career performance from junior Chance Cleveland
Cleveland (4-0) struck out a career-high 10 batters and scattered nine hits, four of them coming in the top of the 9th before freshman Matt Brown came on in relief to close out the game.
Cleveland has a 2.67 ERA over his four starts and has struck out 29 batters and walked just five.
The Trojans’ penchant for big innings continued as they put three runs on the board in the bottom of the third on a bases-clearing double by junior David Guarno. Guarno finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI’s.
UALR struck again in the fourth inning with three runs before blowing it wide open in the fifth inning with six runs on three hits.
A bases-loaded balk scored senior Greg Garcia from third after he walked and was advanced to third on a single up the middle from senior Cameron Bentley. Junior Myles Parma singled to center, scoring Bentley and sophomore
Bryson Thionnet, who reached on a walk. Guarno would hit his second double of the game, scoring sophomore Ben Crumpton.
Due to the chance of rain on Sunday, the teams played a doubleheader on Saturday with the first game starting at 1 p.m.
The Trojans will have a day off before traveling to Southeast Missouri State for a tw0-game series. They return home on March 23 for a weekend series with Troy.