UALR loses rubber game, series
UALR fell 8-7 in 11 innings to Western Kentucky on Sunday afternoon in Bowling Green, KY.
The Trojans (16-12, 3-6 SBC) jumped out early, loading the bases in the first inning. Hilltopper starter Ian Tompkins hit senior Myles Parma and then walked junior Chris Burk and senior Nick Rountree. Tompkins struck out senior Sean Bignall looking and junior Blake Johnson went down swinging to end the UALR threat.
Sophomore Ethan Schlechte scattered nine hits and gave up three earned runs in five innings of work.
The Trojans broke through in the top of the second inning, putting three runs on the board. Burk hit a single to left field that plated senior Cameron Bentley and sophomore Ben Crumpton. Rountree followed with an RBI single to left, scoring Parma.
UALR added two more runs in the fifth and sixth innings. In the sixth, after Burk was hit by a pitch, Rountree sent a pitch to deep left field, his sixth homerun of the year.
The Hilltoppers were able to tie the score in the bottom half of the sixth with four runs. A Trojan throwing error put a man in scoring positon and he eventually came around to score on a single up the middle.
WKU loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth but junior Bubba Cooper got Devin Kelly to ground out to first to sent the game to extra innings.
The Hilltoppers capitalized in the bottom of the 11th inning on successive throwing errors by UALR. Ryan Hutchison was able to reach base on an error by Rountree and the Hilltoppers sacrificed to move the runner over and Cooper threw the ball high at first aand both runners were able to advance. UALR walked David Simmons to load the bases with no outs. Steve Hodgins came through for WKU with a walk-off single to center.
The Trojans will try to get back on track when they host Oral Roberts on Tuesday, April 3, at Gary Hogan Field. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.