Trojans get back to work on the baseball field
After a few days in the news for reasons other than baseball, the UALR Trojans got back to business on the field as they battled against the Georgia State Panthers in a weekend series. The Trojans won two out of three games against the Panthers, starting with a dominant 14-7 win on Friday April 4.
During the first two innings on Saturday April 5, both teams remained scoreless. At the top of the third inning, a Georgia State player hit the ball to left field, letting the runner on third base run home to make the score 0-1. At the top of the fourth, another Georgia State player hit a homerun, putting the Panthers at 0-2. At the bottom of the seventh inning with runners at first and third, Austin Pfeiffer hit the ball, letting the runner on third score, making the score 1-2.
At the top of the ninth, Georgia State hit another homerun, making the score 1-3. During the bottom of the ninth inning, with Ryan Scott on first, Drew Merten found the gap between third base and shortstop, putting runners on first and second. Hayden Martin bunted and was out at first, but the runners were able to advance to second and third. Ben Crumpton hit the ball to centerfield and it’s caught, but a runner was able to go home, making the score 2-3. With two outs, the next batter hit a ground out, ending the game with the Panthers winners.
Sunday April 5 was a victorious day for the UALR Trojans, who won 9-2. The Trojans started the game by putting a run on the scoreboard and scored again at the top of the third inning when Austin Pfeiffer scored to make it 2-0 Trojans. At the top of the fourth inning, Georgia State player Matt Rose hit a homerun, making the score 2-1.
During the bottom of the fourth, the Trojans put five runs on the scoreboard, making the score 7-1. The top of the fifth inning was the last time the Panthers scored a run making the score 7-2. By the end of the game the Trojans had a 9-2 win, putting the Panthers out of their misery early.
“It was good for us,” Coach Norwood said referring to the victories. “It gave us an opportunity to get back in the playoff race and most of all (we) probably gained some confidence as well,” Norwood said. Norwood said despite the tough schedule, he is very happy with how the Trojans played.