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Trojan Baseball looks to improve with wealth of newcomers

Submitted by Brian Gregory on February 26, 2016 – 3:20 pmNo Comment

The University announced plans in January to build a new baseball field and expand its sports complex thanks to the Coleman family. Athletic Director Chasse Conque says that the time frame and exact cost is still underway but the donation itself is what makes it all possible.
Members of the Coleman family, longtime owners and operators of the former Coleman Dairy, agreed to donate nearly eight acres of land in the area of the University Village Apartments and the Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex. A 10-acre property donation was made by the Coleman family in 2010, that combined with land the university previously owned made way for UALR to build its current sports complex.
Coaches and advisors feel that it is necessary to expand in a Division I conference such as the Sun Belt Conference. Walt Coleman said plans for the most recent land donation moved quickly once the brothers had a conversation with Trojans’ head baseball coach, Chris Curry. Curry also mentioned university leaders discussing possibly wanting to add a baseball field onto the current sports complex property. Soccer and track facilities housed in the existing complex would benefit as well as the gold program and administrators. University leaders also look forward with hopes that they will one day put each of its teams in on-campus homes.
Little Rock baseball will kick off its second season under head coach Chris Curry against Indiana State Friday Feb. 19 at 3 p.m., at Gary Hogan Field. The Trojans will also welcome the Kansas Jayhawks to Little Rock on Saturday at 3 p.m., before concluding the opening weekend against Indiana State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Little Rock went 16-33 last season with newly hired coach Chris Curry. Curry led Little Rock to some big wins in 2015 although the season wasn’t exactly what was hoped for. The Trojans first big break came as they swept a series with conference champions Louisiana with two walk-off wins at home. That became the first time since 2000 that the Trojans had swept a regular-season series against the Ragin’ Cajuns. Little Rock continued its winning at home as it swept Appalachian State with three more walk-off wins. Curry and the Trojans got their biggest win of 2015 on the road against #14 Missouri at the time.

Little Rock brings its largest class in program history as 27 newcomers join the Trojans for the 2016 season. There will be 16 junior college transfers and 11 freshmen joining the Trojan baseball team.

Two of Little Rock’s three best hitters from the 2015 season make their return in this season in 2016. Senior Ryan Scott led the Trojans with a .328 average last season and had the second-most doubles in the Sun Belt conference. Scott also led Little Rock with 63 hits, 91 total bases, a .474 slugging percentage and a .398 on-base percentage. He recorded the team’s longest hitting streak and second-longest reached base streak at 17 games.
Senior Kyle Kirk is an addition to the Trojans’ offense this past season as he recorded the third-highest batting average on the team at .312. Kirk had the second-most RBIs with 26 and had 54 hits in 173 at-bats. The team as a whole is looking forward to the season. The season schedule is posted on the athletic website.

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