LITTLE ROCK – After a successful homestand last week the Trojans return to action with two midweek, in-state games against UAPB and Central Arkansas.
UALR will travel to Pine Bluff to take on the Golden Lions at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday before returning to Gary Hogan Field to host Central Arkansas on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
Last week the Trojans went 3-1 in their four home games with all three wins in come-from-behind fashion. On Tuesday the team fell behind Louisiana Tech 6-0 when the Bulldogs scored in the top of the sixth. UALR stormed back and Ben Crumpton's two-run double gave the Trojans the lead in the eighth. Stephen Chandler picked up the win with three solid innings out of the bullpen.
Over the weekend in a critical Sun Belt series UALR and Troy battled for every game. On Friday night the Trojans fell behind by five, but fought back and tied the game in the fifth. The two team’s pitching staffs took over until Bryson Thionnet finally broke the tie with a walk-off grand slam in the 16th. UALR couldn’t get the big hit that it needed on Saturday and fell 3-0 in 10 innings. On Sunday Troy scored in the top of the first to grab the lead, but the UALR offense exploded with five home runs—three in the first inning—to take the series with a 10-4 win in the series finale. In Sunday's game Cameron Allen earned the win to move to 4-0 at home this season.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN LIONS
The UAPB baseball team is 16-23 and is leading its division of the SWAC with a 14-6 record in conference play... The team is coming off a series win against Grambling State… The Golden Lions have struggled to a 2-17 non-conference record… Isias Alcantar is leading the team with a .319 batting average, four home runs and 33 RBI’s.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH UAPB
The Trojans and the Golden Lions have met 23 times with UALR leading 20-3... UALR beat UAPB 9-3 on March 13 behind its seniors… Ben Crumpton, Austin Pfeiffer and Bryson Thionnet combined for eight hits while Ethan Schlechte picked up the win… The last meeting prior to this season came on Feb. 9, 2012 with the Trojans finishing off a season-opening sweep winning 13-4... UALR outscored UAPB 36-6 in the three-game series... The Trojans have won in the last six meetings dating back to March 15, 2006.
ABOUT THE BEARS
Central Arkansas is 21-15 with a 10-8 record in the Southland Conference, which puts the team in a tie for fourth in the league standings… The Bears are led offensively by Doug Votolato who is hitting .348 with 36 runs scored… No other Bear is hitting over .300 although Nate Ferrell is close with his .299 average… Chris Townsend is leading UCA with 30 RBI’s this season… Both pitching staff’s feature a team ERA under 3.70 so runs could be hard to come by for both offenses.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH CENTRAL ARKANSAS
The Trojans lead the all-time series with the Bears by a 23-12 margin… However, the Bears already hold a win over the Trojans this season, which snapped a five-game winning streak for UALR over UCA… The Trojans and Bears played on April 2 at UCA and the Bears came away with a 5-4 win in 11 innings… In the loss Ben Crumpton went 3-for-5 with two RBI’s… UCA is also playing two in-state midweek games as they will play Arkansas State on Tuesday before coming to UALR.
- Under Scott Norwood the Trojans are 11-1 against UAPB and UCA combined, the only loss came in UALR’s most recent game against UCA.
- Ben Crumpton is second in the country in stolen bases with 27 and is 11 behind John Polson’s single-season record at UALR.
- Bryson Thionnet is chasing history of his own. With his three home runs against Troy this weekend the senior is just two back of Guy Giuffre’s career mark of 22 home runs.
- Four UALR pitchers appeared in both the UCA and UAPB games without allowing a run. Ethan Schlechte has thrown 4.0 innings against the two opponents this week. Dillon Moritz, Chase Rousseau and Dyllon Brownmiller are the other three that have pitched well against both opponents.
- After allowing five runs in the first two innings against Troy the UALR pitching staff held Troy scoreless for the next 23 innings.
Game 38// UALR (16-21, 5-13 SBC) at UAPB (16-23, 14-6 SWAC)
Tuesday, April 22 • 3:00 PM (CST)// Pine Bluff, Ark. • Torii Hunter Complex
Game 39// UALR (16-21, 5-13 SBC) vs. Central Arkansas (21-15, 10-8 Southland)
Wednesday, April 23 • 6:00 PM (CST)// Little Rock, Ark. • Gary Hogan Field
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