LITTLE ROCK - A two-out rally in the top of the third helped the Silver Team claim a 4-3 win in the opener of the UALR Fall World Series Tuesday evening at Gary Hogan Field. A two-RBI double off the bat of sophomore Ben Crumpton capped a four-run inning for the Silver Team, which takes a 1-0 lead in the series heading into game two on Wednesday at 3:05 p.m.
The Maroon team jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Junior Myles Parma led off the inning with a double off the left field wall. After Parma moved to third on a single by junior John Clark, a grounder to second from junior Kaleb Jobe plated Parma and gave the Maroon team an early one-run edge.
With two outs and Cameron Bentley on first, the Silver Team received some help from the Maroon team in its third-inning rally when a failed pickoff attempt allowed Bentley to advance to third base. An RBI single by Nick Rountree brought home Bentley, while back-to-back singles by Bryson Thionnet and Blake Johnson allowed Rountree to score and make it a 2-1 contest. Crumpton's double to right-center field immediately followed, scoring Thionnet and Johnson and capping a four-run inning for the Silver Team.
A two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth by junior David Guarno made it a 4-3 game, but sophomore Ethan Schlechte came on in relief and retired three straight to end the inning.
Schlechte went on to surrender just one hit in two scoreless innings of work. Junior Bubba Cooper entered for Schlechte in the bottom of the sixth and retired three straight before giving way to junior Chance Cleveland, who also sat down three straight batters to end the contest in the bottom of the seventh.
Junior Blake Huffman got the start for the Silver Team, pitching three innings and giving up three runs. For the Maroon Team, junior Elliot Velazquez started the contest and went 2.2 innings before being pulled in the top of the third.
Originally scheduled for Thursday at 2:00 p.m., game two has been moved up to Wednesday due to the potential for inclement weather on Thursday.