STILLWATER, Okla. – Arkansas-Little Rock suffered a 16-6 loss at OklahomaState on Wednesday in the finale of the two-game series. The Cowboys (9-2) belted six home runs in the game, two of which came off the bat of Tyler Mach.
The Trojans (10-8) pushed across two runs in the top of the first to take an early 2-0 lead, but OSU scored runs in each of the next five innings, including seven in the fourth, to pick up its ninth win of the season.
Mach paced the Cowboys with two home runs, and was one of three OSU players to drive in three runs in the win – along with Shelby Ford and Ty Wright.Junior Brian Smiley led the Trojans with a 2-for-3 day at the plate and three RBI. Smiley ripped his second home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the top of the sixth.
UALR went ahead 2-0 in the top of the first as a two-out single by senior Jacob Stover and a walk by senior Derek Eilers, set the stage for a two-run double by junior Matt King. The double was King’s team-leading sixth of the year.
Mach evened the score in the bottom half with a two-run shot to center. The Cowboys manufactured three runs in the second off four hits, including two triples, to take a 5-2 lead.
The Trojans used another two-out rally in the third to cut their deficit to a run, 5-4. With the bases loaded and two outs on the board, junior Brett Lawler drew a RBI walk, then Smiley followed with a run-scoring single to bring his team within a run.
UALR would not be able to get any closer, though, as Mach pushed the OSU’s advantage back to two runs, 6-4, with a solo shot in the bottom half. The Cowboys then plated seven runs in the fourth to put the game out of reach. A bases-clearing three-run double by Ford, a two-run double from Wright, and a two-run homer by Deik Scram accounted for the majority of the damage.
Stover (0-1) made his second start of the year for the Trojans and took the loss after allowing five runs in 2.0 innings of work. Josh Fritsche (1-0) started for OSU and went 2.0 innings with three runs allowed to pick up his first victory of the season.
UALR returns to action this weekend when it welcomes Tennessee-Martin to Gary Hogan Field for a three-game series beginning at on Friday. The Trojans and the Skyhawks will then play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at