LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Brett Lawler doubled in the bottom of the eighth inning recording two RBI and sparking the University of Arkansas-Little Rock to a 5-2 win over Tennessee-Martin Friday at Gary Hogan Field. The Trojans (11-8) scored five runs on ten hits with one error for the game.
Lawler went 2-of-4 for the game including his fifth double of the season, while Brian Smiley went 3-of-4 with one run and recorded his sixth stolen base on the year.
Dustin Turner recorded his first win of the season coming in the game in the bottom of the eighth and allowing only one run, while Matt Bates pitched 7.2 innings allowing nine hits but only one run.
The Trojans put up the first point in the bottom of the second inning. After one out, back-to-back singles by Lawler and Smiley started the outing. Matt Garlington then hit a single to bring Lawler across the plate.
The Skyhawks answered back in the top of the third. With two outs, Chad Green doubled followed by an RBI single by Zach Dean to tie the score.
The scored remained tied with UTM recording seven hits and UALR two hits over the next five innings.
Jacob Stover singled to start the bottom of the eighth. Derek Eilers then laid down a sacrifice bunt to bring Stover to second.
After a pitching change by the Skyhawks, Matt King singled before Lawler’s two RBI double.
Smiley followed up with a single and a stolen base. Jon Watson then tripled into deep center field to score the two runners.
The Trojans scored four runs on five hits for the inning.
Tennessee-Martin threatened in the bottom of the ninth with Green singling with one out.
Turner struck out the next batter but advanced Green to second on a wild pitch. Blake Turner then singled followed by Kevin Holt to score Green.
After the run scored, the Skyhawks grounded out to third ending the game with the Trojans winning 5-2.
Arkansas-Little Rock continues their series tomorrow against Tennessee-Martin. Game is set to begin at 1 p.m.