BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - UALR senior Anthony Pryor had his best outing of the 2010 season on Sunday afternoon, working a career-high 8.2 innings to lead the Trojans (24-23, 7-15) to a 4-2 win over WKU (32-18, 13-11) at Nick Denes Field. Pryor limited the Hilltoppers to seven hits and two runs to even his record at 2-2 and give the Trojans a 2-1 series win.
Junior Jason Houston and senior Landis Wilson each hit solo homers in Sunday's win, with Houston leading the team with a 2-for-4, two-RBI performance. Wilson hit a solo homer to left center in the top of the first to tie things up at 1-all, while Houston belted his team-leading 13th home run of the season in the seventh to give UALR a 4-1 lead.
WKU took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Matt Rice plated Kes Carter with a run-scoring single up the middle, but Pryor followed up the first frame with seven consecutive scoreless innings. The Tulsa, Okla.-native worked around seven hits and five walks to keep WKU out of the scoring column, as the Trojans built a 4-1 lead through eight innings.
After issuing a two-out walk in the bottom of the sixth, Pyror went on to retire the next nine Hilltoppers he faced, opening the bottom of the ninth with consecutive strikeouts before surrendering a solo homer to Ryan Huck. One out away from a complete game, Matt Payton drew a two-out walk and senior JR Boling came on in relief of Pryor to finish off the win. Boling sealed the win and registered his sixth save of the year by promptly forcing Casey Dykes to fly out to center.
Freshman Tyler Cameron went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win, and helped the Trojans break the game open in the top of the fourth as his leadoff double set the stage for a two-run rally. Junior Bryce Killingsworth plated Cameron with a run-scoring single through the left side, and Houston capped off the scoring with a two-out RBI base knock to left to make it a 3-1 contest.
WKU's Taylor Haydel was tagged with the loss after allowing five hits and two runs over 3.0 innings in relief of starter Brian Edelen - who lasted just 2.2 innings. Rice led the Hilltopper offense with a 3-for-4 day at the plate.
UALR returns to action next weekend (May 14-16) when it welcomes ULM to Gary Hogan Field for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series.