Trojans Take Series Finale at SFA, 3-0
Courtesy: UALR Sports Information
          Release: 02/20/2011
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The UALR baseball team (2-2) won the finale of its four-game series with Stephen F. Austin (2-2) by a final of 3-0 on Saturday at Jaycees Field, splitting their opening-weekend against the 'Jacks. Garret Graziano and Travis Henke combined for the Trojans first shutout of the season, with Graziano getting the win after allowing just six hits and striking out four in six scoreless innings of work.

Offensively, the Trojans did all their damage early, getting on the board with a two-run first inning before adding their final run in the top of the third. Casey McCollum, Jake Rowell, Sean Bignall and Niko Navarro had a hit apiece for the Trojans, while Cody Gilles and Jason Houston combined for three RBI.

With runners at second and third in the top of the first inning, Gilles drove home the first Trojan run when the junior's ground ball to short was mishandled by Jason Lewis, allowing McCollum to score from third and giving the Trojans runners at the corners. The next batter, Houston, laid a sacrifice bunt down the first base line that brought Rowell home, making the score 2-0 in favor of UALR.

After Graziano retired six in a row to start the game, the Trojan offense produced their third run of the contest in the top half of the third.

Following a McCollum double to lead off the inning, a sacrifice bunt by Rowell gave the Trojans a runner at third with just one out. A Gilles fly ball to center would allow McCollum to tag and score, increasing the UALR lead to 3-0.

Entering the contest with runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the seventh and protecting a 3-0 lead, Henke was able to get UALR out of the inning and the game with no further damage. The senior struck out the first three batters he faced and retired nine in a row, finishing the game with five K's in just three innings of work to get his first save of the season and secure UALR's second win. 

The Trojans will have just one day off before returning to the field for a mid-week contest at Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22.      

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