TROY, Ala. -
Troy (19-4, 5-1) scored four runs in each of the first two innings and completed its Sun Belt Conference series sweep of the UALR baseball team (10-13, 2-4) with a 13-3 win on Sunday afternoon. Blake Martz led Troy with three RBI in the win, while Tyler Hannah added a 3-for-5 day at the plate with three runs scored and two RBI.
Troy jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning as Martz hit a two-run homer to left and Josh McDorman delivered a two-out, two-run single up the middle. UALR answered with two runs in the top of the second, thanks to a two-run homer to left by junior Greg Garcia, but Troy tacked on four more runs in the bottom half to go on top, 8-2. Troy manufactured its four runs in the second of four singles, three walks, and one hit batter, with Drew Prichard capping off the rally with a two-run single down the right field line.
Trailing 10-2 through three innings, UALR pushed across a run in the fourth as sophomore Myles Parma hit a leadoff double to right and came around to score three batters later on a two-out, RBI-base knock by junior Austin Atwell. UALR went scoreless over the next three innings, however, and Troy plated three runs with two outs on the board in the bottom of the seventh to run rule the visitors. Hannah hit a two-run double to right to make it a 12-3 contest, and Tyson Workman brought the game to an end by drawing a bases-loaded walk.
UALR's four pitchers combined for 11 walks on Sunday, with starter Calvin Drinnen (2-2) taking the loss after surrendering five hits and five runs over 1.1 innings. Troy starter Jimmy Hodgskin improved to 2-1 on the year by limiting UALR to six hits and three runs over 5.0 innings of work.
UALR returns to action Tuesday afternoon when it takes on Central Arkansas at 6 p.m. in Conway. The Trojans will then welcome Western Kentucky to Gary Hogan Field for a three-game series starting Friday at 6 p.m.