- The UALR Trojans (6-3) took the lead with a two-run first inning and closed
the door on UT Martin (3-7) with a six-run seventh, as UALR topped the Skyhawks
by an 11-3 final at Skyhawk Park on Friday. Junior Chance Cleveland improved to 3-0 after giving up three runs on nine
hits in 6.0 innings of work, and sophomore Ben
Crumpton picked up his fifth-straight multi hit game with a 2-for-4 effort
that included two walks, two RBI and three runs scored.
The UALR offense put up 11 hits on the day, led by
Crumpton and a pair of two-hit performances by juniors Myles Parma and David Guarno.
Parma went 2-for-5 with a run scored, while Guarno was 2-for-4 with two RBI and
Cleveland's three earned runs were his first of the
season, as the Pine Bluff, Ark., native began the year with 13.0 innings of
shutout ball. UT Martin put up one run in the fourth and two in the sixth to
pull within two, but junior Bubba Cooper
came on in relief to throw 2.0 scoreless innings and sophomore Ryan Montgomery struck out a pair of
batters in the ninth to secure the win.
UALR got on the board when a double by Guarno plated
junior Chris Burk to make it a 1-0
game in the top of the first. Guarno scored later in the inning to push the
UALR lead to two after another double by senior Sean Bignall.
Crumpton made it 3-0 in the top of the third when he
walked to leadoff the inning, then scored on a single by Burk through the left
side. In the top of the fourth, an RBI single by Crumpton scored senior Cameron Bentley to put UAL R in front
The Skyhawks got on the board when Jordan Owen led off
the bottom of the fourth with a double to left field and scored on a sacrifice
fly later in the inning. UALR got the run back in the top of the sixth, as
Crumpton walked, stole second and scored on an error to make it a 5-1 game.
UT Martin pulled with two in the bottom of the sixth, when
the Skyhawks put up two runs on five hits to make it a 5-3 game. UALR answered
with a six-run explosion in the top half of the seventh to push the margin to
A walk issued to senior Nick Rountree was followed with a single off the bat of senior Greg Garcia to give the Trojans two
baserunners with one out of the board. Sophomore Bryson Thionnet doubled to score both runners, and a double by
Crumpton to left center plated Thionnet for the third run of the frame. Parma
then drew a walk and an error by the UT Martin second baseman allowed Burk to
reach base and Crumpton to score, making it 9-3. A balk by Skyhawk hurler Stu
Jones brought home Parma later in the inning, and an RBI single by Guarno
plated the inning's sixth and final run.
Starter Alec Mills was handed the loss for UT Martin,
dropping his record to 1-2 on the season.
The Skyhawks out hit the Trojans, 12-11, but committed four errors on
the night compared to just one for UALR.
UALR and UT Martin return to action on Saturday at 1
p.m. Junior Blake Huffman (1-1) will
get the start for the Trojans, while senior Willie Frederick (1-0) will be on
the mound for the Skyhawks.