- Senior Sean Bignall tied a school
record with three home runs, while UALR set a new school record for team home
runs with eight, as the Trojans (10-3) topped visiting South Dakota State (0-8)
20-8 on Wednesday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field. Bignall finished the day
4-for-5 at the plate with four runs scored and six RBI, and set a new school
record for total bases in single game with 14.
The Trojans also set a new school record with 48 total
bases as a team, shattering the previous mark of 38 set at Middle Tennessee on
March 30, 2008. UALR had combined to hit five home runs in a game on three
separate occasions in the school's history before tonight, with the most recent
coming on April 26, 2009 against Houston Baptist. The Trojans equaled that mark
in the sixth inning tonight on a two-run bomb by senior Nick Rountree, then added three more home runs in the bottom of the
eighth to set the new school record.
Bignall's day at the plate is the most recent in a series
of strong performances from the Brampton, Ontario, native. The senior is coming
off a weekend at UT Martin that saw him hit three home runs, total 12 RBI and
40 total bases en route to earning Sun Belt Player of the Week honors. On the
year, Bignall is hitting a robust .531 with nine home runs, 30 RBI, 21 runs
scored and 61 total bases, and currently sports a 1.245 slugging percentage and
.597 on-base percentage.
Buckley earned the win for the Trojans, starting the contest and going 5.0
innings while giving up just two runs on three hits. Joe Ellison was handed the
loss for SDSU after surrendering seven runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings on the
UALR actually trailed early in the game, falling behind
1-0 when SDSU's Eric Cain homered to centerfield in the top of the first to
give the Jackrabbits the lead after one. UALR put up two runs in the bottom of
the second when a double by Bignall was followed with a two-run homer to left
by Rountree that put the Trojans on top, 2-1.
South Dakota State evened the score with a one-run
inning in the top of the third, but UALR bounced back with a five-run explosion
on three hits, including two homers, in the bottom half of the frame. After
junior Myles Parma scored the first
run of the inning on a wild pitch, Bignall hit a two-run bomb to centerfield to
give UALR a 5-2 lead. Senior Greg Garcia
scored the fourth run on an RBI groundout by Rountree, and sophomore Byrson Thionnet hit a two-out solo shot
later in the frame to cap the Trojans' five-run inning.
Following a pair of scoreless innings, SDSU put up two
runs on three hits in the top of the sixth to pull within three. But that would
be as close as the Jackrabbits would get, as UALR again put up five runs in the
bottom half of the frame to push its to eight.
Crumpton scored the first run of the inning on a groundout by sophomore Kaleb Jobe, and Bignall put the next
two runs on the board with a two-run homer to left. Following a single by
Garcia, Rountree hit his second home run of the game, another two-run shot that
put UALR up eight and tied the school record for team homers in a game.
A solo shot by SDSU's Phil Paquette made it 12-5 after
seven, but the Trojans saved their biggest inning for the eighth, when they put
eight runs on eight hits, including three home runs, to go up 20-5. Following a
double by junior John Clark to the
left-center gap, Bignall stepped to the plate and tied the UALR single-game
record with his third blast of the game, a two-run shot left-center field. Following
a pair of singles by senior Cameron
Bentley and Crumpton, Parma hit a three-run bomb to left field that was
immediately followed with solo shot by
Jobe over the right field fence that put the Trojans' 20th run of
the night on the board.
South Dakota State tacked on three runs in the top of
the ninth before sophomore Ryan
Montgomery got Steven Autenrieth to ground out to the shortstop for the
game's final out.
Six different UALR players ended the night with
multiple hits. Bignall led the way with his 4-for-5 effort, while both Garcia
and Rountree chipped in with three hits apiece. Parma, Crumpton and Thionnet
all put up two hits on the night, as the Trojans outhit the Jackrabbits by a
Tonight's game marked the first time UALR scored 20
runs in a game since its 20-9 win over Western Illinois on March 24, 2010.
UALR will have one day of rest before it returns to
action on Friday with the opener of its three-game series against Wisconsin-Milwaukee
at Gary Hogan Field. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.