LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Central Arkansas (11-12) broke a 0-0 tie by plating five runs in the sixth inning on its way to a 6-2 win over the UALR baseball team (4-17) on Tuesday night at Gary Hogan Field.
After playing to a 0-0 standstill through five frames, the Trojans didn’t do themselves any favors in the sixth, helping UCA take the lead by hitting three batters and committing a costly two-run error.
The Trojans manufactured a pair of runs over the final three frames, off a two-out RBI single from freshman Zach Rowles and a solo homer by junior Jared Powell, but were unable to rally against the UCA bullpen. Powell went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the loss and belted his second home run of the year – a shot to straightaway center.
UCA’s Daniel Price (1-0) picked up his first win of the year with 3.0 innings of scoreless relief, despite giving up five of the Trojans’ eight hits. Matt Whitaker got the starting nod for UCA, and held the Trojans hitless over the first three frames.
Senior Nathan Parker (0-4) was credited with the loss for UALR, after allowing five hits and two runs, with three strikeouts, over 5.0 innings.
Tied at 0-0 at the start of the sixth, pinch-hitter Tye Throneberry started the UCA rally after being hit by a pitch from Parker. Chris Davis followed with a double to left, to score Throneberry and chase Parker from the game. Davis was one of three Bears to enjoy a multi-hit effort in the game, and led the team with a pair of runs scored.
After moving up on a sacrifice bunt, Davis scored from third when senior Mike Rogers unleashed a wild pitch. The Bears extended their lead to 3-0 moments later when Kent Taylor delivered a run-scoring single through the left side.
With the bases loaded and two outs, UALR appeared to be on the verge of escaping the inning with just a 3-0 deficit after Rogers induced a grounder from Payton Seelinger, but a Trojan throwing error allowed two more runs to score – making it a 5-0 game.
UALR returns to action this weekend with a three-game series at Middle Tennessee (March 28-30).