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Junior Chris Burk went 3-for-5 with a double in UALR's win on Sunday.
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Trojans Complete Sweep Of UAPB With 13-4 Win On Sunday
UALR Sports Information
Release: 02/19/2012

LITTLE ROCK - The UALR baseball team (3-0) completed its sweep of the UAPB Golden Lions (0-3) on Sunday with a 13-4 win at Gary Hogan Field. The Trojan bats produced 14 hits on the day, led by a 3-for-5 effort from junior Chris Burk, while junior Bubba Cooper picked up the win after surrendering just two hits and no runs in 2.2 innings of relief work.

Burk's day at the plate included a double, one RBI and two runs scored, while junior Myles Parma went 2-for-4 on the day with a solo homer, two walks and two runs scored. Junior Ben Crumpton, getting his first career start at shortstop, went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Junior Blake Johnson went 2-for-5 with two runs and three RBI, and senior Cameron Bentley gave the Trojans their fifth multi-hit performance of the day with a 2-for-4 effort, highlighted by a triple, to go along with three RBI.

Junior Ethan Schlechte went 4.1 innings and surrendered four runs, though just one earned, on six hits while getting the start for UALR. Stanten Jones was saddled with the loss after giving up six runs (five earned) while walking seven batters in 3.0 innings as the Sunday starter for the Lions.

The two teams traded runs in their first set of at bats to make it a 1-1 game after the opening frame. UAPB got on the board when leadoff man Sean Samsa singled to center to start the game and later came home on a Trojan throwing error to give the Lions their first lead of the series. UALR answered on a sacrifice fly by senior Nick Rountree that scored Parma from third and evened the score at one.

The Trojans went on to put up five runs over their next two sets of at bats. First, junior Bryson Thionnet scored from third while Bentley held up the UAPB infield in a rundown to give UALR its first lead at the end of the second inning. Then, the Trojans erupted with a four-run inning in the bottom of the third that included three hits and was capped by a two-RBI single by Johnson that made it 6-1 at the end of three.

The Golden Lions responded with two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to make it a 6-4 ballgame, but the Trojans scored twice in the fifth and three times in the sixth to build an 11-4 lead.

An RBI double by Johnson scored senior Sean Bignall for the fifth inning's first run, while Bentley's triple plated Johnson for the second score of the frame. In the bottom of the sixth, Parma led off the inning with his second home run of the year, a solo shot to right, that made it 9-4. Burk then singled up the middle and stole second before being brought home on an RBI single by junior David Guarno, who later came home on a wild pitch for the frame's final run.

The Trojans tacked on two more in the bottom half of the ninth to reach the game's 13-4 final. A two-RBI single by Bentley through the right side plated Johnson and Thionnet, who reached on a fielder's choice and walk, respectively, earlier in the frame.

Junior Elliot Velasquez and freshman Matt Brown each put in an inning of work for the Trojan pitching staff. The pair struck out two batters apiece, with Velasquez pitching the entire eighth before giving way to Brown at the start of the ninth.

UALR will return to action with a midweek contest against Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Gary Hogan Field. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.

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