- Senior Sean Bignall went 4- for-5 with
six RBI and hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season on Saturday, as
UALR (7-3) topped UT Martin (3-8) by a score of 12-4 at Skyhawk Park. Bignall
was one of four UALR players with multiple hits on the day, while junior
right-hander Blake Huffman improved
to 2-1 on the season after striking out seven and allowing three runs in 5.1
innings of work.
Burk went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI for the Trojans, while
junior Myles Parma went 2-for-5 with
two runs scored. Sophomore Bryson
Thionnet went 2-for-4 with a run scored, as the UALR bats combined for 14
hits on the day.
UALR quickly found itself in a 3-0 hole as the Skyhawks
jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings of play. The Trojans cut the
deficit to one with a two-run inning in the top of the fourth. Bignall's first
RBI of the day came on a single through the right side that scored Burk, who
reached earlier in the inning on an HBP. Junior David Guarno scored the second run of the inning when he tagged on
a sacrifice fly by senior Greg Garcia
to make it a 3-2 game.
A three-run homer by Bignall in the top of the sixth
put the Trojans on top to stay. The junior's blast down the right field line
also plated Burk and Guarno, who each reached on singles to lead off the
inning. The Trojans then tacked on four more in the top of the seventh when a
Skyhawk error allowed Parma to come home, and a two-RBI double by Bignall made
it an 8-3 game. Bignall scored later in the inning on a passed ball to give
UALR a six-run cushion.
After UT Martin scored one in the bottom of the seventh
to pull within five, the Trojans put up three more in the top of the eighth to bring
the game to its 12-4 final. An RBI single by Parma brought in the inning's
first run, and a two-RBI double to right center by Burk pushed the UALR lead to
Velasquez came on in relief of Huffman and threw 1.2 innings, giving up one
run on two hits. Freshman Stephen
Chandler threw 2.0 scoreless innings for the Trojans to close out the game.
Willie Frederick was handed the loss for UT Martin
after giving up five runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings on the mound.
UALR and UT Martin will play the finale of their
three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. On the hill for the Trojans will be
sophomore Ethan Schlechte (0-0),
while Brendan Lozupone (0-1) will get the start for UT Martin.