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Junior David Guarno went 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI to lead the UALR offense on Friday.
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UALR Takes Game One With 12-5 Win Over Wisconsin-Milwaukee
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Release: 03/09/2012

LITTLE ROCK - Junior David Guarno went 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI and junior Myles Parma collected two hits, two RBI and three runs scored, as UALR (11-3) put up 13 total hits in a 12-5 win over visiting Wisconsin-Milwaukee (3-9) on Friday night at Gary Hogan Field. Junior Chance Cleveland (4-0) got the start for the Trojans and picked up his Sun Belt Conference-leading fourth win of the season, giving up five runs on nine hits over 8.0 innings of work.

In addition to Guarno and Parma, sophomore Ben Crumpton chipped in with a pair of singles to give the Trojans three players with two hits on the day. Crumpton also scored three runs on the day to match Parma for a game high. Junior Chris Burk went 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI.

All five of Cleveland's earned runs came in the top of the ninth, as the Panthers were able to manufacture a quick rally on four hits before freshman Matt Brown came on in relief and closed out the game. Twenty of the 24 outs recorded by Cleveland in the game came via strikeout or were groundball-induced. The right-hander struck out 10 on the night, a new career high, and got 10 Milwaukee hitters to hit into groundball outs in his fourth start of the season.

Milwaukee starter Eric Semmelheck (0-3) was handed the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits in 4.0 innings of work. The right-hander started strong, giving up just one hit and allowing two base runners in his first two innings of work, but ran into trouble in the bottom halves of the third and fourth innings before being taken out at the start of the fifth.

After two and a half scoreless innings between the two teams, UALR took the lead when it got on the board with three runs on three hits in the bottom half of the third. After Crumpton collected his second hit of the game with a one-out single up the middle, Parma slapped an infield hit and Burk drew a walk on a 3-2 count to load the bases for Guarno. A bases-clearing double by the designated hitter plated the first UALR runs of the game and put the Trojans on top 3-0.

After Cleveland retired the top half of the fourth in order, UALR put up three more runs on three hits in the bottom of the frame. A one-out double by sophomore Bryson Thionnet was followed by an RBI single by senior Cameron Bentley for the first run of the inning. Then with Crumpton and Parma on base, Burk ripped a two-RBI double to right field that pushed the UALR cushion to six.

The Trojans exploded for six runs on three hits in the bottom of the fifth. Reliever Gunnar Eastman, in for Semmelhack to start the inning, was unable to record an out before a bases-loaded balk brought in the first UALR run of the inning. Alex Erdmann then came on for the Panthers and promptly hit Crumpton with the bases loaded to bring in the second run, while a two-RBI single by Parma later in the inning plated two more Trojan runs. Another double by Guarno plated Crumpton, and an infield groundout by Bignall one batter later brought home Parma to cap the six-run frame for the Trojans and put them up 12-0.

UALR and Milwaukee will resume their series with game two on Saturday currently scheduled for 3 p.m. Junior Blake Huffman will get the start for the Trojans, while right-hander Cale Tassi will be on the hill for the Panthers.

Any changes to tomorrow's game due to inclement weather will be announced on UALRTrojans.com. 

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