Junior Blake Huffman improved to 3-1 on the season with seven strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work in game one on Saturday.
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Junior Blake Huffman improved to 3-1 on the season with seven strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work in game one on Saturday.
Courtesy: Matt Johnson
Junior Blake Huffman improved to 3-1 on the season with seven strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work in game one on Saturday.
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UALR Splits Doubleheader, Takes Series Against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday
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Release: 03/10/2012

LITTLE ROCK - UALR (12-4) split its doubleheader and won its best-of-three series with Wisconsin-Milwaukee (4-10) on Saturday at Gary Hogan Field. The Trojans took the opener by a 10-3 score before having its seven-game win streak snapped with a 10-5 loss in ten innings in game two.     

Game One - UALR 10, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 3

UALR put up 10 runs on 11 hits in Saturday's opener, topping Milwaukee by a 10-3 final in what was the team's seventh-straight win and seventh-straight game scoring at least 10 runs. Junior Blake Huffman got the victory to improve to 3-1 on the season, going 7.0 innings while striking out seven and giving up just two runs on five hits.

Huffman took a no-hitter into the top of the fifth, and at one point retired nine straight from the middle of the second through Sam Koenig's single to break up the no-hitter in the fifth. Milwaukee starter Cale Tassi was saddled with the loss after giving up five runs on six hits in 4.1 innings of work. Freshman Cameron Allen came on in relief for Huffman to start the ninth and retired six of seven to close out the Panther's final two sets of at bats.

Four Trojans put up two hits in game one. Sophomore Kaleb Jobe went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, while junior David Guarno went 2-for-4 with a homer and a triple to go along with two RBI and three runs scored. Senior Sean Bignall was 2-for-5 with an RBI and senior Greg Garcia went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Junior Myles Parma didn't collect a hit but walked three times and scored a pair of runs.

UALR jumped out to an early lead, piling on four runs on two hits in the top half of the first. UALR got started when Crumpton and Parma drew walks to lead off the inning and the next batter, Jobe, singled to right field to bring home both runners. Then with Jobe on first, Guarno blasted his first home run of the season over the left field fence to make it a 4-0 game after one.

UALR added another run in the fifth on a triple by Guarno and RBI single by Bigall to up the lead to five, and then tacked on four in the bottom half of the sixth to go up 9-0. Parma came home on a wild pitch for the first run of the inning, while a two-RBI double by Garcia and an RBI single by senior Nick Rountree were responsible for the final three UALR scores of the frame.

Milwaukee was able to get on the board with a pair of runs on four hits in the top of the seventh. After Jonathan Capasso singled to lead off the inning, an RBI double by Will Fadness drove in the Panthers' first run of the game. Fadness advanced to third on the play at the plate, and a sac fly by the next batter, Koenig, plated the second Milwaukee run of the inning.

UALR's second triple of the game, this one off the bat of junior John Clark, plated the tenth and final run of the game for the Trojans in the bottom of the eighth. Clark's RBI secured UALR's seventh-straight, and tenth total, game with at least 10 runs scored.

Game Two - Wisconsin-Milwaukee 10, UALR 5 (10 Innings)

An RBI double to left-center field by Thionnet in the bottom of the ninth inning tied the score at 4-all and sent game two into extra innings, but Milwaukee scored six runs in the top of the tenth and eventually went on to win by a 10-5 score to snap the Trojans' seven-game win streak. The Panthers put up 14 hits on the day, while the UALR pitching staff combined to issue 13 walks in the game.

No UALR hitter ended game two with more than one hit. Junior Tyler Cameron, Garcia, Rountree, Thionnet and Bentley all ended the game with one apiece, with Cameron and Thionnet both hitting doubles.

Kaleb Engelke was credited with the win after closing out the ninth and ending the day with no runs on no hits in 0.1 innings pitched. Thionnet picked up the loss for the Trojans after surrendering four runs on two hits in 1.0 innings of work.

Starters Mike Schneider and Austin Pfeiffer each cruised through the first three innings, with neither pitcher running into trouble until Milwaukee was able to get to Pfeiffer with a three-run frame in the top of the fourth. Three-straight singles to start the inning plated the first UWM run of the game, and the second came home on a Balk by Pfeiffer with the bases loaded. The Panthers' Nick Lingvay drove in a run on an infield single to cap the three-run inning for Milwaukee.

UALR answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. An RBI single by Bentley brought home Rountree, who singled earlier in the inning, for the Trojans' first run of the contest. A sacrifice fly by Cameron then scored Thionnet, and Bentley scored the inning's third and final run when he got to come home from third on a balk by Schneider.

Milwaukee was able to take one-run lead in the top of the seventh. Despite zero UWM hits in the innings, the Panthers were able to score thanks to four issued walks by Trojan pitchers and make it a 4-3 game.

UALR manufactured a two-out rally in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extras. Rountree drew an HBP with two outs on the board, which was followed by Thionnet's double to left center. Allen, who was pinch-running for Rountree, scored the game's tying run all the way from first on Thionnet's game-tying double.

But Milwaukee was able to respond with six runs on four hits in their first set of extra-inning at bats. Following a pair of walks and a bunt single, Thionnet hit Michael Porcaro with a pitch to bring in the first run of the frame. Freshman Stephen Chandler then came on to pitch for the Trojans, and the Panthers' Paul Hoenecke hit a three-RBI double to right field to quickly make it a four-run deficit for UALR. Hoenecke scored later in the inning on a wild pitch to give UWM its tenth and final run.

Cameron led off the bottom of the tenth with a double and scored later on an RBI groundout by Bignall. But that would be as close as the Trojans would get, as Jordan Guth was able to get Garcia to strike out swinging to end the game.

UALR will have a day's rest before it returns to action with a pair of midweek games at Southeast Missouri State. Tuesday's matchup in Cape Girardeau, Mo., will begin at 3 p.m. 

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