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Senior Cameron Bentley led the Trojans with a 4-for-5 effort at the plate in game one.
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Jobe's Grand Slam Helps Trojans Take Game One Against Louisiana, 7-2
UALR Sports Information
Release: 04/27/2012

LITTLE ROCK - The UALR offense put up seven runs on 12 hits while starter Chance Cleveland (8-3) picked up his eighth win of the season after giving up just two runs on seven hits over 7.2 innings, as UALR (21-20, 8-11 SBC) topped visiting Louisiana (19-22, 7-12 SBC) by a 7-2 score at Gary Hogan Field on Friday. The game one win was the first UALR victory against a UL team since 2006 and snaps a 16-game losing streak to the Cajuns.

Senior Cameron Bentley led the UALR bats with a 4-for-5 effort at the plate. Senior Sean Bignall and junior Myles Parma each finished the night with two hits apiece. Sophomore Kaleb Jobe also finished the night with two hits, the first of which was a grand slam home run in the bottom of the second that gave the Trojans a 4-1 advantage. Bignall and junior Blake Johnson led UALR with two runs scored each.

Cleveland struck out nine batters in his 7.2 innings on the hill. The Pine Bluff, Ark., native entered the contest leading the Sun Belt Conference in strikeouts and tied for the league lead in wins. Cleveland didn't issue a free base to a Louisiana hitter until the top of the eighth inning when he hit the Cajuns' Brian Bowman with a pitch.

Ragin' Cajun starter Jordan Nicholson was saddled with the loss after giving up five runs on nine hits over 4.3 innings. Nicholson was pulled for reliever Cord Cockrell with two outs on the board in the fifth. Cockrell wen to finish the game for UL, giving up two runs on three hits over the final 3.1 frames.

The Cajuns took an early lead in their first set of at bats, putting up a run on three hits in the top of the first. A one-out infield single by Jace Conrad was followed with another single to left by Chase Compton. With runners at the corners, Cleveland was able to get the next batter, Dylan Butler, out on strikes. But Tyler Girouard managed a two-out single to right in the next at bat, scoring Conrad from third and giving the Cajuns a 1-0 edge.

UALR went scoreless in its first set of at bats, but answered with four runs on two hits, one of which being Jobe's grand slam to right center, in the bottom of the second. Johnson led off the frame with a single up the middle, while Parma drew a walk and Burk was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs for the Trojans. Nicholson was able to get Thionnet looking for the first out of the inning, but served up the four-run bomb to Jobe in the very next at bat to make it a 4-1 contest.

UALR went up 5-1 on an RBI single by junior Chris Burk in the bottom of the fifth. Bignall led off the frame with a single up the middle, and then advanced over to third on a ground out by senior Nick Rountree and a single by Parma. Burk's RBI base knock to left center scored Bignall from third and chased Nicolson from the game, as Cockrell came on to record the final out of the frame.

Cleveland worked himself out a jam in the top of the seventh after allowing a leadoff double to Girouard to start the frame. A groundout by Frederick advanced Girouard to third, giving the Cajuns a man 90 feet from home with just one out on the board. Cleveland was able to get the next batter, Leonards, to hit a dribbler back to the mound for the inning's second out, and got Chris Sinclair out on strikes to get out of the inning unscathed.

The UALR bats tacked on two more runs in the bottom half of the seventh, as a pair of singles and a walk allowed the Trojans to load the bases with one out. A wild pitch by Cockrell brought in Bignall, who singled to start the inning, for the frame's first run. Johnson then scored on a fielder's choice RBI off the bat of sophomore Bryson Thionnet to make it a 7-1 contest.

UL manufactured a run on a hit batsman, two drawn walks, a wild pitch and a passed ball in the top of the eighth, but reliever Andrew Hohn was able to get the Trojans out of the jam with no further damage. Hohn struck out Girouard for the inning's final out with a pair of Cajun baserunners at second and third.

Junior Bubba Cooper came on for Hohn to start the ninth and allowed no runs on no hits over the final frame to close out the contest.

Game two is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday at Gary Hogan Field, with junior Blake Huffman (4-3) getting the start for the Trojans and Chris Griffit (5-2) starting for Louisiana.

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