SAN MARCOS, Texas – Cameron Allen held the Bobcats down as Bryson Thionnet powered the Trojans’ offense in route to a 3-2 win at Bobcat Ballpark. The win allowed UALR ( 23-28, 9-19 SBC) to win the series against Texas State (28-23, 16-11 SBC), the team’s first road series win of the year.
Allen, a native Texan, worked 7.1 innings allowing two runs on two hits while walking just one and striking out four. Thionnet’s home run put him into a tie with Guy Giuffre for the program’s record in career home runs with 22.
Texas State starter Lucas Humpal matched Allen early as the pair dominated the offenses through the first four innings.
But Thionnet changed that with his solo blast over the centerfield wall to hand UALR a 1-0 lead to start the fifth inning.
The Bobcats got their first baserunner of the game when Allen hit Granger Studdard. The next batter, Austin O’Neal, broke up the no-hitter and the shut out with a run-scoring double to knot the score.
The Trojans stormed right back to take the lead as Austin Pfeiffer homered to right-center. Later in the sixth, Tanner Rockwell doubled to center and came around to score on Thionnet’s double down the left field line.
Allen got help from his defense in the bottom of the sixth to maintain the lead. Rockwell started the inning with an outstanding diving stop and throw from his position at third base. After a routine out recorded by Ben Crumpton at second Petr Sila made a running catch in foul territory before slamming into the bullpen wall.
Texas State got two baserunners on in the eighth as Allen hit the leadoff and walked the second batter. After Allen got a pinch hitter out the Trojans turned to Dyllon Brownmiller out of the bullpen with runners on second and third and one out. Brownmiller got two groundouts as the second run of the game came around to score for the Bobcats.
The series win keeps the Trojans alive in the hunt to make the Sun Belt Conference tournament.
UALR will wrap up the regular season next weekend at Gary Hogan Field against Arkansas State. The first two games of the series will be at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday before finishing the regular season on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.