Courtesy: Ed Hamilton Junior Matt King homered for the third-straight game on Wednesday.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The UALR baseball team jumped out to a 12-4 lead on Tuesday afternoon and held on a for a 13-10 win over Northwestern State at Gary Hogan Field. Five Trojans enjoyed multi-RBI efforts, including junior Matt King who homered for the third-straight game, to lead UALR (7-5) to its third-consecutive victory.
Leading 1-0 in the bottom of the third after a sacrifice fly by sophomore Mitchell Webb, the Trojan bats exploded for six runs to go up 7-0. A bases-loaded balk by Kyle Broughton (1-1) brought in the first run of the frame. Senior Derek Eilers followed with a two-run double before King and Brett Lawler came through with back-to-back home runs. King’s two-run shot was his third of the year, while Lawler’s was the second for the junior first basemen.
UALR’s starting right fielder, Jacob Stover opened the game on the mound for the Trojans and cruised through the first three innings. The Demons got to him in the fourth, however, as a solo shot by Marty Dewees and a three-run bomb by Michael Flower made it a 7-4 contest. Junior Drew Antonini (1-0) came on in relief of Stover and got the final out of the inning.
The Trojans answered with a five-spot in the bottom half to extend their lead to 12-4. After a sacrifice fly by Stover, Lawler and Webb drew a pair of bases-loaded walks to extend UALR’s lead to six runs, 10-4. Senior Matt Garlington, who went 2-for-4 with a team-high three RBI, capped off the scoring rally with a two-run single.
NSU slowly chipped away at the Trojans’ lead off the UALR bullpen, cutting its deficit to four runs, 12-8, in the top of the seventh off a two-run single by Brandon Morgan. Garlington delivered his first home run of the season in the bottom of the seventh, a solo shot, to make it a 13-8 ballgame.
Leading 13-9 in the top of the eighth, junior Dustin Turner took the mound with no outs and the bases loaded. Turner retired the first two batters he faced (strikeout and a pop-up) before a base knock scored one of the inherited runners. But the 5-10 right-hander got the next batter to ground out to second, then retired the Demons in order in the ninth for his third save of the year.
Antonini got the win for the Trojans by throwing 2.1 innings in relief of Stover, with one hit and one run allowed. Turner allowed just one hit and fanned two en route to his third save.
Broughton was credited with the loss for NSU, after surrendering four hits and six runs (all earned) over 2.1 innings of work. Morgan and Flower led the team with three RBI a piece.
UALR returns to action tomorrow afternoon with a bout against Memphis.