Head Coach Scott Norwood Earns 300th Career Victory in Saturday's Doubleheader Split with Houston Baptist
Courtesy: UALR Sports Information
          Release: 04/25/2009
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. The UALR baseball team (11-27) could not quite pull off the Saturday doubleheader sweep of the Houston Baptist Huskies (9-30) as the Trojans took game one 5-4, but lost the back end of the doubleheader, 5-2.


UALR 5, Houston Baptist 4


UALR got all five of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and it proved to be enough as the Trojans earned their second straight victory over the Huskies of Houston Baptist. With the victory, UALR head coach Scott Norwood earned his 300th career victory as a collegiate head coach.


Anthony Pryor improved his record to 2-4 on the mound after he threw six innings of quality ball. The junior right hander gave up four runs on seven hits and struck out six, while only walking one in the winning effort.


The UALR bullpen was impressive as Sean Potter pitched 1.2 scoreless innings behind Pryor before he gave way to JR Boling, who pitched 1.1 innings and struck out one to earn his second save of the year.


The Trojans scored all five of their runs on HBU starting pitcher Stephen Nikonchik, who was tagged with the loss. Nikonchick lasted 3.2 innings and walked six Trojan hitters while striking out three.


The Trojans offense, which only mustered four hits, scored their first run on a successful safety squeeze bunt by third baseman Anthony Gower. UALR then widened the gap to 3-0 on a two-run single by Kody Kroll, who finished 1-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. The Trojans closed out their scoring when Tyson Parks laced a two-run single up the middle, making it 5-0.


The Huskies battled back in the top of the fifth as they used a pair of home runs, each two-run shots, by Nick Homan and Leo Delgado, cutting the lead to 5-4. That would be all the scoring, however, as UALR held on for the victory.


Houston Baptist 5, UALR 2


Hunter Scott allowed just two runs and eight Trojan hits, earning his second victory of the year as Houston Baptist defeated UALR 5-2 at Gary Hogan Field on Saturday evening.


The Huskies took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run by Brian Franze in the second inning before striking again in the third inning for three more runs. In the top half of the third, Eric Shiro had an RBI double to left center and Andrew Taccolini made it a 4-0 lead with a two-run single to left field.


The Trojans fought back with one run in the bottom of the third on an Eric Hanlon home run, his second of the season.


HBU answered, however, as Franze hit is second home run of the game making the score 5-1. UALR scored just one more run in the sixth inning when Tim Emmons reached on an infield single that scored Matt Apfel.


Scott was able to strike out two-of-three Trojan hitters in the bottom of the seventh as he closed the book on UALR for the 5-2 win.


Alex Smith was hit with the loss for the Trojans. The junior righty hurled three innings and allowed five runs on six hits, while striking out six.


The two teams will meet for the series finale Sunday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field at 1 p.m.

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