LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—UALR scored a total of seven runs over two innings to help lift the Trojans to an 8-5 victory over Missouri State Tuesday at Gary Hogan Field. Nathan Parker picked up his first victory of the season, while Mike Rogers recorded his first save.
Brett Lawler and Matt King each went 2-of-3 on the day with King picking up an RBI. Osvaldo Torres knocked down his third home run of the season recording three RBI.
Missouri State (2-3) jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Paul and singles by Clay Coulter and Shane Elenz. The Bears picked up another run at the top of the third on a sacrifice fly by Elenz.
UALR (7-3) remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Torres’ homerun sparked a four run inning. After the three runs scored, Ryan Gotcher was hit by a hit pitched and advanced to second on an error. Gotcher recorded his sixth stolen base before going across home on an error by Missouri State’s catcher.
The Bears scored in the next inning as walks loaded the bases and then sent Paul in for the run.
The Trojans continued their offense in the bottom of the fifth as a triple by Gotcher scored Torres. King singled to right centerfield bringing Gotcher home, before a single by Brad Swiderski brought in King to give the Trojans a 7-5 advantage.
The game remained scoreless over the next two and a half innings. In the bottom of the eighth, UALR had one man on with two outs when Lawler’ single to left center followed by Brian Asbill’s single to right brought home the eighth run for the Trojans.
In the top of the ninth, Rogers held the Bears to no hits as UALR won their seventh game of the season.
UALR continues baseball action on Friday March 2 as they host a weekend series with Creighton. Friday’s game begins at 3 p.m. at Gary Hogan Field.