Friday, April 01, 2011

SPORTS>>UALR ends losing skid, beats UCA

UALR Sports Information

UALR baseball snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-3 non-conference victory over Central Arkansas on Wednesday night at Bear Stadium in Conway.

UALR starter Dillon Wilson limited UCA to four hits and two runs over 4 1/3 innings, and senior John Maler held the Bears to two hits over 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to improve to 2-2 on the year.

Junior Cameron Bentley and sophomore Myles Parma led the Trojans (11-13) with two hits apiece, with Bentley going 2 for 3 with one run scored and two RBI. Senior Jake Rowell hit his first home run of the season in the top of the second, a solo shot to right, to give UALR a 1-0 lead and the Trojans never trailed.

The Trojans tacked on two more runs in the third on an RBI groundout by senior Jason Houston and a run-scoring single by junior Nick Rountree to take a 3-0 lead.

UCA (12-14) manufactured two runs in the bottom half to pull within one as Jonathan Davis and Jonathan Houston delivered consecutive RBI singles. UCA went scoreless over the next five innings, however, and left a total of 13 men on base, stranding a runner at third five times.

UALR pushed across runs in the fourth and sixth innings to go ahead 5-2, and then broke the game open with a three-run rally in the seventh.

Houston opened the inning with a leadoff single and Rountree followed by reaching base on a catcher’s interference to put two on with no outs.