Tro­jans win

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Ju­nior of­fen­sively Nick and Perez on the led mound UALR Tues­day as the Tro­jans took a 2-1, 12-in­ning vic­tory over Louisiana Tech. Perez went 2 for 4 with a dou­ble and was the only Tro­jans player with more than one hit, but it was his pitch­ing in the fi­nal in­ning that helped stake UALR to the vic­tory.


Arkansas on won Ju­nior the the mound first Nick at Lit­tle game Perez Tues­day Rock of led a the mid­week of­fen­sively as Univer­sity the Tro­jans se­ries and of at Gary Hogan Field in Lit­tle Rock. Perez went 2 for 4 with a dou­ble and was the only Tro­jans player with more than one hit, but it was his pitch­ing that helped stake UALR (9-8) to the vic­tory. He came in to pitch with one out in the top of the 12th in­ning af­ter Louisiana Tech’s Chris Clay­ton grounded out on a sac­ri­fice bunt that moved Tan­ner Hud­dle­ston — who was hit by a pitch to start the in­ning — to sec­ond base. Af­ter Parker Bates grounded out for the sec­ond out of the in­ning, Jonathan Parker drew a five-pitch walk, only to be thrown out at sec­ond base on Ma­son Robin­son’s fielder’s choice. Troy Alexan­der got things started for UALR in the bot­tom of the 12th in­ning when he dou­bled a 2-2 pitch down the right-field line. He scored on Kale Emshoff’s RBI sin­gle to right-cen­ter field to se­cure the vic­tory. The game had gone score­less through eight in­nings un­til Dal­ton Skel­ton scored on Hud­dle­ston’s sac­ri­fice fly in the top of the ninth to give the Bull­dogs (12-6) a 1-0 lead. Ri­ley Pittman’s RBI sin­gle with two outs in the bot­tom of the ninth — his only hit — tied the game at 1-1. Louisiana Tech man­aged just four hits, led by Skel­ton’s 2-for-5 per­for­mance. Kent Hasler (0-2) took the loss af­ter al­low­ing both UALR hits and the win­ning run in the 12th in­ning.


Af­ter al­low­ing five runs in the top of the ground­out ninth in­ning, in the ninth Pay­ton in­ning Lan­non’s and Drew RBI Tip­ton’s RBI sin­gle in the 11th in­ning gave Arkansas State Univer­sity a vic­tory over South­ern Illi­nois on Tues­day at Tom­lin­son Sta­dium in Jones­boro. Ad­di­son Fugitt hit an RBI sin­gle in the first in­ning to score Nikola Va­sic and give South­ern Illi­nois a 1-0 lead. ASU then took con­trol with a three-run sec­ond in­ning. Drew Tip­ton hit an RBI dou­ble to right-cen­ter field, then he and Grant Hawkins scored when To­bias John­son reached on a field­ing er­ror. John­son’s RBI sin­gle in the sixth gave the Red Wolves a 4-1 lead, but the Salukis closed the gap to 4-3 in the sev­enth. bot­tom ASU re­sponded of the sev­enth. with three Cullen runs Ray in the hit a two-run sin­gle up the mid­dle and a throw­ing er­ror al­lowed Ja­cob Jablon­ski to score as the Red Wolves took a 7-3 lead. The lead held un­til the top of the ninth in­ning, when a two-run home run by J.T. We­ber and a three-run home run by Con­nor Kopach gave South­ern Illi­nois an 8-7 lead. Lan­non’s RBI ground­out in the bot­tom of the in­ning tied the game at 8-8 to force ex­tra in­nings. Tip­ton led ASU by go­ing 3 for 6 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. John­son and Casey Vaughan had two hits each for the Red Wolves, who fin­ished with 12 hits. Bryan Ay­ers pitched the fi­nal three in­nings for the vic­tory, al­low­ing 1 earned run on 1 hit with 5 strike­outs.


The Univer­sity of Cen­tral Arkansas (8-8) scored 6 of its 7 runs in the first 4 in­nings Tues­day at Bear Sta­dium in Con­way. The Bears jumped out to an early lead on Keaton Pres­ley’s two-run home run with two outs in the bot­tom of the first the in­ning. third TJ in­ning, Black, who scored sin­gled on an to start RBI dou­ble down the left-field line by Josh Somde­cerff and Tyler Smith’s RBI sin­gle gave UCA a 4-0 lead. SE Mis­souri State (5-12) got an RBI sin­gle from Alex Nielsen in the fourth in­ning, cut­ting the lead to 4-1, but UCA re­sponded with two runs in the bot­tom of the in­ning on RBI sin­gles by Somde­cerff and Hunter Strong. A home run and an RBI sin­gle cut the lead to 6-3, but Pres­ley’s sec­ond home run of the game — a solo shot to left field in the eighth in­ning — pro­vided the fi­nal mar­gin. Pres­ley led the Bears of­fen­sively, go­ing 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI, while Strong and Somde­cerff both went 2 for 4. Tris­ten Gagan went 3 for 5 to lead the Red­hawks of­fen­sively, while Chase Urhahn was 2 for 5. Gavin Stone earned the vic­tory on the mound af­ter al­low­ing 2 earned runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and 4 strike­outs over 4 in­nings.

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