Photo Courtesy: UALR Athletics (Nelson Chenault)
NORMAN, Okla. - The UALR baseball team knocked off No. 10 Oklahoma in game one of its doubleheader at L. Dale Mitchell Park on Tuesday. In the first start of his UALR career, junior Travis McDonald worked 6.2 innings and held the Sooners to just two runs on six hits to pick up the win.
Senior Myles Parma led the UAL R offense with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate to go along with an RBI and a run scored. Sophomore Sam Vogel hit his fourth homer of the season, a two-run shot in the top of the sixth that built a 5-0 lead for UALR. The Trojans totaled eight hits on the day, compared to six for the Sooners.
Junior Dillon Moritz came on for McDonald with two outs on the board in the bottom of the seventh. Moritz did not allow a hit over the next 2.1 innings and retired the ninth in order.
After the two teams combined for no runs and just one hit over the first two innings, UALR lit up the scoreboard with a run on two hits in the top of the third. Sophomore Sage Gasaway led off the frame with a single to left, and junior Bryson Thionnet followed with an RBI double that scored Gasaway and put UALR on top 1-0.
The Trojans went up 2-0 on the Sooners in their next set of at-bats. Senior Blake Johnson led off the fourth with a single to left center. An infield hit by classmate John Clark allowed Johnson to move to third, and a sacrifice fly to deep right off the bat of Chris Burk brought home the second UALR run of the contest.
Following a scoreless fifth, Burk ripped a two-out double in the top of the sixth, then came home on an RBI single up the middle by Parma. With Parma on first, Vogel's two-run shot to left put the Trojans up 5-0 and chased OU starter Corey Copping from the game.
The Sooners were able to get a run back thanks to a couple of hits and a UALR error in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 5-1 game. OU added its second run in the bottom of the seventh, as it loaded the bases on two singles and a walk by McDonald. Moritz then came on to pitch and immediately issued a walk to Jack Mayfield to bring in the Sooners' second run.
But Moritz settled in from there, getting Max White to hit a grounder back to the mound for the third out of the inning. The right-hander did not surrender a hit over the next two innings and retired the ninth in order to secure the win for the Trojans.
Patrick Newton: Assistant Sports Information Director