LITTLE ROCK, Ark — The Trojans were unable to complete the sweep of Sun Belt leaders Texas State, falling 13-9 on Sunday afternoon in the final game at Gary Hogan Field this season.
Little Rock falls to 24-26 (15-11 Sun Belt) while Texas State improves to 34-17 (18-9 Sun Belt).
"I thought we struggled in all facets of the game," said Head Coach Chris Curry. "Bottom line, against the first-place team, what we did not do the first two games, which was make mistakes, we did do today. They took advantage of it and got some key hits while their pitchers threw strikes for the most part. But you can't spot them four errors and set up innings with walks."
Zach Ours was the bright spot of the Little Rock pitching staff on the day, tossing 5.1 innings in his second-longest outing of the season, allowing just two hits and two runs while striking out seven hitters.
Ryan Benavidez and Eldrige Figueroa each enjoyed three-hit days at the plate to lead the Trojan offense. Benavidez had two RBI while Figueroa reached base every time he came to the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Nick Perez continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-3 day.
Texas State came out firing on all cylinders in the first inning, scoring five runs and chasing starter Jose Torres out of the game after recording just one out.
Little Rock was quick to respond, scoring twice in the bottom half of the inning. James Gann slapped a single through the right side to score Benavidez before Alexander launched a sacrifice fly to plate Riley Pittman and make the score 5-2.
The Trojans tacked on another run in the third, but missed an opportunity to break the game open when Christian Reyes grounded into a double play with the bases loaded.
The visitors answered back in the third inning, bringing two more runs across to take a commanding 7-3 lead.
Once again, Little Rock did not go away, scoring two runs in the fifth using back-to-back-to-back doubles from Figueroa, Reyes and Benavidez. In the seventh inning, Benavidez's third hit of the contest plated Figueroa to make it 7-6 going into the eighth.
It was a back-and-forth contest for the whole game, as the Bobcats scored twice in the eighth to make it 9-6.
Figueroa's third hit scored Perez to make the score 9-7 in the eighth, but a four-run ninth from the Bobcats put the game out of reach for the Trojans as they would avoid the sweep with a 13-9 victory.
The series finale with Central Arkansas will commence Tuesday, May 14 at Dickey-Stephens Park in Little Rock, Ark. First pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.