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UALR 6, ARKANSAS STATE 2

Ryan Benavidez and Nick Perez each hit two-run home runs in the fifth inning Saturday as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (27-26, 15-14 Sun Belt Conference) snapped a seven-game losing streak with a victory over Arkansas State University at Gary Hogan Field.

With the victory, the Trojans will be the No. 7 seed in next week's Sun Belt Conference Tournament at Russo Park in Lafayette, La., while the Red Wolves (20-31, 11-19) will be the No. 10 seed.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Riley Pittman drew a walk after a nine-pitch at-bat to start the rally for UALR. Two pitches later, Perez hit his two-run home run to left-center field to give the Trojans a 2-1 lead. Marcus Ragan was hit by a pitch with one out to put a runner aboard for Benavidez, who hit a home run down the right-field line on the first pitch to increase the advantage to 4-1.

The lead grew to 6-1 in the bottom of the sixth on RBI singles from Perez and Ragan. Casey Vaughan led off the eighth inning with a triple and scored on Winston Welch's RBI single to set the final score.

Perez was 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI to lead the Trojans, who finished with 10 hits and stranded 7 runners. Welch was 2 for 3 while Drew Tipton was 2 for 5 with 1 run scored for the Red Wolves, who had 8 hits and left 9 runners on base.

UALR starter Aaron Funk (2-0) got the victory after allowing 1 unearned run on 6 hits with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts over 7 innings. ASU's Carter Holt (1-3) took the loss after he allowed 4 earned runs on 3 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings.

SOUTHLAND

NICHOLLS STATE 4, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 0

The University of Central Arkansas was shut out for a second consecutive day, managing just six singles as Nicholls State got the victory at Ray Didier Field in Thibodaux, La.

The Bears (32-23, 17-13 Southland Conference) suffered a series sweep for the first time this season, playing the final 24 innings without a run. With the three victories, the Colonels (26-30, 14-16) remain in contention for the eighth and final spot in next week's Southland Conference Tournament, while the Bears will enter as the No. 4 or No. 5 seed with their opening game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Bears had just one runner get in scoring position when Hunter Strong reached on a fielder's choice and moved to second on a Tyler Smith walk in the first inning.

Of the six UCA hits, William Hancock had two, with Rigo Aguilar, TJ Black, Colby LeBlanc and Coby Potvin getting one apiece.

The Colonels broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the fourth inning, then added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings while holding the Bears to one baserunner over the final three innings, retiring the side in order in each of the final two innings to close out the game.

Mark Moyer (5-6) took the loss after allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and 1 wild pitch over 4 innings. Reliever Tanner Wiley gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings.

At a glance

SBC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT

at Russo Park, Lafayette, La.

All times Central (x-if necessary)

NOTE Tuesday's games are single elimination, while Wednesday's-Saturday's games are double elimination.

TUESDAY'S GAMES

GAME 1 (7) UALR vs. (10) Georgia State, 3 p.m.

GAME 2 (8) Texas-Arlington vs. (9) Arkansas State, 6:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY'S GAMES

GAME 3 (4) South Alabama vs. (5) Georgia Southern, 9 a.m.

GAME 4 (1) Coastal Carolina vs. lower-seeded Tuesday winner, 12:30 p.m.

GAME 5 (3) Troy vs. (6) Texas State, 4 p.m.

GAME 6 (2) La.-Lafayette vs. higher-seeded Tuesday winner, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY'S GAMES

GAME 7 Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 9 a.m.

GAME 8 Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 12:30 p.m.

GAME 9 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 4 p.m.

GAME 10 Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY'S GAMES

GAME 11 Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 loser, 3 p.m.

GAME 12 Game 8 winner vs. Game 10 loser, 6:30 p.m.

SATURDAY'S GAMES

GAME 13 Game 9 winner vs. Game 11 winner, 9 a.m.

GAME 14 Game 10 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 12:30 p.m.

x-GAME 15 Game 13 winner vs. Game 13 loser, 4 p.m.

x-GAME 16 Game 14 winner vs. Game 14 loser, 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

GAME 17 Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.

Sports on 05/20/2018

Print Headline: Division I state college baseball roundup

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