Little Rock finishes season sweep of UCA

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Trojan pitching staff was lights out in Tuesday night’s 5-1 win over in-state rival Central Arkansas. The quartet of Jose Torres, Aaron Funk, Mason Leeming and Dillon Delgadillo held the Bears to just one run in the contest to take the final game of the Governor’s I-40 Showdown.
 
Mason Leeming got a crucial strikeout with a runner on first,” said Head Coach Chris Curry. “Delgadillo threw three innings under 30 pitches, he took us home. I was really proud of the freshman Nathan Lyons and the job that he did. We got a win against a very good ball club that’s got a good chance to win the Southland Conference.”
 
Little Rock improved to 25-26 (15-11 Sun Belt) while Central Arkansas fell to 27-24 (17-10 Southland).
 
James Gann and Ramon Padilla both tallied two-hit performances at the plate. Gann had two doubles on the night while Padilla hit his first career triple as well as a two-RBI double.
 
After two scoreless frames to start the contest, Little Rock struck first with a Riley Pittman sacrifice fly to score Eldrige Figueroa who led off the inning with a walk.
 
Torres got the start for the second straight game and tossed two scoreless innings. Funk was the next hurler for the Trojans and struck out the side in his first inning of work.
 
Little Rock doubled their lead in the fourth inning when Padilla hit his first career triple down the right field line before Nathan Lyons laced a single up the middle to score the catcher and make it 2-0.
 
The Bears answered with one run in the bottom half of the fourth to cut the lead in half going into the fifth.
 
Leeming was the next Trojan out of the bullpen and threw 1.2 innings of scoreless ball before handing it off to Delgadillo. The junior put up another zero and kept the score 2-1 going into the eighth.
 
In the top of the eighth, Gann ripped a double into the gap and then Troy Alexander traded places with him to extend the lead to 3-1. After a walk to Nick Perez, Padilla picked up his second hit of the night, a double down the right-field line, to score two more and give the Trojans a 5-1 lead and cap off the three-run inning.
 
Delgadillo closed it out in the ninth to pick up his second save of the season after three scoreless innings of work.
 
Little Rock gets back to Sun Belt Conference action May 16 when they travel to Jonesboro, Ark. to take on rival Arkansas State for the first contest of a three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Tomlinson Stadium-Kell Field.

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