SPRINGFIELD, Mo - Missouri State (16-12) scored five runs in the bottom of the first and capitalized on six Trojan errors in a 10-2 win over the UALR baseball team (8-21) on Tuesday night at Hammons Field.
Missouri State's Ben Carlson drove in four runs in the win and hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first to help stake the Bears to an early 5-0 lead. The Trojans scratched across two runs in the top of the third, thanks in part to a RBI triple by senior Kody Kroll, but the Bears answered with four unearned runs in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
Aaron Meade struck out seven batters and limited the Trojans to three hits and two runs over 5.0 innings of work to improve to 5-2 on the year. Relievers Cody Aycock and Brant Combs combined to hold the Trojans scoreless over the final 4.0 frames.
Junior Sean Potter (2-4) was handed the loss after allowing seven hits and six runs over 4.0 innings. UALR managed just six hits on the night, with junior Josh Marazzito leading the way with a 2-for-4 effort.
Aaron Conway was one of three Bears to enjoy a multi-hit effort in the win, going 3-for-5 with two RBI, one run scored and a stolen base.
UALR returns to action this weekend (April 10-12) when it travels to Mobile, Ala. for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series with South Alabama. Prior to facing the Jaguars, the Trojans will take on the Arkansas Travelers in a five-inning scrimmage at Dickey-Stephens Park at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday night. The Travs are offering free admission to the public, with gates opening at 6 p.m.