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UALR Baseball: Trojans vs Redhawks

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UALR Athletics) - UALR Trojans take on the Southeast Missouri Redhawks.

Cape Girardeau, Mo. (Capaha Field)
live stats & video available at www.ualrtrojans.com

GM1 - Tuesday, March 13 - 3 PM
UALR - #20 Tyler Buckley • RHP • Junior
1-1, 3.86 ERA, 7.0 IP, 5 K's
SEMO - #12 Tony Zerrusen • RHP • Junior
0-0, 10.80 ERA, 3.1 IP, 1 K's

GM2 - Wednesday, March 14 - 3 PM
SEMO - #18 Zack Smith • LHP • Junior
1-3, 8.79 ERA, 14.1 IP, 10 K's

Thanks in part to a 4-1 mark over the past week of play, UALR sports a Sun Belt-best 12-4 overall record and is off to the second-best start in school history ... The Trojans' 12 wins tie three previous clubs (2002, 1996 and 1977) for the second-most victories through the first 16 games of a season, and trail only the 1990 club (13-3) for the best start in program history ... The Trojans' 5-10 loss in 10 innings to Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday snapped the team's seven-game win streak, as well as the team's seven-game streak of scoring 10 or more runs ... UALR plated 61 runs in five games last week, upping its season total to an incredible 158 -- good enough for tops in the Sun Belt Conference and second in the nation ... The UALR bats have been on fire of late, and enter the week ranked in the top five nationally of several offensive categories ... In addition to runs scored, the Trojans are second in the nation in scoring (9.9 runs per game), second in slugging (.549), third in doubles (44), fourth in hits (192) and fourth in home runs (23).

The Southeast Missouri Redhawks come into Tuesday's game sporting a 6-10 overall record and having dropped five of their last six ... The Redhawks have a couple of hot bats in Trenton Moses (.474, 6 HR, 23 RBI) and Kenton Parmley (.435, 2 HR, 12 RBI), with the former being named the OVC Player of the Week for the second time this season on Monday ... SEMO is 5-5 this season when playing at Capaha Field.

The Trojans are winless (0-4) all-time against the Redhawks ... Southeast Missouri beat UALR by a 15-3 score in Cape Girardeau the last time the two teams met in the 1999 season.

Senior Sean Bignall currently leads the nation in four major offensive categories: home runs (9), RBI (33), slugging percentage (1.016) and total bases (64) ... Bignall was awarded with his second-straight SBC Player of the Week award on Monday, becoming the first player since Bryce Brentz of Middle Tennessee in 2009 to win the award in back-to-back weeks ... Bignall put together one of the top offensive performances in UALR history in the Trojans' 20-8 defeat of South Dakota State on Wednesday (3/7) going 4-for-5 with three home runs, a double, six RBI and four runs scored ... Bignall also set a new school record for total bases in a single game (14), while his three homers tied the UALR single-game mark ... Bignall currently leads or is tied for the conference lead in hits, RBI, doubles, homers, total bases and slugging percentage, and ranks in the top-five in runs, batting average and OBP.

The UALR bats have produced far and away the most explosive offense in the Sun Belt Conference through the first 16 games, hitting .328 as a team while scoring 158 runs, hitting 23 homers and sporting a team OBP of .431 ... The Trojans lead the Sun Belt in virtually every offensive category, including batting average, runs scored, hits, RBI, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, home runs, doubles, triples and total bases ... UALR also leads the Sun Belt with 12 wins.

Junior Myles Parma has reached base safely in each of his last 37 games played ... Parma ended his sophomore year with a 22-game streak, and has reached base safely in each of his 15 games played this season ... Junior Chris Marx currently sports a team-best seven game hit streak, and has reached base in all 13 of his games played this season.

.300 CLUB
The UALR lineup currently features six players hitting .300 or better ... Bignall (.444) leads the pack, followed by Blake Johnson (.424), Ben Crumpton (.396), Chris Burk (.391), Bryson Thionnet (.320) and Cameron Bentley (.317) ... Junior David Guarno (.299) and senior Greg Garcia (.288) are just off the pace.

UALR set new school records for home runs and total bases in its 20-8 win over South Dakota State on March 7 ... The Trojans tied the previous school record for home runs (5) by the end of the sixth inning, and then added three more bombs in the eighth to set the new record ... The Trojans also racked up 48 total bases in the win, shattering the previous mark of 38, set back in 2008 at Middle Tennessee.

UALR got a pair of quality pitching performances out of juniors Chance Cleveland and Blake Huffman in their series against UWM last weekend ... Cleveland (4-0) carried a shutout into the ninth inning on Friday before giving up five runs in the final frame to finish the night with five earned on nine hits over 8.0 innings ... The Pine Bluff, Ark., native also ended the night with a career-high 10 strikeouts en route to picking up his league-best fourth win of the season ... Huffman (3-1) gave up just two runs on five hits in 7.0 innings of work in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader ... Cleveland (29) and Huffman (27) have combined to strike out 56 batters on the season, and rank second and third, respectively, in the conference in K's.

- UALR not only leads the SBC as a team with 158 runs, but holds each of the top three individual spots on the runs-scored list as well ... Parma (22) and Bignall (21) are No. 1 and No. 2 in the league, while Burk and Guarno are tied with two others at No. 3 with 17 each.
- Myles Parma currently leads the nation in walks (20), and is fifth in runs scored (22).


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