BASEBALL: Tops fall to UALR, lose first home series in two years

Home wasn’t so sweet for Western this weekend, and right now nowhere is.

The Toppers (32-18, 13-11 Sun Belt Conference) fell 4-2 to Arkansas-Little Rock Sunday afternoon, losing their first home series since March 21-23, 2008, against Troy.

“I’m sure our guys feel as bad about it as I do,” Head Coach Chris Finwood said. “I didn’t think the effort wasn’t there today. We just have to figure out how to get some good pitches to swing at and do something with them when we get them.”

Western’s offense totaled only seven hits for the game, getting its only two runs of the game in the first and ninth innings. The Tops threatened in the sixth inning, but freshman right fielder Blake Crabtree grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning.

“We aren’t swinging the bats well enough to win,” Finwood said. “We didn’t give ourself enough chances.”

Rice led the Toppers with three hits and an RBI single. Freshman Ryan Huck had the other RBI with a home run.

Junior Brian Edelen struggled with his command for his second straight start. Seven runners got on base against him as he threw 60 total pitches in just 2.2 innings.

Rice said the pitching was well enough to win, but the offense did not support them.

“I think giving up four runs on a Sunday is good enough to win, but we have to score more runs,” Rice said.

The Trojans came into the weekend in second to last in the Sun Belt at 5-14, but in knocking off Western on Saturday and Sunday, the Trojans earned their first league series win of the year.

Western has now lost 11 of its last 17 games

“You have to try and make it go your way,” Rice said. “But right now it isn’t really working for us.”

Mike Stunson

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