Coming off a four-game losing streak, UA-Little Rock Trojans baseball team (2-5) took on Purdue University Boilermakers (3-4) in their first home series, finishing strong with two shutouts and a series win. Starting pitcher Chandler Fidel led his team, allowing only three hits with zero runs scored, while the offense stole the show with a total of 24 hits and 15 runs.
The Trojans started slow, dropping the first game 4-6, with pitcher Matt McDowell eight walks and hitting three Boilermakers when at bat. A costly 5th inning resulted in three pitching changes.
“We continue to give power 5 conference teams ten free bases, like today we had a situation come up with players on second and third with one out and we go back-to-back strike outs, you just can’t have that happen. You can’t win against very good teams doing that,” said Trojans Head Coach Chris Curry.
In game two, Trojans pitcher Cory Malcom had 11 strikeouts in seven innings, allowing only four hits while facing 28 batters. Christian Reyes and Bryce Dimitroff helped push the Trojans over the top with two RBIs, the first in Reyes’ career.
UA Little Rock Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance Richard Turner said he was very optimistic about these young men and the season ahead of them.
“Our strength is in depth of pitchers and senior Dalton Thomas is returning, he was voted preseason player of the year by the conference,” said Turner.
Curry said he he was proud of the players for bouncing back from a rough start and winning the game.
“I’m proud of the way we played, we had one error last night and zero errors tonight, coach Silva with him calling the right pitches and to the rest of the staff they all did some quality work. We have been seeing this all fall with them putting in the work so we knew they could do this, they just needed to be focused,” said Curry.
The Trojans will take on the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma on Tuesday, Feb. 28.