The UA-Little Rock Trojans baseball team (7-10) returned from Conway with a loss Tuesday night, falling to the University of Central Arkansas Bears (7-11) 12-3 in the first-ever Rock ‘n’ Roar Rivalry game.
Little Rocks’ Cameron Knight put the Trojans on the board first, bringing in senior infielder, Zach Baker with an RBI single to centerfield. However, after a sacrifice hit, the Bears were able to close out the inning, forcing the Trojans into a double play.
The UCA Bears found their stride in the bottom of the second, scoring five runs to take the lead, a lead they would never relinquish.
“It looked like they lost their mojo after they got those five runs put on them,” said Bear supporter, Grant Pryor. “After that, they let them put seven more up until they got their heads back in the game.”
After five scoreless innings, the Trojans were once again able to find home plate in the top of the sixth, but it would not be enough as the Bears scored seven runs over the next three innings, pushing the score to 12-3, where it would stay for the rest of the game.
The second game of the rivalry series will take place on April 12 at UA Little Rock, with the final game scheduled for Dickey-Stephens Park on a date that has yet to be determined.
Little Rock will look to put the loss behind them when they take on Troy this Friday, March 17, in a three-game series at Little Rock’s Gary Hogan Field.