After losing their home opener 2-3 at Gary Hogan Field on Friday, the UA Little Rock Trojans (4-3) bounced back on Sunday, winning the series against the Fort Wayne Mastodons after two dominating pitching efforts. Pitching played a huge part in the two consecutive victories for the Trojans on Sunday.
Senior Cole Townsend shutout the Mastodons in game two of the series, striking out eight players while only allowing three hits in the 2-0 victory. The trend continued in game three of the series, with sophomore Chandler Fidel throwing for 6 strikeouts while allowing 6 hits. The series acted as the first pair of home wins for the Trojans this season.
“Home games are different,” said Chris Curry, UA Little Rock Men’s Baseball Head Coach. “The expectations are to play well at home. We’re learning all of that. We’re learning how to handle all of that,” Curry said.
With the Trojans clinching their first home series win of the season, the team prepares to travel to Stillwater, Okla., to play the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a two-game series beginning on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Trojans are no strangers to road games, with Curry attributing their early success to the feeling of being “isolated.”
“I think it’s an opportunity to get closer together because you’re isolated,” Curry said. “It’s kind of an ‘us against the world attitude’.”