LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – South Dakota State raced out to a 6-0 lead, but UA Little Rock stormed back to score the final seven runs to defeat the Jackrabbits, 7-6, in nonconference baseball action Friday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field.
In winning the opener of a scheduled four-game series, the Trojans improved to 3-10 overall. SDSU dropped to 5-7 on the season.
The Jackrabbits scored three runs in both the second and third innings. The first SDSU run scored on a fielders choice, with Gus Steiger plating the final two runs of the second inning with a single to right field.
In the third, Josh Falk scored on a balk before Colton Cox and Drew Beazley delivered back-to-back run-scoring doubles.
UA Little Rock took a large chunk out of the SDSU lead by scoring four times on five hits in the bottom of the third inning against Jackrabbit starter Tyler Olmstead. Josh Nowak and Troy Alexander each plated runs with doubles.
Nowak and the Trojans tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run homer off Jackrabbit reliever Cody Carlson. Nowak ended the game 2-for-4 with three runs batted in.
UA Little Rock gained the lead in the sixth when Christian Reyes was hit by a pitch with one out, moved to second on a single by Ryan Benavidez and scored on a single to left by Garrett Scott.
SDSU put the go-ahead run on base in the top of the ninth via a Nick Smith single and walk to Logan Holtz, but Trojan reliever Donavin Buck closed out the save opportunity by striking out the side.
Steiger was 4-for-5, while Ryan McDonald added three more of the Jackrabbits’ 12 hits. Scott and Riley Pittman each tallied three of UA Little Rock’s 13 hits.
Olmstead allowed five runs over four innings for the Jackrabbits, striking out two and walking four. Carlson suffered the loss after giving up two runs on six hits in the other four innings. He fanned four and walked one.
NOTES – UA Little Rock leads the all-time series, 3-0. ... Steiger recorded the first four-hit game by a Jackrabbit this season. ... Holtz extended his hitting streak to seven games and has reached base safely in all 11 games he has played this season. ... Each team stranded 10 runners on base. ... SDSU tallied double digits in hits for the sixth time this season.
Saturday’s scheduled doubleheader has been pushed back to 3 p.m. due to inclement weather in the forecast for earlier in the day.
Ryan Froom and Korey Kuhlmann are the Jackrabbits’ scheduled starters.