UALR 5, UCA 3 | Pieffer’s walk-off homerun for the win
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In the end, it came down to one swing.
In the bottom of the 12th inning, Austin Pfeiffer hit a two-run walk-off homerun for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for the victory against the University of Central Arkansas on Tuesday night at Dickey-Stephens Park.
Pfeiffer, a junior from Benton, was 2-of-5 on the night with three RBI.
The UALR victory improved its season record to 25-23, while UCA fell to 32-14.
A crowd of 1,843 was on hand for the game between the in-state rivals in the stadium used by the Arkansas Travelers.
UCA jumped out early and appeared to have it on cruise control as they took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning.
UALR put together two runs on the board, including a run-scoring single from Pfeiffer, and had the potential for more as they had the bases loaded.
UALR’s Ben Crompton went down on a called third strike for the second and was then tossed from the game by home plate umpire Joe Brown for arguing the call.
Blake Johnson ended the inning for UALR with a flout.
UALR’s Dillon Moritz picked up the win with three innings in relief, while UCA closer Blake Clayton took the loss.
Both teams had the potential to score more runs.
UALR left eight runners on base on seven hits, while UCA had 13 runners on 11 hits.
UALR, ranked No. 140 in the NCAA’s baseball RPI standings, host Florida International for a weekend series, before closing out at Arkansas State, before heading to the Sun Belt tournament.
For the Trojans to make post-season play, UALR has to win its conference tournament.
UCA has two paths to the post-season. Win the Southland Conference tournament and the Bears get the automatic bid. Or, at No. 43 in the NCAA’s baseball RPI rankings, the Bears could get an invite regardless.
The Bears own wins over nationally ranked Mississippi State and Oklahoma State. UCA was also nationally ranked earlier this season and got as high as No. 23 in the country in the Baseball America Poll.