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Reviewing Arkansas-Little Rock's Season: How They Got Here

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The Trojans went 24-32 on the season and 10-20 in the Sun Belt conference. Their home record was 14-11, while they were 6-21 on the road and 4-0 at neutral sites.

TALE OF THE SEASON: Arkansas-Little Rock had trouble stringing together a win streak all season long, at least up until the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

Their longest winning streak was four games in early April and late May, and they went on a seven game skid from late April thru early May.

NON-CONFERENCE PLAY: UALR played a reasonably tough non-conference schedule, with teams such as Oklahoma, Oral Roberts, and Oklahoma State. In order to get out of this regional they'll need to be able to play with the likes of Creighton and Georgia.

SUN BELT SEASON: The Trojans didn't have a terrible conference season as they won four SBC series'. The problem was, they also got swept against five Sun Belt teams. The Sun Belt conference has the sixth best RPI in the nation this season (which is good), and is sending three teams to the tournament. UALR's strength of schedule ranks at #157.

SUN BELT TOURNAMENT: Here's where the Trojans get a little scary. In game one of the tournament, the Trojans jumped out to a 2-0 lead after three innings against #21 Troy. Troy would battle back to tie the game with one run in each of the fourth and seventh innings, but Little Rock would eventually win the game with two runs in the tenth inning. Travis Henke (1-5, 5.12) threw an 8 inning masterpiece for UALR, but would give way to Garret Graziano who got the win after two innings of scoreless baseball. Greg Garcia led the Trojans with 2 RBI's.

Things eased up a bit for the Trojans when they faced fourth seeded Western Kentucky in the second round. After trailing 3-2 going into the seventh, UALR put up three runs to put the Trojans ahead by two. Western Kentucky responded with three runs of their own in the top half of the eighth, but Little Rock would not be denied by putting up another three in the bottom half of the frame to win the game 9-5.

In the semifinals against Florida Atlantic, UALR used a pair of two run innings, along with a one-run inning, to knock off the Owls 5-3. Casey McCollum and Cameron Bentley led the Trojans with 2 RBI's each.

The finals were where Arkansas-Little Rock ran into the media magnet that is Garrett Wittels and Florida International. Wittels and FIU were much more popular at this time last year with Wittels' hitting streak still going, but they are still well known around the nation and are the darlings of the Sun Belt.

The game was a back and forth, high scoring affair, with the Trojans leading 6-5 after four innings. FIU would battle back for a run in the fifth inning, but the Trojans would answer with the game-winning run in the sixth. The teams remained scoreless from there, and Arkansas-Little Rock took the Sun Belt's automatic bid.

Oregon State squares off with the Trojans in Game 2 of the Corvallis Regional on Friday at 6:00 PM Pacific.

--Connor