LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas-Pine Bluff coach Carlos James did not expect to win all three games against the defending Sun Belt champion. He just did not want his team, which consists of 17 new players on the roster, to get blown out.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas-Pine Bluff coach Carlos James did not expect to win all three games against the defending Sun Belt champion. He just did not want his team, which consists of 17 new players on the roster, to get blown out.

That’s exactly what has happened in the first two games of the season against Arkansas-Little Rock. After Friday’s 13-0 win, Blake Huffman no-hit UAPB through six innings as the Trojans beat the Golden Lions 10-2 Saturday at Gary Hogan Field.

“This series will show us where we are as a program, and right now, we are nowhere near where the Sun Belt champions are,” James said. “This is the first series. I can’t hit the panic button right now in the first weekend of the season. One thing I can tell you, we will get better as the year goes on.”

Huffman gave UALR (2-0) its second-straight solid start. Huffman went the first six innings and gave up no hits, hit one batter, walked another and struck out nine.

Even though Huffman was tossing a no-hitter, UALR coach Scott Norwood pulled him after the sixth inning. Austin Pfeiffer started the seventh inning and gave up back-to-back hits to end the no-hit bid.

“Like I told him, we aren’t trying to make heroes (Saturday) and he is on a pitch count and we were pretty strict about it,” Norwood said. “It’s tempting (to keep him in) … and you don’t see those things too much with aluminum bats. I was happy for him and he totally understood.”

UAPB’s Tyler Hill was the one who ended the no-hit bid, and Christian Weeber followed with a double.

James said his team has to work on adjusting to the pitcher, and they have to recognize pitches better.

“We faced two pitchers the last two days that had only one pitch that worked and we allowed them to get away with that pitch all of the time,” he said. “Ninety percent of the time, the guy got us out on a two-seam fastball away. If we would’ve made adjustments, we could’ve gotten him out earlier.”

Pine Bluff native Michael Newby started the game for UAPB (0-2) and settled down as he allowed just six hits and one walk, but he hit three batters and gave up six runs.

“I thought Michael gave us a chance to win, but of course, a little offense would’ve made the game a little better,” James said. “He didn’t throw bad.”

The Trojans scored two runs in the first inning. UALR added three runs in the fourth and sixth inning and two more in the seventh inning.

For UAPB, Soloman Williams and Jacob Whitney each had an RBI in the seventh inning on groundouts.

The series concludes at 1 p.m. today in Little Rock.