CONWAY, S.C. (3/26/17) – The Arkansas State baseball team dropped a 6-1 decision to Coastal Carolina in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Springs Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C.
The loss dropped the Red Wolves to 11-12 on the year and 2-4 in league play, while Coastal improved to 15-9 on the year and 4-2 in conference action. The setback dropped A-State below .500 for the first time this season.
Coastal Carolina began the scoring in the bottom of the first when Wood Myers grounded into a fielder’s choice that looked to be the third out of the inning, but Seth Lancaster was able to beat the toss to the second base bag to allow the run to score. The Chanticleers added to their advantage with two runs in the bottom of the second inning on a fielder’s choice and RBI double.
The Red Wolves were able to get one of those runs back in the top of third when Alex Howard singled, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on a wild pitch. Joe Schrimpf had been hit by a pitch earlier and advanced to second on the wild pitch with Garrett Rucker batting, but Rucker struck out to end the threat.
However, Coastal Carolina struck back with two runs on a sacrifice fly and single in the bottom of the fourth and added another run in the fifth on a RBI double by Cory Wood to take a 6-1 edge that would prove to be the final.
Jason Bilous earned the win for the Chants after allowing just one run on six hits with one walk and seven strikeouts, while relievers Austin Kitchen and Patrick Orlando combined to shut the Red Wolves out the final three innings. Tyler Mitzel allowed five runs on six hits in four innings to take the loss, but Tyler Zuber pitched well out of the bullpen to shut Coastal Carolina out over three innings with just two hits allowed, no walks, and three punch outs.
Jeremy Brown led the offensive effort with three hits, while Howard was 2-for-4 with A-State’s only extra-base hit. Jake Bakamus also provided a two-hit effort for the Red Wolves. Billy Cooke, Peyton Isaacson, Myers, and Dalton Ewing each had two hits for the home team with Isaacson and Jordan Gore each driving in two runs.
Arkansas State returns to action Tuesday, March 28 to play Southern Illinois in a midweek contest in Carbondale, Ill. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.For the latest on A-State baseball follow the team by logging onto the Arkansas State Baseball Facebook page or by following the team on Twitter (@AStateBaseball) and Instagram (arkansasstatebaseball).