CARBONDALE, Ill. (3/28/17) – Jake Bakamus ripped a RBI double to right-center field in the top of the 10th inning and Tyler Zuber retired Southern Illinois in order in the bottom of the frame to help the Arkansas State baseball team snap a four-game losing streak in a 4-3 win at Itchy Jones Stadium in Carbondale, Ill., Tuesday.
Justin Felix led off the top of the 10th with a single through the left side as the Red Wolves (12-12) played in their first extra-inning contest of the season. Felix was bunted to second by Jeremy Brown to set up the run-scoring double by Bakamus. A-State couldn’t tack on any more runs in the inning, but one was enough for Zuber as he pitched a perfect bottom half, including striking out the final two batters, to clinch the win.
Zuber picked up the win for Arkansas State after he got all seven batters he faced out after coming in during the eighth inning. Bradey Welsh started for A-State and went a career-high six innings and didn’t allow an earned run. The Marshfield, Mo., native gave up three unearned runs and struck out a career-high eight while only walking two and giving up three hits.
Alex Howard continued his hot hitting with a 2-for-4 effort, while four different players for the Red Wolves had a RBI. Nick Hutchins was the hitting star for the Salukis (12-13) with a two-run triple as SIU only managed five hits to A-State’s seven. Austin McPheron took the loss despite only giving up one run in 3.2 innings on four hits with no walks and five punch outs.
The Salukis scored first in the game with three unearned runs in the bottom of the first. The first two batters reached on a passed ball on a strikeout and a fielder’s choice error to set up a two-run triple by Nick Hutchins after a strikeout. Hutchins later scored on a passed ball before Jake Hand lined into a double play to end the frame.
The Red Wolves were able to claw their way back into the game with one run in each of the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to tie it up 3-3. Howard drove home a run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth, while Garrett Rucker plated a run with his team-high fourth sacrifice fly in the fifth. Drew Tipton tied the game in the sixth with a line-drive RBI single to center field to score Brown.
Southern Illinois threatened in the bottom of the eighth with a two-out single by Greg Lambert off reliever Tanner Kirby. Lambert advanced to second on a wild pitch and the Red Wolves intentionally walked Hutchins before bring Zuber in. The White Hall, Ark., native induced a fly out to left field by Logan Blackfan to quell the SIU threat.
Arkansas State returns to action this weekend in conference play at Texas State March 31-April 2. First pitch on Friday night in San Marcos is set for 6 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).