JONESBORO, Ark. (5/6/17) – Arkansas State senior Joe Schrimpf notched his 140th career RBI to set the school record and also picked up his 200th career hit, but A-State allowed a season-high 21 hits in a 15-3 setback to No. 23 UT Arlington Saturday night at Tomlinson Stadium.
The Red Wolves (22-23, 10-13 SBC) plated their first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth on the run-scoring single by Schrimpf that scored Drew Tipton. Schrimpf had tied Todd Baumgartner for the program record of 139 RBI last night before the fifth-inning RBI pushed him to 140. Schrimpf later collected his 200th hit in the bottom of the seventh to become the eighth player in A-State history to accomplish the feat.
A-State scored two more runs on a Garrett Rucker double in the bottom of the fifth to bring the score to 10-3 in favor of the Mavericks (28-18, 18-5 SBC). UT Arlington scored 10 runs from the second to fifth innings to build a 10-0 lead. The biggest blow came on a Will Olson double that cleared the bases with two outs in the top of the second to push the lead to 5-0. Christian Hollie homered in the third to make it 6-0 before two runs in each of the fourth and fifth made it 10-0.
UTA's Omar Salinas homered in the seventh inning to push his series average to .778 (7-for-9) before another run scored in the inning. The Mavericks added another two runs in the eighth to set the final at 15-3.
Bradey Welsh took the loss after allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits. Collin Cahill and Zachary Patterson combined to allow another seven runs out of the bullpen, while Derek Birginske pitched a scoreless ninth. Birginske also had two hits in the game to lead the team along with Schrimpf and Rucker.
Trae Patterson earned the win for UT Arlington after allowing three runs (all unearned) on seven hits in six innings with no walks and eight strikeouts. Logan Austin, Adam Meyer, and Jordon West all threw a scoreless inning apiece to end the game.
Olson had four hits and drove in six runs, while Salinas, Hollie, and Aaron Funk all had three hits apiece for the visitors. UTA collected 21 hits on the night, the most allowed by the Red Wolves pitching staff this season after previously allowing 17 on three different occasions.
Arkansas State and UT Arlington complete the three-game set Sunday at Tomlinson Stadium. First pitch for the series finale is scheduled for 1 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).