JONESBORO, Ark. (5/19/17) – Arkansas State scored in every inning but one as the Red Wolves defeated Little Rock 19-2 to clinch the series Friday evening at Tomlinson Stadium.
Game three of this series will now begin at 12:00 p.m. Saturday at Kell Field.
With the win, A-State improved to 26-26 on the season and 13-16 in league play while the Trojans fall to 21-33 overall and 11-18 in Sun Belt action. The win along with a Texas State loss clinches the No. 7 seed in the conference tournament for the Red Wolves and means A-State will take on No. 10 seed Georgia State after the Panthers won two games in their series versus Georgia Southern and App State lost the first two games of its series to Coastal Carolina.
A-State scored 19 runs on 18 eights and tied the school record after being hit by a pitch eight times at the plate. The squad also drew nine walks and had six players with two or more RBI on the night. The 19 runs also marked the most in a game for A-State since it scored 27 against Murray State in 2014.
The game was also delayed for 2:35 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning when rain and lightning moved through the area. The game resumed 7:43 p.m. as the Red Wolves proceeded to score two runs after having already scored one prior to the delay to push their lead to 15-0.
The hitting continued in seventh inning after Joe Schrimpf doubled to right-center field to score Garrett Rucker. Schrimpf finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs, while Rucker went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and scored three times.
A-State scored two runs in the first inning and added another in the second before breaking the game open with seven runs in the third. The Red Wolves took advantage of a rough outing by the Trojans' pitching staff, who hit four batters in the third inning and issued two walks and allowed just one hit. J.D. Rainwater drove in the first run of the inning when he reached on a fielding error to plate Alex Howard.
Brown and Tipton scored on a wild pitch and passed ball, while Schrimpf drove in a run after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Felix was also hit in the next at-bat to plate the fifth run of the inning, while Howard drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Schrimpf rounded out the frame by scoring on a passed ball to make the score 10-0 after three innings.
Brown went 2-for-4 on the night and drove in three runs, while Tipton had three hits and two RBIs.
On the mound, Peyton Culbertson tossed six scoreless shutout innings and gave up just three hits while striking out five. Brandon Stuckenschneider relieved Culbertson after the weather delay and went two innings, while Derek Birginske tossed the final inning of the night for A-State.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).