MOBILE, Ala (4/28/18) – The Arkansas State baseball team scored six runs in the first four innings and Nate Alberius was able to limit the South Alabama offense to three runs as the Red Wolves won 6-3 Saturday night at Stanky Field to clinch its first series victory over the Jaguars since 2014.
Alberius improved to 5-2 on the year and claimed his team-high eighth quality start of the season after tossing 8.1 innings and allowing three runs on five hits with two strikeouts against three walks. Bo Ritter recorded the final two outs of the contest after Alberius tossed 124 pitches. Alberius was at 90 pitches through five innings, but threw 34 the rest of the game to get into the ninth frame.
The Arkansas State (15-24, 6-14 SBC) offense out hit South Alabama (24-17, 12-7 SBC) 9-5 with three of the hits going for triples for a season high. Grant Hawkins and Kyle MacDonald each had two hits apiece, including a triple each, to lead the team. Jeremy Brown singled in the first inning to move his hit streak to 20 games, tied with three other players for the fifth longest in school history. Drew Tipton also picked up a hit to improve his hit streak to 14 games.
A-State jumped out front early with two runs in the top of the first on a RBI triple by Hawkins and RBI single from Brown. South Alabama was able to get one run back on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first to make the score 2-1.
The Red Wolves got that run back in the second on a bases-loaded walk by MacDonald and then scored three more in the top of the fourth to stretch their lead to 6-1. Hawkins singled home a run before Andrew Leggo hit his first career triple later in the frame to score the other two. The Jaguars added single runs in the fifth and ninth innings to set the final at 6-3.
USA starter Noah Michael only lasted 1.1 innings and allowed three runs before reliever JoJo Booker allowed the other three runs in two innings. Dylan Hardy and Brendan Donovan each had two hits.
Arkansas State goes for the sweep Sunday afternoon at Stanky Field with first pitch set for 1 p.m.
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