Lafayette, LA. (4/5/19)– A five-run seventh inning powered the Arkansas State baseball team in its12-6 series opening victory over Louisiana, Saturday evening at Russo Park. With the win, A-State improved to 20-11 overall and 8-2 in the Sun Belt, while the Ragin’ Cajuns fell to 15-17 overall and 4-6 in the league.
Zach Jackson (5-1) registered his fifth consecutive quality start, pitching six innings only allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out three. Jack Jumper seen action in relief, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings with no hits, earning his second save of the season.
The Red Wolves bust the game opened 11-3, in the seventh inning, when Sky-Lar Culver was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded and Drew Tipton scored on a wild a pitch. Alex Howard added insurance to the A-State advantage, when he chopped a two-run double to through left scoring Will Zimmerman and Culver.
A-State begin its scoring rally, in the second inning, tacking on a four-spot, on a Louisiana E4 which scored Tyler Duncan. Will Zimmerman added to the A-State lead 4-0, when he sliced an opposite field two-run single through the right side, bringing across Jaylon Deshazier and Jacob Jablonski.
Zimmerman finished the night two-for-three with two RBIs, two runs and a walk while Tyler Duncan went three-for-five with three RBIs and a run.
Louisiana pulled within 6-3, in the fourth inning, when Orynn Veillon slashed a two-run double to left field and Kole McKinnon singled up the middle to bring home a runner.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got two runs back in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run shot to left off the bat of Todd Lott to close the gap at 11-5 heading into the final two innings of play.
Arkansas State will return to action Saturday March 6, when it concludes its series against Louisiana in a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m., with game two beginning 45 minutes after the conclusion of the first contest.
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