STATESBORO, Ga. (5/13/17) – The Arkansas State baseball team was able to win a pitchers' duel Saturday night 1-0 over Georgia Southern at J.I. Clements stadium in Statesboro after Drew Tipton singled home the winning run in the top of the ninth and Tyler Zuber went the final three innings to earn the victory by registering all nine outs he got on strikeouts.
Landon Hughes entered the game in the ninth for the Eagles (34-17, 16-10 SBC) after picking up the save in last night's game and retired the first two hitters before hitting Jake Bakamus and walking Derek Birginske. Tipton, who had entered in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter, stepped up to the plate and was able to loop a single just out of reach of a diving Jordan Wren to score Bakamus for the 1-0 A-State (23-25, 11-15 SBC) advantage.
Zuber then breezed through the bottom of the ninth to clinch the victory for the Red Wolves. He struck out the side in all three innings he pitched to improve to 4-1 on the year with eight of the nine punch outs swinging. The White Hall, Ark., native allowed an infield hit to begin the eighth inning to Steven Curry, who advanced to second on an errant throw. A-State intentionally walked the next hitter, but Zuber struck out the next three to get out of the jam.
Bradey Welsh went the first six innings for the visitors to pick up his third quality start of the season as he allowed no runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts. The Eagles' starter Chase Cohen matched him with six shutout innings and struck out 11 against two walks, with the first eight outs coming via strikeout. Connor Simmons tossed two scoreless innings before Hughes pitched the ninth.
A-State out hit the Eagles 6-4, with six different players picking up the hits for A-State, while Curry led Georgia Southern with two hits. The shutout for the Red Wolves was their second of the season and first since the season-opening 6-0 victory over NYIT.
The home team had a runner on third with less than two outs in the bottom of the fifth and then loaded the bases with two outs in the frame to threaten to score. However, Welsh struck out a hitter for the second out and induced a ground out from Ryan Cleveland to escape the jam.
A-State put two runners on in the fourth and fifth innings, but couldn't push a run across the plate. The team's best chance to score prior to the ninth was in the eighth when Tim Seldomridge singled to lead off the inning. Seldomridge was then bunted to second and Garrett Rucker singled to right, but it was hit so hard that Seldomridge had to hold at third. Jeremy Brown then hit a ground ball down the third-base line and Seldomridge was tagged out trying to get back to the bag before the throw across the diamond resulted in a 5-3 double play.
The Red Wolves and Eagles play the rubber game Sunday afternoon at 12 p.m. (CT). Peyton Culbertson is set to take on Seth Shuman.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).