NEW ORLEANS, La. (3/4/18) – Junior starting pitcher Peyton Culbertson tossed eight innings of one-run ball, while Tobias Johnson drove in a career-high three runs as the Arkansas State baseball team defeated New Orleans 6-3 in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Maestri Field.
A native of Collierville, Tenn., Culbertson tied his career high with eight innings pitched and allowed just one run, which came on a base hit that hit off the third base bag in the bottom of the fourth inning. He allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out three to improve to 1-1 on the year.
The A-State (5-3) offense was led by Johnson, who hit his first career home, and led the team with three RBI. Caleb Squire had a multi-hit game and drove in two runs, while Kyle MacDonald had two hits and a RBI. Jaylon Deshazier continued swinging a hot bat with two hits and a walk. The Red Wolves had three two-out RBI in the contest.
A-State got on the board early with an opposite-field home run by Johnson in the top of the first off of UNO (5-7) starter Reeves Martin. Squire added to the advantage with the first RBI of his career in the top of the third with a RBI single to push the lead to 2-0. The Red Wolves were able to extend the lead to 6-1 with two-run innings in the fifth and sixth.
The Privateers were able to make things interesting in the bottom of the ninth. Tanner Kirby allowed three hits, the last of which was an infield hit, and got two outs, but allowed two runs to make the score 6-3. The Red Wolves turned to Jesse Kutzke with the tying run at the plate and the Topeka, Kan., native struck out UNO’s three-hole hitter Owen Magee to end the game for his second save of the season.
Martin took the loss for New Orleans with four runs allowed in four innings, while the home team’s offense was led by two hits each from Darren Willis, Beau Bratton, and Pearce Howard.
Arkansas State returns to action Tuesday night against UT Martin in a game that was added to the schedule recently. First pitch from Tomlinson Stadium is set for 6 p.m.
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