NEW ORLEANS, La. (3/3/18) – Jaylon Deshazier went 4-for-5 with seven RBI, the second most in school history, while Coulton Lee posted a quality start and Bo Ritter earned his first career save as the Arkansas State baseball team evened its series against New Orleans with a 12-3 victory Saturday afternoon at Maestri Field.
A native of Pine Bluff, Ark., Deshazier roped a two-run double to left field to extend A-State’s lead to 3-0 after a Kyle MacDonald RBI single opened the scoring in the top of the third inning. The Red Wolves (4-3) wouldn’t score again until Deshazier hit a grand slam in the top of the fifth inning to push the score to 7-0. It was the first grand slam of the season for the Red Wolves and the first home run in the freshman’s career.
Lee breezed through the first five innings, but allowed three runs in the sixth on an error, RBI double, and sacrifice fly. The Benton, Ark., native did finish the inning and posted a quality start with five hits allowed, two walks, and three strikeouts. He earned the win on the mound, while Ritter tossed three scoreless innings to conclude the game for the first save of his career.
A-State got all three of the runs UNO (5-6) scored back immediately by putting up a three-spot in the top of the seventh to push the score to 10-3. Deshazier tallied his seventh RBI, one shy of tying Shane Eaker’s school record eight set in 1992 versus Little Rock, to open the scoring in the frame. Drew Tipton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for the second score before Grant Hawkins drove in one with a RBI single through the right side.
The Red Wolves went on to add a single run in each of the final two innings to set the final at 12-3. Logan Andersen drove in the first of those runs with a run-scoring double to cap a 4-for-4 day at the plate. The O’Fallon, Mo., native led the team with three runs scored. Hawkins finished the scoring with his second RBI of the day on a double to left field. The Red Wolves out hit New Orleans 15-7 to give them 15 hits in a game for the first time in the young season.
Kyle Arjona took the loss for the Privateers after allowing three runs in 2.2 innings of work as the home team sent six different pitchers to the mound during the game. Darren Willis and Beau Bratton led New Orleans with two hits apiece, while Bratton and John Thomas Mauldin picked up one RBI each.
Arkansas State and New Orleans conclude the series with the rubber game Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.
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