JONESBORO (2/25/11) – The Red Wolves baseball team came out of the gate fast putting up a four-run first inning and got solid work from starter Andy Ferguson to take a 10-5 win over Evansville in their series opener Friday night at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.
Ferguson pitched seven solid innings allowing just two earned runs on five hits and struck out seven batters to pick up his first win of the season (1-1). ASU then got two solid innings from John Kock who allowed two earned runs on four hits against 11 batters to wrap up the game. Isom took the loss for the Purple Aces giving up seven earned runs in just three innings of action.
ASU took an early lead when Todd Baumgartner hit a solo home run, his first of the season in the first inning. Jordan Castaldo walked and was moved to second on a single by Michael George. Evansville starter Cole Isom then walked the bases full when he walked Tyler Smith and pushed Castaldo across the plate when he walked Logan Uxa. Zach Maggio was then hit by a pitch which scored George. The final run of the inning came when Smith scored on a wild pitch from third giving ASU an early 4-0 advantage.
ASU scored another run in the third inning when Uxa hit an RBI double to plate Smith before they put up two more in the fourth on a SAC by George and another score on a wild pitch, this time from Baumgartner.
The Red Wolves enjoyed another two run inning in the sixth when Dustin Jones hit a two RBI single up the middle to plate Hecht and Smith. ASU added an insurance run when Baumgartner and Castaldo hit back to back doubles.
“I was pleased; obviously Friday night is exciting to play. Being at home on Friday night is fun,” said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. “We are facing a very good club, offensively they do some things that really make you work and I compliment what they do at the plate. They do a very good job of extending their at bats. On the mound, we were pleased with Andy’s effort. He got out of some jams in the sixth and seventh and understood that those were moments he had to get through.”
Evansville got two runs in both the fourth and the ninth but were never within striking distance of the Red Wolves.
Baumgartner led the team with three hits and three runs scored while Uxa and Jones each had two RBI and Faulkner had two hits and a stolen base.
ASU and Evansville continue their weekend series on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.