JONESBORO (3/7/11) – The Arkansas State baseball team used a seven-run second inning and solid work from its relief pitchers to pick up an 8-6 win past Creighton in its series finale Monday at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.
ASU improved to 5-8 on the season while Creighton took the series 2-1 and fell to 9-2 on the year.
Creighton took a 3-0 lead in the first inning when designated hitter Michael Mutcheson doubled down the left field line and scored when shortstop Jimmy Swift singled. Swift scored when right fielder Trever Adams tripled and Adams scored on a sacrifice by second baseman Alex Staehely.
ASU plated one run in the first inning when Todd Baumgartner doubled and was pushed across the plate after Creighton starter Greg Hellhake walked three straight batters.
Creighton then scored its second run in the second when Mike Gerber grounded out to bring in Anthony Bemboom.
The Red Wolves bats then came to life when they scored seven runs on five hits including three doubles by Tyler Smith, Zach Maggio and Jordan Castaldo. ASU took the lead quickly in the frame scoring their first six batters.
Claude Johnson walked to lead off the winning and was driven in when Maggio doubled to right field. Falkner and Baumgartner then walked. Maggio and Falkner scored when Castaldo doubled, Michael George sacrificed in Baumgartner before Smith drove in Emery and Castaldo on a double to left-center. Johnson then got back to the plate after leading off the inning and singled to center to plate Smith.
The Red Wolves held Creighton to single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Starting pitcher Brad Allen got the win improving to 2-0 on the season. He faced 25 batters surrendering five earned runs on eight hits while striking out six.
“We had some balls fall in for us, which really helped,” said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. “We had some good at bats and were able to get some runners in. Finally got some key hits that happened for the offense and I am proud that we were able to score some runs, it rejuvenated us especially after a tough day yesterday.”
Cory Kyle closed the final two innings for ASU allowing just one earned run on one hit against seven batters. He also struck out five.
Baumgartner, Castaldo and Emery led ASU at the plate with two hits each. Castaldo and Smith each had two RBI to lead ASU in that category.
ASU will face Missouri State in a two-game midweek series beginning on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.