JONESBORO (4/13/11) – The Arkansas State baseball team completed its midweek sweep of Memphis with a 5-4 win at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field Wednesday night in front of a season-high crowd of 678. ASU took a 9-8 win from the Tigers at FedEx Field on Tuesday night.
The win moved the Red Wolves to 16-20 on the year while Memphis fell to 19-14 on the campaign.
Memphis took its only lead of the game when T.J. Rich singled-home Chard Zurcher in the top of the first inning, taking a 1-0 advantage over A-State.
The Red Wolves answered in the second inning when Michael Faulkner hit a double to left field driving in Dustin Jones and Tyler Smith to take a 2-1 lead for the Red Wolves.
Memphis evened the game on an Ethan Gross sacrifice fly in the fourth but ASU retook the lead when Faulkner drove in Smith on a fielder’s choice in the sixth.
ASU tacked on two more runs in the seventh when Smith doubled to left field to score Jordan Castaldo and Ryan Emery moving ASU in to a 5-2 lead. Memphis then scored a run in the eighth and ninth and had the tying run at second with two outs in the final frame, but the Red Wolves ended the inning on a line out to Castaldo.
“It was a very good club that we were playing, a very offensive club. We knew both staffs were going to have to throw different types of pitchers that maybe have not seen much action,” said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. “But it was kind of a grinding game to be honest with you. Both teams grinding it out, at bats, pitchers, lots of counts, lots of pitches, lots of defense, no errors tonight on both defenses. It was all the way to the last pitch typical grind it out baseball but they are a very good club.”
ASU outhit Memphis 9-8 with both squads committing no miscues in the field. Wes Dagestad turned in his best performance of the season pitching 3.0 innings in relief allowing no runs on just one hit and striking out three batters to improve his season record to 1-1. Bradley Wallace came in the final two innings and struck out three for his first save of the year for the Red Wolves.
Smith led ASU going 3-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Faulkner led ASU with three RBI.
The Red Wolves return to league action this weekend traveling to Western Kentucky for a three-game set. First pitch Friday against the Hilltoppers is scheduled for 6 p.m.