JONESBORO, Ark., (4/24/11) – The Arkansas State baseball team captured its first Sun Belt Conference home series with a 7-3 win over Florida Atlantic Sunday at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.
The Red Wolves improved to 19-24 on the season and 7-11 in league play while FAU fell to 24-16 with an 11-7 conference mark.
Senior outfielder Todd Baumgartner gave the Red Wolves a 2-0 lead when he hit a two-out two-RBI home run over the right field fence in the first inning.
FAU took its only lead of the game 3-2 in the second inning when they scored three runs off four hits including an RBI single by Albaladejo. The Owls took the lead when Mee was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
ASU retook the lead in the third when Tyler Smith was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Zach George was walked with the bases loaded. Baumgartner then drove in two more runs in the fourth inning when he doubled to left-center plating Zach Maggio and Michael Faulkner.
The Red Wolves tacked on an insurance run in the eighth inning when Uxa drove in Maggio on an RBI single to right field.
“The win is positive, it’s a home series win, the first in the conference for us against a very good club,” said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. “Jacob Lee had an outstanding effort on the mound today, Todd Baumgartner had some key hits with some RBIs and that’s what it took to get this done today.”
Baumgartner led ASU at the plate going 3-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. Jordan Castaldo and Dustin Jones each went 2-4 for the Red Wolves at the plate.
Junior right-hander Jacob Lee pitched 7.0 innings with five strikeouts to take the win for the Red Wolves improving to 4-3 on the season. Sophomore Daniel Wright pitched the final two innings for ASU allowing just one hit against seven batters to pick up his second save of the season.
The Red Wolves will not play a midweek game this week and will return to action on Friday when they host Middle Tennessee for a three-game series. First pitch on Friday is set for 6 p.m.