JONESBORO (3/3/12) - The Arkansas State baseball team defeated South Dakota State 12-7 Saturday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field, clinching the three-game series victory after also knocking off the Jackrabbits 15-5 in yesterday's opener.
The Red Wolves have now won each of their last two series, also winning 3-of-4 games against Evansville last weekend. A-State produced a double-figure run total for the second straight game and third time this year as it improved its record to 6-4. All six wins have been at Tomlinson Stadium, where the Red Wolves now stand 6-1. South Dakota State dropped to 0-5 with the loss.
ASU recorded 10 hits and took advantage of six errors by the Jackrabbits to pick up the victory. While it won by a five-run margin, the Red Wolves trailed 7-6 before exploding for six runs on four hits in the eighth inning to set the final score. Michael Faulkner was hit by a pitch to start the inning and came around to score, and later during the Red Wolves' at-bat delivered their final hit that drove in two runs to cap the scoring.
ASU took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but gave up a pair of runs in the second and one in the fourth to fall behind 3-1. ASU answered with a solo home run by Ryan Emery in the bottom of the fourth, added three runs in the fifth and tacked on another run in the sixth to retake the lead at 6-3.
However, the Jackrabbits were aided by a catcher interference call in the top of the seventh inning and loaded the bases with only one out. Followed by a fielders choice that scored a run, Zach Rhodes hit a triple to right-center field that accounted for three more runs and gave the Jackrabbits their short-lived 7-6 advantage.
ASU had eight players record at least one hit, including Zach Maggio, Faulkner, Zach George, Emery, Drew Burks, Claude Johnson, Alex Potts and Brandon Milhouse. Faulkner and George both had a team-high two hits, while Emery accounted for a team-best three RBI.
The Red Wolves used four pitchers in the game and they combined to allow just three earned runs as ASU was hurt by four miscues itself. ASU's three relief pitchers, including Levi Shordon, Brandon Farley and John Kock, combined to give up only one hit and were not charged with a run. Farley picked up the win, bring his record to 1-1.
ASU and South Dakota State will meet again tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the series finale at Tomlinson Stadium.