SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (4/3/12) - Arkansas State (17-12) used a two-out, two-run double in the eighth from pinch-hitter Kaleb Brown to slice into a 5-0 deficit, but the Missouri State Bears (22-8) held in the ninth to secure a 5-2 victory over the Red Wolves Tuesday night at Hammons Field.
Brown came to the plate with two outs in the eighth and sent the RBI double down the left field line to put the Red Wolves on the board after MSU starter Cody Schumacher (3-0) threw seven scoreless innings and allowed just one ASU hit to pick up the win.
Missouri State, sparked by a pair of home runs from designated hitter Keenan Maddox, scored all of its runs in the second and third innings. After that, ASU pitchers Cody Woodhouse and Jacob Bax combined to shut out the Bears over the final five innings, allowing just one hit each. Woodhouse went to the mound in the fourth and struck out three over three innings, with one walk, while Bax worked the final two, striking out two and walking one.
"Credit Schumacher, he did a wonderful job and pitched very well against us," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "At the same time, we had good outings from Woodhouse and Bax who kind of held it down for us, maybe to get another opportunity to score some runs. Now, we just have to get ready to play tomorrow.
Missouri State scored in the second on a two-out, solo home run from Maddox, and center fielder Spiker Helms drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning to give the Bears a 2-0 advantage. Maddox added a three-run homer in the third to make it 5-0, and the score held until Brown put the Red Wolves on the board in the eighth.
Freshman Chandler Hawkins (1-2) took the loss on the mound for ASU, giving up four runs on six hits in 2.1 innings. Brown and center fielder Michael Faulkner had ASU's only hits on the night.
Maddox went 3-for-4 to lead Missouri State, and Schumacher struck out nine in his seven innings of work.
The Red Wolves and Bears will wrap up their two-game series Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.
- - Center fielder Michael Faulkner picked up his 22nd stolen base of the season when he stole second in the first inning. Faulkner came into the game ranked third nationally in total stolen bases and fourth in stolen bases per game (.81). He has not been caught stealing on the year. The ASU single-season stolen base record is 29, set by Jerome Miller in 1978.
- - Left fielder Logan Uxa is the only Red Wolf to start all 28 games on the season.
- - With his walk in the second, freshman right fielder Collin Massanelli has now reached base in 16 consecutive games.