MONROE, La. (4/20/13) – Bradley Wallace gave up two runs on two hits and Tanner Ring pitched a perfect eighth and ninth inning as the Arkansas State baseball team clinched a series victory with a 6-2 win over Louisiana-Monroe Saturday night at Warhawk Field.
Wallace (4-1) was exceptional on the night, giving up just two runs on two hits in seven innings of work, which matched the longest outing of his career. After a rough start in the first inning in which he threw 30-plus pitches and gave up a run, the junior right-hander settled down and allowed just three hitters to reach base after the first inning.
He issued a walk in the fourth inning, gave up a solo home run to Brandon Alexander in the sixth and then hit a batter in the seventh. Tanner Ring recorded the game’s final six outs as the ASU (22-17, 8-9 SBC) won its third straight game.
“We had a good night at the plate and I thought the guys did a good job of staying disciplined at the plate,” ASU head coach Tommy Raffo said. “Bradley threw a great game and Tanner Ring gave us two really good innings at the end of the game as well.”
A-State took the lead for good in the top of the third inning when they scored three runs on three hits. The Red Wolves had the bases loaded twice in the inning, which began with a leadoff walk to Logan Uxa, Ryan Roberts followed with and Alex Potts drew a walk to load the bases. Austin Baker then grounded then reached on a fielder’s choice when Uxa was thrown out at the plate, but Baker collided with ULM first baseman Corben Green, which allowed Roberts to score and give ASU a 2-1 edge.
Dustin Jones followed with a double to left center that drove in Baker and Potts, but Jones was thrown out trying to stretch the play into a triple to put A-State up 4-2. Arkansas State loaded the bases again after Collin Massanelli and Ryan Emery each drew a walk and Kaleb Brown singled. However, Claude Johnson grounded out to third base to end the inning and leaves the bases loaded.
Uxa added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh with a 2-run home run to right field to push the lead to 6-2. It was Uxa first home run since March 30 at FIU and the 19th blast of his career.
ULM scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first inning, but A-State tied the game in the top of the third inning thanks to a ULM miscue. Jones led off the inning with a single through the left side and then Warhawk starting pitcher Carey Taylor was called for balk that allowed Jones to move into scoring position.
Massanelli followed with a double down the right field line that scored Jones from second. Massanelli moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Brown, but Emery and Johnson both flied out on the first pitch of their at-bats to leave the ASU designated hitter stranded at third base.
Jones tied a career-high with three hits on the night and finished with two RBIs. Uxa went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and home run, while Massanelli also drove in a run and had a hit on the night. Eight of the nine A-State batters recorded a hit on the night, while six different ASU players scored runs.
The Red Wolves will go for their second Sun Belt Conference series sweep of the year on Sunday. First-pitch is set for 1 p.m.