A-State Baseball Defeats UTA 5-1 in SBC Road Opener
ARLINGTON, Texas (3/21/14) – Three pitchers combined to allow one run as the Arkansas State baseball team earned a 5-1 Sun Belt Conference victory over UT Arlington Friday Night at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.
David Owen improved to 4-0 on the season after going 5 2/3 innings and allowing one run on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts. With the Red Wolves (12-9, 4-0) on top of the Mavericks (7-15, 0-4) 5-1, Cody Woodhouse relieved Owen with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and fought back from a 3-1 count to strike out UTA’s Miller and end the inning.
Woodhouse went on to pitch 2 1/3 innings and allowed no runs on only one hit with one walk and two strikeouts. Morgan Croft pitched a flawless ninth to nail down the win for A-State. Offensively, Arkansas State got two hits each from Zach Maggio, Lucas Feddersen, and Joe Schrimpf, while Austin Baker had two RBI’s to lead the team. As a team the Red Wolves outhit the Mavericks 11-6.
A-State began the scoring in the top of the first after a double, walk, and single set up a Matt Burgess RBI walk. Stuart Levy grounded into a double play, but another run scored for the Red Wolves to give A-State a 2-0 lead. A pop up to short ended the inning as UTA limited the damage.
UT Arlington started a two-out rally in the bottom of the second with back-to-back singles and a walk to load the bases. A-State starter David Owen walked in a run to allow the Mavericks to cut the A-State lead in half at 2-1. With the bases still loaded, Owen got Matt Shortall to ground out to shortstop to keep the damage at a minimum.
A-State started the top of the fourth inning with back-to-back walks from Collin Massanelli and Dustin Jones to put runners on first and second with no outs. After a Kevin Fitzpatrick fly out, Schrimpf singled home Massanelli to give the Red Wolves a 3-1 lead. After a Zach Maggio strikeout, Baker came through with a big two-out single to score Jones and Schrimpf and extended A-State’s lead to 5-1. UTA was able to get out of the inning with no further damage.Arkansas State and UT Arlington are scheduled to play game two of the series Saturday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.