JONESBORO (4/3/11) – The Arkansas State baseball team had the bases loaded in the ninth inning with two outs but were unable to plate the tying run as the visiting No. 21 Troy Trojans complete the three-game Sun Belt Conference sweep of the Red Wolves Sunday at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.
The Red Wolves fell to 12-18 with a 2-7 Sun Belt mark while Troy improved to 22-5 with a 8-1 league mark.
Troy scored a run in the first inning and two in the second to go up 3-0 after two frames. ASU then answered with three runs of its own scoring one in the third and two in the fourth to tie the game.
In the third Ryan Emery singled-home Todd Baumgartner who had singled up the middle earlier in the frame.
In the fourth inning, Logan Uxa scored when Michael Faulkner reached on an error. Faulkner then scored after a throwing error by Logan Pierce which was committed when Baumgartner singled.
The game was scoreless until the final frame when the Trojans led the inning off with three-straight hits and then scored two runs on a fielder’s choice.
ASU then loaded the bases in the bottom of the frame when Faulkner reached on an error, Baumgartner then singled up the middle. Faulkner was out on a fielder’s choice which allowed Castaldo to reach. Hecht then walked which loaded the bases. But after a fly-out and a strikeout the Red Wolves were retired.
“Troy made some good pitches when they needed to did a great job of defending the field, got to give them some credit,” said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. “We didn’t grind out the AB’s when we needed to at times and just didn’t get an opportunity to get a big hit when we needed to. We just needed one more big hit or one more AB.”
Sam Jew (1-1) pitched 2.1 innings in relief of starter Brad Allen, striking out one batter and allowing one earned run on two hits, taking the loss. Ryan Sorce pitched 4.1 innings in relief action to improve to 4-2 on the season for the Trojans. Allen had four strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work for ASU.
Baumgartner went 3-5 with a runs scored to lead the Red Wovles at the plate.
ASU continues midweek nonconference action on Tuesday when they host SEMO. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m