|ASU Defeats Dayton in Opening Game of APSU Challenge|
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Senior Jacob Lee struck out five batters in six innings to earn the win on the mound, and junior left fielder Logan Uxa went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead the Arkansas State Red Wolves (8-6) to a 9-3 victory over the Dayton Flyers (2-9) Friday afternoon in the opening game of the Austin Peay Riverview Inn Challenge.
With his five strikeouts, Lee raised his career total to 217, outdueling Dayton's Burny Mitchem, the NCAA's career active strikeout leader with 269 entering the game. Mitchem added two strikeouts to his total on the day, but lasted just three innings in taking the loss. Lee entered the game ranked 11th on the NCAA career active strikeout list.
"The thing that was pleasing to see was that we were able to jump on them early," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "We won the first three innings and the last three innings, and that is something that is important because we haven't done that this year. With Jake on the mound it really helped, and we had some big moments that we took advantage of. I'm pleased with the Friday win and hopefully we can build on it tomorrow."
Arkansas State grabbed an early lead that it would never give up, taking a 2-0 advantage in the first when Uxa delivered a two-out RBI single, then scored on a Dayton throwing error.
Dayton countered with an unearned run in the bottom of the second, but an RBI double from third baseman Claude Johnson in the fourth extended the ASU lead back to a pair at 3-1.
An RBI single down the third base line from left fielder Ian Hundley in the fourth pulled Dayton back within a run at 3-2, but the Red Wolves countered again with a run in the top of the fifth. Uxa doubled, moved to third on a groundout from designated hitter Ryan Emery, then came home to make it 4-2 when Dayton reliever Parker Schrage balked.
The Red Wolves took advantage of four Dayton errors in the sixth to extend their lead to 7-2. Second baseman Zach Maggio got aboard with a two-out single, advanced to second on a Flyer throwing error and scored when center fielder Michael Faulkner reached on a fielding error. Faulkner scored when right fielder Kaleb Brown reached base on an error, and Brown came home on the fourth Dayton miscue of the frame.
The Flyers scored in the seventh when right fielder C.J. Gillman singled and scored on a base hit from first baseman A.J. Ryan, but the Red Wolves padded their lead in the ninth, scoring two more times. Emery singled and scored on a hit from shortstop Dustin Jones, and Jones made it 9-3 when Faulkner singled to right field.
In addition to Uxa's two hits, the Red Wolves also got two hits each from Faulkner, Johnson and Roberts. Hundley went 3-for-4 to lead Dayton.
Lee gave up two runs on six hits to earn his second win of the season, walking three batters along the way. Mitchem (1-2) gave up two runs on three hits, walking three in his three innings of work.
Arkansas State will continue play in the Riverview Inn Challenge Saturday morning when the Red Wolves square off against Northern Illinois in an 11:00 a.m. contest.