Red Wolves Defeat SEMO 10-5
JONESBORO, Ark. (3/27/12) - After giving up a first-inning run to Southeast Missouri State (7-19), the Arkansas State Red Wolves (14-10) scored six times in the second inning and never trailed again, and went on to defeat the Redhawks 10-5 Tuesday night at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.
All of ASU's 10 runs came with two outs on the board. The Red Wolves used a two-run double from right fielder Collin Massanelli and a three-run double from second baseman Anthony Hecht in the second to wipe out the early one-run lead for the Redhawks. Left fielder Logan Uxa was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the second to account for the remaining run in the frame and give the Red Wolves a 6-2 advantage.
Arkansas State out-hit SEMO 11-10, and the Red Wolves took advantage of three hit batsmen and seven walks by the Southeast Missouri pitching staff.
"They gave us a lot of free bases, and we were able to take advantage of that with the six-run second inning," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "We had some better at-bats later in the game that kind of opened the game up and helped us. And fortunately for us, we were a little better in the first three innings on the bump."
SEMO used an RBI single from right fielder Andy Lennington in the third and a three-run home run from third baseman Trenton Moses in the fourth to pull within a run at 6-5, but that was as close as the Redhawks would get as ASU scored three times in the fifth and once in the sixth to set the final at 10-5.
Run-scoring singles from center fielder Michael Faulkner and third baseman Claude Johnson highlighted the fifth inning, and an RBI single from shortstop Dustin Jones in the sixth sent home the final run for the Red Wolves.
Massanelli went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to lead ASU at the plate, while freshman Levi Shordon (2-0) picked up the win on the mound. Shordon worked 2.2 innings in relief, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out three and walking one.
Redhawk starter Cody Sparnberger (0-1) took the loss for SEMO, lasting just 1.2 innings and giving up six runs on two hits while walking five batters and striking out one. Moses, Lennington and shortstop Kenton Parmley all had two hits to lead SEMO.
The Red Wolves will be back in action tomorrow night when the Golden Lions of Arkansas-Pine Bluff visit Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field. Wednesday's first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.