LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (5/17/14) – Stuart Levy drove in three runs and five Arkansas State pitchers held Arkansas-Little Rock to one run as the Red Wolves won the final game of the regular season 7-2 over the Trojans Saturday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field.
With the victory, A-State finished the regular with a 30-25 overall record and a 18-12 mark in Sun Belt Conference play. UALR fell to 25-28 on the year and 11-18 in the league.
Stuart Levy broke up a scoreless game with a RBI single in the fourth inning to give the A-State pitching staff all the support it needed. Dustin Jones also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly later in the inning to push the lead to 2-0.
Levy also doubled home a pair of runs in the eighth inning and finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Tanner Ring tied a career-high with three hits on the afternoon and reached base four times. He drove in a run in the eighth and just missed collecting a fourth hit in the ninth when a ball landed just on the foul side of the left field line.
Chandler Hawkins was sharp in three innings of work and gave up just five hits and struck out two. Morgan Croft entered the game in the fourth tied a career-high with four strikeouts. The senior right-hander loaded the bases in the fifth inning by got Ben Crumpton to fly out to end the threat.
Tanner Gaines followed with two innings of shutout baseball and Tyler Zuber worked the ninth to close out the game. In 19 1/3 innings against the Trojans this season, the Arkansas State bullpen has given up just five runs and struck out 15.
Austin Baker drove in two runs in the ninth inning with a double down the right field line to extend the lead to 7-1. The sophomore co-captain went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and scored a run.
A-State will next play in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Mobile, Ala., May 21-25 at Stanky Field on the South Alabama campus. The Red Wolves’ opponent and start time of its first game will be announced by the Sun Belt Conference office late Saturday night.
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