MEMPHIS, Tenn. (4/10/18) – The Arkansas State baseball team’s offense couldn’t solve the Memphis pitching staff as the Red Wolves only tallied three hits in a 4-1 loss to the Tigers Tuesday night at FedExPark.
A-State (11-17) starter Zachary Patterson pitched well as the Cabot, Ark., native tossed a career-best 5.1 innings and allowed just three hits with four strikeouts against three walks. However, he allowed a single and a walk with one out in the sixth to be chased from the game with the score tied 1-1. Bo Ritter entered and threw a wild pitch to advance the runners. Jason Santana swatted a sacrifice fly to left field for the go-ahead run, and what proved to be the winning run. Memphis (10-23) added two more in the seventh inning to set the final score of 4-1 on a two-run single by Alec Trela.
The Tigers got five innings from Danny Denz, who tied a career high with nine strikeouts, but Blake Bennett earned the win out of the pen for the home team. Bennett threw the final four innings, including the top of the sixth when he got out of a jam after A-State put the first two runners on base via an infield single and walk. He got a fielder’s choice on a failed sacrifice bunt attempt before a pop out and ground out ended the frame.
Drew Tipton led the team with two hits, while the Red Wolves walked five times as a team, but also struck out 14 times. Jeremy Brown accounted for A-State’s only run with a solo home run, his first long ball of the season, in the top of the second.
Arkansas State and Memphis conclude the midweek home-and-home series Wednesday night when the Tigers make the trip to Tomlinson Stadium. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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