NEW ORLEANS, La. (04/26/09) — The Arkansas State Red Wolves scored four times in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and went on to defeat the Privateers of New Orleans 9-3 Sunday afternoon at Privateer Park and Maestri Field.
With the win, the Red Wolves salvaged a game in the Sun Belt Conference series between the two teams after the Privateers took the series with wins Friday and Saturday.
“We needed to get a win today and our guys responded,” said ASU Head Coach Tommy Raffo. “That was really neat to see.”
New Orleans took a 2-0 lead in the third when shortstop Blake Doty hit a two-run home run, but Arkansas State cut the lead in half in the fourth when center fielder Todd Baumgartner doubled to lead off the inning and eventually scored on a balk by UNO starter Joe Zimmerman.
The Red Wolves pulled even in the fifth when Baumgartner doubled again, this time driving in shortstop Jordan Kimball from second to tie the score at 2-2.
A four-spot in the sixth put the Red Wolves up 6-2. Arkansas State strung together four consecutive hits in the inning, the third being an RBI single up the middle from left fielder Cody Pace that put ASU on top 3-2. A triple from Kimball drove in two more runs and right fielder Derrick Coleman drove in the fourth run of the frame on a ground-out to give Arkansas State a 6-2 lead.
New Orleans picked up a run in the bottom of the seventh to cut the ASU lead to 6-3, scoring on an RBI single from second baseman Tyrone Wethers, but the Red Wolves answered, scoring twice in the eighth to make it 8-3, ASU. Coleman doubled down the left field line to send home both of the Red Wolves’ runs in the eighth.
A solo home run from ASU designated hitter Murray Watts in the ninth set the final at 9-3.
Freshman starter Jacob Lee (2-3) picked up the win on the mound for ASU. Lee worked six and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out five and walking three. Senior Jett Jones picked up his first career save, working the final two and one-thirds innings. Jones did not give up a run or a hit, while striking out two batters and walking one.
“Jacob Lee did a wonderful job today with a quality start and had some great innings,” added Raffo. “Jett Jones came in later and threw strikes to get the save. We had some quality at bats that got us some runs, and the bottom of the order really helped us. On defense, we played errorless ball and when you put those things together, it’s a good combination.”
Sophomore Cory Myers (2-5) took the loss for the Privateers, giving up four runs on four hits in one inning on the mound. Myers did not record a strikeout or a walk in the inning.
Kimball went 3-for-3, drove in two runs and added a sacrifice to lead Arkansas State at the plate, with Pace adding a 3-for-4, one-RBI effort. Doty was 1-for-1 with 2 RBI to lead the Privateers.
The Red Wolves next game is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28 when Arkansas State hosts Tennessee-Martin in a 3:00 p.m. game at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.