JONESBORO, Ark. (4/11/18) – The Arkansas State baseball team out hit Memphis, but committed a key error in a 6-3 loss Wednesday night at Tomlinson Stadium in Jonesboro as the Red Wolves lost back-to-back games to the Tigers.
A-State (11-18) out hit the Tigers 11-10, but still found the wrong side of the scoreboard after dropping a 4-1 decision at Memphis (11-23) Tuesday night as the teams played back-to-back games for the first time since 2011.
Carter Holt made his first career start and gave up five runs, but all were unearned. The Tigers led off with a walk, and tried to bunt, but an errant throw from catcher Andrew Lannon, that would have forced out the lead runner, proved to be a big mistake. A ground out knocked in the first run after the error and then a pop up would have ended the inning. However, the visitors strung together three straight hits to score four more runs.
The Red Wolves got two back in the fourth on a ground out by Winston Welch and RBI single from Caleb Squire to make the score 5-2. Memphis added a run in the eighth for a 6-2 edge, while Welch drove in his second run of the contest with a RBI single in the bottom half to set the final of 6-3.
Connor Alexander registered the win for Memphis with two runs allowed on seven hits in five innings, while Alex Smith pitched the final 1.2 innings for the save. Holt took the loss for A-State, but the team got five innings out of its bullpen with only run allowed.
Kyle MacDonald went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Jacob Jablonski posted the second multi-hit game of his career with a 2-for-4 effort. Nick Vaage led Memphis at the dish with three hits and three RBI.
Arkansas State returns to action in a Sun Belt series April 13-15 at UT Arlington. First pitch Friday night from Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington, Texas is set for 6:30 p.m.
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