Jonesboro (ASU) - The Arkansas State Red Wolves (6-1) used two solo home runs from left fielder Logan Uxa and a grand slam from center fielder Todd Baumgartner to power their way to an 8-3 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee (0-4) Sunday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.
With the win, Arkansas State completed the sweep of the four-game series against the Panthers, accomplishing the feat for the first time since a 4-0 sweep of Eastern Illinois during the 1997 season.
"It's a credit to our guys, they really did well in all phases of the game; pitching, defense and offense," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "It all starts on the mound, and we had some good performances out there. We threw the ball to the strike zone and gave our defense a chance to make plays. We had some momentum after the first two games that really carried us offensively in games three and four, and we got off to a great start today with the home run from Uxa and the grand slam from Baumgartner."
Uxa's first home run put the Red Wolves on the board in the first, and third baseman Jordan Castaldo drove in another run in the inning to give Arkansas State a quick 2-0 lead.
The Panthers answered with a pair of runs in the second to tie the game at 2-2, but Baumgartner's grand slam over the left-center wall in the bottom of the inning gave the Red Wolves four-run cushion at 6-2.
A solo home run from UWM third baseman Dan Buchholz pulled the Panthers within three in the top of the sixth, but Arkansas State answered with an RBI single from Castaldo in the bottom of the inning and Uxa tacked on his second home run in the seventh to set the final score at 8-3.
Sophomore Jacob Lee (1-1) earned the win on the mound for Arkansas State, giving up two runs on five hits, with four strikeouts and three walks. Junior Chad Pierce (0-1) took the loss for UWM. Pierce gave up six runs on seven hits, with six walks and two strikeouts.
Baumgartner went 2-for-4 with four RBIs to lead ASU, while Buchholz was 3-for-5 after hitting a pair of solo home runs on the day to lead the Panthers.
The Red Wolves will be back in action March 5-7 when they host Portland in a three-game weekend series at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.