Lafayette, LA (ASU) - The Arkansas State Red Wolves used a five-run fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie and went on to defeat the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette 6-2 Saturday afternoon in Sun Belt Conference baseball action at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field. With the win, ASU evened the SBC series between the two teams, setting up Sunday's 1:00 p.m., series-deciding game three.
Arkansas State senior lefty Ross Humes (2-1) picked up the win for the Red Wolves, working a season-long seven innings to get the victory. Humes gave up two runs on eight hits, while striking out four batters and walking none. Humes' previous high this season was 5 and two-thirds innings against Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
"We felt like they were really not on Ross enough to take him out and make that move," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "We knew we were going to have to face their lineup maybe two more times, and with a veteran pitcher who has pitched a lot in NCAA play we said it was going to be his game."
"After last night, to come out today and compete, go through a process and come through with a win is very pleasing," added Raffo. "We have a lot of new guys in the lineup and some new faces on the mound, so it's always good to get the win."
Arkansas State took a 1-0 lead in the third when left fielder Cody Pace led off the inning with a double to right field before scoring on a base hit by center fielder Michael Faulkner.
A leadoff double from Cajun designated hitter Brian Bowman helped Louisiana-Lafayette tie the game in the fourth. Bowman scored from third when second baseman Jordan Poirrier grounded out to second to knot the score at 1-1.
Pace doubled again in the fifth and came home on another RBI single from Faulkner to start the scoring in a five-run fifth inning for the Red Wolves. Shortstop Jordan Kimball singled and scored on a double from second baseman Giovanni Garcia, and right fielder Todd Baumgartner highlighted the inning for ASU with a three-run home run to give the Red Wolves a 6-1 advantage.
Louisiana-Lafayette got one of the runs back in the seventh when catcher Chad Keefer doubled to lead off for the Cajuns and scored on a bunt single from left fielder Alex Fuselier. The Ragin' Cajuns looked for more when ASU reliever John Koch hit three batters to load the bases with one out in the eighth, but Koch got ULL right fielder Matt Goulas to hit into a 5-3 double play to end the threat. Koch allowed just one baserunner in the ninth to prevent any threat of a ULL rally.
Faulkner led Arkansas State at the plate with a 3-for-5, two-RBI afternoon while Keefer went 3-for-3 to lead ULL. Junior Taylor Hubbell took the loss on the mound for the Cajuns, giving up six runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and no walks.