CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KAIT) - It was a night of missed opportunities for Arkansas State as the Red Wolves stranded 14 baserunners in a 6-4 loss to the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks Wednesday at Capaha Park.
The Red Wolves put runners in scoring position in five of the first six innings but could not get a runner home, then loaded the bases in the eighth and ninth innings and scored just once in each frame as the Redhawks held on for the victory.
Southeast Missouri State broke a scoreless tie with a run in the bottom of the fifth, and five runs in the sixth increased the SEMO lead to 6-0.
"When you leave three opportunities with a runner at third base and less than two outs, and you don't score, more than likely you are going to lose the ballgame," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "Even with the big five-run inning that they had, we still had a chance to win at the end. But those runners that we left at third base with two outs killed us."
A solo home run from right fielder Louie Haseltine to lead off the fifth put SEMO on the board.
A two-run single from third baseman Jim Klocke got the scoring started in the sixth inning for the Redhawks, followed by a run-scoring bunt single from center fielder Blake Slattery that stretched the Redhawk lead to 4-0. An RBI sacrifice fly from second baseman Tim Rupp made it 5-0, and the Redhawks scored the fifth run of the frame on an ASU error, before the Red Wolves got on the board with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh.
Right fielder Todd Baumgartner drove in the first Arkansas State run with a single to right center, and Baumgartner came home to cut the Redhawk lead to 6-2 on a single from third baseman Jordan Castaldo.
The Red Wolves took advantage of a leadoff double from first baseman Murray Watts, two walks and a hit batsman to cut the SEMO lead to 6-3 in the eighth. Arkansas State could not do any more damage in the inning after left fielder Michael Adamson moved to the mound and recorded three straight outs after he hit pinch-hitter Cody Pace send home the Red Wolves' third run.
Arkansas State again took advantage of SEMO's pitching in the ninth to load the bases and score a one-out run on two walks and two hit batters, but the Red Wolves could not complete the comeback.
Junior Brad Allen (3-1) took the loss on the mound for ASU, giving up three runs on four hits in two innings of work, with no walks and no strikeouts. Corey Harness picked up the win for the Redhawks, working five innings without giving up a run on four hits. Harness struck out four and walked two.
Baumgartner went 2-for-5 with an RBI to lead Arkansas State at the plate, while Klocke was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs to lead SEMO.
The Red Wolves will return to action Friday when they travel to New Orleans to open a three-game, Sun Belt Conference series against the Privateers of UNO. Friday's first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.