NEW ORLEANS, La. (3/26/10) – The Arkansas State Red Wolves (13-9, 4-3) did all their damage in the first three innings as they opened their Sun Belt Conference series at New Orleans with a 14-7 win over the Privateers (6-13, 1-6) Friday night at Maestri Field.
The Red Wolves scored four in the first and two in the second to lead 6-2, before breaking the game open with eight runs in the third inning to take command at 14-2.
"I thought we were very good early in the game," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "We took advantage of some walks and some key hits, and some guys clutched-up and got hits on some at-bats with two strikes. It was almost like it was contagious."
New Orleans scored twice in the fourth to cut Arkansas State's lead to 14-4, then added one run in each of the fifth, seventh and ninth innings to set the final at 14-7.
Arkansas State senior Giovanni Garcia led the Red Wolves at the plate, going 4-for-6 with an RBI to extend his team-best hitting streak to 17 games. Center fielder Michael Faulkner, right fielder Todd Baumgartner and catcher Kyle DeGrace all had two hits on the night for ASU, while designated hitter Ryan Emery drove in four runs on one hit.
Freshman Daniel Wright (2-0) picked up the win on the mound, striking out eight batters in four and two-thirds innings of relief. Wright gave up two runs on four hits, while walking one batter on the night.
Starter John Pivach (0-1) was one of seven pitchers who took the mound on the night for the Privateers and took the loss after lasting just two innings. Pivach gave up 10 runs on nine hits, with five walks and one strikeout.
Right fielder Ryan Eden and third baseman Kevin Berry each went 3-for-5 with an RBI to lead New Orleans offensively.
The Red Wolves will try to wrap up the series victory when the two teams meet Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in game two.