Jonesboro (ASU) - Trailing 6-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Arkansas State Red Wolves (22-11) rallied with three runs in the bottom of the frame and went on to defeat the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks 9-6 Wednesday night at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.
The Red Wolves tied the game when center fielder Michael Faulkner singled up the middle to knot the score at 6-6, then went ahead 7-6 when third baseman Jordan Castaldo sent a sacrifice fly into center field. Arkansas State added a run later in the inning when Faulkner scored on a double steal, and first baseman Murray Watts doubled, advanced to third on a passed ball and came home on a balk in the seventh to plate the final run for ASU.
Southeast Missouri State (20-12) came into the game hitting .357 as a team to rank fifth nationally, and the Redhawks out-hit ASU 11-9, but seven Red Wolves pitchers combined to hold SEMO scoreless in all but two innings. Junior Drew Benes (1-1) worked one and one-thirds innings to get the win, while freshman John Koch went to the mound in the final inning to pick up his fourth save of the season.