Evansville, IN (ASU) - The Evansville Purple Aces broke a 5-5 tie with four runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat Arkansas State 9-5 Sunday afternoon at Braun Stadium. With the win, the Purple Aces completed the three-game weekend sweep over the Red Wolves, dropping Arkansas State to 22-14 on the season.
An RBI single from designated hitter Shawn Kuester broke the tie in the eighth, the Aces' went up 7-5 when left fielder Alex Acheson reached on an ASU error and Evansville's final two runs scored on an RBI double from center fielder Greg Wallace.
Sophomore Cody Powell took the loss on the mound for Arkansas State, giving up two runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Sophomore starter Jacob Lee worked six and two-thirds innings, striking out six batters and walking one while giving up five runs on seven hits.
Evansville plated two runs in the first before the Red Wolves were able to match the effort with a pair of runs in the third, getting RBI singles from Watts and designated hitter Ryan Emery to knot the score at 2-2.
A two-run home run from Watts in the fifth and a run-scoring double from third baseman Jordan Castaldo in the sixth gave the Red Wolves a 5-2 advantage, but the Purple Aces countered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 5-5.
Third baseman Cody Fick got the scoring started in the sixth for Evansville with a two-run home run, followed by an RBI triple from right fielder Nate Smith that pulled the Aces even.
Corey Davisson worked the final four and one-thirds innings on the mound to pick up the win for Evansville and improve to 5-1 on the season. Davisson gave up one run on two hits, with three strikeouts and a pair of walks.
Watts went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs to lead ASU at the plate, while Smith went 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead Evansville.
The Red Wolves will return to action Wednesday, April 21 when they travel to Memphis to take on the Tigers in a 6:00 p.m. contest at FedEx Park. Following the Memphis game, Arkansas State will return to Jonesboro to host the South Alabama Jaguars April 23-25 in a three-game Sun Belt Conference series at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.