JONESBORO (2/27/11) – The Arkansas State baseball team got the winning run to the plate with a runner on but were unable to push the tying run across the plate, dropping a 3-2 loss to Evansville Sunday. The win gave the Purple Aces the series, 2-1.
ASU fell to 2-6 overall on the season with the loss while the Purple Aces improved to 2-4.
Evansville jumped out to a 3-0 lead plating runs in the first and third innings n RBI singles by Cody Fick in both the first and third and Jacob Mahon in the third.
The Red Wolves cut the Evansville lead two only two runs when Michael Faulkner reached on an error and was driven in by a Todd Baumgartner ground out to the shortstop.
ASU got within one run in the sixth inning when Michael George drove in Baumgartner on an RBI single and had the bases loaded when Ryan Emery hit a one-out single to right. ASU was unable to plate any runs after a fly out by Claude Johnson and a strike out by Anthony Hecht.
Fick took the win for the Purple Aces in his first appearance on the hill for Evansville and Adam Culiver picked up the save. Wright fell to 0-2 on the season, taking the loss for the Red Wolves. Wright pitched six full innings for ASU giving up three runs on seven hits but struck out a game-high six batters.
"We are struggling with runners on base and we are leaving a lot of guys on base, we have got to find a better way to have some quality at bats. It's an evolving offense obviously, we see some hitters up there that have not been in the line ups in the past and they are learning," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "We cleaned it up today, pitching wise and defensively played a cleaner game."
ASU and Evansville each had eight hits while the Red Wolves were error free and the Purple Aces had three miscues.
Emery led the Red Wolves with two hits while Baumgartner and George each had two RBI.
ASU continues action on Tuesday hosting Southern Illinois at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.