MURRAY, Ky. (3/2/11) – Junior second baseman Anthony Hecht drove in two runs and got the final putout to put Murray State away and lead the Arkansas State baseball team to a 5-1 win, its first on the road, Wednesday at Reagan Field.
ASU improved to 4-6 on the season and dealt Murray State its sixth loss of the season (2-6).
The Red Wolves an Thoroughbreds each hung eight hits on the scoreboard while the Red Wolves were perfect in the field with no errors to Murray State's one.
The Red Wolves jumped out to 1-0 lead in the first inning when Michael George plated Todd Baumgartner from third on a sacrifice after Baumgartner led off the inning with a single, then stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball.
Murray State got on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning when Drew Pixley was walked to lead off the inning and then moved to third on back-to-back sacrifices. Pixley was then driven in on a Brandon Elliott single to tie the game at 1-1.
ASU then used a four-run ninth inning to take a 5-1 advantage. George led off the ninth with a single up the middle and advanced to third when Ryan Emery singled to left and advanced to second on the throw. Zach George then walked before Anthony Hecht hit a two-RBI double down the left field line to bring in George and Emery. Zach George then scored when Tyler Smith pinch hit and singled to right field. Dustin Jones then hit into a double play but plated Hecht to cap off the four-run ninth.
Murray State threatened with back-to-back singles in the bottom of the ninth but Baumgartner, who had been brought in from center field to pitch, forced contact by the Thoroughbreds to get out of the inning and end the game with the Red Wolves up 5-1.
Hecht led the Red Wolves going 2-3 with two RBI and got the crucial last put-out to end the game for A-State.
Junior right handed pitcher Cory Kyle took the win for the Red Wolves improving to 1-0 on the season. Kyle pitched 1.2 innings allowing just one run on one hit against five MSU batters.
Will Handlin took the loss for the Thoroughbreds pitching one complete inning facing five ASU batters.
ASU returns home for its longest home stand of the year playing nine at Tomlinson Stadium over the next few weeks. The Red Wolves host Creighton for a weekend series starting Friday at 6 p.m.