LITTLE ROCK (ASU) – UALR captured the Sun Belt Conference opening series from the Arkansas State baseball team driving in three runs in the ninth inning to get a come from behind 7-6 win over the Red Wolves Sunday at Gary Hogan Field.
ASU fell to 10-11 on the season and 1-2 in league play while UALR improved to 10-9 with a 2-1 mark in league action.
UALR struck first when Nick Roundtree hit a two-out two-RBI home run which flew over the left field fence to bring in Jake Rowell, giving the Trojans a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Todd Baumgartner broke up the no-hitter for UALR starter Calvin Drennen when he singled through the left side to lead off the fourth. Baumgartner then crossed the plate when Jordan Castaldo sent one over the right-center fence over the fence to even the score at 2-2.
In the fifth, Uxa was walked to lead off the inning, and was scored when Zach George reached on an error by UALR third baseman Casey McCollum, giving ASU its first lead of the game, 3-2.
Baumgartner then drove in Hecht on a one-out double on the first and only pitch from UALR relief pitcher Chad Woods, giving ASU some extra cushion in the seventh inning, going up 4-2.
ASU continued to roll during the seventh when Zach Maggio pinch-hit hitting a one-out two-RBI single to plate Baumgartner and Dustin Jones give the Red Wolves a 6-2 lead.
The Trojans got within two runs when Rowell and Navarro each hit RBI singles to move the game to 6-4 in favor of the Red Wolves. With runners in scoring position, ASU reliever Brandon Farley entered the game and struck out Garcia in three pitches to end the frame.
UALR then scored three runs in the ninth to pick up the come from behind win. Casey McCollum drove in a walk-off RBI single with one out go give the Trojans the series win.
Wes Dagestad faced just one batter but took the loss for the Red Wolves, which was his first decision of the season. John Maler pitched the final two and two-thirds innings for the Trojans taking the win.
Todd Baumgartner was 2-5 from the plate to lead the Red Wolves, while also scoring two runs and logging an RBI. Castaldo led ASU with two RBI.
ASU starting pitcher Brad Allen went 7.2 innings for the Red Wolves facing 34 batters, striking out three while allowing four earned runs on seven hits.
The Red Wolves continue action when they face Lyon College on Wednesday at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. in Jonesboro.