Western Kentucky sweeps ASU in doubleheader Saturday

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (4/16/11) – The Arkansas State baseball team dropped a pair of Sun Belt Conference contests at Western Kentucky on Saturday by scores of 3-2 and 13-2 at Nick Denes Field.

The losses dropped ASU to 16-22 on the season and 4-10 in league action. Western Kentucky improved to 24-12 overall and 10-4 in Sun Belt contests.

ASU completed the first game of the series which had been suspended after 12 innings on Friday night due to rain. The game was tied at 1-1 when the game was restarted at the top of the 13th inning. Ryan Emery plated the Red Wolves only run of the 13th when Zach George drove him in on a two-out single to give A-State a 2-1 lead. But WKU scored two runs in the bottom of the frame to cap the game at 13 innings and take the win, 3-2.

In game two of the day, the Red Wolves took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Todd Baumgartner sent the first pitch he saw over the left-field fence for a solo home run, his fifth of the season. Tyler Smith then drove in Jordan Castaldo, who had walked and moved to scoring position on a passed ball, with a sacrifice fly to left-center giving the Red Wolves a 2-0 lead.

The Hilltoppers evened the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jared Andreoli singled, then stole second and moved to third on a passed ball (continue)

WKU used a six-run fifth inning to take the lead after Ivan Hartle reached on an error and advanced to second when the ball went into the ASU dugout. Harle was driven in by a Casey Dykes single. Matt Rice then hit an infield single which drove in Dykes and Kes Carter hit a two-RBI single before Ryan Hutchinson doubled to clear the bases, scoring two more for the Hilltoppers.

WKU scored five more runs over the seventh and eighth innings highlighted by a solo home run and RBI double by Carter and an RBI double by Hartle.

"Very difficult obviously, we were able to squeeze across a run in the top of the 13th and got the first out in the top of the 13th there were a lot of things that could have happened and didn't go our way," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "It was tough to turn around and go 30 minutes later. The first three innings of the ball game were fine for us and after the fourth they just dominated us."

ASU was outhit in game two 18-4 but outhit WKU 8-7 in their 13-inning game one. Sam Jew (1-2) took the loss for ASU in the first contest while starter Brad Allen (2-3) took the loss in game two. Taylor Haydel (5-2) and Justin Hageman (6-3) took the wins for WKU.

Carter went 3-5 with four RBI to lead WKU at the plate while four Hilltoppers logged three hits in game two.

Zach George and Dustin Jones each went 2-6 for the Red Wolves in game one while Faulkner, Maggio, Baumgartner and Smith had hits in game two.

Arkansas State and WKU will complete their three-game Sun Belt Conference series on Sunday with a 1 p.m. first pitch