ASU falls at SEMO in rain-shortened game

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (ASU) – Southeast Missouri State took advantage of a strong 20-25 mph wind blowing out to right field to down the Arkansas State baseball team 13-7 in midweek non-conference action Tuesday at Capaha Field.  The game was called after two outs in the top of the eighth inning due to the threat of inclement weather.

The game saw six home runs as the Redhawks outhit the Red Wolves 18-12.  ASU dropped to 17-23 on the season, while SEMO improved to 23-14 on the year.

Senior first baseman Jordan Castaldo hit a towering three-run home run to right field to give ASU a 3-0 lead in the first inning.  Kenton Parmley then stepped in for SEMO in the bottom of the first and hit a solo home run to lead off the inning for the Redhawks. Casey Jones then shrunk the ASU lead to one run when he plated Nick Harris on a double.

Sophomore center fielder Michael Faulkner doubled home Dustin Jones in the second to give ASU a 4-2 lead, but SEMO rattled off five runs in the bottom of the second on home runs by Ky Burgess and Trenton Moses to take a 7-4 lead.

The Red Wolves got another run in the third inning when sophomore catcher David Bowen hit an RBI single to bring in Todd Baumgartner, cutting the SEMO lead to 7-5.  ASU got two more runs in the fifth when Castaldo knocked his second home run of the game over the right field fence to score two runs.

SEMO scored two runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings on RBI singles by Moses and Russell, a two-run home run by Moses and RBI doubles by Slattery and Burgess.

Freshman Cody Woodhouse took the loss for ASU falling to 0-1 on the year while Josh Syberg took the win for ASU.  Baumgartner led the ASU offense, going 4-4 while Castaldo was 3-4.

ASU will host Florida Atlantic for a weekend Sun Belt Conference series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.