Arkansas State sweeps Middle Tennessee Saturday

JONESBORO, Ark., (ASU) – The Arkansas State baseball team completed the weekend sweep of Middle Tennessee by taking a double header by scores of 7-6 and 11-4 Saturday at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.

The wins improved the Red Wolves to 22-24 with a 10-11 Sun Belt Conference mark while the Blue Raiders fell to 15-29 with a 7-14 league mark.

In the first contest, ASU and MTSU battled to 11 innings but freshman Dustin Jones drove in Logan Uxa on a one-out single through the right side to plate the winning run, taking the win for the Red Wolves 7-6.

ASU jumped out to a 3-0 lead after Ryan Emery hit a two-run home run to right field in the first inning and when Jones singled-home Tyler Smith in the second.

MTSU then scored four runs on four hits in the third inning, before Emery stepped in and hit his second home run of the game off the first pitch he saw in bottom of the third inning, tying the game for the Red Wolves 4-4.

Tyler Smith homered in the sixth inning to give ASU a 5-4 lead before MTSU scored again in the eighth to tie the game at 5-5 and force extra innings.

The Blue Raiders scored another run in the top of the 11th but, Brandon Milhouse doubled down the left field line to plate Baumgartner before Jones' game winning RBI single in the bottom of the frame.

Emery led ASU in the first contest going 4-5 at the plate with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored. Baumgartner, Smith and Jones also had two hits in the first contest for the Red Wolves.

Daniel Wright picked up his first win of the season (1-3) for the Red Wolves throwing the last two innings of the game allowing just one run on two hits and striking out two.

After approximately an hour and a half rain delay ASU got game two underway against the Blue Raiders using a big first inning to jump out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back.

ASU got its first six batters on the base path in the first inning scoring five runs on five hits with only one error. Emery, Baumgartner, Castaldo, Uxa and George each drove in a run in the first frame to get the Red Wolves going in game two.

ASU then scored a one run in both the second and third innings on an RBI sacrifice by Baumgartner in the second and Uxa scored on a wild pitch in the third.

The Red Wolves limited MTSU to just two runs in the third and one run in each the eighth and ninth innings.

ASU added four more runs in the eighth when Baumgartner singled-home George and Castaldo singled to right-field scoring both Emery and Maggio. Baumgartner then scored on a wild pitch to cap the 11-run game for the Red Wolves.

"The goal in mind every weekend is to get the series," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "I thought we carried some momentum into the second game, I thought getting on base, getting a couple hits in a row just kind of carried us. We had some guys say if he can do it I can do it too and that led us to hit up and down the lineup one through nine."

ASU outhit MTSU 13-9 in game two of the doubleheader and each team had 13-hits in game one.

Jacob Lee took the win in game two improving to 5-3 on the season, pitching 7.0 innings with four strikeouts. Maggio went 3-4 for ASU to lead the squad at the plate while also scoring three runs. Emery, Baumgartner Castaldo and Uxa each recorded two hits, while Baumgartner and Castaldo had three RBI.

ASU will face Ole Miss in the squad's final nonconference and midweek contest on Wednesday at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.