MOBILE, Ala. (ASU) – The South Alabama Jaguars (25-23, 12-12) erased a four-run Arkansas State (22-28, 10-14) lead with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and went on to defeat the Red Wolves 7-4 Sunday afternoon in Sun Belt Conference baseball action at Stanky Field.
With the win, South Alabama took the series 3-0 after winning 10-5 Friday and 8-7 in the Saturday matchup.
"When we scored four in the fourth, it was critical that we put a zero up on the board after that, and we just couldn't get it done," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "Jacob (Lee) really competed for us on the mound, he just didn't have his usual stuff. Give South Alabama credit, they took advantage of some pitches, squared them up and hit them."
Arkansas State sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth to jump on top 4-0. Left fielder Logan Uxa drove in the game's first run with a bases-loaded infield single, first baseman Brandon Milhouse grounded out to send home the second run, a single from catcher Tyler Smith gave ASU a 3-0 advantage and third baseman Zach George drove in the frame's final run on a ground-out.
South Alabama countered with five runs in the bottom of the frame to wipe out the Red Wolves' advantage. Run-scoring hits from right fielder Nolan Earley, and first baseman Brad Hook sent home the first three runs for the Jaguars, and second baseman Hunt Griffith capped off the scoring in the inning with a two-run home run that put South Alabama on top 5-4.
A two-run double from designated hitter Jordan Patters in the fifth extended the Jaguar lead to 7-4, and neither team was able to score from that point.
Carlton Paris worked the complete game to improve to 3-4 in picking up the win for South Alabama. Paris gave up four runs on six hits, striking out eight Red Wolves while walking just one. Junior starter Lee took the loss on the mound for ASU, giving up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits. Lee (5-4) struck out three Jaguars and walked two.
Designated hitter Jordan Patterson led South Alabama at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three RBI's, Uxa went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead the Red Wolves.
Arkansas State will return to action Friday, May 13 when the Red Wolves open a three-game Sun Belt Conference series against FIU in Miami, Fla. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.