JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) — Five Arkansas State pitchers combined to give up just two hits, but nine walks, two hit batsmen and a fourth-inning error proved costly as the SIU Edwardsville Cougars handed the Red Wolves a 5-2 loss Wednesday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 7-5 on the season, taking both games of the two-game midweek series after a 5-3 win in Tuesday's game. Arkansas State slipped to 7-6 with the loss, finishing its 10-game home stand at 7-3.
The Cougars took advantage of two walks, a hit batsman and an error in the fourth to score a pair of unearned runs before ASU was able to get on the board in the bottom of the inning when left fielder Logan Uxa doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from designated hitter Ryan Emery and scored on a wild pitch to cut the SIUE lead in half at 2-1.
An RBI double from right fielder Devin Caldwell in the fifth pushed the Cougars' lead to 3-1, but A-State answered again in the sixth with an RBI triple from catcher Stuart Levy. A two-run home run in the eighth from first baseman Joel Greatting sent home SIUE's final two runs, and Arkansas State managed just two baserunners in its final two at-bats.
Senior Cory Kyle (2-2) took the loss on the mound for ASU, giving up three runs, (1 earned) on one hit in three innings of work. Kyle struck out two and walked three. Brooks McDowell (1-0) picked up the win for SIUE, going 2.2 innings on the afternoon. McDowell gave up one run on two hits, walked three and struck out none.
Uxa, shortstop Alex Potts, third baseman Anthony Hecht, and Levy had ASU's four hits on the afternoon. Caldwell and Greatting had SIUE's only hits on the day.
Arkansas State will be back in action this weekend at the March 9-11 Austin Peay State Riverview Inn Challenge in Clarksville, Tenn. The Red Wolves will face Dayton Friday at 11:00 a.m., Northern Illinois Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and Austin Peay Sunday at 2:30 p.m.