JONESBORO, AR (ASU) — The Arkansas State Red Wolves suffered their first weekend series loss of the season Sunday afternoon, falling 10-1 in the deciding game of a three-game Sun Belt Conference series with Louisiana-Monroe at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field.
Arkansas State opened the series with a 7-6 victory Friday night before ULM evened the count with a 9-0 win in Saturday's outing. The Red Wolves dropped to 18-15 overall with the loss, and remain in second place in the league standings at 8-4 in SBC action. ULM improved to 16-15 on the season and 4-8 in SBC action.
The Warhawks scored once in the second and once in the third, then padded their lead with four runs in the fourth to go up 6-0 before ASU scored its lone run in the fourth.
Louisiana-Monroe took advantage of the first of three ASU errors to plate an unearned run in the second, then made it 2-0 in the third when left fielder Les Aulds walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch. An RBI single from third baseman Judd Edwards got the Warhawks going in the fourth. Aulds drove in the second run with a base hit and scored on a balk later in the inning, and shortstop Jeremy Sy singled up the middle to drive in the final run of the frame for ULM.
Arkansas State answered with a run in the bottom of the inning when left fielder Logan Uxa singled, then scored later in the inning when shortstop Dustin Jones drew a bases-loaded walk, but ULM added four more runs in the seventh and the Red Wolves did not threaten again.
Senior Cory Kyle (2-3) gave up four runs on two hits, walked five and struck out three to take the loss in three innings on the mound. Reliever Kendall Thamm pitched the final five and two-thirds innings to pick up the win for ULM. Thamm gave up no runs on just one hit, struck out a pair and walked two.
Third baseman Claude Johnson was 2-for-4 to lead ASU at the plate, while Edwards was 2-for-4 with three RBIs to lead ULM.
Arkansas State will return to action Tuesday, April 10, when they host the Memphis Tigers in a 6:30 p.m. game.