NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) — Third baseman Zach George went 3-for-4 with an RBI and designated hitter Daniel Short was 2-for-3 with two runs driven in to lead the Arkansas State Red Wolves (27-19) to a 7-3 victory over the Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions (8-38-1) Tuesday afternoon in the State Farm Classic at Dickey-Stephens Park.
Arkansas State led 4-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but the Red Wolves added three insurance runs in the bottom of the inning to put the game away.
"Every run is important, and we were fortunate to be able to push across some runs late," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "And we were thrilled to have the opportunity to play in Dickey-Stephens Park against our Division I, in-state brethren. It's a big thing for the people of central Arkansas, and it needs to happen more often."
Arkansas State struck first, getting an RBI single from third baseman Alex Potts in the second, but the Golden Lions answered with a run in the top of the third, getting an RBI double from catcher Sean Samsa to tie the game at 1-1.
Short bounced a two-out, two-run double off of the left field wall to drive in a pair of third-inning runs and put the Red Wolves back on top 3-1. An ASU error in the fifth allowed UAPB to score its second run of the game, and the ASU lead stayed at 3-2 until a seventh-inning sacrifice fly from A-State right fielder Kaleb Brown bumped the Red Wolves' advantage to 4-2.
Center fielder Cornelius Williams led off the eighth with a solo home run to put the Golden Lions back within a run at 4-3, but the Red Wolves answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to go up 7-3. Catcher Stuart Levy doubled, stole third and scored on a base hit from shortstop Dustin Jones to make it 5-3, and an RBI triple from second baseman Zach Maggio increased the ASU advantage to 6-3. Maggio scored the Red Wolves' final run on a sacrifice to center field from George.
Sophomore Cody Woodhouse picked up the win on the mound for ASU, giving up one run on three hits in four innings of work. One of five pitchers to see action on the day for ASU, Woodhouse (1-2) walked one and struck out one.
Junior Jordan Sechler (0-4) took the loss for UAPB, giving up seven runs on seven hits in seven and one-third innings on the mound. Sechler threw 125 pitches on the day, striking out three and walking two.
The Red Wolves will return to action this weekend when they host the Golden Panthers of Florida International in a Sun Belt Conference weekend series at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field. The series will get underway Friday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m., with the Saturday game scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ASU fans should note that the Sunday game has been changed to an 11:00 a.m. start to accommodate FIU's travel arrangements back to Miami.