JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) — Stuart Levy belted two solo home runs, but it was not enough as the Arkansas State baseball team fell to South Alabama 20-2 Saturday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium.
Levy finished the day 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored, but the Red Wolves (19-16, 6-8 Sun Belt) managed just three more hits as a team on the day and had just four base runners reach second base on the afternoon.
The Jaguars (26-10, 8-6) scored eight runs in the first two innings to quickly build an advantage. Jeff Bedlieux led off the game with the first of two triples and Nick Zaharion hit the first of his two home runs on the afternoon to put USA on top 3-0 after the first half inning.
"South Alabama scored eight runs in two innings to really put us in a hole," ASU head baseball coach Tommy Raffo said. "Credit their offense and their offense because they took advantage of some of our mistakes and got some balls up in the wind that carried out for home runs."
The Red Wolves surrendered 20 runs on 21 hits as the Jaguars scored a run in every inning except for the third. Sophomore Chandler Hawkins gave up six runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings of work and fell to 2-3 overall on the year. Cody Woodhouse relieved Hawkins and gave up three runs on three hits in 2 2/3 innings. Tyler Winfield, Levi Shordon, Jon Luthe, Brandon Milhouse and Seth McWilliams all saw action out of the bullpen on the afternoon for A-State.
A-State struggled to get any momentum going in its favor on the afternoon. Tanner Ring led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, but Ryan Emery grounded into a double play in the next at-bat to end any threat of a scoring opportunity.
From that point, ASU collected just five hits, three of which came off the bat of Levy. Derek Birginske collected his first collegiate hit in the bottom of the ninth inning on a one-out single. Ring had the only other two hits for the Red Wolves on the afternoon.
ASU and South Alabama will play the series finale Sunday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium. Bradley Wallace is scheduled to start for ASU and first-pitch is set for 1 p.m.