Memphis blanks Red Wolves

JONESBORO, Ark. ( — The Arkansas State baseball team held Memphis scoreless for six straight innings, but it was not enough as the Red Wolves fell 6-0 to the Tigers Tuesday night at Tomlison Stadium.

The Tigers jumped out in front in the top of the second inning with a three-run home run from Colton Simbeck and then added three more runs in the third inning to take a 6-0 advantage that A-State could not recover from.

The Red Wolves (24-21) had just five hits on the night, two of which came in the bottom of the ninth inning. Logan Uxa reached base with a one-out single and Stuart Levy followed with a single back up the middle. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, but ASU failed to push across the runs.

Kevin Fitzpatrick enjoyed a solid night for Arkansas State, going 2-for-4 on the night. Alex Potts, Uxa and Levy were the only other Red Wolves to collect hits on the night.

On the mound ASU got a solid effort from freshman pitchers Adam Grantham and David Owen. Grantham pitched two scoreless innings and recorded a strikeout; while Owen pitched the game's final three innings and struck out a career-high five.

Seth McWilliams started the game and pitch around a hit batsman in the first inning. He walked the first batter he faced in the second inning and then the Red Wolves had defensive miscue when Claude Johnson failed to corral a ball hit by Nate Rupiper. McWilliams then gave up the home run to Simbeck to give Memphis an early 3-0 lead.

Brandon Milhouse replaced McWilliams in the top of the third inning and gave up three more runs to extend the Memphis lead to 6-0. However, after the third inning, the Red Wolves did not allow another run and issued just four hits over the game's final six innings.

A-State will return to Sun Belt Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Louisiana-Lafayette. First pitch for Friday and Saturday night is set for 6 p.m., while Sunday's contest will start at 1 p.m.