JONESBORO, AR (ASU) — The Arkansas State baseball team fell to Arkansas-Little Rock 8-1 Saturday in the regular season finale for both teams at Tomlinson Stadium.
The Red Wolves (26-29, 12-18 SBC) will now be the No. 8 seed going into next week's Sun Belt Conference Tournament which is being hosted by the Louisiana-Lafayette. A-State is going to the conference tournament for the fourth straight year and the fourth time in the Tommy Raffo era.
Arkansas State fell behind 1-0 after the first inning and was not able to recover from that point on. The Trojans (28-26, 13-17) scored in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by John Clark and the Red Wolves were able to push across a run until the eighth inning.
A-State had just four hits through the game's first seven innings, but strung together back-to-back hits to lead off the eighth inning. Dustin Jones started the frame with a double and Collin Massanelli followed with a single to push across ASU's only run of the game.
A-State continued to put pressure on UALR starting pitcher Ethan Schlechte in the inning when Ryan Emery singled and Kevin Fitzpatrick moved to second on the play. After a fielder's choice by Logan Uxa, Fitzpatrick was thrown out at home when the Red Wolves tried to execute a double steal.
The Red Wolves used five pitchers on the afternoon, including starting pitcher Cody Woodhouse who tossed three innings and gave up just one run on four hits. Brandon Milhouse, Chandler Hawkins, Adam Grantham and John Koch pitched the game's final six innings and combined to give up seven runs. Hawkins was the only ASU pitcher to not give up a run on the afternoon.
The Trojans added to their lead with a run in the fifth inning to push the lead to 2-0 and then tacked three in the eighth and ninth innings to set the final.
The A-State baseball team also celebrated senior day prior to the start of Saturday's game. ASU's 10 seniors were recognized for their outstanding performances over their careers.