CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AStateRedWolves.com) – Three Southeast Missouri State pitchers combined to hold Arkansas State scoreless in a game for the third time this season as the Red Wolves suffered a 7-0 loss to SEMO in a midweek baseball game at Capaha Field Tuesday night.
Bryan Ayers was sharp through his first 2 2/3 innings of work but walked the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the third inning and Derek Gibson delivered a two-run single to give the Redhawks a 2-0 lead after three innings.
SEMO added to its lead in the sixth inning on sacrifice fly from Andy Lennington and then broke the game open with two runs in the seventh inning. Jason Blum drove in a run on sacrifice fly and Scott Mitchell followed with an RBI single to make to give the Redhawks a 5-0 cushion and tacked on two more runs in the eighth to go up 7-0.
The Red Wolves (16-13) were held hitless until the fourth inning when Matt Burgess broke through with a 2-out single through the right side and Dustin Jones followed with a single to leftfield, but A-State failed to string together another hit and left both runners stranded to end the inning.
Burgess led off the seventh with a single through the left side and at advanced to second on a wild pitch, but SEMO's Christian Hull battled back and struck out the next three A-State hitters to keep A-State off the scoreboard.
Arkansas State's other scoring opportunity occurred in the eighth when Eric Wilcoxson doubled to left-centerfield and advanced to third but was left stranded. A-State left five runners on base on the night and had just four hits.
Burgess went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Red Wolves at the plate, while Jones and Wilcoxson each had a hit.
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