DECATUR, Ga. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State baseball team had its five-game Sun Belt Conference winning streak come to an end with a 5-1 loss to Georgia State at the GSU Baseball Complex Friday night.
A-State (24-15, 13-6 SBC) starter David Owen (5-3) allowed just two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings but threw 112 pitches and his only walk came back to haunt him in the sixth inning.
The sophomore right-hander got stronger as the game progressed and retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings. He got a fly out and ground out to the first two batters he faced in the sixth but then issued a walk to Nic Wilson and Matt Rose reached on an infield single that Dustin Jones got to but could not haul in.
Cody Woodhouse then replaced Owen but gave up an RBI single to Joey Roach for the go-ahead run. Roach's hit was back up the middle and Woodhouse just missed getting a glove on it and rolled into centerfield to score Wilson. Woodhouse battled back and got Chris Tripett to ground out to limit the damage.
Roach also added an insurance run for GSU with an RBI triple in the eighth inning and Triplett followed with a 2-run home run to give the Panthers a 5-1 lead.
GSU (20-23, 5-14 SBC)starter Kenny Anderson (4-3) limited the A-State offense to just one run on four hits and tied a season-high with seven innings on the mound. Anderson struck out just one batter, but got 11 fly ball outs and was aided by a pair of mistakes on the base paths by the Red Wolves.
A-State had runners on first and second in the top of the first inning after Austin Baker walked and Matt Burgess was hit by a pitch to extend his on-base streak to 25 games. However, Baker was picked off second to end the threat.
Four A-State base runners were picked off on the night. Derek Birginske was picked off in the fourth inning after leading off the frame with a single and Burgess was picked off after leading off the ninth with a single and Stuart Levy was picked off in the very next at-bat after reaching on a single.
Matt Burgess drove in A-State's only run of the game in the third inning with RBI single after a wild sequence from the Panthers in the field.
Georgia State committed two errors in the inning and also miss played a ball in centerfield that resulted in a stand-up double for Baker. Burgess then drove in Baker and advanced to second after the Panthers' catcher failed to catch the ball on the throw home. Eric Wilcoxson also reached earlier in the inning when Anderson dropped a ball first base while covering the bag.
Burgess went 2-for-3 and reached base three times for Arkansas State.
Matt Rose hit a solo home run in the second inning for the first run of the game for the Panthers.
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