HOUSTON, TX (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State baseball team used an offensive explosion and strong pitching to sweep a doubleheader versus Houston Baptist by scores of 13-2 and 2-1 to earn a series sweep over the Huskies Saturday at Husky Field in Houston, Texas.
A-State (7-3) starter Jon Glidewell allowed one run in the bottom of the first inning in game one, but saw his offense pick him up in the top of the second. The Red Wolves loaded the bases with no outs after a single, walk, and bunt single, but HBU (5-6) starter Matthew McCollough was able to get the next two outs without a run scoring. However, Joe Schrimpf turned on the first pitch he saw and he a grand slam over the left field fence to put A-State on top 4-1.
Tanner Ring began the next inning with a home run of his own to left field to push the score to 5-1. McCollough hit Stuart Levy and Matt Burgess doubled down the left field line to put the Houston Baptist starter in hot water again with runners on second and third with no one out. Lucas Feddersen registered his first RBI of the year on a fielder's choice to shortstop that saw no out recorded on the play and A-State extended its lead to 6-1.
Jeremy Brown singled home Burgess and the Huskies made a move to the bullpen to Ross Kennell with the score 7-1 in favor of the Red Wolves. Tim Seldomridge greeted Kennell with another A-State run on a safety squeeze that scored Feddersen and Ty White grounded out to second base to score another run to cap the scoring in the inning with A-State taking a 9-1 lead to the bottom of the third.
Glidewell cruised until allowing an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning that cut A-State's advantage to 9-2, but the Red Wolves tacked on three more runs in the eighth inning on two sacrifice flies and a wild pitch to set the score at 12-2. A-State added another run in the top of the ninth after Daltan Lovell was plated on a pinch-hit single to center field by Eric Wilcoxson to set the final score at 13-2 in favor of A-State.
Glidewell earned his first career victory in only his second appearance since last pitching in 2012. He tossed six innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with two strikeouts. The A-State bullpen of Cody Jackson, Tanner Kirby, and Adam Grantham tossed three scoreless innings with only one hit allowed.
Offensively, Brown led A-State with three hits, while Burgess and Ring both had two hits apiece. Seven different Red Wolves drove in runs with Schrimpf leading the charge with five, while White added two of his own.
Game two started out well for Arkansas State also as White hit the first pitch of the game into center field for a single and advanced to third on an errant throw by the centerfielder. Schrimpf hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate White for his sixth RBI of the day and give the Red Wolves an early 1-0 edge.
The Red Wolves scored their final run of the day in the top of the fifth inning when Brown hit a home run to left field for a 2-0 A-State lead. That run would prove to be huge as the Huskies were able to score an unearned run off A-State reliever Coulton Lee in the bottom of the eighth inning on an errant throw from the outfield. However, Lee was able to keep the score 2-1 and worked around a one-out double in the bottom of the ninth to clinch the 2-1 win for the Red Wolves.
Tyler Zuber ran his scoreless streak to 14 innings with six strong innings against HBU. The sophomore pitcher allowed two singles and struck out four, while walking two to earn his second win of the season. Lee threw the final three innings and allowed an unearned run on two hits with one strikeout as he earned his first career save.
The top eight hitters in the A-State order recorded at least one hit with the lead-off man White tallying two to lead the squad. Schrimpf and Brown knocked in the only two Arkansas State runs of the game.