A-State Baseball splits doubleheader with UTA

A-State Baseball splits doubleheader with UTA

JACKSON, MS (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State baseball team split a doubleheader with UT Arlington Sunday afternoon at Smith-Wills Field in Jackson, Miss., after the Red Wolves took game one 8-0 behind eight scoreless innings from Jon Glidewell, but fell short in game two by a score of 4-3.

Glidewell was the story of game one as the redshirt-senior tossed eight innings of shutout ball and allowed only three singles with no walks and a career-high eight strikeouts.  Glidewell improved to 2-0 on the season and was making only his third appearance of the season after missing all of 2013 and 2014 due to injuries.  Cody Jackson pitched a perfect ninth inning to give A-State (8-5, 1-2 SBC) its first shutout of the season in the 8-0 win over the Mavericks (5-6, 2-1 SBC).

The Red Wolves began the scoring in the bottom of the third inning when Austin Baker drove UT Arlington's center fielder RJ Williams to the wall for a sacrifice fly that played Ty White.  Arkansas State added two more runs for a 3-0 edge in the bottom of the fourth on a Jeremy Brown RBI fielder's choice and another sacrifice fly, this one by White that drove UTA's right fielder Cody Farrell to the fence.

A-State tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning for a 5-0 advantage after a Lucas Feddersen single plated Tanner Ring and a Matt Burgess single scored Stuart Levy.  The Red Wolves added two more runs on a Feddersen double in the bottom of the seventh inning and Feddersen came around to score on a Brown double to round out the scoring at 8-0.

UT Arlington got a runner to third base once in the contest, helped by an A-State error, for its only real scoring threat of the game in the top of the fourth inning.  However, a fly out to right field ended the threat.

Offensively, Feddersen and Zach George had three hits apiece to pace the Red Wolves offense, while Feddersen's three RBIs led the team.  White, Joe Schrimpf, and Levy had two hits each.

Game two didn't start out so great for Arkansas State as the third hitter of the game, Levi Scott, hit a home run to left field with a runner on in the top of the first to give UTA a quick 2-0 lead.  A-State struck back with one run at 2-1 when Burgess doubled home Schrimpf in the bottom of the second, but UTA pushed across two more runs in the seventh inning to set the score at 4-1.

However, A-State made things interesting in the bottom of the ninth when UTA reliever Jacob Moreland began the inning by hitting Feddersen.  He was pulled after that in favor of Colin Tornberg, who was greeted with a bunt single by Brown to give A-State two runners on with just one out in the inning.  White smoked a single into right field to plate one run to make it 4-2, but was thrown out trying to take second base to give A-State a runner on third with two outs.

George singled through the right side to plate Brown and all of a sudden it was a one-run ballgame with the tying-run on first base.  Baker singled through the right side his next time up to give A-State runners on first and second with two outs.  Ring stepped up to the plate with a chance to give the Red Wolves the tie or the lead, but after fouling a couple of pitches off he swung through the third strike as UTA earned a 4-3 win in game two and took 2-out-3 from Arkansas State in the season's first conference series.

Tyler Zuber saw his scoreless streak end at 14 in the first inning, but settled down as he only allowed those two runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings.  Coulton Lee gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning, while Colton Kibler and Chandler Hawkins combined to keep UTA scoreless over the last 2.1 innings.

Offensively, Baker led A-State with three hits, while White and George each had two and both knocked in one run.  Burgess drove in A-State's other run on his lone hit of the game.

Arkansas State is scheduled to face Missouri State in a two-game midweek series in Jonesboro with game one set for Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m.  The final game is set for Wednesday, March 11 with first pitch from Tomlinson Stadium scheduled for 3 p.m.