Late Louisiana-Lafayette Rally Sinks A-State Baseball 9-6
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JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State baseball team tied the game with Louisiana-Lafayette 6-6 with a run in the top of the eighth inning, but three Ragin' Cajun runs in the bottom of the inning proved to be the difference in a 9-6 loss for the Red Wolves in conference action Saturday afternoon at M.L. Tigue Moore Field in Lafayette, La.
A-State (11-13, 3-7 SBC) loaded the bases in the top half of the eighth inning on two walks and a hit-by-pitch and tied the contest at 6-6 when Zach George drew a bases-loaded free pass to score Ty White. The Red Wolves appeared poised to take the lead and Louisiana-Lafayette (14-10, 6-4 SBC) turned to Chris Charpentier to face Matt Burgess. However, Burgess struck out swinging and Stuart Levy was sat down on a questionable 3-2 strike call to end the inning.
The Ragin' Cajuns took advantage of the Red Wolves blown opportunity in the bottom of the inning. Coulton Lee got a weak ground ball back to him from the first hitter, but back-to-back singles put runners on the corners for Preseason SBC Player of the Year Blake Trahan. However, Trahan hit a hard ground ball right at shortstop Jeremy Brown, but the ball went under Brown's glove and the go-ahead run scampered home. ULL added two more runs on a steal of home on a botched squeeze attempt when the ball bounced away from catcher Stuary Levy and an RBI ground out to third base.
Lee took the loss for the Red Wolves and wasn't particularly sharp despite the error as he allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits with two walks and a strikeout. Charpentier earned the win for ULL. A-State starter Jon Glidewell only went 2.2 innings and gave up two runs (both earned) on two hits with three walks and no strikeouts. Cody Jackson pitched 3.1 innings in relief and allowed two runs, while Bo Ritter tossed one inning and also gave up a pair of runs.
Offensively, A-State was led by George's 3-for-3 day at the plate as the first baseman also took two walks and had an RBI. Burgess had two hits, while A-State's 1-5 hitters all registered one RBI. Brian Mills led Louisiana-Lafayette with three hits and also had a pair of RBIs.
A-State took the early lead on a two-out single from Levy and Levy scored a batter later when Collin Massanelli tripled him in for a 2-0 edge. The Ragin' Cajuns evened things up with two runs in the third inning on a sacrifice fly from Greg Davis and RBI single by Nick Thurman. However, A-State regained the advantage in the fifth inning 3-2 when Brown scored on a single from Burgess.
ULL threatened in the sixth inning when the home team loaded the bases with two outs and regained the lead 4-3 when Mills lined a 3-2 pitch into left-center field to plate two runs. The Red Wolves quickly struck back with a sacrifice fly by Austin Baker to tie the game and took a 5-4 edge on a Ragin' Cajuns' error in the top of the seventh. The back-and-forth battle continued in the bottom half as Dylan Butler connected on a two-run homer to give ULL a 6-5 advantage.
The Red Wolves and Ragin' Cajuns play the rubber game Sunday in Lafayette, La., with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at M.L. Tigue Moore Field.