TROY, AL (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State baseball team dropped a doubleheader Sun Belt Conference contest to Troy Saturday afternoon at Riddle-Pace Field.
Troy won the first game 3-1 and then took the nightcap by a score of 4-2 to drop A-State's record to 14-19 overall and 4-12 in the Sun Belt Conference. With the victories Troy improved its record to 19-17 overall and 8-6 in the league.
Sunday's series finale, which was originally scheduled to start at 1 p.m., has been moved to Noon due to threat of inclement weather in the Troy area late in the afternoon.
Austin Baker, who went 4-for-7 on the day, scored the first the run of game two in the first inning when Matt Burgess flied out to centerfield for his team leading 27
RBI of the season. Burgess also ranked 11
in the nation with six sacrifice flies this year.
Troy took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but A-State tied the game in the fifth when Zach George drew a bases loaded walk. George also extended the nation's longest on-base streak to 50 games with a walk in the first inning.
Jo-El Bennett broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning with a bases loaded single through the left side that plated a run off Colton Kibler who had just entered the game in relief of Cody Jackson after he walked the only two batters he faced to load the bases.
The Trojans added another run when Matt Sanders put down a bunt up the first base line the allowed Tevin Hall to score and give the home team a 4-2 lead.
Jon Glidewell (2-1) took the loss despite giving up just two runs on three hits in 5.1 innings of work.
In the first game one the Red Wolves trailed 3-0, but tried to rally in the ninth when the first batters reached base. Baker collected the second of his two hits on the afternoon with a leadoff single and Levy reached when he was hit by a pitch to bring the tying run to the plate.
A sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third and Schrimpf drove in A-State's only run of the afternoon with a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Feddersen fouled out to the catcher to end the game and give the Trojans a 3-1 victory in the day's first contest.
Troy broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning when Reid Long sent a two-run home run over the 30-foot fall in right field. It was the first hit of the day for the Trojans off Adam Grantham who had been effective in working out of potential run scoring situations.
The junior from Kennett, Mo., worked around a leadoff walk in the first inning and left a pair of runners stranded in the first inning. In all, Grantham left five Trojans on base and struck out a career best eight batters for the second straight game in his longest outing of the year.