TROY, AL (astateredwolves.com) – Tanner Ring hit a two-run home in the top of the ninth inning to get Arkansas State within a run, but the rally fell short as Troy held on for a 6-5 victory Sunday afternoon at Riddle-Pace Field.
Ring belted a two-run blast over the 30-foot wall in right field that scored Austin Baker to cut the deficit to 6-5 and Matt Burgess followed with a single off the wall in right field but the next two batters flied out to the outfield to end the game and have the A-State rally come up short.
With the loss the Red Wolves fell to 14-20 overall and 4-13 in the Sun Belt Conference, while Troy improves to 20-17 overall and 9-6 in the league.
Troy scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning as Arkansas State lost the series finale to the Trojans 6-3 Sunday afternoon at Riddle-Pace Field.
The Trojans loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning and executed back-to-back bases loaded bunts to score the tying and go-ahead runs. Windham Jackson dropped down a bunt up the first base line that allowed the tying run to score and Matt Sanders followed with a bunt back to the pitcher that allowed Jo-El Bennett to score before Stuat Levy could step on the plate for the force out.
The Trojans added another run on a bases loaded walk and Tripp Calhoun laid down the third bases loaded bunt of the inning that produced an out but also scored a run to give the Trojans a 6-3 lead going into the ninth inning.
The game featured 11 combined pitchers, six of which came from A-State's side. Colton Kibler took the loss to fall to 2-2 on the year while Jeremy McGowan earned the victory for Troy to improve to 3-2.
Jeremy Brown scored a run on the seventh inning on an RBI groundout by Baker to give Arkansas State a 3-2 lead at the time.
Brown led off the seventh inning with a double to the wall in left-centerfield and Zach George moved him to third with a single through the left side.
Brown went 2-for-3 on the day with a double, scored a run and drove in one, while George was 3-for-4 and reached base four times to extend the nation's longest on-base streak to 51 games.
A-State got creative in the sixth inning to break a 1-1 tie when Joe Scrhimpf singled to center field on a hit-and-run that plated Tanner Ring to go up 1-0. Ring led off the inning with a single and then stole second to get himself into scoring position.
Schrimpf went 2-for-5 on the afternoon with an RBI and also scored a run in the fifth inning on and RBI single by Brown that tied the game at 1-1.
David Owen battled through the first four innings but struggled with his command. Despite his issues, the junior allowed just one run on four hits and fanned one but also walked four in a 92-pitch effort.
A-State returns to the diamond Tuesday, April 14 for a home non-conference contest against Central Arkansas.