Owen tosses gem in 6-1 victory over Appalachian State
JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – Fueled by a five-run sixth inning and the first complete-game pitching performance of the year the Arkansas State Red Wolves defeated Appalachian State 6-1 in game one of a doubleheader at Tomlinson Stadium Saturday afternoon.
David Owen turned in the Red Wolves' first complete-game pitching performance of the season and gave up just one run and five hits. The junior from Millington, Tenn., also added six strikeouts and picked off his league leading fifth base runner of the year.
The Red Wolves (17-22, 6-15 SBC) busted the game open with five runs in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie. Things went south for Mountaineers starting pitcher Taylor Thurber when Austin Baker reached on an error by Brian Bauk in centerfield that put runners on first and second.
A-State broke the tie when Tanner Ring delivered a cue shot in right field that scored Matt Burgess, while Jeremy Brown doubled down the left field line to plate the second run of the frame and put the Red Wolves up 3-1.
The inning continued with an RBI single by Collin Massanelli and Brown scored the fourth run of the inning on a wild pitch to give A-State a five-run advantage. The final run of the inning came cross on an errant pickoff throw to first that allowed Massanelli to score easily.
In all 10-men came to the plate in the inning for A-State and included five runs scoring on four hits and two errors by the Mountaineers (12-30, 4-17).
A-State led 1-0 after the first inning on an RBI single by Burgess. The A-State first baseman went 2-for-4 on the afternoon with an RBI and scored a run.
Owen loaded the bases in the fifth inning and walked Michael Pierson on four straight pitches to even the game at 1-1, but he got out of the inning when a ball deflected off Joe Schrimpf in the at second base to Jeremy Brown who was covering the base for the force get the Red Wolves out of the inning before more damage could be done.
Owen was helped by his defense again in the seventh inning when Bauk was thrown at third trying to tag on a fly ball in right field to keep the scored tied.
Game two of the doubleheader will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday evening and will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.
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