JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – Appalachian State scored six runs in the eighth inning to hand Arkansas State a 6-2 loss in the second game of a split doubleheader at Tomlinson Stadium Saturday night.
A-State (17-23, 6-16 Sun Belt) clung to a 2-0 advantage headed into the eighth inning but the first two Mountaineers (13-30, 5-17) reached to start the frame and things escalated from that point. Colton Kibler had retired seven of the first eight batters he faced before running into trouble and gave way to Chandler Hawkins who surrendered two runs on two hits to tie the game.
Tyler Zuber came in relief of Hawkins and gave up and two-run double and RBI single that gave the Mountaineers a 5-2 lead. Zuber came back and struck out the next two he faced but then issued back-to-back RBI singles to make it a six-run inning for Appalachian State.
The Red Wolves rallied with two outs in the ninth inning when Matt Burgess doubled down the right field line that plated Joe Schrimpf to cut the deficit to 6-3. Austin Baker followed with a walk to put the tying aboard, but Stuart Levy grounded out to the shortstop to end the game.
Schrimpf went 3-for-5 on the night with an RBI and two runs. He gave the Red Wolves a 1-0 in the fifth when Zach George drove a ball over the center fielders' head for a double that allowed the A-State second baseman to score from first.
In the seventh inning, Schrimpf tripled into right centerfield to score Collin Massanelli to give A-State a two-run lead.
Adam Grantham turned in a strong effort on the mound for A-State by tossing 4 2/3 innings and tied a career-high with eight strikeouts. He gave way to Kibler with two outs in the fifth inning and the A-State senior reliever retired the first six he faced before giving up a hit.
A-State will go for the series win Sunday afternoon at 11 a.m. The game can be heard on 95.3FM and a live stream of the game will be broadcast on the Red Wolves Digital Network with a paid subscription.
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