MANHATTAN, KS (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State baseball team took a short-lived 5-4 edge into the bottom of the sixth inning, but allowed six K-State runs in the frame as the Red Wolves lost the rubber game to the Wildcats by a score of 12-6 Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.
The game was tied 4-4 before Lucas Feddersen singled to right field and stole second base with two outs in the top of the sixth. Zach George followed with a double to right field to plate Feddersen for the 5-4 edge. However, K-State (23-24) led off the bottom of the inning with three straight singles, the third of which tied the game off A-State (19-26) reliever Colton Kibler. A bunt single and sacrifice fly later the Wildcats had a 6-5 lead.
Carter Yagi tripled to right-center field to score two more runs and chase Kibler from the game. Chandler Hawkins came in to pitch in relief and gave up a sacrifice fly to make the score 9-5 before Tyler Moore hit his second home run of the series to put the score at 10-5. K-State added another run in the bottom of the seventh off Hawkins before Jeremy Brown drove in Stuart Levy in the top of the eighth to bring A-State within 11-6.
The Wildcats added an unearned run off of reliever Collin Nord to make the score 12-6 and the score would hold as the Red Wolves were retired in order in the top of the ninth. Kibler took the loss for A-State as he allowed five runs (all earned) on five hits in 1.1 innings. Starter Tyler Zuber tossed four innings and gave up four runs (all earned) on five hits with two walks and a strikeout.
K-State's Brandon Erickson took the win as he pitched 2.2 innings and allowed two runs (both earned) on four hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Kansas State starter Bryce Ward only lasted 3.1 inning as he gave up three runs (all earned) on five hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Offensively, George led A-State with a 3-for-5 effort with one RBI, while Austin Baker, Matt Burgess, Tanner Ring, and Feddersen all had two hits each. Baker knocked in two runs, while Jeremy Brown and Ring also had one RBI. The Wildcats were led by Max Brown and Tyler Moore as both led the home team with three hits each.
The Red Wolves got on the scoreboard first for the third straight game against the Wildcats when Baker hit a two-run shot to right-center field to score George and give the visitors a 2-0 edge in the top of the first. George led off the game with a single to extend his nation-best on-base streak to 62 games.
The Wildcats responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first with the first run coming on a balk by Zuber. Max Brown singled home Tyler Wolfe to tie the score at 2-2, but the Red Wolves got out of the inning when Levy picked a runner off of second base.
Arkansas State threatened in the top of the third when Baker led off with a double to right field. Burgess moved Baker to third with a ground ball to second base and Ring drove him home with a ground out to second base for a 3-2 Red Wolves' advantage. K-State tied things up on another Max Brown single in the fourth inning and later took the lead on a RBI ground out by Clayton Dalrymple.