George’s home run powers A-State Baseball over UALR
JONESBORO, AR (ASU) – Zach George's two-run home run in the eighth inning spurred a six run inning as Arkansas State defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 11-7 Thursday night at Tomlinson Stadium.
The Red Wolves (24-27, 11-16 Sun Belt) trailed three different times in the game, but go two runs in the seventh inning to tie the score at 5-5 and the momentum carried over into the next inning. George's two-run home run, just his second of the year, put A-State ahead for the first time on the night.
Collin Massanelli drove in the third run of the inning with a bases loaded walk to give the Red Wolves a three-run advantage. Massanelli went 1-for-2 with four RBIs and three walks on the night, including a two-run single in the seventh inning to tie the game.
The eighth inning continued for A-State when Burgess scored on a wild pitch and Stuart Levy capped the scoring with a two-run single to put the Red Wolves up 11-7. The six-run inning marked the third time in as many games that the Red Wolves have scored six runs in an inning.
Tyler Zuber (7-4) got the win after relieving David Owen in the sixth inning. Zuber gave up two runs on six hits and had seven strikeouts.
UALR (15-32, 11-16) scored a run in third inning when Tanner Rockwell drove in Petr Sila on an RBI groundout. Sila reached on an error by Jeremy Brown to start the inning and moved into with a steal and advanced to third on a groundout.
The Red Wolves tied the game in the bottom of the inning when George scored on a groundout by Baker. George extended the nation's longest on-base streak to 68 games when he led off the inning with a double down the right field line. He finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
A-State look poised to take the lead when UALR pitcher Sam Thoele loaded the bases with two outs, but the Red Wolves failed to plate another to end the inning tied at 1-1.
Sam Vogel put UALR back out in front with an RBI double in the fourth inning and added to its lead with a run in the fifth off the bat of Joseph Paulino to give the Trojans in a 3-1 advantage.
A-State tied the game in the fifth when Matt Burgess led off the fifth inning with a double and scored on a fielder's choice by Massanaelli. Jeremy Brown drove in the tying run a double down the left field line one batter later, but was tagged out when he slipped rounding the bag at second.
UALR responded with two runs in the sixth, scoring a run off Owen and another off Zuber. Owen tossed five innings and gave up five runs on seven hits, while adding two strikeouts.
Zuber entered the game after Owen gave up an RBI double to Vogel in the sixth, but the sophomore right-hander gave up an RBI single to give the Trojans a 5-3 lead. Zuber settled in after that, however, and struck out the next three he faced to limit the damage to just two runs.
A-State rallied to tie the game for the third time with a two-run single by Massanelli. The rally started when Austin Baker reached on an error to start the inning and Burgess was hit by a pitch to put the tying run aboard. After a sacrifice bunt by Ty White, Massanelli delivered a two-run single into left centerfield that tied the score at 5-5.
Due to Friday's doubleheader, the Jonesboro stop of the Arkansas State Coaches Caravan has been cancelled and will not be made up.
The Red Wolves will conclude their series with UALR with a Friday doubleheader that is set to begin at 1 p.m. For the latest on A-State baseball follow the team by logging onto the team's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/astatebaseball and following them on Twitter (@ASTATEBaseball).