JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State baseball dropped its series finale to Arkansas-Little Rock 4-3 Saturday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium.
A-State (25-27, 12-16 Sun Belt Conference) will have to await to find out its fate for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament until other games around the league are completed.
The Red Wolves led 2-1 after three innings, but UALR (15-33, 11-17) scored a pair of runs in the fourth and added another in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.
Arkansas State cut into the lead in the sixth on a Joe Scrhimpf single that plated Tanner Ring he had a pinch-hit double early in the inning.
Zach George moved to second on the single, but was left stranded to keep the deficit at one run. In the seventh inning, Collin Massanelli reached on a walk and Stuart Levy was robbed of hit when he hit a ball deep into the gap in left centerfield, but Petr Sila was able to track the ball down for the out and keep the runner at first.
A-State had another scoring opportunity in the eighth when Zach George, who extended the nation's longest on-base streak to 70 games, walked and Scrhimpf followed with a single to move George into scoring position. The Red Wolves were unable to bring George in however, when the inning came to a close with a strikeout.
UALR got to A-State starter Derek Birginske early in the first inning and scored on a bases loaded walk to take an early 1-0 lead, which chased the A-State starter from the game. Coulton Lee relieved Birginske and got Drew Merten to ground into a double play with bases loaded to limit the damage to just one run in the inning.
The Red Wolves got the run back in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI groundout by Ty White, but Arkansas State left the bases loaded.
Arkansas State took the lead in the third inning when Collin Massanelli drove in Austin Baker with a single into leftfield to up 2-1.
UALR responded with two runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead. The Trojans tied the game on an RBI groundout by Hayden Martin and took the lead on a two-out single off the bat of Sam Vogel. UALR added another run in the fifth on a ground out by Kyle Kirk for a 4-2 advantage.
Schrimpf finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Massanelli added a 2-for-3 day with an RBI and two walks.