JONESBORO, Ark. (3/15/16) – The Arkansas State baseball team defeated Southern Illinois-Carbondale by a score of 1-0 Tuesday night at Tomlinson Stadium/Kell Field when Jake Bakamus crossed the plate on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Bakamus, who entered the game to play defense after a pitching change, led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch. He advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Baker, who also reached on the play due to an error by the pitcher. Joe Schrimpf sacrifice-bunted both runners and also reached on an error to load the bases. Tony Ortiz struck out, but Seth Hackett uncorked a wild pitch with pinch-hitter Garrett Huff at the plate to score Bakamus and give A-State (9-7) the win.
Hackett took the loss for Southern Illinois (9-6-1), while Tanner Ring earned the win for the Red Wolves. Ring entered the game in the top of the 10th with runners on first and second and one out. He walked the first batter he faced on four pitches, but struck out Ryan Smith and got Jake Hand to fly out to right field to end the threat.
There were only nine total hits in the contest with A-State only collecting three, all of which came in the first three innings. Ty White, Garrett Rucker, and Matt Burgess had one hit apiece. Dyllin Mucha and Taylor Martin both had two hits each to lead the Salukis.
J.D. Miller started the game for A-State and didn’t give up a run in three innings, while Tanner Kirby and Coulton Lee also pitched three scoreless innings. Bradey Welsh recorded one out in the top of the 10th before giving way to Ring. Bryce Sablotny tossed five shutout innings for SIU, before Colten Selvey and Jacob Williams threw two scoreless innings each for Southern Illinois-Carbondale.
The Salukis loaded the bases in the first inning with two outs after a bunt single, error, and walk earlier in the frame, but didn’t score when Hand grounded into a 6-5 fielder’s choice. Southern Illinois found itself in a scoring situation in the second inning after a single and wild pitch put runners at first and second with two outs. Mucha singled up-the-middle, but Jeremy Brown made a diving stop and threw out Ryan Sabo at the plate trying to score on the play.
A-State saw Burgess advance to third base in the bottom of the second inning after a passed ball with two outs. Schrimpf walked to put runners on the corners, but Ortiz flew out to center field to end the threat.
Arkansas State hits the road again March 18-20 in a three-game league set at Georgia State. First pitch from Atlanta Friday night is scheduled for 5 p.m. (CT). Saturday’s game will begin at 1 p.m. (CT), while Sunday’s series finale is slated for a noon (CT) first pitch.