DECATUR, Ga. (3/18/16) – The Arkansas State baseball team scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back in an 11-1 win over Georgia State that featured a season-high 19 hits, including five from Tanner Ring, and six strong innings from Tyler Zuber Friday night at the GSU Baseball Complex in Decatur, Ga.
Ring’s five hits were one shy of the school record six set by Shane Eaker in 1992 against UALR, while the 19 hits were the most by Arkansas State since May 9, 2015 against Texas State in a 12-10 A-State win. Ring also scored a team-high four runs, drove in two runs, and had a stolen base.
Joe Schrimpf went 4-for-6 at the plate with two double, a RBI, and a run scored. Austin Baker had three hits and three RBIs, while Garrett Rucker had two hits, both doubles. Tim Seldomridge, Matt Burgess, Jeremy Brown and Frankie Alvarez all had one RBI apiece. Zuber picked up the win after allowing one run on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Cody Jackson and Bo Ritter combined to throw three hitless innings to close the game.
The Red Wolves (10-7, 2-2 SBC) plated two runs on a Ring single up-the-middle with one out in the top of the first before the team added single runs on a Baker single and Brown sacrifice fly for an early 4-0 advantage over the Panthers (9-9, 0-1 SBC).
A-State added one run on another Baker single in the top of the third for a 5-0 edge, but Georgia State scored to make the score 5-1 on a James Clements sacrifice fly. Baker singled home his third runner of the game in the top of the fifth for a 6-1 A-State lead. The Red Wolves tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning on an infield single by Alvarez and error on Georgia State when pitcher Clayton Payne threw wildly to the plate on Alvarez’s hit that allowed J.D. Rainwater to score.
Burgess singled home Ring for a 9-1 advantage in the sixth inning before A-State plated two more runs in the top of the ninth on a triple by Seldomridge and Schrimpf double to set the final at 11-1.
GSU’s Wayne Wages gave up six runs (all earned) on 10 hits in 4.1 innings, while Clayton Payne allowed three runs (two earned) in 1.1 innings on the mound. Chris Mejias shut out the Red Wolves over two innings before Rhett Harper allowed the final two runs in the ninth. Justin Jones led the Panthers with two hits, while four other Georgia State players had one hit each.
The Red Wolves and Panthers resume the series at 1 p.m. (CT) tomorrow afternoon at the GSU Baseball Complex. The game can be heard on 95.3 FM The Ticket/970 AM KNEA.