Jonesboro, AR (A-State) — The Arkansas State baseball team rallied for four runs in the eighth inning, but it was not enough as Georgia Southern held on for a 9-7 victory Saturday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium.
The Red Wolves (11-12, 3-6) trailed by six runs through seven innings, but came alive in the eighth inning to get within striking distance. Georgia Southern starting pitcher Brian Eichorn retired 20 consecutive hitters, but gave up a leadoff to Garrett Huff to start the eighth inning.
Following an error that allowed Neil Lambert to reach base, Ty White walked to load the bases for Jake Bakamus who drove in A-State’s first run since the first inning with a sacrifice fly.
Tanner Ring was hit by a pitch to load the bases again for Arkansas State and Matt Burgess drew a walk to drive in the second run of the inning and cut the lead to 9-5. Joe Schrimpf then ripped a single into right field that allowed to more runs to score the Red Wolves within two runs, but the rally was cut short in the ninth after Daltan Lovell reached on a leadoff walk, but A-State failed to advance him to give the Eagles the series victory.
Ring, who also tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the ninth, was 1-for-3 on the day with an RBI and two runs scored. Schrimpf added a hit and two RBIs and Burgess collected his only on a 3-run home run in the first inning.
Bryan Ayers struggled with his command and issued a pair of walks and an RBI single to Ryan Cleveland in the first inning. His command issue continued into the second inning and was pulled after giving up a walk and single to start the inning.
Coulton Lee relieved the A-State starter, but he struggled as well and issued an RBI single to CJ Brazil and then a 3-run home run to Cleveland, his second of the series, to give the Eagles a 5-3 lead.
Georgia Southern added to its lead in the fifth inning with a pair of runs. Cal Baker scored on a wild pitch and Hunter Thomas crossed home plate on sacrifice fly to push the advantage to 7-3. Lawson Humphries drove in two more runs in the sixth inning with an RBI single up the middle to give the Eagles a 9-3 advantage.
Eight different pitchers took the mound for Arkansas State on the afternoon with Lee taking the loss after giving up the three-run home run to Cleveland in the second inning. Eichorn picked up the win for Georgia Southern after surrendering four runs on three hits in seven inning of work.
Arkansas State returns to action for a midweek game at Memphis Tuesday, March 29 at FedEx Park. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.