MEMPHIS, Tenn. (3/29/16) – Matt Burgess drove in three runs and Ty White reached base five times as Bo Ritter tossed five innings of one-run baseball as the Arkansas State baseball team topped Memphis 11-5 Tuesday night at FedExPark in Memphis, Tenn.
Burgess went 2-for-4 at the plate with a team-high three RBIs, including two on a monster home run in the top of the ninth that set the final score at 11-5. White was 4-for-5 with two RBIs, three runs scored, and a walk to help the Red Wolves (12-12) offense. Ritter allowed one run (earned) on two hits with no strikeouts, but only one walk as the Hot Springs, Ark., native picked up his first win of the season.
Memphis (9-15) used six pitchers on the night with Jonathan Bowlan taking the loss. Bowlan allowed three unearned runs on three hits, but walked four. A-State got to reliever Drew Crosby who allowed five runs (all earned) on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Zach Schritenthal led the Tigers at the plate with three hits.
The Red Wolves started early with a bunt single from White to leadoff the game and he advanced to second on a throwing error by the Memphis catcher on the play. Jake Bakamus sacrifice-bunted White over to third and White scored on a Tanner Ring sacrifice fly. A-State added two more in the top of the second on a RBI single by White and a wild pitch that scored Neil Lambert to give the team a 3-0 advantage over the Tigers.
Ritter gave up his only run in the bottom of the third when Jake Overbey hit a pitch that snuck over the wall in left field for a home run. However, Tony Ortiz walked with the bases loaded to score one run in the top of the fourth before a wild pitch plated Burgess for a 5-1 A-State lead.
Arkansas State blew the game open with a four-run fifth inning with White starting the scoring with a RBI single through the right side to score Jeremy Brown. Ring singled home another run and extended his hit streak to eight games in the process as the visitors jumped ahead 7-1. Burgess singled home another run through a drawn-in infield before Joe Schrimpf singled home the final run of the inning to give the Red Wolves a 9-1 advantage after five innings.
Memphis mounted a bit of a rally in the bottom of the sixth inning with a three-spot to cut the A-State lead to 9-4. The Tigers scored first on a wild pitch by reliever Coulton Lee and added two more runs on a RBI single and fielder’s choice.
Memphis scored another run in the bottom of the seventh on another wild pitch, this one by Tanner Kirby. It was Kirby’s only hiccup, as the sophomore from Maumelle, Ark., was solid with three innings out of the bullpen with no other runs allowed on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Ring pitched the ninth for the Red Wolves and gave up one hit, but it was quickly erased on a 6-3 double play that ended the game.
Arkansas State is scheduled to play Mississippi Valley State Wednesday at Tomlinson Stadium in Jonesboro at 6 p.m. However, there is rain in the forecast and any schedule alterations will be announced on AStateRedWolves.com.