Jonesboro, AR (A-State) – The Arkansas State baseball team gave up five runs in the in the final four innings as the Red Wolves fell to Louisiana-Lafayette 6-1 Sunday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium.
Cody Jackson pitched well in his first Sun Belt Conference start of the season and surrendered three runs, just one earned, in 5.2 innings of work. He finished with two strike outs and gave up just two hits but took the loss after allowing a home run in the in the sixth inning.
A-State (13-14, 4-8 SBC) hurt itself with defensive miscues which led to five unearned runs on the afternoon, including an error in the sixth inning that led to two runs that gave the Cajuns the lead for good. The error allowed Joe Robbins to reach safely and then Kyle Clement followed with a two-run blast to right field to put ULL up 3-1.
Louisiana-Lafayette (18-10, 8-4) added to its lead in the eighth inning on a wild sequence in which Kennon Fontenot scored on a passed ball and Clement followed with a suicide squeeze in which two runs scored, including Ishmael Edwards who was on second base when the bunt was laid down.
The Ragin’ Cajuns went without a hit through the first four innings, but finally got to Jackson in the fifth inning on a single by Steven Sensley. He later scored on an RBI sac bunt for the game’s first run.
The Red Wolves responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning after Ty White scored on a throwing error by Ragin’ Cajuns catcher Nick Thurman. After a double with one out, White stole third and the pitch got away from Thurman and when White attempted to score the throw from Thurman sailed high to allow A-State to tie the game.
White finished the day 2-for-4 with one run scored and a stolen base.
A-State had scoring chances and left eight runners on base, including four in scoring position. The Red Wolves’ best scoring opportunity came in the second inning with runners on second and third, but failed to push a run across.
Arkansas State returns to action Tuesday, April 5 in Cape Girardeau, Mo., against Southeast Missouri. First pitch from Capaha Field is scheduled for 6 p.m.