Jonesboro, AR (A-State) – Troy broke open a 3-0 game with a seven-run frame to open the Sun Belt Conference series by downing the Arkansas State baseball team 11-0 Friday.
The Red Wolves (13-20, 4-12) were led at the plate by Garrett Rucker who went 3-for-4 and scored the only run of the night on a Jake Bakamus single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Bakamus added two hits and an RBI to round out the hitting for A-State.
Troy opened the scoring with a trio of hits with two outs in the third after Cody Jackson managed to get through the first two frames on just 24 pitches. The Trojans used a two-out single and passed ball to put a runner in scoring position and a RBI double down the leftfield line and a single to right-centerfield plated two runs for the visitors.
Bakamus picked up the Red Wolves first hit of the night with a leadoff single in the third, but he was erased on a fielder's choice and Troy kept A-State scoreless. An inning later, Rucker hit a two-out double and a walk put two on for A-State, but Bennett used a strikeout to end the threat.
The Trojans padded their lead with a tally in the fifth, but a seven-run sixth broke the game open. A-State issued five walks in the inning and the Trojans logged three hits to post the seven runs.