JONESBORO, Ark. (4/22/16) – Cody Jackson tossed a complete-game and Ty White had four hits including a home run as Arkansas State defeated Louisiana-Monroe 8-1 at Tomlinson Stadium on Friday night.
Jackson fired the first complete-game by an A-State pitcher since April 25, 2015 when David Owen won the first game of a double-header against Appalachian State at Kell Field. Jackson, whose previous career-high in innings pitched was 5 2/3, needed 98 pitches to navigate nine innings. He struck out two, including the final batter of the game, and 61 of his career-high 98 pitches were for strikes.
White went 4-for-4 on the night with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored. He led off the game with a solo home run over the fence in right-centerfield and then scored one of the four runs in the third inning that helped Arkansas State build a five-run advantage.
A-State took advantage of a Warhawks’ miscue in the third inning when White put down a bunt in an attempt sacrifice Tony Ortiz to second, but White beat out the throw. Joe Schrimpf followed with a single up the middle to score Ortiz and Garrett Rucker put down a perfect bunt on the edge of the grass on the third base line to load the bases.
Tanner Ring drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, and two more runs scored when the ULM shortstop miss-played a ball. White drove in his second run of night in the fourth inning with a single to right that plated Dalton Lovell.
ULM committed two more errors in the sixth inning when Schrimpf popup to the third base was not caught, which allowed Ortiz and White to score.
Schrimpf had two hits on the night with an RBI and scored a run, while Ring drove in a run as well.
Arkansas State will host Louisiana-Monroe in game two of the series Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at Tomlinson Stadium. Bryan Ayers is scheduled to take the mound for the Red Wolves.