JONESBORO, Ark. (4/26/16) – A four-run sixth inning powered Arkansas State to an 8-3 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Tuesday evening in a lightning-shortened game at Tomlinson Stadium.
The game was called with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning when lightning was detected in the area causing a required 30-minute. After a brief conversation with both coaches and the umpires the game was called giving A-State the victory.
With the victory, the Red Wolves improve to 19-21 on the season and have now won five straight games. The Golden Lions fall to 17-21 on the year.
With the score tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, A-State scored four runs on four hits to build its advantage. Garrett Rucker put the Red Wolves ahead for good with a single to right field and Tanner Ring followed with a hit down the third base line to put the lead to 5-3. Following a UAPB pitching change and a double-steal by Ring and Rucker, Jeremy Brown singled to left field to drive in both runs.
Arkansas State added a run in the seventh inning when Jake Bakamus scored on a wild pitch with one out in the inning. The lightning delay occurred with two outs in the inning, but per NCAA rules, because the run that scored in the bottom half of the inning did have an effect on the outcome of the game, all statistics and runs are counted up until the game was stopped.
Arkansas State trailed by a run after four innings but strung together back-to-back hits from Ring and Brown to take their first lead of the night in the fifth. Ring drove in the tying with his second triple of the season that plated Garret Rucker. Brown followed with a high chopper over third base that rolled into the outfield for an RBI double.
Brown finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Golden Lions wasted little time in answering, however, and tied the game in the next inning on single by Dontre Brown to tie the score at 3-3.
Before surrendering the run in the sixth, A-State starting pitcher Peyton Culbertson had retired 13 in a row since giving up a pair of runs in in the second inning. The freshman tossed a career-high seven innings and struck out three while giving up three runs on five hits.
UPAB scored a pair of runs in the second inning on three balls that did not leave the infield. Donte Brown reached to lead off the inning on a throwing error and advance to third on an infield single by Aderly Perez. Brown scored on passed ball and Perez later scored on an infield single by Jerimiah Figueroa to push the advantage to 2-0.
A-State got a run back in the bottom half of the inning on a sacrifice by Tony Ortiz.
The Red Wolves will take to the road for a three-game Sun Belt Conference at Appalachian State.