JONESBORO, Ark. (5/6/16) – The Arkansas State baseball dropped the opening of a three-game series against Northwestern State by a score of 8-3 Friday evening at Tomlinson Stadium.
The Demons starting pitch Adam Oller held A-State (20-24) without a hit through 6.1 innings until Tony Ortiz delivered a 1-out infield to break-up the no-hitter. Despite being held hitless through the first six innings, the Red Wolves pushed across a run in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Oller struck out seven and gave up three run (one earned) in 6.1 innings.
Jake Bakamus scored on wild pitch when Ty White struck out swinging but reached base on the errant throw to allow the inning to continue. Bakamus led off the inning with a walk and then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher to get into scoring position.
Northwestern State added a run in the sixth to push the lead to three runs and then added three more runs in the seventh inning to make it a 7-1 lead. A-State scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI groundout by Daltan Lovell and an RBI ground out by White.
White finished the night with an RBI and two stolen bases, while Bakamus had three walks and scored a run. Lovell added an RBI and J.D. Rainwater had an extra base with a double in the ninth inning.
The Demons tagged Cody Jackson for three runs on six hits through 4.1 innings before giving way to Tyler Zuber who gave up four runs on four hits. Bo Ritter also pitched an inning 1.2 and gave up a run, while Brady Welsh got an out against the only he faced in the ninth.
The series continues Saturday afternoon at 6 p.m. at Tomlinson Stadium.