JONESBORO, Ark. (5/10/16) – Adam Grantham surrendered two runs in five innings of relief as he helped lead Arkansas State to a 4-3 victory over Memphis Tuesday evening at Tomlinson Stadium.
Grantham entered the game in the fifth inning after taking over for starting pitcher Zachary Patterson and did not give up a run until giving up two runs with two outs in the ninth inning. The senior from Kennett, Mo., struck out seven and gave up just four hits for his second win of the season.
The Red Wolves (22-25) led 4-1 going into the ninth inning, but Memphis (16-33) made things interesting when Zach Schritenthal singled in a two runs to make it a one run ball game, but Grantham came back and got Jake Little to fly out for the final out of the night.
The Red Wolves scored two runs on three sacrifice bunts in the second inning, thanks to Tigers’ error that allowed Daltan Lovell to reach safely on his bunt attempt. Lovell placed a bunt up the first base line that was fielded by Jacob Elliot, but over threw the pitcher who was covering and Lovell reached safely as Jeremy Brown scored to tie the game.
Tim Seldomridge followed with another sac bunt that allowed Jake Bakamus to score and give A-State a 2-1 advantage.
A-State added to its lead in the third inning with pair of runs and chased Memphis starting pitcher Hunter Smith from the game. Garrett Rucker led off the inning with a single and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch.
Matt Burgess followed with a double deep into the gap in left-centerfield that brought in Rucker and forced a call to the bullpen for the Tigers. Burgess scored later in the inning on wild pitch to push the lead to 4-1 for Arkansas State.
Burgess finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Brown also collected two hits.
Memphis took an early lead with a 2-out single in the first inning when Jacob Elliot singled in Darien Tubbs for the game’s first run. Despite needing 18 pitches to get through the first inning, Patterson limited the damage to the one run however.
Arkansas State will host Texas State in a three-game Sun Belt Conference series that is set to begin Friday evening at 6 p.m. at Tomlinson Stadium.