JONESBORO, Ark. (5/13/16) – Cody Jackson allowed five hits in six-plus innings and two double plays helped Coulton Lee close out a 6-1 win for Arkansas State baseball team over Texas State Friday night at Tomlinson Stadium.
Jackson didn’t allow a hit until there were two outs in the third and held the Bobcats to three hits until the seventh inning. Jackson (2-3) allowed one run on five hits, tied his career high with three strikeouts and walked one. Lee earned his first save on the year, allowing no runs on two hits and two walks. Lucas Humpal (6-5) took the loss allowing four runs, two earned, on eight hits in 6.2 innings.
Matt Burgess ripped a RBI-double down the right-field line with one out in the fourth to break the deadlock. Tanner Ring reached on a leadoff single and moved to third on a single by Jeremy Brown but Brown was thrown out at second trying to stretch his single into a double. Burgess turned on the 1-2 offering and collected his third double in two games for his 30th RBI on the year.
Texas State (26-24, 13-12 SBC) answered with a tally of their own in the top half of the fifth. A leadoff double and sacrifice bunt put a runner on third with one out and a high fly ball down the rightfield line forced a play at the plate. A-State rightfielder Ty White put the throw on the money to the catcher Joe Schrimpf, but the runner appeared to get his foot in ahead of the tag to knot the score at 1-1.
Burgess helped the Red Wolves (23-25, 10-15 SBC) regain the lead in the sixth, hitting a one-out single to spark a rally. Brown was issued a walk to put runners on first and second with one away bring Tony Ortiz to the plate. The freshman singled up the middle and Burgess raced home to score the go-ahead run. The Bobcats thwarted the chances of a big inning for A-State with an inning-ending double play.
Jackson allowed three hits over the first six frames, but the Bobcats started the seventh with a double and single to put runners on the corners with no outs. A-State turned to Lee out of the pen, clinging to the 2-1 lead. Lee induced a soft comebacker and turned to throw to first for the out, but quickly spun and threw out the runner at the plate. A walk loaded the bases, but another ground ball led to an inning-ending double play to keep the Red Wolves ahead 2-1.
With the momentum back in the Red Wolves dugout, A-State scored four runs in the seventh with the help of an error and a big extra-base hit. Schrimpf was issued a one-out walk and moved to scoring position on a ground out and came around to score on an error by the Bobcats second baseman. The error opened the door for a big inning and a hit batter and walk loaded the bases for Brown. Brown roped a triple to leftfield to clear the bases and expand the A-State lead to 6-1.
The two teams meet for game two of the three-game series on Saturday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. at Tomlinson Stadium.