Jonesboro, AR (A-State) – Arkansas State rallied from six runs down to defeat Texas State 9-6 Saturday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium to the weekend series from the Bobcats.
The Red Wolves (24-25, 11-15 SBC) scored three runs each the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to complete the comeback after a pair of defensive errors allowed Texas State (26-25, 13-13) to put up six runs in the fourth inning and put A-State behind early in the game.
Jake Bakamus started the rally with a three-run blast in the sixth inning to cut the deficit in half. It was the first home run of his collegiate career and came with a full count and two outs in the inning after Austin Baker and Matt Burgess singled and walk to start the frame.
Bakamus finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a home run.
A-State tied the game in the seventh after Matt Burgess tripled to left centerfield to score Tanner Ring, who had reached on an error earlier in the inning. The inning started with a Joe Schrimpf and he scored when Garrett Rucker tripled to get within 6-4. Rucker then scored when Ring reached on an error by the Bobcats’ shortstop to put the tying run on base.
Schrimpf put the Red Wolves’ ahead with an RBI double in the eighth inning and Austin Baker provided some insurance with a double down the right field line that plated two runs.
Baker finished the afternoon 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two doubles, while Schrimpf had three hits and an RBI.
Tyler Zuber (5-3) earned the win in relief after giving up just two runs in 5.1 innings of work. Zuber entered the game in the fourth inning after Culbertson loaded the bases and walked in the first run of the game.
Zuber then gave up a single that scored two runs, but an error by Ty White in right field and another error by Jeremy Brown allowed the all the runners to score. He gave up another run later in the inning but settled down for the remainder of the game.
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.