JONESBORO, Ark. (5/14/16) – In its final home game of the season, the Arkansas State baseball team defeated No. 6 Ole Miss 8-6 in a wild finish at Tomlinson Stadium Tuesday night.
A-State led 8-4 going into the ninth inning, but made things interesting with three errors in the inning that allowed the Rebels to score two runs and bring the go-ahead run to the plate.
Ole Miss got its first run of the inning when Colby Bortles drove in a run on sacrifice fly that scored J.B. Woodman. Woodman reached on a one-out single and had advanced in the previous at-bat on a ball that was misplayed in centerfield after a single by Henry Lartigue.
The inning continued when Will Golsan reached on an error at third base. Michael Fitzsimmons reached on a popup to the catcher that was dropped, resulting in a run when Tanner Kirby attempted to throw out a runner at second base.
Kirby battled back, however, and got Connor Cloyd to strikeout to end the game for his second save of the season. Kirby tossed 2.2 innings and had five strikeouts.
Daltan Lovell and Ty White each went 4-for-5 with two RBIs for the Red Wolves on the night. Lovell blasted his first home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning with a blast to left centerfield and provided an insurance run in the eighth inning on a single to centerfield that allowed Jeremy Brown to score.
White had an RBI single in the fifth inning that gave Arkansas State a 4-0 lead and then tripled in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 6-4. Joe Schrimpf doubled later the inning to make it a 7-4 game. Garrett Rucker went 1-for-3 with a home run, while Tanner Ring had a 2-RBI single in the first inning.
Zach Haake started the game on the mound and was sharp in his two innings for work. He had five fly ball outs and struck out one before giving way to Collin Nord, who went 3.1 innings and gave up one run on four hits.
Bo Ritter threw one inning and surrendered three runs on five hits before giving way to Kirby for the final 2.2 innings.
A-State will play its final regular season series of the year when they travel to Little Rock for a three-game series at Gary Hogan Field.