Jonesboro, AR (A-State) – The Arkansas State baseball team fell behind 6-1 after three innings and couldn’t complete a comeback in an 11-4 loss to Cincinnati Sunday afternoon in the series finale at Tomlinson Stadium.
Cincinnati (4-6) was able to load the bases in the top of the second inning on a single, catcher’s interference, and error on A-State (8-5) after a pop up was dropped in shallow right field when Jake Bakamus collided with Jeremy Brown. A.J. Bumpass stepped up to the plate with one out and ripped a triple down the right-field line to clear the bases for a 3-0 Bearcats edge. Bumpass came home on a sacrifice fly to give the visitors a 4-0 advantage.
A-State added a run on a sacrifice fly by Brown in the bottom of the inning, but Cincinnati scored two more runs in the top of the third on a single by Eric Santiago after Tyler Mitzel came in to relieve starter Collin Cahill. The Red Wolves were able to score two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on two, two-out RBI doubles by Brown and Bakamus to cut the deficit to 6-3.
However, the Bearcats quelled any thought of a comeback by Arkansas State by scoring two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to go in front 11-3. A-State scored a run in the bottom of the ninth on a RBI single by Alex Howard to set the final score at 11-4.
Cincinnati’s starter David Orndorff earned the win after going eight innings and throwing 114 pitches. The junior right-hander allowed three runs (all earned) on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Cahill took the loss for A-State after lasting 2.1 innings.
Bumpass led the Bearcats with a 2-for-5 effort at the plate with four RBI and three runs scored, while Connor McVey and Santiago also had two hits and two RBI apiece. Garrett Rucker led A-State with two hits, while Brown drove in two runs.
Arkansas State returns to action Tuesday, March 7 at home against Southeast Missouri. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Tomlinson Stadium.