CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (3/22/17) – The Arkansas State baseball team took an 8-4 advantage into the bottom of the eighth inning, but five runs by Austin Peay, including two in the bottom of the ninth, lifted the Governors to a 9-8 midweek victory over the Red Wolves at Raymond C. Hand Park Wednesday afternoon in Clarksville, Tenn.
A-State (11-9) entered the bottom of the eighth inning ahead 8-4, but the first two batters of the frame reached and the team turned to Brandon Stuckenschneider to relieve Bo Ritter. The left-hander from Poplar Bluff, Mo., was able to get two outs and keep the Governors (11-9) off the board despite having runners on second and third with no outs. However, Austin Peay turned to the bench for pinch-hitter Brett Newberg and he hit a three-run homer to bring the home team within 8-7.
Zachary Patterson got the final out of the eighth and came out for the bottom of the ninth after the Red Wolves couldn’t add any insurance runs. The first two runners reached and Dre Gleason doubled home the tying run with no outs. After an intentional walk Chase Hamilton hit a hard ground ball that deflected off of a drawn-in Jeremy Brown to allow the winning run to score.
Patterson fell to 1-2 on the season, while Levi Primasing won the game after pitching a scoreless ninth inning for the Governors. APSU used six different pitchers in the game and was forced to the bullpen early after starter Jordan Witcig, who was making his first appearance since 2014, had to leave the game after hurting himself on the first pitch to the second batter of the game.
The Red Wolves used four pitchers with Bradey Welsh starting and lasting three innings. Welsh allowed two runs on four hits before Ritter tossed four innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits with a career-high five strikeouts against two walks.
Grant Hawkins led the offensive effort with three hits, including his first two doubles of the season, while Joe Schrimpf and Brown both homered and had three RBI. Tobias Johnson and Drew Tipton each had two hits apiece with Tipton hitting the first home run of his career in the fifth inning. Garrett Giovannelli, Cayce Bredlau, and Gleason had two hits each to lead the Governors.
Austin Peay scored two runs in the bottom of the first, but A-State scored six straight, including five in the top of the fourth inning, to go ahead 6-2. Brown delivered the biggest punch of the inning with a three-run homer, but the Red Wolves stole five bases in the inning, including the first two of the season for Alex Howard.
The Governors were able to score two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the visitors got both runs back in the top of the eighth inning when Schrimpf blasted a two-run shot to left field for an 8-4 edge.
Arkansas State heads to Conway, S.C., to face the defending national champions, Coastal Carolina, in a three-game Sun Belt Conference series March 24-26. First pitch for Friday’s game is set for 5 p.m. (CT).