NEW ORLEANS, La. (3/2/18) – The Arkansas State baseball team got a career-high eight innings out of Bradey Welsh, but New Orleans’ Darren Willis singled up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to send A-State to a 2-1 loss in the series opener Friday night at Maestri Field.
UNO (5-5) first baseman Jacob McFadden singled to begin the bottom of the 11th off A-State (3-3) reliever Jesse Kutzke and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kutzke walked the next batter, but recorded outs via strikeout and fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners with two outs. A hit-by-pitch loaded the bases to set up the walk-off single by Willis to give New Orleans the 2-1 win.
Welsh allowed just one run on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in the eight innings. However, he hit two batters with the first leading to the Privateers’ first run. He hit Jay Robinson with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and Robinson came around to score on a single after stealing second base.
UNO starter Bryan Warzek tossed six innings and allowed three hits with three walks and 12 punch outs. John Barr pitched the game’s final five innings and earned the win for New Orleans after allowing just two hits.
Drew Tipton scored A-State’s only run in the top of the third after a throwing error by the Privateers. Logan Andersen led the team with two hits on the night and had the only extra-base hit of the game with his first double of the season in the sixth inning.
Arkansas State and New Orleans resume the series Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.