JONESBORO, Ark. (3/13/18) – Drew Tipton’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning sent Arkansas State to 9-8 victory over Southern Illinois in a midweek contest Tuesday evening at Tomlinson Stadium.
A-State (8-5) put the winning run on when Jacob Jablonski walked with one out in the 11th inning and Andrew Lannon followed with a single to right to move Jablonski into scoring position at third. Tipton then sent a 1-1 pitch into right field to score Jablonski to give the Red Wolves their second walk-off win of the season.
The Red Wolves led 7-3 after eight innings, but the Salukis (8-9) rallied and got a two-run long ball and a three-run home run to take an 8-7 lead. The Red Wolves put together a rally of their own in the bottom half of the inning when Lannon produced a RBI ground out to score Caleb Squire to tie the game at 8-8.
Nate Alberius turned in her fourth straight quality start of the year with another solid outing on the mound. The junior tossed 6.2 innings and had six strikeouts and four walks, while scattering three unearned runs on four hits. He gave up an unearned run in the first inning, but settled down and retired 11 batters in a row between the third and seventh innings.
A-State got on the board in the second inning when Tipton singled in Jaylon Deshazier to tie the game. Later in the inning the Red Wolves scored two runs when Tobias Johnson reached on an error by the Salukis’ first baseman that allowed Grant Hawkins and Tipton to score.
Johnson added to the lead in the sixth inning with an RBI single to push the lead to 4-1, but Southern Illinois responded with two runs in the top of the seventh to get within 4-3. Cullen Ray provided some insurance in the bottom half of the inning when a with a two-run single, while Tipton reached on fielder’s choice error that allowed Jablonski to score to push the advantage to 7-3.
Southern Illinois threatened to cut into the lead in the eighth inning when Jesse Kutzke battled Drew Curtis in a 12-pitch at-bat with two runners on. Curtis fouled off six straight pitches before Kutzke struck him out to end the inning.
Arkansas State opens Sun Belt Conference play this weekend against Coastal Carolina. First pitch at Tomlinson Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. on March 16.