COLUMBIA, Mo. (3/21/18) – The Arkansas State baseball team had 12 hits and scored nine runs, but was undone by 12 walks and three errors in a 14-9 loss against No. 25 Missouri at Taylor Stadium in Columbia, Mo., as the Tigers completed a two-game midweek sweep.
The Red Wolves (8-10) were able to get on the board in the top of the first with back-to-back RBI doubles by Kyle MacDonald and Logan Andersen. Zachary Patterson kept the Tigers (17-5) off the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, but allowed three runs in the bottom of the second. A-State responded with two runs in the top of the third with the first coming on a run-scoring single by Andersen before Caleb Squire ripped a RBI double to right field to put the team on top 4-3.
Missouri didn’t waste any time retaking the advantage with a two-spot in the bottom of the third after a throwing error and RBI single from Connor Brumfield. The Tigers added one in the bottom of the fourth before a seven-run fifth inning put the game out of reach for the Red Wolves at 13-4. Mizzou was able to score the seven runs with the help of five hits and four walks.
Arkansas State didn’t quit and was able to push five runs across the plate in the game’s final three innings. Squire singled home two runs in the seventh before Andrew Lannon grounded into a fielder’s choice to score another as the score moved to 13-7 in favor of Mizzou. The home team added a run in the bottom of the seventh before the Red Wolves tallied runs on a sacrifice fly from Cullen Ray and RBI single from Grant Hawkins in the ninth to set the final of 14-7.
MacDonald led the Red Wolves with a 4-for-5 effort at the plate with three runs scored and a RBI, while Squire posted three hits and drove in three. Kameron Misner led Missouri with two hits and four RBI at the dish.
Arkansas State returns to action March 23-25 in Sun Belt Conference play at ULM. First pitch from Monroe, La., Friday night is set for 6 p.m.