Miss Arkansas Claudia Raffo delivers first pitch, A-State baseball falls to Little Rock

Miss Arkansas Claudia Raffo delivers first pitch, Arkansas State baseball falls to Little Rock

Press Release from Arkansas State Athletics

The Arkansas State baseball team dropped its final Sun Belt series to Little Rock 8-0, Friday evening at Tomlinson Stadium. The loss eliminates the Red Wolves from contention in the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

A-State drops to 26-28 overall and 11-18 in Sun Belt while Little Rock improves to 27-26 overall and 17-11 in the league.

Zach Jackson (6-5) pitched 4.1 innings allowing five runs on nine hits with no walks and a strikeout. Kollin Stone pitched 1.1 innings out of the bullpen, where he allowed three runs on two hits while walking and punching out one.

Little Rock built an early 2-0 advantage, in the second, when Eldrige Figueroa singled the center field to score Nick Perez and Ramon Padilla scored on a throwing error. The Trojans tacked on another in the third, the extend its lead 3-0. Perez finished the night, three-for-five with two RBIs and a run while Troy Alexander finished three-for-five with two RBIs and a double.

The visitors bust the game open 5-0 in the fifth, tacking on a two spot when Alexander doubled down the right field line and Perez singled through centerfield. The Trojans added three more runs in the eighth to add 8-0 insurance.

Arkansas State will return to action Saturday, May 17 when it concludes its series against Little Rock. The series finale is set to begin at 1 p.m. at Tomlinson Stadium.

For the latest on A-State baseball, including schedule changes, check AStateRedWolves.com and follow the team by logging onto the Arkansas State Baseball Facebook page or by following the team on Twitter (@AStateBaseball) and Instagram (arkansasstatebaseball).

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