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JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) - The Arkansas State baseball team fell in the series finale to South Alabama 4-1 Sunday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium.
The Red Wolves (19-17, 6-9) collected six hits on the afternoon, but pushed across just one run and committed three errors that lead to two runs for the Jaguars (27-10, 10-5).
"They were the better team throughout the weekend," ASU head baseball Tommy Raffo said. "They took advantage of some opportunities, where we struggled in similar situations. We've got a little bit of time to try and get things worked out, but we have to do it quick before we fall too far behind."
South Alabama scored a run in the top of the first inning on an RBI single from Nick Zaharion and then tacked on another run in the second on an RBI double from Hayden Jones.
The Red Wolves got a run back in the bottom half of the inning when Alex Potts scored on a passed ball by Jaguars catcher Whitt Dorsey, but also left the tying run stranded on third base. ASU did not have a hit in the inning, which began when Ryan Roberts reached on a dropped third strike by Dorsey.
Potts reached on a fielder's choice in the next at bat and Kaleb Brown was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Potts and Brown then executed a double steal to move into scoring position and Potts scored on the passed ball by Dorsey to pull Arkansas State within 2-1.
South Alabama added to its lead in the third inning thanks to two A-State errors. Cole Billingsley reached on an infield single and then moved into on a throwing error by Ryan Roberts. Jordan Patterson then reached on an error by Dustin Jones at shortstop, which allowed Billingsley to move to third base and he later scored on a sacrifice fly from Zaharion. Patterson scored on a ground out in the following at-bat to push the lead to 4-1.
The Red Wolves had opportunities to cut into the Jaguars' lead. A-state left runners on second and third in the bottom of the eighth inning and also left a runner on first in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Bradley Wallace was effective on the mound, giving up just two earned runs and seven hits in six innings of work. John Koch replaced him in the top of the seventh inning and pitched the final three innings in relief.
Ryan Emery went 3-for-4 at the plate for ASU, while Tanner Ring, Logan Uxa and Kaleb Brown each had a hit.
A-State will embark on a four-game road trip beginning Tuesday, April 16 against Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, Mo., followed by a three-game Sun Belt Conference series April 19-21 at Louisiana-Monroe.