ARLINGTON, Texas (A-State) – The Arkansas State baseball team used a five-run seventh inning to take a 13-10 lead over UT Arlington and held on to defeat the Mavericks 14-10 to earn the series victory Sunday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.
Trailing 10-8, the Red Wolves (13-10, 5-1) responded to UT Arlington (8-16, 1-5) with a one-out walk by Kevin Fitzpatrick followed by an RBI triple by Dustin Jones to cut the deficit to 10-9. Collin Massanelli tied the game at 10-10 with an RBI infield single to shortstop and forced UTA to make a pitching change. After the change, Joe Schrimpf was hit by a pitch and pinch-hitter Brett Nickle had a pop up single fall in left field to load the bases.
Austin Baker stepped up to the plate, but before he could attempt to score the go-ahead run, a balk was called on UT Arlington reliever T.J. Whidby to give A-State an 11-10 edge. Baker went on to walk to load the bases again, but Lucas Fedderson fouled out to third for the second out of the inning. Whidby couldn't take advantage and walked Matt Burgess and Stuart Levy to give Arkansas State two more runs and stretch the lead to 13-10 before Jacob Moreland got UTA out of the inning.
The Red Wolves added an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Baker tripled to right-center field and was plated on a sacrifice fly by Fedderson to make the score 14-10. Morgan Croft pitched a scoreless ninth after pitching the seventh and eighth innings to earn the save. Cody Woodhouse picked up his second win of the season after pitching 3 2/3 innings in relief and giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits with no walks and one strikeout.
Offensively, A-State was led with three hits and three RBI's by Jones. Feddersen also drove in three runs while Zach Maggio plated two and Baker added two hits on the day. The Red Wolves had 12 hits total and nine different players registered hits on the day.