Red Wolves baseball dominates
The Red Wolves baseball team took complete control of the diamond and defeated the Murray State Thoroughbreds in Murray, Ky. 27-7.
In the top of the first A-State started off strong and got runners on first and second. Senior infielder Zach Maggio got to first on a walk and followed that up with junior infielder Lucas Feddersen grabbing a single on a throwing error. Sophomore outfielder Austin Baker then laid down a sacrifice bunt and made it to first safely and subsequently drove in Maggio and Feddersen on a Murray State throwing error. Sophomore first baseman Matt Burgess then drove in Baker on an RBI groundout to second and put the Red Wolves up 3-0, with one out in the first.
The Red Wolves continued their dominance when sophomore outfielder/pitcher Derek Birginske grabbed a single, and freshman infielder Joe Schrimpf brought Birginske home on his first career triple. Freshman catcher Tyler Hardie then brought in Schrimpf on his first career double before the Thoroughbreds retired the inning with A-State leading 5-0.
Murray State managed to put up one point in the bottom of the first, but A-State came out swinging in the second. A wild pitch put Baker who had reached on an error, and Burgess who was hit by a pitch into scoring position. Birginske then hit an RBI groundout to third bringing in Baker to put A-State up 6-1.
After a Thoroughbred pitching change, Burgess stole home on a double steal and junior outfield Collin Massanelli brought in another run on a sacrifice fly putting the Red Wolves up 8-1 before Murray State could retire the inning.
Steam rolling through the third inning, Burgess brought in Feddersen and Baker after both had hit back-to-back singles on an RBI double to center field. Schrimpf stepped up to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Burgess, putting A-State up 11-1.
With the bases loaded, senior shortstop Dustin Jones and Maggio were hit by pitches and brought in two runs. The top of the third ended with A-State leading 13-1.
Keeping the Thoroughbreds scoreless in the third, A-State added to their lead in the fourth when Hardie brought in Baker on an infield single RBI.
The bottom of the fourth saw a power surge from Murray State when they hit a three run home run to put the score at 14-4.
Answering Murray State’s three run home run, Baker hit one of his own in the top of the fifth and put A-State at 17-4 to retire the inning.
The Thoroughbreds kept A-State scoreless in the top of the sixth and added three runs of their own to get back within 10 runs at 17-7.
On a leadoff home run, Baker put A-State up 18-7 early in the seventh inning, and the Red Wolves retired the inning 20-7 off of an error and a sacrifice fly.
After another scoreless inning by Murray State, Baker stepped up to the plate and hit his third home run of the game and brought the score to 21-7. Sophomore infielder/pitcher Tanner Ring scored for the Red Wolves off a wild pitch before Hardie brought in sophomore outfielder Kevin Fitzpatrick on RBI single. Schrimpf also scored a run for A-State off a wild pitch before freshman first baseman Brett Nickle came on and hit a two run double to bring in junior outfielder Kaleb Brown. Hardie and Feddersen then singled home to grab the final run of the game.
Not only was this a high scoring game for the Red Wolves, it was a record breaking game as well.
Baker broke the school records for runs scored in a game with seven, as well as total bases with 14. Baker also tied the home run record in a game at three.
Feddersen and Hardie also tied records of their own. Feddersen tied the record of at bats at eight and Hardie tied the record of walks with four.
A-State ultimately fell one run shy of tying the school record of 28, which was set in 1992 against Memphis.
The Red Wolves now sit at 8-8 on the year and are heading into a three game home series to kick off Sun Belt Conference action against UALR beginning at 6 p.m on Friday .
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