Red Wolves baseball tames Tigers at FedEx Park
Regardless of the sport, the passion between Arkansas State and Memphis, and the bad blood between them always makes for an entertaining match.
For this installment of baseball in the battle of the Red Wolves vs. the Tigers, Arkansas State (20-16, 10-5 Sun Belt) headed to FedEx Park in Memphis on Tuesday to try and steal a win on the road.
Memphis (19-18, 4-8 American), has struggled this season and sat in next to last in their new home, the American Athletic Conference.
Despite bringing in a three game losing streak, however, the Tigers have played well at home and made FedEx Park a tough place to play.
Tough is also the word to describe this game.
The Red Wolves trailed 2-0 going into the top of the fourth inning, when sophomore first baseman Matt Burgess ran in to score off an RBI single from junior catcher Stuart Levy.
Senior shortstop Dustin Jones brought home the tying run with a sacrifice bunt.
Zach Willis gave the Tigers the lead right back with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fourth.
The Tigers led by a score of 4-2 until A-State’s offense, which has been potent all year, came alive.
The Red Wolves scored in the sixth to bring the score to 3-4, and Burgess again showed his batting prowess.
Burgess drilled a pitch straight up the middle that allowed senior infielder Zach Maggio to bring the tying run in the seventh.
It was an error by Memphis that gave A-State it’s lead in the eighth when freshman infielder Eric Wilcoxson was hit by a pitch with bases loaded that drove in junior outfielder Ty Michelotti for the Red Wolves.
The Tigers walked sophomore outfielder Austin Baker, giving A-State it’s final margin of victory at 6-4.
Though a victory over the rival is sweet, for one A-State player the victory was even sweeter.
Freshman pitcher Tyler Zuber, who pitched five innings for Arkansas State, secured his first collegiate win on Tuesday, and allowed only two hits while on the mound.
Following the win, the Red Wolves sit at 21-16, 10-5 Sun Belt, and currently occupy second place in the Sun Belt behind the consensus top five nationally ranked Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.
A-State moves back into Sun Belt Conference action on Friday as they begin a weekend triple-header against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks.
First pitch is set for 5 p.m. at Tomlinson Stadium.
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