JONESBORO, Ark. – Arkansas State scored runs in all but two innings as the Miami baseball dropped the weekend series finale, 13-3, on Sunday afternoon.
With the result, the Red Wolves (3-0) finish with an opening weekend sweep of the RedHawks (0-3).
ASU scratched a run across in the first inning on Matt Burgess’ two-out RBI single, which plated Zach George after he stole second base earlier in the at-bat. Ryan Powers retired the side in a scoreless second inning, but the Red Wolves plated three third-inning runs. Austin Baker’s triple drove in one run and Burgess followed that up with a double before a Miami error pushed in another run to put ASU up 4-0.
The RedHawks cut the deficit in half in the top of the fourth after Jake Romano led off with a bunt single and John Crummy ripped a single of his own up the middle. Max Andresen’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners over and Chad Sedio drilled a two-run single with two outs to pull MU within 4-2.
Baker and Burgess answered those Miami runs in the next half inning with a sacrifice fly and an RBI double, respectively, to push ASU ahead 6-2 after four complete innings. The RedHawks pulled within 6-3 in the top of the fifth when consecutive Red Wolf errors plated Matt Honchel with one out, but consecutive fly outs ended the scoring threat.
Miami would not get any closer the rest of the way with Arkansas State scoring twice in the fifth, three times in the sixth and two more in the seventh to cap the scoring at 13-3. ASU cracked three-straight one-out doubles for its two-run fifth, scored another on a single with two more coming across via a wild pitch in the sixth and plated two more on a groundout and a single in the seventh.
Powers (0-1) started on the mound and allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits in 3.2 innings pitched, striking out two batters while walking two. Jacob Banks, Ryan Marske, Wynston McMartin and Charlie Suich also pitched out of the pen for the Red and White. Offensively, Miami got two hits apiece from Romano, Crummy and Sedio with the latter driving in two runs.
The RedHawks return to the diamond next weekend when they play in the Mule Mix Classic. Game one is at Belmont on Friday at 5 p.m. ET.