Red Wolves Fall in Series Finale at ULM

Courtesy Arkansas State University Athletics Department

MONROE, La. (4/21/13) – The Arkansas State baseball team had its three-game winning streak snapped with a 3-1 loss to Louisiana-Monroe in Sunday’s series finale at Warhawk Field. 

Chandler Hawkins and John Koch combined to give up just three runs on four hits, but the Red Wolves offense stranded seven runners on base and did not have a runner reach second base after the fourth inning. 

A-State’s record fell to 22-18 overall and 8-10 in Sun Belt Conference play, while the Warhawks improved to 15-25 and 5-13 in the league.

The Red Wolves wasted little time in pushing across a run, needing just four pitches to take a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Kaleb Brown led off the game with a single up the middle and Stuart Levy moved him into scoring position with a bunt. Ryan Emery followed with a single to center field on the first pitch he saw to give ASU the early advantage, but it would be the only run Arkansas State would score on the day.

ULM struck back with a pair of runs with two outs in the third inning. Dalton Herrington singled on a ball that was just out of the reach of second baseman Alex Potts, which allowed Kodie Tidwell to score. The hit chased ASU starting pitcher Chandler Hawkins from the game.

John Koch replaced Hawkins and issued an RBI double to the first batter he faced to give the Warhawks their first lead of the game at 2-1. Koch battled and back, however, and got Taylor Abdalla to pop up to the mound to end the inning. The Warhawks added to their lead with a run in the fourth inning to push the advantage to 3-1.

The Red Wolves looked to have a scoring opportunity in the top of the fourth inning when Claude Johnson led off with a double to right field, but the next three A-State batters failed to advance him any further.

Ryan Roberts reached on a 1-out single in the top of the ninth inning, but the run was left stranded on base after a fly out and strike out ended the game for the Red Wolves.

Hawkins pitched the game’s first 2 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on one hit and had one strike out. John Koch pitched the final 5 1/3 and gave up one run on three hits and had two strikeouts.

Brown, Emery and Roberts each had two hits on the afternoon, while Emery had the only RBI for the Red Wolves on the afternoon.

A-State will return home for a midweek matchup with Ole Miss on Tuesday, April 23. First-pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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