Redhawks Fall to Indians, 4-3 in Season Opener
Feb. 15, 2006
JONESBORO, Ark. - (Wednesday, February 15, 2006) A three-run eighth inning by Arkansas State spoiled the Redhawks baseball team's bid for a 2006 season-opener win as they fell to the Indians 4-3 at Tomlinson Stadium in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The loss spoiled a solid performance by senior Anthony Maupin who made his first appearance on the mound in over a year.
Maupin limited a potent Indians (2-0) offense to only one run in six innings of work. Working on a pitch count, the senior used is repertoire of pitches to keep the Indians off balance despite allowing seven hits. Despite the long lay-off he showed great control by not issuing a walk and striking out two, forcing the Indians into groundball outs.
The Indians struck first as Kevin Kull Jr. led off the bottom of the fourth with a double down the rightfield line. Elliot Jacobs followed with a double of his own in the same exact spot to plate Kull. With a runner on second and no one out Maupin pitched out of trouble retiring the next three batters.
The Redhawks (0-1) answered in their half of the fifth inning as Brent Lawson led off with a walk off of Indians starter Joel Boeschen. After Jim Clayton struckout Boeschen was replaced by T. J. Brewer despite allowing only one hit in 4.1 innings.
The Redhawks took advantage of a wild Brewer who threw two wild pitches and walked three in his inning of work. With the bases loaded newcomer Daniel Schuh singled to right field to drive in Lawson and Phillip Riley for a 2-1 lead. Brewer eventually settled down and retired the next two batters as the Redhawks stranded two runners.
In the sixth inning the Redhawks added what was thought to be an insurance run when Quenten Rouse led off with a walk and later advanced to second on a single by Asif Shah. Rouse reached third when Lawson grounded into a 6-3 doubleplay. Clayton then singled to left to drive in Rouse for a 3-1 advantage.
In the seventh Jamie McAlister came in for relief of Maupin and pitched flawlessly. The eight inning was another story.
McAlister gave up a lead-off double to No. 3 hitter Hudson Smart. Smart advanced to third on a sacrifice fly by Josh Yates. Kull struck with his third hit of the game when he singled up the middle to plate Smart. Jacobs then flied out to Schuh for the second out of the inning. Tyler Doke then singled through the right side to keep the inning alive and advance Kull to third. Boucher then doubled to left center to plate Doke and Kull for what would eventually be the gamewinning runs.
The Redhawks were retired in order by Doug Gunderson in the ninth to end the game.
Gunderson picked up the win with three perfect innings of relief work. McAlister received the loss as he allowed three runs in 1.2 innings of work.
The Indians out-hit the Redhawks 12-4.
Newcomers Schuh and Aaron Rave each went 1-3 with Schuh driving in two. Clayton and Shah each finished 1-4.
Kull finished 3-4 with two runs scored and one RBI. Smart also went 3-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Boucher finished 2-4 with two RBI.
The Redhawks continue their road trip as they travel south to Lake Charles, Louisiana to face McNeese State this weekend for a three-game series. The series starts on Friday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday's game has been rescheduled for a 6:00 p.m. first pitch. Sunday's game will remain the same with a 1:00 p.m. start time.