Sun Belt Baseball Week 6 Recap

The Ragin' Cajuns continued their hot streak in league play. The Red Wolves and Bobcats stand tied in second place at 5-1.

Arkansas State at UT Arlington, A-State Wins Series 2-1

Game 1: Arkansas State 5, UT Arlington 1

Arkansas State Baseball: Owen, Woodhouse, Croft Stop UT Arlington

David Owen (So., RHP), Cody Woodhouse (Sr., RHP) and Morgan Croft (RSr., RHP) combined to hold the Mavericks to a run as the Red Wolves get their first road conference win on the season. Owen (4-0) lasted 5.2 innings allowing only an earned run off of five hits, five walks and a hit batter while striking out five. Woodhouse and Croft pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless, one-hit ball to keep UT Arlington from coming back. The Red Wolves were led by Joe Schrimpf (Fr., 3B) who went 2-for-4 with a double a run scored and an RBI. Austin Baker (So., CF) scored to increase his team-leading runs total to 20 while Matt Burgess (So., 1B) drove in his team-leading 24th RBI with a walk. Stuart Levy drew a ninth inning walk to extend his streak of safely reaching base to 19 games.

Mavericks' starter Brad Vachon (Sr., RHP) was chased after 3.2 innings falling to 1-5 on the year allowing five earned runs off seven hits and five walks. Darien McLemore (So., 2B) was the lone offensive star going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Game 2: UT Arlington 6, Arkansas State 2

UT Arlington Baseball: Shortall, McLemore Lead Mavericks to Conference Win

Matt Shortall (Sr., DH) and Darien McLemore (So., 2B) didn't record an out while driving in three runs apiece leading the UT Arlington Mavericks to a 6-2 win over the Arkansas State Red Wolves and grab their first ever Sun Belt Conference victory. Mavericks' starter Jess Amedee (Jr., RHP) and reliever Zach Hobbs (Jr., LHP) combined to allow only one run over eight innings to the Red Wolves' offense. Meanwhile Shortall went 5-for-5 with a home run and two doubles and McLemore went 4-for-4 with a home run to give the Mavericks all the offense they would need.

Arkansas State starter Chandler Hawkins (So., LHP) took the loss to fall to 2-3 while giving up his fourth home run in his last three starts. Coulton Lee (Fr., LHP) had his worst outing on the season allowing three earned runs in two-thirds of an inning pitched which included a solo home run, a pair of singles and a two-run double. Austin Baker (So., CF) led the Red Wolves offense driving in both runs on the day, the first on a first-inning solo home run (4) and then hitting an RBI double in the ninth. Stuart Levy extended his safely on base streak to 20 games with an eighth inning double.

Game 3: Arkansas State 14, UT Arlington 10

Arkansas State Baseball: Dustin Jones Leads Red Wolves to Series Win

In a game that saw three ties and five lead changes, Dustin Jones (Sr., SS) went 3-for-5 with a triple, a double, two runs scored, and three RBI to lead the Red Wolves 14 run effort on Sunday in a series clinching win at the UT Arlington Mavericks. The Red Wolves piled up runs in three big innings and Morgan Croft (Sr., RHP) pitched three scoreless to close out the win. Croft has a streak of 11.1 scoreless innings pitched. Austin Baker (So., CF) went 2-for-4 with a triple (4) tops on the team and in the Sun Belt, two walks and two runs scored. Ten different Red Wolves reached base in the 12 hit and seven walk effort. Lucas Feddersen (Jr., 2B) and Zach Maggio (Sr., DH) each had multiple RBI with Fedderson knocking in three and Maggio drove in two. Joe Schrimpf (Fr., 3B) and Colin Massanelli (Jr., RF) each scored multiple times as Schrimpf scored three runs and Massanelli scored two. Stuart Levy drew a two-out, bases loaded, RBI walk in the seventh to extend his reaching base safely streak to 21 consecutive games. Bradley Wallace (Sr., RHP) had another rough start allowing six earned runs on five hits and two walks over 2.1 innings pitched. Cody Woodhouse (Sr., RHP) battled the hot Maverick bats allowing three earned runs off of eight hits over 3.2 innings.

Mavericks' starter Zach Thompson (Jr., RHP) allowed eight runs, four earned, over four innings pitched and the Mavs bullpen would find no answers allowing six earned runs over five innings of relief. Darien McLemore (So., 2B) finally cooled off going 0-for-5. Ryan Bottger (Jr., LF) picked up for McLemore going 4-for-4 with a home run, a walk, four runs scored and two RBI. Greg McCall (Sr., C) got in the fray with a 1-for-2 day with three walks and three runs scored. Matt Shortall (Sr., DH) and Travis Sibley (Jr., 3B) each contributed two hits, each with a home run as Shortall hit his 5th on the year and Sibley drove in three RBI.

Arkansas State will play two midweek games this week first hosting Memphis, then traveling to Missouri State. The Red Wolves will host the Texas State Bobcats (5-1 Sun Belt) this weekend in a battle for second place.

UT Arlington hosts Baylor before traveling to Mobile, Ala. to face the South Alabama Jaguars (3-2 Sun Belt).


Georgia State at No. 7 Louisiana Lafayette, No. 7 Louisiana Lafayette Sweeps Series 3-0

Game 1: No. 7 Louisiana Lafayette 8, Georgia State 3

Louisiana Lafayette Baseball: Robichaux, Adams, Lead 10th Straight Win

Cajuns' starting pitcher Austin Robichaux (Jr., RHP) had another dominant performance pitching eight innings while allowing two earned runs and striking out eight to improve to 4-1 on the year. Louisiana Lafayette's Caleb Adams (Jr., LF) contributed to three multi-run rallies going 3-for-3 with a two-run homer, three runs scored and two RBI. Georgia State starter Kenny Anderson (Jr., LHP) lasted 5.1 innings and allowed 5 earned runs dropping to 2-2. Panther slugger Nic Wilson (Sr. 1B) was 1-for-4 with a sole homer (9) off of Robichaux.

Game 2: No. 7 Louisiana Lafayette 14, Georgia State 6

Louisiana Lafayette Baseball: Seth Harrison, Cajuns, Power Past Georgia State

Seth Harrison (Sr., CF) went 3-for-5 with two home runs (4), three runs scored and four RBI to help the Cajuns power past the Panthers 14-6. Caleb Adams (Jr., LF) and Chase Compton (Sr., 1B) each homered in the game as well. Adams was his fourth, second of the series, and Compton's was his first on the year. Ryan Leonards (Sr., 3B), Ryan Wilson (Sr., RF), Michael Strentz (Jr., C) and Jace Conrad (Jr., 2B) each added two hits on the day while Leonards, Wilson and Conrad each scored two runs. Leonards, Wilson, Strentz, Conrad and Dylan Butler (Jr., DH) each had two RBI. Carson Baranik (Jr., RHP) didn't have his best stuff as he worked seven innings allowing four earned runs with six strike outs for the win to stay perfect at 5-0 on the season.

By contrast Georgia State starter Garrett Ford (So., LHP) lasted only one and one-third innings allowing seven earned runs with a strike out. Chase Raffield (RSr., RF) led the Panthers going 2-for-4 with a home run (5), two runs scored and two RBI. Ryan Blanton went 2-for-4 with a home run (2), a run scored and two RBI.

Game 3: No. 7 Louisiana Lafayette 5, Georgia State 3, No. 7 Louisiana Lafayette Sweeps Series 3-0

Louisiana Lafayette Baseball: Cajuns Hit Five Solo Homers in Sweep

The Louisiana Monroe Ragin' Cajuns won Sunday hitting back-to-back solo homers in back-to-back innings to complete a sweep of Georgia State and remain unbeaten at 6-0 in Sun Belt play. In the fourth inning, Ryan Wilson (Sr. RF) and Michael Strentz (Jr., C) hit back-to-back solo homers while another Ryan, Ryan Leonards (Sr., 3B) and Seth Harrison (Sr., CF) matched the feat in the very next inning. Jace Conrad would go solo in the sixth. It's a horserace for the lead in homers with Strentz, Harrison and Conrad all being tied with five on the season. Cody Boutte (Sr., LHP) allowed three earned runs over six and one-third innings pitched for the win to move to 3-0 on the year while Chris Griffitt (Sr., LHP) earned his first save on 2.2 scoreless innings of work.

Nic Wilson (Sr., 1B) continued his offensive assault with a three-run homer in the top of the sixth but his effort wasn't enough as Andrew Fessler (Sr., LHP) dropped to 1-3 allowing four earned runs over 4.1 innings pitched.

Louisiana Lafayette stays home all week, hosting a couple of midweek games against Northwestern State and Southern before hosting the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (3-3 Sun Belt) this weekend.

Georgia State will be at home all week as well hosting Alabama A&M for a couple of midweek games before hosting the Troy Trojans (3-2 Sun Belt) this weekend.


Texas State at Western Kentucky, Texas State Wins Series 2-1

Game 1: Western Kentucky 4, Texas State 1

In a game that featured two complete games by the starting pitchers, the Hilltoppers managed to do enough on offense to come out on top. WKU had two, two-out, two-run hits in the game, a single in the fifth by Scott Wilcox (Sr., 2B) for his only hit on the day, and a double in the sixth by Thomas Peter (So., 3B) also for his only hit on the day. Anderson Miller (So., LF) scored on each hit going 2-for-4 on the day. Hilltopper starter Justin Hageman (Sr., RHP) improved to 1-1 allowing no earned runs on four hits while striking out nine hitters. Taylor Black (RJr., RHP) falls to 2-3 allowing four earned runs on eight hits and a walk with five strike outs. Matt Smith (So., 2B) went 1-for-4 scoring the only Bobcat run.

Game 2: Texas State 13, Western Kentucky 4

Bobcat starter Austen Williams (Jr., RHP) pitched six innings allowing two earned runs while striking out five to move to 3-0 on the season. Justin Dellinger (So., RHP) earned his first save of the season. Garrett Mattlage led the offense going 3-for-5 with a double, walk and run scored while driving in seven runs. Matt Smith (So., 2B) went 2-for-3 with three walks and an RBI while scoring four runs.

WKU starter Austin Clay (Sr., LHP) wasn't as fortunate allowing seven runs, six earned over five innings pitched for his first loss of the year to fall to 3-1. Regan Flaherty (Sr., RF) went 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored.

Game 3: Texas State 7, Western Kentucky 5

Texas State built a 7-3 lead and held off a late comeback attempt by the Hilltoppers to win the series rubber match 7-5. Lucas Humpal (So., RHP) got the win improving to 2-0 pitching 6.1 innings and allowing three earned runs on eight hits and two walks. Ben McElroy led the Bobcats with a 2-for-4 day hitting a home run while scoring a pair of runs and driving in two.

Jake Thompson took the loss for the Hilltoppers falling to 2-1 lasting only 2.2 innings and allowing five earned runs. Lieff Clarkson (RFr., SS) had a 4-for-4 day with an RBI.

Texas State play at the Texas Longhorns in the midweek before travelling to Jonesboro to face the Arkansas State Red Wolves (5-1 Sun Belt) in a battle for second place in the conference.

Western Kentucky hosts No. 11 Louisville in a midweek game before heading south to face the No. 7 Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns (6-0 Sun Belt).


Louisiana Monroe at Troy, Troy Wins Series 2-1

Game 1: Louisiana Monroe 7, Troy 4

In a game of momentum swings, the final swung to the Warhawks as they captured their first Sun Belt win of the season. ULM grabbed an early 2-0 lead before Troy tied the game at 2-2 and then went ahead 4-2. The Warhawks would tie the game at 4-4 and then would take the lead with a three-run seventh and hold on for the victory. Warhawks' starter Chris Hunt (Jr., RHP) didn't figure in the decision after leaving in the fifth having allowed three earned runs on seven hits and two walks. Carey Taylor (Sr., RHP) got the win to improve to 2-1 allowing no runs over 3.1 innings of work. Tyler Bray pitched a scoreless inning-and-a-third for his second save of the year. Keelin Rash (Jr., 1B) was at the center of the Warhawk attack going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run and an RBI. Chet Simoneaux added a 2-for-4 effort with a double, a run, and an RBI.

Troy starting pitcher Tanner Hicks (Sr., RHP) falls to 2-3 on the season after allowing four earned runs off seven hits and two walks over six innings. Garrett Pitts (Sr., 2B) went 2-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored for the Trojans.

Game 2: Troy 4, Louisiana Monroe 3

Troy came back from down 3-0 with a run in each the eighth and ninth inning to defeat the Warhawks 4-3. Trojan starter Shane McCain pitched six innings allowing three earned runs on eight hits and five walks while striking out six. Austin Sullivan (Sr., LHP) got his first, improving to 1-1, on three innings of shut-out ball. Trevin Hall (Jr., LF) went 1-for-4 with a home run (). David Hall (RJr., DH) went 3-for-4.

Warhawks' starter Chad Miller (Sr., LHP) went 5.1 innings allowing two earned runs and striking out four leaving the game with the lead in the sixth. Tyler Bray (Sr., RHP) would take the loss allowing the tying run to score in the eighth and the winning run to score in the ninth to fall to 1-3 on the year. A wild pitch by Bray allowed the tying run to score in the eighth and a fielding error by Anthony Herrera (Fr., 2B) allowed Matthew Howard (Sr., 1B) to score the winning run. Justin Stawychny (Jr., LF) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI while Kodie Tidwell (So., SS) went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Game 3: Troy 19, Louisiana Monroe 3

Troy Baseball: David Hall's Big Day Takes Series for Trojans

The offense was the story of the day as the Trojans stomped the Warhawks 19-3. David Hall (RJr., DH) went 5-for-5 with a grand slam (in a nine-run third inning) and two doubles while scoring two runs and driving in six. Jo-El Bennett went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer (in a seven-run fourth inning) and two doubles while scoring two runs and driving in five. Ben Tidwell (RJr., RHP) pitched four innings allowing two earned runs.

Alex Hermiling got rocked for a second straight Sunday allowing six earned runs in 2.1 innings pitched to fall to 0-3. Jacob Stockton (RSo., RF) went 2-for-2 with two doubles and a walk while scoring three runs.

Troy plays Alabama in Pensacola, Flo. before playing at Georgia State (1-5 Sun Belt) this weekend.

Louisiana Monroe is off this midweek and hosts UALR (1-5 Sun Belt) this weekend.


South Alabama at UALR, South Alabama Wins Series 2-1

Game 1: South Alabama 9, UALR 6

UALR blew a lead for the third straight conference game and lost their fourth straight to the Jaguars. The Trojans lead 5-0 after five innings only to have South Alabama plate six runs in the sixth to take the lead for good. Jaguars' starter Kevin Hill (Jr., RHP) improved to 2-2 in spite of a rough outing in which he allowed five earned runs off nine hits and three walks over seven innings while striking out eight. Cole Gleason (Jr., LF) led the comeback effort with a 4-for-5 night scoring two runs and driving in three more. Hayden Jones (So., 1B) added a 3-for-3 night with a run scored and three RBI. Brandon Hallford (Sr., RHP) pitched a scoreless inning-and-a-third for his fifth save. Trojans' starter Travis McDonals (Sr., LHP) fell to 2-2 allowing six earned runs off nine hits before leaving with one out in the sixth. Tanner Rock Well (Jr., 2B/LF) went 2-for-5 with a solo home run (4) with two runs scored and an RBI (19).

Game 2: South Alabama 6, UALR 5

Jaguars' starter Locke St. John (Jr., LHP) improved to 3-0 allowing four earned runs in five innings of work. James Trayler (Jr., LHP) worked two scoreless innings to get his second save. Adam Ballew (Jr., CF) went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBI while Matt Wojciechowski (Jr., C) had three hits and a run scored for South Alabama as they clinched the series.

UALR's Ethan Schlechte (Sr., RHP) took the loss falling to 2-3 on the year after allowing five runs, three earned, in four innings pitched. Ben Crumpton (Sr., CF) paced the offense with a 4-for-5 efforts and two runs scored. Justin Steelmon (Jr., 1B) went 2-for-3 with two walks, a runs scored and two RBI.

Game 3: UALR 10, South Alabama 0

UALR Baseball: Cameron Allen Two Hitter Avoids Sweep for Trojans

Cameron Allen (Jr., RHP) pitched a complete game two-hitter to help the Trojans avoid a sweep as they won 10-0 over the South Alabama Jaguars on Sunday. Allen allowed only four baserunners and struck out three. Ben Crumpton (Sr., CF) went 3-for-5 with a run scored to help support Allen who improved to 2-1 on the season. Bryson Thionnet (Sr., CF) and Drew Merten (Jr., C) each homered for the Trojans. South Alabama starter Jared Gates (Jr. LHP) fell to 1-2 after allowing seven earned runs in 4.1 innings of work.

South Alabama hosts Nicholls State for a midweek game before hosting UT Arlington (1-5 Sun Belt) this weekend.

UALR will play a pair of midweek games at Missouri before travelling to play at Louisiana Monroe (1-5 Sun Belt) this weekend.