By ANTHONY SHINGLER | Senior Staff Writer
The Govs baseball team went on the road to face the Arkansas State Red Wolves. They dropped the first two games of the series, 6-1 on Friday, March 11, and 11-2 on
Saturday, March 12.
Afterwards, they picked up the series finale 9-2 on Sunday, March 13, to improve to 8-6 on the season.
Game 1 Govs lose 11-2
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Ark. St 200 020 43X – 11
In the first game, the Govs (8-6) struggled to generate any offense. They left eight on the bases and produced only two runs on four hits.
Meanwhile, Arkansas State (8-9) pounded Govs sophomore lefty starter Zach Toney for four runs on five hits en route to a season high 11 runs on 12 hits.
Toney (1-1) was tagged with his first loss of the season. He pitched 4.2 innings, walked four, struck out five and allowed five hits with four earned runs.
The Govs got on the board in the fourth. Freshman right fielder Rolando Gautier singled to bring home sophomore left fielder Cody Hudson for the first Govs run.
Gautier finished 1-for-4 with an RBI.
The Govs scored their last run in the eighth inning when sophomore first baseman John Hogan flied out and brought home junior second baseman Jon Clinard.
Game 2 Govs lose 6-1
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Ark. St 000 000 24X – 6
In the second game, the Govs pitched six scoreless innings and took a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning when freshman second baseman Jordan Hankins doubled down the
left field line allowing sophomore shortstop Reed Harper to score. The lead did not last long. The Red Wolves’ offense came alive in the seventh inning.
They scored two runs in the seventh and four in the eighth for the win. The Govs were held to their single, sixth-inning run.
Govs senior pitcher Jack Snodgrass (0-1) pitched seven innings and picked up the loss. He allowed two earned runs on five hits, struck out three and walked three.
Harper led the way offensively with a 2-for-4 effort from the plate. Gautier was one of four other Govs with one hit in the game.
Game 3 Govs win 9-2
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Ark. St 100 100 000 – 2
The Govs’ bats finally warmed up in the series finale. A single up the middle in the fourth inning by Harper ignited the Govs’ rally.
Harper came home on an error that tied the game 1-1. Freshman catcher P.J. Torres singled through the left side bringing home junior third baseman Greg Bachman
and Hudson. Gautier also scored to put the Govs up 4-1.
The Govs put the game away in the seventh inning. They scored five runs for the 9-2 win.
The Govs were led by Gautier’s 3-of-5 efforts from the plate. He scored two runs and had one RBI. The hits extended his hit streak to 13 straight games.
Bachman went 2-of-4 from the plate, scored two runs with two RBIs.
Junior pitcher Jeremy Dobbs (3-0) picked up the win. He pitched seven innings, allowed two runs on five hits, walked four and struck out six. TAS