JONESBORO, Ark. – Freshman righty Bryan Ayers hurled six scoreless innings Wednesday night allowing four hits and three walks while striking out eight hitters for the Arkansas State Red Wolves as they defeated the UCA Bears 3-0.
Ayers worked through a couple of jams getting a double-play ball to end the second inning as he weaved his way through six innings. Ayers ended four straight innings with a strike out stranding five Bears on base in the process.
Another freshman would provide the offense as second baseman Eric Wilcoxson went 2-for-3 on the night. In the first inning after senior Zach Maggio (DH) walked, Wilcoxson drove him in slapping a double to the gap in right center. Wilcoxson would be driven in by a Matt Burgess (So., 1B) single to give A-State baseball the early 2-0 lead.
In the seventh, Wilcoxson singled to center driving in sophomore right fielder Derek Birginske to extend the Red Wolves’ lead to 3-0. Wilcoxson has nine hits on the season, five of them have been extra-base hits, one of which was a game-winning home run against the Texas State Bobcats. He has driven in eight runs in 22 at bats on the season.
Freshman right-hander Tyler Zuber came on to work the seventh for A-State and loaded the bases with two-outs before the Red Wolves turned to senior righty Cody Woodhouse who would get out of the inning with a groundout.
Woodhouse pitched a perfect eighth before turning the game over to Red Wolves’ closer Morgan Croft (Sr., RHP) who pitched a perfect ninth for the save, his fifth of the season. Ayers would get his first collegiate win to improve to 1-1 on the season.