JONESBORO, Ark. – Arkansas State Red Wolves senior catcher Stuart Levy hit two homers in an 11-3 romp of the ULM Warhawks at Warhawk Field Saturday night to even their series at a game apiece. The bullpen worked 4.1 scoreless innings as the Red Wolves’ offense exploded for 11 runs over the final five frames.
After the game came to a screeching halt due to nearly an hour of weather delay in the fifth inning, A-State starter David Owen didn’t return to the bump trailing 3-2. The delay limited his outing to only 4.2 innings with eight hits allowed including Kodie Tidwell’s solo shot (2) earlier in the inning, just before the delay.
Another Senior, lefty Chandler Hawkins came into the two-out, two-on situation and got a fly out to end the inning. The six-foot-one, 180-pounder struck out three and allowed only two baserunners over the next three innings to grab the win and improve to 3-5 on the year.
The Red Wolves’ offense awakened with a four-run rally in the sixth. Freshman shortstop Jeremy Brown hit a two-run single to take a 4-3 lead and would score when Levy bashed a 1-2 pitch over the fence in left to extend the lead to 6-3.
Arkansas State added another run in the 8th and led 7-3 headed to the ninth inning. The Red Wolves loaded the bases with a pair of walks sandwiched around a Joe Schrimpf single with one out and the 6’ 2”, 190-pound backstop delivered again, with his second homer of the night and the year, with a grand slam to extend the lead to 11-3 where it would stay.
On the night, Levy went 2-for-4 at the dish with six RBIs, which is the most by a Red Wolves hitter this season. The slugger also laid down a sac bunt that moved runners into scoring position as A-State tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth.
His two-homer game is the first for Arkansas State since Austin Baker homered three times against Murray State in a 27-7 win on March 11, 2014 and is the second of his career, pulling off the feat in a 20-2 loss to South Alabama on March 13, 2013.
Senior Zach George has now reached base in 53 straight games going 1-for-4 with a runs scored and an RBI. I detailed his comeback after losing most of the last two seasons due to injury in a recent article at CBC. George has put together a slash of .379/.484/.524 and is in the Top 50 in the nation in batting average but sits at No. 3 nationally in on-base-percentage.
The win was much needed for the Red Wolves as they attempt to get back into the conference race and avoid missing the Sun Belt Tournament for the first time since 2009.
Weather-permitting these two teams will battle it out on Sunday for the series win as Arkansas State baseball sends junior righty Adam Grantham (0-1, 3.68 ERA) to the hill to face Warhawks freshman right-hander Keegan Curtis (2-0, 4.33 ERA) at 1:00 PM.