Southeast Missouri State (15-12) scored 8 of its 10 runs in the final 2 innings Wednesday to beat Arkansas State University (15-14) in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Justin Felix hit an RBI double to left field in the fourth inning to give the Red Wolves a 1-0 lead, but the Redhawks took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Dan Holst hit an RBI double, then scored on a passed ball to take a 2-1 lead. ASU tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth on a Joe Schrimpf RBI single, but Southeast Missouri State took the lead for good in the seventh inning. Tristen Gagan had an RBI single, followed by a two-run double by Brian Lees and an RBI groundout from Chris Caffrey that gave the Redhawks a 6-2 lead.
ASU got as close as 6-4 in the top of the eighth inning, thanks to RBI singles from Felix and Garrett Rucker, but Southeast Missouri padded its lead in the bottom of the inning. Holst drew a bases-loaded walk to score a run, Clayton Evans scored on a fielding error when Gagan reached on a fielder’s choice and Caffrey added a two-run double.
Rucker was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored to lead the Red Wolves, while Schrimpf and Felix were both 2 for 4. Evans and Caffrey were both 2 for 3 to lead the Redhawks. Jared Waldhoff (1-0) earned the victory on the mound after allowing 1 walk in 1 2/3 innings. Carlos Vega earned his third save of the season after allowing 1 hit with 4 strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Chase Nix (0-1) took the loss after allowing 3 earned runs on 1 hit with 2 walks and 1 hit batter in his lone inning of work.
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