Feb. 25, 2006
BEAUMONT, Texas - Arkansas State (6-1) overcame an eight-run deficit and rallied for a 9-8 victory over Michigan State (0-2) on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Cardinal Classic in Beaumont, Texas. The game began at 10 a.m. Saturday but did not conclude until 7:10 p.m., as it was suspended for several hours due to rain.
MSU struck early and often, tallying all eight runs in the first four innings. Ryan Basham recorded an RBI double and Adam Tripp blasted a three-run homer as the Spartans built a 4-0 lead after one inning. Aggressive base running and a solo home run by Jamey Embree put State up 8-0 after four innings. With an eight-run advantage heading into the seventh, it looked as though the Green and White would sail on to its first win of the season, but the final three innings belonged to Arkansas State.
With only four hits entering the seventh, Arkansas State went after freshman pitcher A.J. Dunn, who took the mound in relief of Mark Sorensen. A David Humphrey single followed by a Guy Brown triple accounted for the first Indian score and Drew Rogers made it an 8-3 ball game with a two-run shot to left field.
Freshman Quinn Ewert replaced Dunn in the eighth, but a fired-up ASU team remained hot and tagged Ewert for four earned runs. The Tribe opened the inning with two base hits and Kevin Kull Jr. delivered a two-run triple to cut the MSU lead to 8-5. Two hit batters and a Spartan error accounted for three more runs as Arkansas State pulled even at 8-8.
Unable to muster a run on offense in the ninth, the MSU defense tightened up in bottom half of the inning. With Mike Monterey on the mound and two outs, it looked as though the game was headed into extra innings, but Kull foiled those hopes, belting a walk-off home run to give Arkansas State a 9-8 win.
Monterey (0-1) was tagged with the loss, while the Tribe's Tim Egart (2-0) picked up the win.
"Baseball is very unpredictable game," head coach David Grewe said. "We will come out tomorrow and play like we know how and play the right way."
The Spartans had their second game Saturday against Lamar cancelled due to weather and scheduling constraints. MSU will be back in action Sunday, facing Kentucky at 11 a.m. in its final game of the Cardinal Classic.