Mistakes Prove Costly as Baseball Bears Fall 6-5 at Arkansas State
JONESBORO, Ark. -- The Missouri State baseball team committed a handful of uncharacteristic mistakes to fall behind 6-2 after three innings and was unable to complete a comeback at Arkansas State Tuesday as the Red Wolves (6-8) defeated the Bears (8-4) by a 6-5 final to end MSU’s seven-game winning streak.
The Bears took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBIs from Kevin Medrano and Brock Chaffin, but yielded three walks, two hit batters, an error and four singles over the next three frames to fall behind 6-2. On the offensive side during that stretch, Missouri State stranded four runners, including three in scoring position, before leaving the bases loaded in the fourth after making the score 6-3 when Travis McComack scored on a passed ball.
Medrano hit an RBI single in the sixth and Brent Seifert followed with an RBI ground out to pull the Bears within a run at 6-5 before Arkansas State’s Cory Kyle closed the door by allowing only an infield single over the final three innings for the save. Chaffin flied out to the wall in left for the second out of the ninth in a bid to put the Bears ahead 7-6.
Clay Murphy (1-2) started and took the loss after he was knocked out with one out in the third inning. Jake Powers pitched the final 5.2 innings, fanning seven without allowing a run.
The Bears matched a season-low with eight hits. Medrano went 3-for-4 and Aaron Conway extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a 2-for-4 game.
The Bears are at Southern Mississippi (8-3) this weekend for a three-game series with the Golden Eagles. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m.