Maddox, Schumacher Spark Bears in 5-2 Win Over Arkansas State
April 3, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Keenen Maddox homered twice and drove in four runs to help the Missouri State Bears post their seventh-straight home win with a 5-2 victory over Arkansas State Tuesday night at Hammons Field. Powered by Maddox's two round-trippers, the Bears scored five times in the first three innings, then relied on the right arm of Cody Schumacher, who struck out a career-high nine batters in seven shutout innings.
Schumacher (3-0) surrendered three walks and just one hit--a first-inning single to Michael Faulkner--and retired 19 of the last 22 hitters he faced before yielding to his bullpen in the eighth inning. In all, the trio of Schumacher, Zach Merciez and Tyler Burgess would allow only two hits while fanning 11 Red Wolves on the night.
Maddox, who matched his career-high for RBIs, started a two-out, two-run rally in the second inning by sending a Chandler Hawkins offering over the wall in left for his first home run of the season. Derek Mattea and Eric Cheray kept the inning alive with base hits, before Brett Marshall and Spiker Helms drew back-to-back walks to force in the Bears' second run of the frame.
After Brent Seifert delivered a lead-off single, and Luke Voit notched his second of three hits of the night, Maddox came up big again in the third, belting a three-run shot onto the left field berm to stake Schumacher to a 5-0 cushion.
The Bears' junior hurler wouldn't need any additional offensive help in earning his first win in nearly a month. He issued a pair of walks in the third, but worked out of the one-out jam by rolling a 6-3 double play. Anthony Hecht would be the only other ASU batter to reach against Schumacher, drawing a lead-off walk in the fifth. But Schumacher slammed the door from that point, setting down the final nine hitters he faced.
The Red Wolves broke up the shutout bid in the eighth, scoring twice on a two-out Kaleb Brown double off Merciez. However, the freshman reliever got ASU's leading hitter, Claude Johnson, to ground to third on the ensuing pitch to avoid further damage. Burgess then closed out his sixth save of the season with a one-two-three ninth.
Maddux's 3-for-4 performance at the plate marked the second time the junior outfielder has gone deep twice in a game. As a freshman, Maddox hit a pair of homers against Missouri on April 14, 2010, including a two-run walk-off shot to win the game.
Voit also posted a strong night for the Bears, finishing 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Hawkins (1-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing four of the Bears' five runs on six hits over 2 1/3 innings. The ASU duo of Cody Woodhouse and Jacob Bax combined to blank the Bears on two hits over the final five innings.
The Bears (22-8) and Red Wolves (17-12) will conclude their two-game series Wednesday with a 3 p.m. contest.