Arkansas State traveled down to Birmingham, Alabama to start their 2016 season off against the UAB (Alabama Birmingham) Blazers in a three game series and the Red Wolves would not disappoint. The Red Wolves blasted UAB 14-5 in game one led by Jeremy Brown, Garrett Rucker, Tanner Ring, Matt Burgess, and Neil Lambert at the plate.
Brown, Ring and Burgess would account for 10 of A-State’s 14 run’s scored including 2 home run’s by Brown and Ring. Tyler Zuber would get the start for the Red Wolves in game one. Zuber would go four innings striking out 4 and walking 5 while giving up 3 runs on 5 hit’s. Coulton Lee would get the win for the Red Wolves on the mound in relief of starter Tyler Zuber. Lee would go 2.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and striking out 1 while walking 4 Blazers.
Game two which was game one of a double header on Saturday however was not so pretty for the Red Wolves. UAB would bounce back from a game one beating and shut the Red Wolves out 5-0. Ryan Ruggles would get the start for the Blazers and he just absolutely owned the Red Wolves. Ruggles would go six innings striking out 6 while only allowing 1 hit completely shutting down A-State.
Thomas Lowerly would come in and close the game out for UAB in the seventh inning. Lowerly would hold A-State to just 2 hits in the final three innings and striking out 4. The Blazers in game two were led offensively by Griffin Gum and Carter Pharis. The two would combine for 4 hits, 4 runs, 2 double’s and Pharis would also add a home run to his stat sheet.
With the series tied 1-1 Arkansas State needed to forget about what happened in game two earlier in the day and just play good baseball and they wouldn’t disappoint. The Red Wolves would bounce back and get a 5-2 victory that clinched the series over the Blazers. Ty White and Tanner Ring would be the key’s for the Red Wolves at the plate. White would get 2 hits, 1 run scored, 1 run batted in, and 1 walk. Tanner Ring answered with 1 hit, and 1 run batted in. Garrett Rucker didn’t have a hit for the Red Wolves but, he was able to bring in a run off a sacrifice fly out to center field.
Bryan Ayers got the start for A-State in game three on the mound and would pitch six innings giving up 10 hits but, he only surrendered 2 runs. Ayers also sat down some Blazers as he would end his night with 6 strike outs. J.D. Miller would get the win for A-State going just 1.2 innings allowing 2 hits and striking out 1 Blazer. Tanner Ring would get the save for the Red Wolves pitching 1 inning allowing zero hits while giving up a walk and getting a strike out.
Up next for the Red Wolves is the first of their yearly two game home and home series with the Ole Miss Rebels on Tuesday night in Oxford, Mississippi. The game is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. CT from Swayze Field. The game is also being aired on the SEC Network+.