Arkansas State Hammers Middle Tennessee 12-1
Logan Uxa's three run homer ended the game early, but the game was long decided by the time his homer cleared the right field wall.
#2 seed Arkansas State took advantage of nine walks by Middle Tennessee pitchers and pounded out ten hits in defeating the #7 seeded Blue Raiders, 12-1
in a game called by the run rule in the seventh inning.
The Red Wolves (33-21, 1-0) put the game out of reach with a six run fifth inning to build a 9-0 lead after five.
Jacob Lee, the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year, went the distance with a five hitter to run his record to 9-1.
Michael Faulkner and Stuart Levy each drove in two runs in the six run fifth. Eight of the nine starters for Arkansas State drove in at least one run.
ASU took advantage of wildness from Middle Tennessee starter Jonathan Sisco (5-4), who walked five in just 2.1 innings of work. Sisco gave up only one hit but was charged with two runs.
Middle Tennessee (29-28, 0-1) scored its only run on a double play.
Both teams have the day off tomorrow. ASU will take on Troy, while Middle Tennessee will meet #3 seed FIU, with both games on Friday.