Arkansas State baseball beats Illinois State in Sunday slugfest

Valley View alum Wil French hit his first Arkansas State HR. The Red Wolves beat Illinois State...
Valley View alum Wil French hit his first Arkansas State HR. The Red Wolves beat Illinois State 14-10 on Sunday.(Source: KAIT)
Published: Feb. 26, 2023 at 5:29 PM CST
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Timely two-out hitting helped the Arkansas State baseball team salvage the final game of a three-game series against Illinois State, with the Red Wolves winning 14-10 Sunday at Tomlinson Stadium-Kell Field.

The Red Wolves (4-3) scored 10 of their 14 runs with two outs and hit 10-for-18 (.556) with two men down. ISU (4-3) posted three multi-run innings, but fell victim to four errors in the field.

Wil French finished a triple shy of the cycle, scoring three runs and hitting his first career homer as part of a 3-for-5 effort. Kody Darcy doubled twice and drove in three, while also scoring three times. Brandon Hager and Blake Burris both scored three runs on a pair of hits, with Burris hitting two doubles.

Arlon Butts (1-0) earned the win, striking out for in two innings of relief, with Coby Greiner pitching 1 1/3 innings and Kevin Wiseman finishing the contest with a perfect ninth. Austin Kapela tossed 3 1/3 frames in the start before Aaron Evers hurled 1 1/3 innings.

Adrian Flores reached base four times and went 2-for-3 for the Redbirds, driving in two, while Luke Cheng, Shay Kubo and Dylan Swarmer each scored twice.

Joey Wilmoth (0-1) took the loss in two-thirds of an inning in relief of starter Sean Sinisko, who worked four innings, one of five pitches utilized by the visitors.

A-State struck first with two in the bottom of the first, but Illinois State tied it with two of its own in the top of the second. The Redbirds took a 3-2 lead on a bases-loaded walk to Flores before Cason Campbell drove in Hager with an RBI single to tie it back up at 3-all after three.

Darcy doubled home Allen Grier in the bottom of the fourth, then scored on a two-run single by Daedrick Cail to make it 6-3 through four.

Illinois State answered in the fifth with four runs to take a 7-6 edge. Flores doubled home Kubo, then touched home on a two-run double by Auggie Rasmussen. A fielder’s choice by Cheng then drove in Blake Stenger from third.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Red Wolves plated five runs – all after back-to-back strikeouts to open the frame. Grier kept the inning alive with a walk, followed by a double from French, with both scoring on a double by Burris, who scored on a Hager double. Darcy hit an RBI double to the wall to score Hager, and then scored on a wild pitch to make it 11-7.

The Redbirds pulled within one in the top of the seventh on a pinch-hit three-run double by Connor Olson, but Greiner entered and forced a groundout to end without further damage.

French opened the bottom half with his solo shot on the first pitch he saw, rocketing it into the A-State bullpen. Burris then reached on an error and swiped second before scoring on a bases-loaded walk to Kyler Carmack. A walk to John Hoskyn with the bases full then plated Darcy to put the count at 14-10.

Greiner faced the minimum in the eighth, forcing a double play to end the stanza, with Wiseman retiring the side in the ninth on nine pitches to salvage the series.


A-State continues its 12-game home stand Tuesday with the first of a two-game midweek series against Mississippi Valley State. First pitch against the Delta Devils is slated for 6 p.m. on ESPN+. The radio broadcast can be heard on The Ticket Radio Network stations 95.3/96.9/104.1/970 AM in Jonesboro.


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