NORMAL, Ill. — Persistent rain during Arkansas State’s baseball game at Illinois State forced the contest to be suspended in the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday at Duffy Bass Field.
Play will resume today at noon with the Red Wolves and Redbirds tied 2-2. Approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the second game of the series, the Red Wolves’ originally scheduled Sunday outing versus ISU will begin.
Action was paused Saturday in the middle of the fourth after ASU’s Jaylon Deshazier tied the score with a solo home run. Ben Klutts hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning for the Red Wolves’ first run.
Illinois State (6-13) defeated ASU (4-13) 6-3 Friday in the first game of the series. The Redbirds outhit the Red Wolves 12-7 and benefited from three ASU errors. Tyler Duncan led ASU offensively with two hits – his fourth multi-hit performance in five games.
Max Charlton took the loss for ASU, tossing two innings in the start and allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits. Tyler Jeans relieved Charlton and kept it close with a career-long 4.1 innings, giving up a pair of unearned runs on four hits with a career-best five strikeouts. Jack Jumper closed out on the mound for the Red Wolves with 1.2 scoreless innings.