BASEBALL: Tops come from behind, beat Arkansas State

It appears as if no lead is safe against Western this season.

After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, the Toppers (22-5, 7-0 Sun Belt Conference) held host Arkansas State scoreless, going on to win 4-3.

It was Western’s 13th come-from-behind win this season.

Senior pitcher Matt Ridings picked up his sixth win of the year as he struck out nine batters.  It was Ridings’ sixth straight win in as many contests.

Sophomore closer Rye Davis earned his league-leading sixth save of the year, not allowing a runner in two innings of work.

Western pitchers threw 12 strikeouts while not giving up any walks during the game.

Junior catcher Matt Rice broke out of a slump to lead the Toppers offense with three hits and two RBI.  Rice had only one hit in his last three games before Friday’s game.

Senior third baseman Jake Wells scored in the fourth inning to give the Toppers the lead for good.

The win marks the 10th straight road win and ninth straight overall win for Western.

The Toppers will be back in action Saturday afternoon against Arkansas Sate with senior Shane Cameron taking the mound.

Mike Stunson


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