ASU scored four runs in the eighth and two in the ninth for the comeback victory.
“There were many, many times late tonight where we could’ve decided this one was over, but we didn’t,” ASU head coach Keith Kessinger said. “We kept swinging the bats and somehow, some way, we escaped those last couple of innings without them scoring.”
The Indians, who have won five of their last six games, improved to 7-6 on the season. The Tigers, who had won eight straight games entering Wednesday, fell to 9-8 with the loss.
Catcher Drew Rogers started the ninth inning rally with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Aaron Ferguson. Ferguson stole second base and scored on a double by Eller to tie the game at 10-all. Cody Pace was intentionally walked and David Humphrey was hit by a pitch to load the bases for the Tribe. Doke then singled in Eller to give ASU the win.
Doke went 4-for-6 with a home run and four runs batted in to lead the Indians’ 17-hit attack. He also scored a run. Josh Yates hit two home runs, drove in three runs, walked and also scored three runs. Rogers added three hits and two RBI while every ASU player in the starting lineup had at least one hit.
Ricky Quintero led the Tigers at the plate with three hits, two RBI and one run scored.
Freshman left-hander Jack McGrath (1-0) picked up his first career win, tossing two and one-third shutout innings in relief for the Indians. He struck out three, walked two and gave up two hits.
Steve Collins (1-1) gave up two runs in one-third of an inning to take the loss for Jackson State.
The Tigers took advantage of two Indian errors to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Rogers’ two-out single drove in Guy Brown and Yates to tie the game in the bottom of the first.
ASU scored a run in the second to take a 3-2 lead. Jordan Kimball and Doke led off the inning with back-to-back singles, and they both moved up a base on a Jackson State error. A.J. Prickel lifted a sacrifice fly to center to plate Kimball and give the Indians a 3-2 lead.
The Tigers added three runs in the third to go up 5-3, before the Indians came back with a run in the fourth to cut the lead to 5-4. JSU added five runs in the seventh to expand its lead to 10-4.
Yates’ solo blast in the bottom of the seventh cut JSU’s lead to 10-5.
ASU added a four-run rally in the eighth to cut the lead to one. Doke’s two-run blast with one out cut the Tigers’ lead to 10-7. Yates hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot, to cut the lead to 10-9.
The Indians host New Orleans to open Sun Belt Conference play this weekend. Game times are set for 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.