ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
at Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
March 12-14, 2010 6:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m.
M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field (3,755) Lafayette, Louisiana
Radio: KBTM 1230 AM & AStateRedWolves.com
LiveStats & JumpTV Webcasting Available at AStateRedWolves.com
LEADING OFF: The Arkansas State Red Wolves open Sun Belt Conference play this weekend when they travel to Lafayette, La. for a three-game series against the Ragin' Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette. The series will get underway Friday, March 12 at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Saturday's game two is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., and Sunday's series finale is set to get underway at 1:00 p.m. All ASU games may be heard on KBTM 1230 AM and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com. LiveStats and JumpTV webcasting may also be accessed by logging on to AStateRedWolves.com
THE TEAMS: Arkansas State will take the field Friday night with a record of 8-4 on the season, including a 1-1 mark in games played on the road. In their most recent action, the Red Wolves stopped a three-game slide with their best offensive game of the season when they traveled to Murray State and defeated the Thoroughbreds 17-8 Tuesday afternoon. Arkansas State's 17 runs were a season high, and the Red Wolves also belted out a season-best 20 hits in the game. The Ragin' Cajuns will also bring an 8-4 record into the weekend series, including a 7-3 slate at home. The Cajuns have won three consecutive heading into the series, closing out their series against Southern Miss last weekend with a 10-6 victory before whipping Alcorn State 18-1 and 11-0 in midweek action this week. Including this weekend's series Louisiana-Lafayette is in the midst of a 10-game home stand and is 3-2 during that stretch. The two teams go into this weekend's series at 1-2 in the Sun Belt Conference in overall pitching. The Cajuns' boast a league-leading 2.39 ERA, and Arkansas State is just behind at 3.09.
THE ULL SERIES: The Red Wolves trail in the series 29-63 but have won six of the last seven against the Cajuns. Arkansas State won last year's series 2-1 in Jonesboro, but all three games were decided by narrow margins. Arkansas State blanked ULL 2-0 in the Friday opener, before the Cajuns bounced back to even the series with a 3-2 victory in the Saturday affair. The Red Wolves won the series when current senior Giovanni Garcia scored from third on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th to give ASU a 3-2 victory. Arkansas State posted a three-game sweep over ULL in Lafayette during the 2008 season and won the series finale at ULL during the 2007 season, giving the Red Wolves a rare four consecutive victories at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
ON THE MOUND FOR ASU: Junior right-hander Andy Ferguson will make his fourth Friday night start of the season when the series opens March 12. Ferguson (2-0, 2.60 ERA) has made three appearances on the year, giving up seven runs (5 earned) in 17.1 innings of work. He has walked three batters, while striking out 15. Senior southpaw Ross Humes (1-1, 1.72) will also be making his fourth appearance on the season when he takes the mound in Saturday's game. In 15.2 innings on the mound, Humes has given up seven runs, but just three earned runs. Humes has fanned 11 batters on the season while walking four. Sophomore Jacob Lee will get the call in the Sunday finale. Lee has logged 14.2 innings of work in three appearances this year, giving up five runs on 13 hits with 11 strikeouts and six walks.
ON DECK: Following the Red Wolves' weekend series at ULL, Arkansas State will travel to Springfield, Mo. for a two-game midweek series at Missouri State March 16 & 17. A-State returns to Jonesboro March 19-21 to host the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee in a three-game SBC series.
STREAKING: Arkansas State junior Todd Baumgartner saw his 10-game hit streak snapped Monday against IPFW but picked right back up Tuesday at Murray State with a single in his first at-bat, giving him a hit in 11 of ASU's 12 games this season. Seniors Josh DeMoney and Giovanni Garcia both carry six-game hit streaks into the ULL series this weekend.