ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
at Missouri State Bears
March 16-17, 2010 6:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Hammons Field (8,000) Springfield, Missouri
Radio: KBTM 1230 AM & AStateRedWolves.com
LiveStats Available at AStateRedWolves.com
LEADING OFF: The Arkansas State Red Wolves travel to Springfield, Missouri March 16 & 17 for a two-game, midweek series against the Bears of Missouri State. Tuesday's game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday's first pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. All ASU games may be heard on KBTM 1230 AM and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com. LiveStats may also be accessed by logging on to AStateRedWolves.com
THE TEAMS: Arkansas State travels to Springfield at 10-5 on the season. The Red Wolves opened Sun Belt Conference play last weekend with a 2-1 series victory on the road at Louisiana-Lafayette. After suffering a 13-5 setback in the Friday night opener, Arkansas State bounced back to even the series with a 6-2 victory Saturday afternoon. The Red Wolves took the series with a 13-9 victory in Sunday's final game. Missouri State will be looking to halt a four-game slide when the Bears square off against the Red Wolves Tuesday night. The Bears will take the field at 4-10 on the season but are 3-1 when playing at Hammons Field. Missouri State's only home loss was a 6-3 setback to North Dakota State March 5. In their most recent action, the Bears were swept in a three-game series last weekend at Southern Miss, losing 4-3, 6-0 and 13-4.
THE MISSOURI STATE SERIES: Missouri State holds a 34-19 advantage in the all-time series. When the two teams met last year in Jonesboro, the Bears defeated ASU 4-3 to open the series before handing the Red Wolves a 14-2 loss in game two. Missouri State has won five straight in the series, with the last ASU victory being a 13-3 win in Jonesboro during the 2006 season.
ON THE MOUND FOR ASU: Junior southpaw Andres Caceres will get the start on the mound Tuesday when the two-game series opens at Hammons Field. Caceres is 1-1 on the season with an ERA of 4.09. He has appeared in three games and earned his first win at ASU Feb. 27 against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In his last appearance, Caceres took the hard-luck loss March 8 when the Red Wolves dropped a 2-1 decision at home to Indiana-Purdue-Ft. Wayne. Caceres took the loss despite giving up just two runs on five hits in six innings of work. He fanned four batters and walked only one in the game. On the season, Caceres has worked 11.0 innings, giving up five runs on 12 hits while striking out nine and walking four. The ASU starter for Wednesday's game has not been set.
ON DECK: Following the Red Wolves' midweek series at Missouri State, ASU returns to Jonesboro to host preseason Sun Belt Conference favorite Middle Tennessee in a three-game league series at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field. The series gets underway Friday March 19 at 6:00 p.m. Saturday's game two is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., and Sunday's final game will begin at 1:00 p.m.
SERIES COMEBACK: After dropping the Friday opener in their series at ULL last weekend, the Red Wolves bounced back to take the series 2-1 with wins in the Saturday and Sunday games. The series victory marked the first time since the final week of the 2007 season that Arkansas State has recovered from a loss in the opening game and come back to win the series.
STREAKING: Arkansas State junior Todd Baumgartner saw his 10-game hit streak snapped March 8 against IPFW but picked right back up March 9 at Murray State with a single in his first at-bat. Baumgartner now has a hit in 13 of ASU's 15 games this season. Senior Giovanni Garcia emerged from the ULL series last weekend with a 10-game hit streak, while senior Jordan Kimball has notched a hit in seven consecutive games.