Jonesboro (ASU) - The Arkansas State Red Wolves travel to the Big Easy for a three-game, Sun Belt Conference series against the Privateers of New Orleans. The series will get underway Friday at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's game is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., and Sunday's contest is set to begin at 1:00 p.m. All ASU games may be heard on KBTM 1230 AM and through the StateZone portion of AStateRedWolves.com. Video and LiveStats may also be accessed by logging on to AStateRedWolves.com.
Arkansas State is 12-9 on the season and an even 3-3 in Sun Belt Conference action but have lost three straight heading into the weekend. After opening last weekend's series against Middle Tennessee with a 4-3 victory, the Red Wolves dropped the final two games of the series, then lost 6-4 at SEMO Wednesday night in their only midweek action. New Orleans will take the field Friday night with an overall slate of 6-12, including a 1-5 mark in league play. The Privateers have won three of their last five games however, including a 4-1 victory over cross-town rival Tulane Tuesday night and a 12-2 victory in the Saturday game of their series at Louisiana-Monroe last weekend.
The Privateers lead the all-time series 49-22, including a 2-1 series victory last year in New Orleans. UNO opened the series with a 4-2 victory in the Friday night game and defeated the Red Wolves 13-6 in the Saturday tilt. Arkansas State avoided the sweep with a 9-3 win in the Sunday finale. The last Red Wolves series victory against the Privateers came during the 2005 season when Arkansas State bounced back from an opening-night loss to win the final two games. Arkansas State has not won a series in New Orleans since a 2-1 series victory during the 1995 season.
Junior right-hander Andy Ferguson will get the Friday night start when the series opens March 26. Ferguson (2-1, 4.70 ERA) has made five appearances on the year, giving up 19 runs (16 earned) in 30.2 innings of work. He has walked eight batters, while striking out 28. In his last appearance he was outstanding, missing a complete game by a single out. He held Middle Tennessee to two earned runs on nine hits, striking out seven batters while walking one. Senior southpaw Ross Humes (2-1, 2.20) will also be making his sixth appearance on the season when he takes the mound in Saturday's game. In 28.2 innings on the mound, Humes has given up 14 runs but just seven earned runs. Humes has fanned 16 batters on the season while walking five. Sophomore Jacob Lee (2-2) will get the call in the Sunday finale. Lee has logged 29.0 innings of work in five appearances this year, giving up 12 runs (11 earned) on 26 hits with 26 strikeouts and 13 walks. He will take an ERA of 3.41 into the weekend series.