ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
vs. Memphis Tigers
March 30, 2010 6:30 p.m.
Tomlinson Stadium & Kell Field (1,200) Jonesboro, Arkansas
Radio: KBTM 1230 AM & AStateRedWolves.com
LiveStats Available at AStateRedWolves.com
LEADING OFF: The Arkansas State Red Wolves play the first of four consecutive home games Tuesday night when they host the Memphis Tigers in a 6:30 p.m. game at Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field. 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 is 15-9 overall and 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference play after sweeping New Orleans on the road last weekend in a three-game conference series. The Red Wolves are 8-5 at home on the season, including a 7-3 record in non-conference action. Memphis makes the short trip to Jonesboro at 11-13 overall, but the Tigers jumped out to a 2-1 start in Conference-USA action last weekend when they surprised 18th-ranked Rice by taking two of three games in the series at Memphis. The Tigers are 1-6 in games played on the road this year.
THE MEMPHIS SERIES: Memphis holds an 87-49-1 advantage in the all-time series. When the two teams met last year, both teams picked up a win at home. The games were played on consecutive nights, with the Tigers defeating the Red Wolves 16-8, April 7 in Memphis. When the Tigers traveled to Jonesboro the next night, Arkansas State handed Memphis an 8-7 defeat.
ON THE MOUND FOR ASU: Junior Sam Jew will be making his first ASU start when he takes the mound Tuesday night against the Tigers. Jew, a right-handed transfer from Palomar Community College, has made one appearance this season. Jew worked one inning during last week's game at SEMO, giving up no runs on five hits. He faced five batters and did not record a strikeout or a walk.
ON DECK: Arkansas State will play host to Western Kentucky April 2-4 for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series. The series is set to get underway Friday at 6:00 p.m. Saturday's game is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., and Sunday's game is set for 1:00 p.m.
GET THE BROOMS: Arkansas State earned its first-ever series sweep over UNO and its first weekend sweep of an opponent since taking three games at Louisiana-Lafayette to open Sun Belt Conference play during the 2008 season. The Red Wolves defeated the Privateers 14-7 in Friday's opener, before clinching the series victory with a 7-6 win Saturday afternoon. Arkansas State wrapped up the sweep with a 17-3, seven-inning victory in the Sunday finale.
OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: The Red Wolves' 17 runs and 16 RBIs in their March 28 win over UNO matched their season-high totals set March 9 at Murray State, and ASU's 38 runs during the March 26-28 series were its most in a three-game series since a 42-run series against Western Kentucky during the 2006 season.
MEGA-WATTS: Junior first baseman Murray Watts went 4-for-5 with a career-high seven RBIs to lead the Arkansas State Red Wolves to a 17-3 March 28 victory over New Orleans. Watts drove in at least one run in each of his five trips to the plate, and his seven-RBI afternoon was the second-most in ASU history. For the week, Watts hit .438 with two doubles, two home runs, 10 RBIs and six runs scored. He posted a slugging percentage of .938, drew three walks, had one sacrifice and was 1-for-1 on stolen base attempts.
FRESHMAN COMES THROUGH: With ASU clinging to a 7-5 lead March 27 against UNO John Koch went to the mound in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and just one out on the board. Koch allowed one runner to score but recorded an out on a fielder's choice on the play, then got the final batter to fly out, giving the true freshman his first career save.
STREAKING: Junior third baseman Jordan Castaldo emerged from the UNO series with a 14-game hit streak, singling in his final at-bat in the Sunday finale to keep the streak alive. Castaldo is hitting .365 on the season, is the team leader with 10 doubles and is second on the team with 19 RBIs on the year.