ARKANSAS STATE RED WOLVES
at Memphis Tigers
April 21, 2010 6:30 p.m.
FedExPark (2,000) Memphis, Tennessee
Radio: KBTM 1230 AM & AStateRedWolves.com
LiveStats Available at AStateRedWolves.com
LEADING OFF: The Arkansas State Red Wolves will play their fourth consecutive game on the road Wednesday night when they make the short trip to Memphis to take on the Tigers in a 6:30 p.m. game at FedExPark. 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 (22-14) saw its four-game win streak snapped last weekend when the Red Wolves were swept in three game series at Evansville. The Purple Aces rallied late for a 5-4 victory in the Friday opener, handed the Red Wolves a 7-4 loss in Saturday's game and rallied late again Sunday for a 9-5 win to close out the series. Memphis will take the field at 16-20 Wednesday night, but the Tigers have notched two victories over ranked teams in their last seven outings. Memphis defeated #27 East Carolina 6-5 April 9, before knocking off #15 Ole Miss 6-5 April 13. Last weekend, the Tigers traveled to Houston and dropped two of three games in a Conference-USA series against the Cougars. Houston opened the series with a 10-7 victory in the Friday game, before Memphis bounced back to even the series with an 8-2 win in Saturday's contest. Houston claimed the series victory with an 8-6 win in the Sunday rubber game.
THE MEMPHIS SERIES: Memphis holds an 87-50-1 advantage in the all-time series. Arkansas State edged the Tigers 6-5 when the two teams met March 30 in Jonesboro, giving the Red Wolves two consecutive wins in the series. Arkansas State scored a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the sixth to erase a 5-4 Memphis lead, getting a two-out single from shortstop Jordan Kimball to tie the game and a double down the left field line from second baseman Giovanni Garcia to drive in what proved to be the winning run. With ASU leading 6-5 after seven innings of play, freshman John Koch went to the mound and retired all six Tigers he faced, striking out three, to earn his second save of the season. Junior Brad Allen worked one and two-thirds innings in relief to pick up the win and improve to 4-1 on the season. 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: Neither team has released its starter for Wednesday night's game.
ON DECK: The Red Wolves return to Tomlinson Stadium and Kell Field for a key three-game Sun Belt Conference series against South Alabama. Arkansas State sits atop the conference standings at 11-4, with South Alabama in a close second at 13-5.