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ASU baseball hosts Western Kentucky in weekend series

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Arkansas State (17-13, 4-5 SBC) vs Western Kentucky (16-13, 7-2 SBC)

GAMES 31-34
Date: April 5-7, 2013
First Pitch: Friday, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Jonesboro, Ark.
Stadium: Tomlinson Stadium (1,200)
Radio: East Arkansas Broadcasters
            95.3 FM The Ticket
            970 AM KNEA
Radio Talent: Matt Stolz

SERIES
ASU vs WKU: 33-35 (ASU Trails)
Raffo Record vs WKU: 6-6
Last Meeting: April 15, 2012 (6-3 ASU)
Current Streak: ASU 1 Win

MULTIMEDIA
Online Audio: AStateRedWolves.com
Live Stats: AStateRedWolves.com
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LEADING OFF: Arkansas State will continue its eight-game home stand with a three-game series against Sun Belt Conference opponent Western Kentucky this weekend. The Red Wolves are coming off a 9-8 victory over Southeast Missouri on Tuesday, which ended a six-game losing streak for ASU. A-State enters the game the game with a 17-13 record and a 4-5 record in league play, while Western Kentucky is 16-13 and 7-2 in league play. The Hilltoppers are tied for first in the SBC standings with FAU.

THE STARTERS: Right-hander Daniel Wright will take the mound for ASU on Friday night and is coming the longest outing of his career on March 29 at FIU. He tossed 7.2 innings and gave up just one run, but still took the loss. Left-hander Chandler Hawkins will take the mound on Saturday after lasting just 1.0+ innings on March 30 at FIU. Both Wright and Hawkins made relief apperances against SEMO this past Tuesday, with Wright earning the save. Bradley Wallace will get the start on Sunday for A-State.
Western Kentucky will counter with left-hander Tanner Perkins on Friday. Perkins last pitched against FIU on March 22 and gave up two runs on four hits in five innings of work. Andrew Edwards will take the mound on Saturday after tossing a complete-game shutout against Lousiana-Lafayette on March 29. Left-hander Tim Bado or left-hander Austin Clay will get the start for the Hilltoppers on Sunday.

ASU/WKU SERIES HISTORY
• This will the be the 69th, 70th and 71st meetings all-time between ASU and WKU.
• WKU leads the all-time series 35-33.
• ASU took 2 out of 3 games from the Hilltoppers in Jonesboro last season, including a 6-3 victory
    on Sunday, April 15 to secure the series win.
• The series dates back to 1993 with both teams being Sun Belt Conference opponents since.
• ASU won the first game every played between the two schools 9-6 and also won the series that
   year.
• Chris Floyd tied the school record for most assists in a game against WKU in 1995 with 8.

SCOUTING THE HILLTOPPERS
• Western Kentucky is 16-13 on the year, but is 7-2 in Sun Belt Conference play this season.
• The Hilltoppers are tied for first in the Sun Belt Conference with Florida Atlantic.
• WKU began league play with a sweep over Middle Tennessee and has won two out of three
   games against FIU and Louisiana-Lafayette in its two other conference series.
• Western Kentucky ranks third in team pitching in the Sun Belt with a 3.84 team ERA and 260
    strikeouts on the seaosn.
• Ryan Huck is leading the league in home runs with 9, which also ranks 5th nationally. He also
    had the second-best slugging percentage in the league at .724
• Coming into the week, WKU ranked 9th in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings with 9.0 per
    game.

FITZPATRICK NEARLY CYCLES
• Kevin Fitzpatrick was a home run away from recording his first career cycle April 2 against
   SEMO.
• The freshman went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two run scored on the night.
• He had a triple in the first inning, a single in the third and double in the fifth. He also reached
   on a fielder's choice in the seventh and later came around to score the go-ahead run.

EMERY LEADING THE WAY
• Senior Ryan Emery was put into the leadoff spot for the first time in his career against SEMO on
    April 2.
• Emery is the team leader in on-base percentage, walks and RBIs.

WRIGHT GETS A SAVE
• Senior Daniel Wright earned his fourth career save and the first of the season by pitching a
   perfect ninth inning in a 9-8 victory over SEMO on April 2.

NATION'S LEADERS
• Alex Potts is leading the nation with 16 sacrifice bunts on the season and also leading the
   nation in sacrifice bunts per game at 0.52.
• As a team, ASU leads the nation in strikeouts per nine innings at 9.6.

A NIGHT OF FIRSTS FOR BURKS
• Drew Burks made his first start in a month on April 2 against SEMO and produced in a big way
   for A-State.
• Burks also recorded the first and second RBIs of his career with 2-RBI single in the first inning.

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