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ASU Baseball hosts Middle Tennessee for weekend series

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From Arkansas State University

Date: April 26-28, 2013
First Pitch: Friday, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6:00 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 MT: 24-12 (ASU Trails)
Raffo Record vs MT: 6-6
Last Meeting: May 23, 2012 (12-7 ASU)
Current Streak: ASU 1 Win

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LEADING OFF: Arkansas State will host Middle Tennessee for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series against the Blue Raiders. A-State dropped a midweek contest to No. 16 Ole Miss at Tomlinson Stadium, but has won two out of their last three SBC games. A-State played before a crowd of 1,009 against Ole Miss, the second largest crowd to see a game at Kell Field since 2003. The Red Wolves are currently seventh in the conference standings, but are just four games out of first place with 12 SBC matchups left to play this season. ASU took three of four games from the Blue Raiders in 2012, including a 12-1 victory in the SBC Tournament.
Middle Tennessee enters the game coming off a midweek victory over the University of Tennessee, but has dropped four out of their last five conference games. The Blue Raiders are tied for first in the conference with 12 triples on the year, but have struck out 308 times which is the fourth most in the league this season.

THE STARTERS: A-State will start senior right-hander Daniel Wright on Friday, junior righty Bradley Wallace Saturday. Wright and Wallace have combined to strikeout 138 batters on the year with the team having struck the second most batters in the SBC at 372. The staff also has an ERA of 4.34.
Middle Tennessee will counter with left-handers Jonathan Frebis Friday, righty Hunter Adkins Saturday and lefty Zac Curtis on Sunday.

ASU/MIDDLE TENNESSEE SERIES HISTORY
• This will be the 37th, 38th and 39th meetings all-time between the Red Wolves and Blue
Raiders.
• ASU trails in the all-time series 24-12 but has won three out of the last four matchups.
• The series began in 2001 with both teams meeting in an SBC game in the first meeting ever.
• A-State defeated Middle Tennessee 12-1 in the first game of the SBC Tournament last season.

SCOUTING THE BLUE RAIDERS
• Middle Tennessee is 29-12 on the year and 7-11 in SBC play.
• The Blue Raiders are coming off an 11-5 victory over Tennessee at Reese Smith Jr. Field on
Tuesday night.
• The Blue Raiders are tied for the league lead in triples with 12.
• The pitching staff has picked off 11 runners this season, the second most in the league.
• Middle Tennessee registered a league-high 26 hits against Xavier on March 10.
• Three Middle Tennessee batters (Michael Adkins, Trent Miller and Ryan Stephens) have
grounded into at least five double plays on the year.

HIGH ATTENDANCE MARKS
• ASU played before a crowd of 1,006 people on Tuesday, April 23 against Ole Miss at Tomlinson
Stadium.
• It was the second largest crowd at Kell Field since 2003. The Red Wolves played before a crowd
of 1,019 in 2008 against Memphis.
• It was only the second time since 2003 that ASU had a home crowd of 1,000 people.

BAKER AND UXA TIE SCHOOL WALKS RECORD
• Freshman Austin Baker tied the school record for walks in a game with four on April 19 at ULM.
• It came just two days after senior Logan Uxa was walked four times on April 16 at SEMO.
• The feat has been accomplished 12 other times, with Murray Watts drawing the last four-walk
game against Western Kentucky in 2009.

UXA GOES YARD
• Logan Uxa hit his third home run of the season and the 18th of his career with a two-run blast
at ULM on April 20.
• It was Uxa's first home run since March 30 at FIU and his first in over 30 at bats.

THREE RUNS ON NO HITS
• A-State scored three runs in the top of the 7th inning against ULM on April 19, but did so with
collecting a hit in the inning.
• Tanner Ring drove in a run after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
• Kaleb Brown drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.
• Dustin Jones scored on a wild pitch.

DRIVING IN RUNS THE HARD WAY
• Three Arkansas State players drove in runs by being hit by a pitch in the April 19 contest at
ULM.
• Tanner Ring, Alex Potts and Dustin Jones were all hit with the bases loaded to drive in runs on
the night.

HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATES TIE CAREER HIGHS
• High School teammates Dustin Jones and Kaleb Brown each tied career highs in hits at ULM.
• Brown tied a career-high with three hits against ULM on April 19.
• Jones also tied a career-high with three hits the following day on April 20.

RING GETS A WIN AND A HOMER
• Tanner Ring had one of the best games of his young career on April 16 at SEMO.
• The true freshman belted his first collegiate home run in the top of the first inning and then
pitched the final three innings of the extra-innings affair to earn the win.
• Ring also had a season team-high seven at bats against SEMO.

LEVY GOES DEEP...TWICE
• Sophomore catcher Stuart Levy belted two home runs against South Alabama on April 13.
• It was just the third and fourth home runs of his career.

WRIGHT EARNS PITCHER OF THE WEEK HONORS
• Senior Daniel Wright earned Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week honors on April 8 for his
performance from the previous week.
• Wright was also named as the College Sports Madness SBC Pitcher of the Week..
• The senior right-hander enjoyed one of the best pitching weeks of his career by earning his first
save since 2011 and a his first complete-game shutout victory.
• In the shutout victory, Wright struck out a career-high 11 batters and yielded just five hits. He
also did not allow runner past second base after the first inning and retired 12 straight at one
point.
• He picked up his first save since 2011 on April 2 when he pitched a perfect ninth inning against
SEMO.

WRIGHT GOES SCORELESS  
• Daniel Wright pitched 14 2/3 straight innings without surrendering a run.
• The streak spanned across three games and lasted 14 1/3 innings before he finally gave up a
run.
• It began in the fourth inning on March 29 at FIU and ended in the first inning on April 12 against
South Alabama.

WALLACE DOMINATES AGAINST HILLTOPPERS   
• Bradley Wallace had the best start of his career against Western Kentucky on April 7.
• The junior struck out a career-high 12 and retired 18 straight batters after issuing a leadoff
single to start the game.
• His seven innings pitched was also a career-high.

STREAKING FOR HITS
• Ryan Roberts had his 13 game hitting streak come to an end on April 12.
• It was the longest streak of the season and tied for the seventh longest in school history.

EMERY EYES RBI RECORD
• Senior Ryan Emery is closing in on the all-time career runs batted in mark at ASU.
• Emery has 126 RBIs in his career and is 13 away from tying the record, which was set by Todd
Baumgartner between 2008-11.

NEW SCHOOL LEADER IN CAREER WALKS
• Ryan Emery has shattered the school record for walks in a career.
• Emery has 132 walks in his career and passed Jerome Stone who had 109 in his career from
1980-83.
• Logan Uxa has surpassed the mark as well. The senior has totaled 113 walks in his career.

ROCKIN' ROBERTS
• Roberts had a career-high four hits and two doubles against FAU on March 24. He also had a
career best six total bases in the game.

FITZPATRICK NEARLY CYCLES
• Kevin Fitzpatrick was a home run away from recording his first career cycle April 2 vs 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.

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.

FRESHMAN STARTERS ON THE MOUND
• A-State has had a freshman pitcher start a game seven times this season and the Red Wolves
have a 3-4 record in those games.
• A-State owns a 2-2 record in games in which Adam Grantham has started this season and is 0-2
in games in which Derek Birginske has started.

FIGHTING AGAINST TIME
• ASU and FIU nearly accomplished something rarely seen in baseball on Sunday, a tie.
• Due to the Sun Belt Conference get away rule, no inning could start after 2:30 p.m. on Sunday,
March 30 of ASU and FIU's series finale. The game went into the 11th inning with the final
inning starting at 2:22 p.m.
• Had the score been tied at the conclusion of the inning the game would have ended in a tie.
• ASU and FIU did tie in the 2011 season, which was only the second tie in ASU history.

CHASING NCAA RECORDS
• Alex Potts has amassed 20 sacrifice bunts on the season and is just 14 away from tying the
all-time NCAA record of 34, which was set by Ben Orloff of UC Irvine in 2007 (65 games).

SEC ROAD WIN
• A-State's 10-3 victory at Missouri on Match 19 was its first road victory versus and SEC school
since 2008. The last road victory was a 7-5 victory over then No. 2 Ole Miss.

MR. CLUTCH 
• Alex Potts delivered the fourth walk-off hit of his career with a solo home run on March 23 that
gave A-State a 3-2 victory over FAU.
• It was his second walk-off hit this season after he had a single in the bottom of the 11th inning
on March 8 to give ASU a 2-1 victory over UAB.
• The first was a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning against UALR on March 17, 2012
to give ASU a 3-2 win.
• The second was a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth against South Alabama to give ASU
1-0 on May 6, 2011.

SPLITTING DOUBLEHEADERS
• ASU has played in four doubleheaders this season and has earned a split in each one.
• Only one of the twin bills has been scheduled, with the other three coming because of weather.

POTTS MAKING HISTORY
• Second basemen Alex Potts is now the all-time record in sacrifices in a single season in
ASU history with 20.
• Potts passed Dean Roberts on March 19 against Missouri with his 13th sacrifice of the season.
• Potts had already passed Jordan Kimball for most sacrifice bunts in a season. Kimball had 11 in
2009.

UXA SETS NEW SINGLE SEASON HIGH IN DOUBLES
• Senior first basemen Logan Uxa has already set a career-high for doubles in a season.
• Uxa's previous career high was seven doubles, which he did in 2011 and 2012. He had his
eighth and ninth doubles against Missouri on March 19.

WOODHOUSE SETS NEW HIGH IN STRIKEOUTS 
• Junior Cody Woodhouse set a new career-high with seven strikeouts against Missouri on March
19.

THREE TIMES AS NICE
• Sophomore center fielder Collin Massanelli tied the school record for most home runs in a
game by hitting three against UALR on March 16.
• Massanelli is just the third player in school history to hit three home runs in a game. Kevin Kull
Jr. hit three at UALR in 2005 and Randy Sugg accomplished the feat against Austin Peay in 1998.
• Massanelli hit a solo home run in the first inning and then had a 2-run blast in the eighth inning
that hit off a light pole in right-center field. His third home run came in the top of the ninth and
tied the game at 7-7 after ASU rallied from six runs down over the final two innings.
• He also tied the school record for most total bases in a game with 13 on March 16.

TURNING THE TRIPLE PLAY
• ASU turned a 1-5-4-3 triple play in its 6-3 victory over UALR on March 15.
• The triple play occurred when Bryson Thionnet tried to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but instead
popped the attempt up in front of Seth McWilliams. The senior right-hander let the bunt
attempt fall in front of him and quickly threw over to third base to get the force out. A-State
third basemen Claude Johnson then threw to second base to get the force at that base after
Blake Johnson did not run on the play. ASU second basemen Alex Potts then threw to first base
for the final out after Thionnet never touched first because it was occupied by a UALR player.
• It was the first triple play turned by ASU under the Tommy Raffo era.

DOMINATING THE TROJANS
• ASU extended its winning streak to 12 straight over UALR with a three game sweep over the
Trojans on the opening weekend of SBC play.
• ASU has swept UALR in four straight series and has not lost to the school since 2011.

UNEARNED RUNS
• Arkansas State and Missouri State combined to score eight unearned runs in ASU's 7-5 victory
over the Bears on March 13.

UXA DOES IT ALL
• Logan Uxa enjoyed one of his best two-game stretches on the base paths against Missouri State
March 12-13.
• Uxa tied a career high with two stolen bases on March 12 and the notched just the third triple
of his career on March 13.

A MIDWEEK OF FIRSTS
• Freshman Derek Birginske made his first career state on March 12 against Missouri State. He
gave up just one run on five hits and struck out six, but did not factor into the decision.
• Freshman Adam Grantham earned his first career save on March 13 against Missouri State
when he pitched the final two innings in relief in a 7-5 victory.

HAWKINS SHINES IN FIRST START
• Sophomore Chandler Hawkins shined in his first start of the season on March 9 against UAB.
• He pitched a career-high seven innings, faced a career-high 28 batters and allowed just one run
on seven and tied a career-high with three strikeouts.

FITZPATRICK FIRST START
• Freshman Kevin Fitzpatrick made his first career start on March 3.
• The true freshman made a start in left field and batted in the leadoff position. He went 1-for-4
with two runs scored.
• He recorded his first career RBI on Tuesday, March 5 against UT-Martin.

IN THE POLLS
• Arkansas State received votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 30 poll
earlier this season.
• Records indicate that the last time an A-State baseball team was ranked was during the
1970 season when Arkansas State finished the season ranked 24th in the nation in the final
Collegiate Baseball poll.

RING GETS FIRST SAVE
• Freshman Tanner Ring picked up his first career save at Memphis on Feb. 19.
• Ring entered the game in bottom of the ninth inning as a defensive replacement at second base
and then moved to the mound in the bottom of the 10th inning.

KOCH SETS CAREER HIGH
• In his first career start, senior John Koch struck out a career-high 11 batters on Feb. 15.
• Koch pitched five innings, gave up three runs on nine hits to earn his first win as a starter.

PITCHING STAFF SHINES
• The A-State pitching staff recorded a school record 19 strike outs in the 10-5 victory over
Bradley on Opening night on Feb. 15.
• The previous record was 18 strikeouts, which ASU did twice. The first was in 1995 against
Memphis and the second was against Kansas State in 1960.
• On opening weekend, A-State recorded 37 strikeouts and allowed just eight runs and walked 7
batters in 27 innings.

OPENING SERIES SWEEP
• ASU recorded a three-game series sweep for the first time since 1971 and for only the second
time in school history.

BAKER GOES DEEP
• True freshman Austin Baker hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in his collegiate career on
Feb. 16
• Baker went 3-for-3 on the day and was a triple from the cycle. He had three RBIs on the day and
was walked once.

4-K INNING
• Arkansas State senior right-hander John Koch notched a rare four strike out inning in the Red
Wolves 10-5 victory over Bradley Feb. 15. After Bradley's David Compitello reached on a
dropped third strike out in the fourth inning with one out, Koch proceeded to strike out two
more batters to end the inning.

GOING TO THE SHOW
• A-State had three players drafted from last year's squad, led by Jacob Lee who was drafted in
the ninth round by the Cleveland Indians.
• Lee was the highest player ever drafted from the ASU baseball program.
• Michael Faulkner was taken in the 12th round by Seattle, making him the second highest
selection ever in program history.
• Brandon Farley was taken in the 33rd round by the San Francisco Giants, while incoming
freshman Adam Grantham was a 32nd round pick of the Atlanta Braves.

SUN BELT NETWORK TO AIR ASU-UALR GAME
• The Sun Belt Conference has announced that the Arkansas State baseball game against UALR on
May 18 will be televised by the Sun Belt Network through its partnership with Comcast/Charter
Sports Southeast (CSS) and Cox Sports Television (CST). An official start time for the game will
be announced at a later date.

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