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ASU Baseball travels to Louisiana-Lafayette for weekend series

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From Arkansas State University

Date: May 3-5, 2013
First Pitch: Friday, 6 p.m.
Saturday, 6 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Location: Lafayette, La.
Stadium: M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field (3,755)
Radio: East Arkansas Broadcasters
95.3 FM The Ticket
970 AM KNEA
Radio Talent: Matt Stolz

SERIES
ASU vs ULL: 36-67 (ASU Trails)
Raffo Record vs ULL: 8-6
Last Meeting: March 25, 2012 (8-7 ASU)
Current Streak: ASU 2 Wins

MULTIMEDIA
Online Audio: AStateRedWolves.com
Live Stats: AStateRedWolves.com

LEADING OFF: Arkansas State will travel to Louisiana-Lafayette for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series May 3-5. The Red Wolves are coming off a weekend in which they took two of three games from Middle Tennessee and currently sit in seventh place in the SBC standings are just five games out of first place. ASU enters the game with 220 walks, which leads the Sun Belt Conference. A-State also leads the league in sacrifice bunts with 57, while the Red Wolves pitching staff has held opponents to a .248 batting average, which is the second lowest in the league. Daniel Wright leads the league with 80 strikeouts on the mound, while he and Bradley Wallace have struck out 24 batters looking on the year.
Louisiana-Lafayette enters the game having won three out of its last four games and the Ragin' Cajuns also lead the league with a .315 team batting average.

THE STARTERS: ASU will start senior right-hander Daniel Wright on Friday night. Wright will be making his 12th start of the season and currently has a 5-3 record. Wallace will get the start on Saturday after coming off his shortest outing of the year against Middle Tennessee. Cody Woodhouse will make his second consecutive start on the weekend for ASU on Sunday.
Louisiana-Lafayette will counter with sophomore right-hander Austin Robichaux on Friday, while left-hander Cody Boutte will get the call on Saturday. The Ragin' Cajuns have yet to announce a starter for Sunday's contest.

ASU/ULL SERIES HISTORY
• Louisiana-Lafayette leads the all-time series 67-36.
• This will be the 104th, 105th and 106th meeting all-time between ASU-ULL.
• ASU took two of three games from the Ragin' Cajuns in Lafayette last season.
• This marks the second straight season in which ASU has travled to Lafayette to play the Ragin'
Cajuns.
• ASU has won 13 out of the last 16 meetings between the two schools.
• Daniel Wright held ULL to a .200 batting in his start last season against the Ragin' Cajuns, well
below their season average at the time.

SCOUTING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS
• Louisiana-Lafayette is 31-15 on the year and 12-9 in conference play.
• The Ragin' Cajuns are coming off a weekend in which they took two of three-games from FIU.
• ULL has the highest team batting average in the Sun Belt at .315.
• Austin Robichaux ranks second in the league in ERA at 2.71.
• Dex Kjerstad is second in the league with 65 hits on the year.
• Tyler Girouard leads the league in batting average at .385.
• The ULL lineup features at least nine hitters with 30 hits.

FRESHMAN PITCHERS HOLD TIGERS SCORELESS
• Freshman pitchers Adam Grantham and David Owen combined to hold Memphis scoreless for
five straight innings of relief on April 30.
• The pair combined to strikeout six and give up just four hits over the game's final five innings.

WRIGHT EYEING SINGLE SEASON STRIKEOUT
• Senior pitcher Daniel Wright has struck out 80 batters on the year and is closing in on the single
season mark for strikeouts at ASU.
• Aubrey Gatewood holds the single season record for strikeouts at 117, which was set in 1959.

MASSANELLI GOES FOR FIVE
• Sophomore outfielder Collin Massanelli went 5-for-6 against Middle Tennessee on April 28 in
game one of a doubleheader.
• He was just one hit away from tying the school record for hits in a game with six.
• He had a hit in his first five at bats of the game.

TAKING A LEAD AFTER 8
• A-State is a perfect 18-0 on the season when leading after 8 innings this season.
• The team is also 17-1 when it has a lead after 7 innings and 16-3 when leading after 6 innings.

NINE RUNS ON THREE HITS
• A-State accomplished a rare feat on April 28 by scoring nine runs on just three hits in a victory
over Middle Tennessee.
• The Red Wolves scored runs on a variety of ways in the inning, including three bases loaded
walks, a hit batsman with the bases loaded, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball and a
single.

ALL NIGHT TO THINK ABOUT IT
• Junior Dustin Jones had a little over 17 hours to think about his at bat with the bases loaded in
the bottom of the second back on April 26-27.
• A-State and Middle Tennessee's game on April 26 was suspended in the bottom of the second
inning with bases full of Red Wolves due to inclement weather. Dustin Jones was at the plate
when the suspension occurred and when play resumed 17 hours later the next day he cleared
the bases with first triple of his career.

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 three 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 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.

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.

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 127 RBIs in his career and is 12 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 134 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 118 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 five 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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