ASU hosts UALR to close regular season

GAMES 53-55
Date: May 16-18, 2013
First Pitch: Thursday 6:30 p.m.
Friday 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, 4:06 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

ASU vs UALR: 65-39 (ASU Leads)
Raffo Record vs UALR: 16-5
Last Meeting: May 15-17, 2007
Current Streak: ASU 12 Wins

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LEADING OFF: Arkansas State will close out the 2013 regular season with a three-game Sun Belt Conference home stand against Arkansas-Little Rock. This week's games will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Saturday's contest being show on the Sun Belt Network. ASU is coming off a seven-game road trip and recently ended an eight-game losing streak. However, the win came at Troy and ended the Trojans 18-game home winning streak, which was the longest in the nation.
ASU is currently tied for one of the final spots in the SBC tournament. The Red Wolves are tied with UALR and Middle Tennessee and a number of scenarios can play out in order for A-State to get into the tournament, but the simplest equation is for ASU to win two games to secure its berth in postseason play.
UALR has won four out of its last seven games, but has lost its last 12 matchups to ASU.

THE STARTERS: Arkansas State will start senior right-hander Daniel Wright on Thursday night. He enters the game with a 5-4 record, a 3.38 ERA and 89 strikeouts on the season. Bradley Wallace will get the call on Friday after his start was skipped last weekend and Cody Woodhouse will get the call on Saturday.
UALR will start senior right-hander Chance Cleveland on Thursday. He is 5-8 on the year with a 3.39 ERA and 82 strikeouts. Left-hander Travis McDonald will get the call for the Trojans on Friday, while Blake Huffman will get the call on Saturday to close out the series.

• This will be the 105th, 106th and 107th meetings all-time between ASU and UALR.
• The first meeting occurred during the 1975 season with ASU taking two games from the UALR.
• Arkansas State leads the all-time series 65-39.
• ASU has won 12 straight games against the Trojans.
• ASU swept UALR in Little Rock earlier this season.
• Collin Massasnelli tied a school record with three home runs during the Saturday game of the
   last series in Little Rock.
• The Red Wolves have won the last nine games in the series and have won 15 out of the last 18
   matchups with the Trojans.

• UALR is 26-25 overall on the season and is 11-16 in league play.
• The Trojans are averaging  5.9 runs per game this year.
• The Trojans have won four out of their last seven games.
•As a team the Trojans rank sixth in the nation with 52 home runs.
• Chance Cleveland has pitched four complete games this season.
• Ben Crumpton ranks 40th in the nation with 23 stolen bases on the year.

• Arkansas State has multiple scenarios that can play out for the Red Wolves to make the SBC 
   Tournament. Currently ASU owns the tiebreakers over UALR and Middle Tennessee.
• If ASU wins two out of three games against UALR then it will clinch a spot in the tournament.
• If ASU wins just one game, then Western Kentucky must win at least two against Middle
• If ASU losses three games, then Middle Tennessee must also lose three games this weekend.

• To Be the 5th Seed: ASU must sweep UALR AND Middle Tennessee must win at least two games
   against Western Kentucky AND Florida Atlantic must sweep Florida International.
• To be the 6th Seed: ASU must sweep UALR AND Middle Tennessee must win two against
   Western Kentuckty.
• To be the 7th Seed: ASU must win two games against UALR AND Western Kentucky must win
   two games against Middle Tennessee.
• To be the 8th Seed: ASU wins one game against UALR AND Middle Tennessee loses two games
   to Western Kentucky.......OR.......ASU loses three games AND Middle Tennessee loses three

• Senior Ryan Emery is closing in on the all-time career runs batted in mark at ASU.
• Emery has 132 RBIs in his career and is 7 away from tying the record, which was set by Todd
   Baumgartner with 139 between 2008-11.