ASU Baseball travels to SEMO Tuesday

JONESBORO (AStateRedWolves.com) - The Arkansas State baseball team will travel to Cape Girardeau, Mo., for a midweek contest against Southeast Missouri State Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. The Red Wolves are winners of 10 of their 14 games and are looking to take the season midweek series from the Redhawks. A-State defeated SEMO 8-3 in Jonesboro earlier in the season and will be looking to win its fourth straight over SEMO.

The Red Wolves are coming a weekend in which the squad took two of three games from Texas State and moved into second place in the SBC standings. SEMO is coming off a three-game sweep of UT-Martin and has won four out of its last five games.

The game can be heard on 95.3FM The Ticket/970AM KNEA and in the StateZone at AStateRedWolves.com.

A-STATE/SEMO SERIES HISTORY

• This will the be the 63rd meeting all-time between A-State and SEMO.

• A-State leads the all-time series 34-29

• A-State won both games against the Redhawks last season, including an extra-inning match-up at SEMO.

• The series dates back to the 1959, a game in which A-State won 3-1.

• The teams met every year from 1959-1968 and then the series took a break until the 1988

season. Since then the teams have met for at least one game during the regular season.

• Drew Benes tied the all-time A-State record for doubles in game with three against SEMO in 2008.

GOING ERROR FREE

• The Arkansas State baseball team has gone 40 straight innings without committing an error.

• Its last error was in the eighth inning on March 9 against Creighton.

A POWER SURGE

• A-State hit three home runs in the last week to raise its season total to eight on the year.

• Austin Baker began the week with an inside-the-park home run, while Eric Wilcoxson hit his first career home run on March 29.

• Matt Burgess followed with a 2-run home run on March 30 to complete three home run week for the Red Wolves.

CATCHING FIRE AT THE RIGHT TIME

•  A-State has won 10 out of its last 14 games included three straight Sun Belt Conference series.

• During the span the Red Wolves have a team batting average of .281, have outscored their opponents 95-57 and the pitching staff has held the opponents to a .256 batting average.

STARTING STRONG IN CONFERENCE

• A-State has started 7-2 in league play threw its first three series for the second in three years.

• The Red Wolves went 8-2 in 2011 and eventually to the finals of the SBC Tournament.

FROM A TO Z FRESHMEN PITCHERS STRONG IN RELIEF

• A-State freshmen relievers Bryan Ayers and Tyler Zuber combined to pitch 9 innings of shutout baseball in back-to-back relief appearances on March 25-26.

• Zuber pitched five innings in relief against Memphis on March 25 and gave up just two hits and struck out three in the performance.

• Ayers tossed four shutout innings in relief against Missouri State on March 26 while giving up just one hit and striking out four.

NO FENCE NO PROBLEM

• Austin Baker hit an inside the park home run against Memphis on March 25 with one runner on base.

• The last inside the park home run was by Todd Baumgartner on March 23, 2011 against Lyon College.