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ASU Baseball Heads to WKU For SBC Battle

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JONESBORO (AStateRedWolves.com) - The Arkansas State baseball teams returns to the road for a three-game set against Western Kentucky April 4-6 at Nick Deans Field on the campus of WKU. 
A-State is in second place in the Sun Belt Conference with a 7-2 record and has won each of its first three series to start league play. This will be A-State's second conference road series of the season and it comes in the midst of a stretch in which the Red Wolves are playing eight of nine games on the road. 
Arkansas State will start sophomore David Owen for the fourth consecutive Friday, while Chandler Hawkins will get the call Saturday followed by Bradley Wallace in Sunday's series finale. 
The games can be heard on 95.3FM The Ticket/970AM KNEA and in the StateZone at AStateRedWolves.com.
 
A-STATE/WKU SERIES HISTORY
• This will the be the 72nd, 73rd and 74th meetings all-time between A-State and WKU. 
• The all-time series is tied at 36-36. 
• A-State took 2 out of 3 games from the Hilltoppers in Jonesboro last season.
• The series dates back to 1993 with both teams being Sun Belt Conference opponents since.
• A-State 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.
• Murray Watts and Brad Burkhead each tied the school for walks in a game against WKU in 2004.
 
SAYING GOODBYE
• This will be the final time that an Arkansas State Athletics competes in a sporting event in Bowling Green, Ky., with both teams being members of the Sun Belt Conference. 
• The team have both been members of the SBC since 1992 when they entered the league together in baseball.
 
JONES EYES GAMES PLAYED RECORD
• Senior Dustin Jones is approaching the A-State for most games played in a career. 
•  He has played in 198 games in his Red Wolves career.
•  The record is 227 games by Chris Floyd from 1992-95.
• Jones also ranks 11th in the nation among active in players in career games played. 
 
SACRIFICING HIMSELF
• Dustin Jones ranks 23rd among active players with 29 career sacrifice bunts in his career. 
• Michael Faulkner holds the A-State career record for sac bunts with 37. 
 
HAWKINS IN COMMAND
• Junior pitcher Chandler Hawkins has not issued a walk in his last 16.2 innings of work.
• The streak spans three straight starts without walk and 2/3 of an inning from March 9 against Creighton. 
 
GOING ERROR FREE
• The Arkansas State baseball team has gone 48.2 straight innings without committing an error.
• Its last error was in the eighth inning on March 25 against Memphis. 
 
A POWER SURGE
• A-State hit three home runs in the March 25-30 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 15 games included three straight Sun Belt Conference series.
• During the span the Red Wolves have a team batting average of .272, have outscored their opponents 95-64 and the pitching staff has held the opponents to a .262 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.
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