Arkansas State baseball travels to Texas State for SBC series

Arkansas State baseball travels to Texas State for SBC series

ARKANSAS STATE (10-20, 5-7 SBC) at Texas State (15-23, 5-7)

Friday, April 23-Sunday, April 25, 2021

6:00 PM CT (Fri.) | 2:30 PM CT (Sat.) | Noon (Sun.)

Bobcat Ballpark • Jonesboro, Ark.

95.3 The Ticket / ESPN+ (Friday only)

PITCHING PROBABLES

FRIDAY: RHP Brandon Hudson (2-0, 5.06 ERA, 26.2 IP, 19 K) vs RHP Zachary Leigh (2-5, 5.54 ERA, 50.1 IP, 51 K)

SATURDAY: RHP Will Nash (1-4, 5.72, 28.1 IP, 20 K) vs RHP Zeke Wood (2-3, 3.60, 40.0 IP, 41 K)

SUNDAY: RHP Carter Holt (2-2, 6.00, 36.0 IP, 26 K) vs TBA

LEADING OFF

The 2021 campaign marks the program’s 74th season with the Red Wolves amassing a 1,344-1,659-10 all-time record dating back to the inaugural 1948 season.

The Red Wolves are entering the weekend series at Texas State to continue an eight-game road stretch after dropping a 5-3 loss at Central Arkansas on Tuesday. A-State and Texas State are tied for fourth in the Sun Belt West Division at 5-7 in league play.

Arkansas State owns a 13-9 lead in the overall series versus Texas State - 13-8 under Head Coach Tommy Raffo.

Ben Klutts is riding a team-best nine-game hitting streak entering the weekend. During that stretch, Klutts is hitting .400 with two doubles and a home run, while slugging .543 with an on-base percentage of .512.

Jaylon Deshazier has reached base in 19 straight games - a career long for the Pine Bluff native. Deshazier is hitting .300 during that stint, slugging .543 with three doubles, a triple and four homers.

A-State pitching has tossed two quality starts in the last three weekend games, with Brandon Hudson and Carter Holt doing so this past weekend versus UTA.

LAST TIME OUT

Arkansas State led through the first six-and-a-half innings at Central Arkansas, but a three-run seventh by the Bears en route to the Red Wolves dropping a 5-3 decision Tuesday night at Bear Stadium.

Brandon Anderson was effective in the start, pitching 3.0 innings and allowing just one run.

A-State battled back from a 1-0 deficit to plate two runs in the third and another in the sixth to lead 3-1. The Bears got a run back in the sixth before adding three more in the seventh, aided by a pair of A-State errors, to take the lead. The go-ahead run scored on a two-RBI single by RJ Pearson, making it 5-3 UCA.

BEN *KLUTCH*

Ben Klutts has been on a tear at the plate for Arkansas State recently, riding a season-long nine-game winning streak entering Friday’s contest.

The Poteau, Oklahoma, native is hitting .400 during that stretch, slugging .543 with three extra-base hits and 10 runs scored. His on-base percentage is up over .500 as well, at .512.

“THE ELDER STATESMAN”

Drew Tipton is the longest-serving active A-State player on the 2021 roster, having been on the team since the 2016 season. He is also rising up the career charts in several categories: games started (8th - 184), at-bats (9th - 668), runs scored (5th - 139), triples (T10th - 4), walks (7th - 98), hit-by-pitch (4th - 35), stole bases (2nd - 53) and stolen base attempts (2nd - 57).

HUDSON TAKING ADVANTAGE OF STARTING OPPORTUNITY

Brandon Hudson earned a victory in his first career start on March 23 versus Murray State, and that performance was good enough for him to earn his first career Sun Belt Conference start on April 1 versus in-state rival Little Rock.

Hudson tossed 5.0 shutout innings in his first start, allowing one hit. The Roland, Arkansas, native struck out three and walked a pair to earn the victory. In his second start, on April 1 versus Little Rock, Hudson delivered another gem. He tossed a career-high 6.0 innings and limited the Trojans to two runs on four hits.

In his three Sun Belt Conference starts, Hudson has pitched a pair of quality starts after doing so on Friday versus UT Arlington.

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