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JONESBORO, Ark. (5/8/12) - Following their three-game sweep of Sun Belt Conference foe South Alabama last weekend, the Arkansas State Red Wolves have been named Honorable Mention Team of the Week by CollegeBaseballInsiders.com.
The Red Wolves held South Alabama, the league's top-hitting team in league play going into the weekend at .326, to just one run in each of the three games, winning 8-1 in the Friday night contest, 6-1 in the Saturday game and 2-1 in the Sunday finale. ASU pitchers Jacob Lee, Daniel Wright, Cory Kyle, Brandon Farley, John Koch andBradley Wallace combined to hold the Jags to a .149 average, allowing just 13 hits while striking out 14 batters.
The Red Wolves wrapped up the sweep by rallying from a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the ninth in Sunday's contest, getting a walk-off single from pinch-hitter Alex Potts to drive in the winning run.
Facing the one-run deficit in the ninth, left fielder Logan Uxa surprised the South Alabama defense with a bunt single down the third base line to lead off theinning for the Red Wolves. Third baseman Claude Johnson followed Uxa's single with a base hit up the middle, and designated hitter Ryan Emery drew a walk to load the bases with no outs.
Pinch-hitter Kaleb Brown was hit by a pitch to send home a run and tie the game, and Potts' base hit to right field two pitches later drove home the winning run.
Following the sweep of South Alabama, ASU is now 26-19 overall and 15-7 in Sun Belt Conference play, trailing league-leader Florida Atlantic by just one game with six games remaining.
With Sunday's win, the Red Wolves also clinched a berth in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, scheduled for May 23-27 in Bowling Green, Ky. Arkansas State is assured of no worse than the No. 6 seed in the eight-team field, and can secure at least the No. 2 spot with a series victory at home over next weekend's opponent, Florida International.
Arkansas State returns to action today when the Red Wolves travel to Little Rock to take on UAPB in a 3:30 p.m. game at Dickey-Stephens Park. The Red Wolves will then host Florida International this weekend in the final home SBC series of the 2012 season.