A-STATE/UALR SERIES HISTORY
• Thursday night’s game will be the 111th meeting between the two schools, which makes UALR the second most played opponent in A-State’s history.
• The first meeting occurred during the 1975 season when Arkansas State swept two games in a midweek series by scores of 4-3 and 6-1.
• A-State swept UALR in Jonesboro earlier this season, including a doubleheader victory on March 15.
• Arkansas State has won six straight games against the Trojans in Little Rock.
• The Red Wolves have won 16 out of the last 18 games against the Trojans
• The Red Wolves and Trojans met six times last season with A-State sweeping the opening SBC series in Little Rock by scores of 6-3, 9-7, and 7-5. The Trojans came to Jonesboro for the last SBC series of the season. A-State took the first game 3-2 to increase its winning streak against UALR to 13 games, but the Trojans bounced back to take the final two games 5-4 and 8-1.
OWEN NAMED TO OLSON AWARD WATCH LIST
• Sophomore pitcher David Owen was named to the Gregg Olson “Breakout Player of the Year” watch list.
• Owen is the first Arkansas State player to be named to the award watch list.
• He is one of five Sun Belt players on the list and also just one of 80 players overall.
WHAT A CROWD
• A crowd of 1,143 was on hand on May 13 at Tomlinson Stadium to watch A-State take on No. 11 Ole Miss and set a new record for the largest crowd ever to watch a game at the stadium.
• The previous high was 1,019 in 2008 against Memphis.
RED WOLVES “WEARING” PITCHES
• The Red Wolves have been hit by 73 pitches for this season surpassing last year’s total of 52.
• This year, A-State had a stretch of 12 straight games with a hit by pitch and has had 18 games where it has had multiple HBP.
• The team ranks second in the Sun Belt in total HPB.
A ZUBER STAR
• Freshman Tyler Zuber recorded two saves against Troy to bring his season total to four since taking over the backend duties in the bullpen.
• Zuber has been fantastic in Sun Belt Conference play, sporting a 0.73 ERA in 10 innings in allowing just one run.
• A-State had 12 hits, all singles, in its 8-5 victory over Troy to clinch the series on May 11.
• It was the seventh time this season that A-State has had everyone one of hits in a game be singles.
• It was also the secone time this season that A-State had 12 hits in a game and have them all be singles. A-State also had 12 singles against UALR on March 15 in a victory in that series finale.
TAKING DOWN NO. 2
• A-State defeated No.2 Louisiana-Lafayette 6-4 on May 4. The Ragin’ Cajuns were the highest ranked team to ever play at Tomlinson Stadium and the highest ranked team that A-State has ever defeated in Jonesboro.
• The highest ranked team A-State had defeated was No. 2 Ole Miss in 2008. A-State defeated the Rebels 7-5 in Oxford.
• Since 2003, A-State is 9-19 against ranked opponents at Tomlinson Stadium. Prior to this year’s victory the last home victory over a ranked opponent was during the 2012 season in a 10-5 victory over No. 22 Ole Miss.
WALLACE TIES CAREER-HIGH
• Senior right-hander Bradley Wallace tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts against No. 2 ULL on May 3.
• Wallace also struck out 12 against Western Kentucky in 2013.
• He is the third A-State pitcher to reach double-digit strikeouts in a game this season (David Owen and Chandler Hawkins have also equaled the feat.)
• Wallace and Cody Woodhouse combined to strikeout 17 in the game, the highest mark for team strikeouts in a single-game this season for A-State.
BAKER RUNS WILD ON THOROUGHBREDS
• In two games against Murray State this season, Austin Baker has a tremendous amount of success.
• He has totaled eight RBIs, seven hits and 18 total bases in those two games and set school records for total bases in a single home and tied the school record for home runs in a single game with 3.
ANY BATTER AT ANY TIME
• Through 51 games this season all 13 of 17 Red Wolves with an at-bat this season have at least two RBIs in a single game and all 17 have at least one RBI on the year.
• In addition, 13 of 17 Red Wolves with an AB this season have recorded multiple hits in a game.
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME
• A-State head coach Tommy Raffo has gone 36-39-1 in the month of May since arriving at the school.
• The Red Wolves went 11-4 in th month in 2011-12 and advanced to the finals of the SBC Tournament.
NUMBERS NEVER LIE
• A-State is having one of its best seasons at the plate in recent memory by averaging 9.08 hits per game, the most since the 2011 season when the team averaged 9.49 per game.
• The team’s 1.82 doubles per outing are also the most since 2010 (1.90).
• The Red Wolves are also scoring more runs and are averaging right at 5.88 runs per game, the most since 2010 when scored 6.50 runs per game.