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A-State won two of three against Texas State over the past weekend for their second straight SBC series win. The Red Wolves are now 17-26 on the year with an 8-16 record in league play.
Bradey Welsh picked up his seventh quality start of the season by going six strong innings against Texas State Friday. He allowed a run in the top of the first, but nothing else as A-State went on to win 6-1.
A-State dropped game two of the series 10-3, but bounced back to win the Sunday game 2-1 after 4.1 scoreless innings from starter Carter Holt and another 2.2 shutout innings from Tanner Kirby as Kirby went on to claim his first win of the season. Bo Ritter allowed a run, but was able to slam the door on the Bobcats for his fourth save of the season.
Kyle MacDonald provided the offense in the series finale with a two-run bomb to right field in the bottom of the fourth inning. The homer was his 10th of the season and he is the first A-State player since Logan Uxa in 2012 to get to 10 long balls.
The Red Wolves and Bears played about two weeks ago on April 25 at Tomlinson Stadium. A-State won a 12-5 contest with Carter Holt picking up the win, while Jeremy Brown and Tobias Johnson homered.
A-State vs. Central Arkansas In-Depth Series History
A-State leads the all-time series with Central Arkansas by a count of 20-14 in a series that began during the 1948 season. UCA, then known by Arkansas State Teachers College, won both games by scores of 4-3 in 13 innings and 8-2. Arkansas State lost 6-0 in Conway in 1949, but got its first win in the series by a score of 8-6 in Jonesboro.
The two teams split two games in each of the 1950, 1951, 1958, 1959, and 1963 seasons. The Red Wolves and Bears played in the 1962 Southwest Regional with Central Arkansas winning 5-3.
The series didn’t resume until 1986 with the two teams splitting the two-game set. However, A-State was 10-3 against UCA from 1986 to 1994, including a four-game sweep in 1988.
The teams met again in 2007 and split two games with each team winning on its home field before the four meetings with Tommy Raffo as head coach coming in 2014, 2015, and earlier this season with A-State holding a 3-1 edge. The two teams were scheduled to play a couple of other times during Raffo’s tenure, but the games were rained out.
The two teams split in 2014 with each team winning on the other’s home field before A-State took the only meeting in 2015 in Conway, Ark., by a score of 8-6 in 13 innings. The game was tied 6-6 with Zach George driving in Stuart Levy for the winning run. George scored on a single by Joe Schrimpf for an insurance run. Bo Ritter was the winning pitcher in the game with three scoreless frames where he allowed just one hit and struck out one with no walks. Current Red Wolves Jeremy Brown and Tanner Kirby also played in the game.
Earlier this season on April 25, a game that was moved back a day and then played on a wet surface at Tomlinson Stadium, the Red Wolves claimed a 12-5 decision over the Bears. Carter Holt went a career-best five innings and allowed three runs, two earned, to pick up his first win. Zachary Patterson, Bo Ritter, Coulton Lee, and Tanner Kirby also pitched in the game. Jeremy Brown and Tobias Johnson each hit homers in the game, while Drew Tipton, Cullen Ray, and Winston Welch doubled in the contest with Welch hitting two, two-baggers. Brown and Johnson drove in four runs and three runs, respectively. A-State out hit the Bears 11-9, but all nine of UCA’s hits were singles. Seven pitchers threw for Central Arkansas with starter Mark Moyer taking the loss. Hunter Strong with 4-for-5 with two RBI for UCA.
Notes from Troy Series
The Red Wolves improved to 13-6 all-time against Texas State and have never lost a series to the Bobcats.
Bradey Welsh picked up his seventh quality start in the Friday night game. He pitiched six innings and gave up a first-inning run, but nothing else to go with five strikeouts against one walk.
Drew Tipton was able to extend his hit streak to 16 games, but lost the streak on Saturday. The 16-game hit streak is tied for the 14th longest in school history with Matt Bryant (1996) and Willie Olivas (1992).
Kyle MacDonald smacked his 10th homer of the season in the 2-1 win Sunday and is the first player since Logan Uxa in 2012 with 10 in a season. If he gets to 11 he will be the first player since 2007 (Josh Yates and Ryan Hudgins). His .622 slugging percentage leads the SBC.
Tanner Kirby picked up his first win of the season in the series finale, while Bo Ritter earned his fourth save of the season.
Casey Vaughan hit .556 in the series (5-for-9) with two RBI.