The Red Wolves are entering the series on back-to-back losses to SEC opponent Mizzou. A-State dropped the first contest 16-1 and fell 14-1 in seven innings in the series finale. The Red Wolves scored four quick runs in the first inning when Kyle MacDonald singled to left field to bring Drew Tipton home. Back-to-back singles by Justin Felix and Jaylon Deshazier gave the Red Wolves the lead but Mizzou responded with 14 unanswered runs to end the match. The Red Wolves sit in third place in the West division at the start on conference play. Texas State holds down first place (11-6), while UT Arlington stands in second with a 11-6 overall record. Junior Chandler Coates registered his fourth quality start of the season against Missouri State only allowing two runs on five hits in six innings, while also throwing seven strikeouts. Senior Nate Alberius logged his second quality start of the season in game two of A-State doubleheader against MSU. Alberius pitched seven innings and only allowed two runs on four hits with a season-high eight strikeouts. The Scarlet and Black hit four homeruns in the three-game series and have 18 homers on the season which is the most in the Sun Belt. Sky-Lar Culver leads A-state in a number of stat categories including Avg (.393), RBIs (20), hits (22) and doubles (8). Culver also has a team-high .732 slugging percentage. A-State currently has a total of 25 stolen base on the year which ties the 2018 record. Junior Drew Tipton leads the Red Wolves in stolen bases at 13 which ranks him No. 1 in the SBC for stolen bases and places Arkansas third in the league for stolen bases. A-State posted a season-high 16 RBIs and 15 hits in the second game of its doubleheader against Missouri State.
Last season, Arkansas State was swept by the Trojans at Tomlinson Stadium (4-3, 13-10, 12-9). A-State trails the all-time series with Troy by a count of 11-31 in a series that began in the 2006 season. All 42 matchups have come with the two teams as members of the Sun Belt Conference.mArkansas State dropped the first 12 games of the series to the Trojans from 2006-2009 by getting swept in each series despite three of the four (2006, 2007, and 2009) being held in Jonesboro. The Red Wolves earned a 5-4 win in the first game of the 2010 series in Troy, Ala., for their first victory of the series, but dropped the next two 11-6 and 9-3.A-State beat the Trojans 12-2 in the SBC Tournament that season, but were later eliminated by Troy in the event with a 12-5 loss and 12-8 setback in 11 innings. The Red Wolves were swept by the Trojans in 2011, but finally claimed their first series victory in 2012 at Troy. A-State lost the first game 7-6, but rebounded with a 16-8 win and 5-4 triumph in the final two games. However, A-State lost an 8-3 contest toTroy in the 2012 SBC Tournament. Arkansas State lost two-of-three to Troy in 2013, but went 1-1 against the Trojans in the conference tournament with a 3-2 win eliminatingTroy at the event. A-State took two-of-three against Troy in 2014 in Jonesboro and split with them in the SBC again with a 12-0 run-rule victory to eliminate the Trojans. A-State was swept by Troy in 2015 and lost two-of-three in 2016 before a 13-12 win in the conference tour- nament eliminated Troy. A-State trailed 12-4, but came back to win the game. The two teams didn’t play in 2017. Troy has swept the regular-season series six times, while A-State has never swept a regular-season series against them. The Trojans have won nine of the regular-season series against Arkansas State to just two for A-State. Troy also leads the series 5-4 inconference tournament matchups, but A-State has eliminated Troy three times, whileTroy has put A-State out just once. Head coach Tommy Raffo is 11-25 against Troy with those 11 wins representing the onlywins against the Trojans in school history. Troy enters the weekend 9-5 Reigning Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week Levi Thomas leads Troy into its conference-open- er against Arkansas State this weekend. Historically, the Trojans hold an 11-4 advantage over the Red Wolves at Riddle-Pace Field.
• Senior Nate Alberius improved to 2-1 on the season against Missouri State when he tossed seven innings while only allowing two runs on four hits while throwing eight strikeouts with no walks for his second quality start of the season. Alberius holds an ERA of 2.86.
• Junior Chandler Coates moved to 3-0 on the year when he has a quality outing against Missouri State. Coates pitched six innings and only allowed five hits with two runs while earning seven strikeouts on the day with one walk. Coates has an ERA of 2.25 and has started and appeared in four games. Coates leads the squad in batters struck out with 21.
•Junior Jack Jumper currently has appeared in eight games and holds and ERA of 1.74. Jumper had pitched 10.1 innings and only allowed two hits on five runs. Jumper as thrown 11 strikeouts and has only walked five runners.
• Kollin Stone has appeared in eight games for the Red Wolves where he has earned four saves which is good for third in the Sun Belt Conference. Stone has pitched 11.2 innings allowing only three runs on 10 hits. Stone has thrown 11 strikeouts threw 18 games of the 2019 campaign with four walks.
• Junior Zach Jackson has a record of 1-1 and has pitched 11.2 innings allowing 13 runs on 15 hits, Jackson has strikeout 17 runners and has only walked six.
• Senior Zachary Patterson has an era of 6.23 and an overall record of 2-1. Patterson has pitched 8.2 innings where he allowed eight runs on 13 hits. Patterson has struck out 8 batters and walked seven.
• Zech Jarrard appeared in eight games and started in one, he has pitched in 17.1 in-nings for the Red Wolves where he has struck out 15 batters,
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• Junior Drew Tipton leads Arkansas State and the Sun Belt Conference in stolen bases and attempts with 13-14. Tipton's 13 stolen bases places him No. 8 nationally. The Red Wolves has already surpassed last years record of 25 stolen bases.
• For the 2019 campaign Tipton as an .273 avg while producing a .430 OBP which is the fifth best on the squad.