Quick Pitches

• A-State is now 21-16 overall and 8-7 in Sun Belt action after falling to UT Arlington in three-straight contests at Tomlinson Stadium.
Tommy Raffo is one win away form becoming the third head coach to reach 300 wins and needs 14 more to pass Bill Bethea (1992-2002) for the second most wins in school history.

• In the last meeting between A-State and SEMO, the Red Wolves defeated the Redhawks 11-2 at Capa- ha Field. Zachary Patterson improved to 3-1 on the year after pitching two innings, allowing only one with,one run with two strikeouts and no walks. The Red Wolves had a big fifth inning, posting four runs, whenJaylon Deshazier walked with the bases loaded and Tyler Duncan hit an RBI single to left bringing Sky-Lar Culver across. Drew Tipton capped of the inning when he sliced a two-run single to left scoring Deshazier and Justin Felix.

Sky-Lar Culver enters the midweek matchup leading the team in a number of stat categories including a .345 batting average, RBIs (36), hits (48), doubles (12).
• Arkansas State is hitting .266 as a team, 6 Arkansas State players have multiple HRs on the season (31 total), led by Justin Felix's 8 home runs.

Zech Jarrard had a steller performance in last week's mid-week win over Central Arkansas. He (2-1) pitched 4.1 scoreless innings in relief, only allowing two hits and punching out a season-high eight. DrewTipton hit his first home run of the season in Tuesday nights contest.
• The Red Wolves pitching staff currently owns a 4.65 ERA and has struck out 297 batters in 323.1 innings pitched.

• SEMO enters the midweek matchup 16-20 overall and 6-12 in the Ohio Valley conference. The Redh- awaks faced Murrary State over the weekend and only took one of three from the Racers, SEMO fell in game one 9-5, won game two 4-2 before dropping game three 5-6.
• Tyler Wilber's 59 hits ranks him No. 1 in the OVC and top-10 (9) nationally while his .424 batting averageis good for first in the league and eighth nationally. Alex Nielsen is ranked No. 1 in OVC and No. 8 in thenation for toughest batters to strikeout.

SEMO NOTES

• A-State leads the all-time series with Southeast Missouri by a count of 39-33. The series began in 1959 with an A-State3-1 win. SEMO bouncedback to claim an 11-2 win in the 1960 game, but A-State won five straight contests from 1961
to the first game between the two schools in 1963. The Red Wolves won three games in the 1962 season against theRedhawks, including a 6-2 win in the Southwest Regional. SEMO broke the streak with 4-0 and 5-4 wins to end A-State’s 1963 campaign.

• Arkansas State and Southeast Missouri played in the 1967 NCAA Midwest Regional of the College Division with A-State claiming a 12-6 decision. The Red Wolves defeated the Redhawks in 1968 6-1, but didn’t resume the series for 20 years until SEMO took two games in 1988.
• The two teams have played every season since 1988 with the Redhawks holding a 27-26 advantage.

• The series has been very even lately with head coach Tommy Raffo holding a 9-9 mark against Southeast Missouri in his career since he took over as head coach in 2009.
• In 2018, The Arkansas State baseball team allowed Southeast Missouri to tie the game in the top of the ninth, but Jacob Jablonski was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom half to send A-State to a 7-6 victory. Nate Alberius posted a quality start with 6.1 innings pitched and three earned runs allowed out of four total. The Little Rock, Ark., native struckout two and walked two before giving way to Payton Lannon, who earned his first hold of the season. He pitched a fullinning with two huge strikeouts to end the seventh frame after SEMO had runners on second and third with one out. Jer-emy Brown drove in A-State’s first run with a sacrifice fly in the third before a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch by Grant Hawkins brought in another. SEMO tacked on another run in the top of the fifth before Andersen’s triple to center brought homeA-State’s third run. Andersen would come around to score on the play to tie it up at 4-4 after an errant throw to third by the Redhawks’ cutoff man, Connor Basler.

• in 2017, the two teams played on back-to-back nights with A-State claiming a 10-1 win April 4 in Jonesboro before losing a 10-4 contest in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Bradey Welsh pitched seven innings of one-run ball in the win for the Red Wolves as the team hit eight doubles, one shy of tying the school record, and scored six runs with two outs. Garrett Rucker led the offense with two hits and four RBI. The following night SEMO reliever Jared Waldhoff earned the win with 1.2 innings out of the bullpen as the Redhawks scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie. Chris Caffrey had two hits and three RBI for Southeast Missouri, while Justin Felix led A-State’s offense with two hits and two runs driven in.

• In the last meeting between A-State and SEMO, the Red Wolves defeated the Redhawks 11-2 at Capaha Field. Zachary Patterson improved to 3-1 on the year after pitching two innings, allowing only one with, one run with two strikeouts and nowalks. The Red Wolves had a big fifth inning, posting four runs, when Jaylon Deshazier walked with the bases loaded andTyler Duncan hit an RBI single to left bringing Sky-Lar Culver across. Drew Tipton capped of the inning when he sliced a two-run single to left scoring Deshazier and Justin Felix.