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A-State fell to 18-29 on the year after losing two of three to Georgia Southern this past weekend. The Red Wolves are now 9-18 in league play and are 11th in the standings. A-State will need help to get into the SBC Tournament.
Bradey Welsh earned his eighth quality start of the season, which is tied for most on the team with Nate Alberius. Welsh was in line for a win, but Georgia Southern came back to take the lead in game one of the series before A-State battled back to take a 6-5 win.
Kyle MacDonald leads the Sun Belt Conference with a .629 slugging percentage and is 60th in the nation on the category. If the season ended today, the .629 slugging mark would be the 13th best in school history and the highest for an A-State player since 2007 (Josh Yates, .641).
Jeremy Brown is second in the Sun Belt Conference with 17 doubles on the year and is ranked 54th in the country in the category. If he hits an 18th double it will tie him with nine players for 12th most in A-State history for a single season.
The home team has won the last five matchups in the A-State-Ole Miss series. The Rebels defeated A-State 10-3 April 18 in Oxford.
A-State vs. Ole Miss In-Depth Series History
A-State trails the all-time series with Ole Miss by a count of 25-85 after losing 10-3 earlier this season in Oxford, Miss., on April 18. Andrew Leggo hit his first career home run, while Jeremy Brown, Winston Welch, and Jacob Jablonski each had two hits. Korey Wasson, Payton Lannon, and Chase Nix each tossed a scoreless frame.
Last season, A-State shut out Ole Miss 5-0 on May 16 in front of a Tomlinson Stadium record crowd of 1,188. Bryan Ayers tied his career high with seven innings of shutout baseball to earn the win. Alex Howard had three hits and two RBI to lead the offense. The shutout for A-State was the first over the Rebels in school history. The team lost the meeting in Oxford by a score of 16-4 Feb. 21.
Arkansas State won the first meeting between the two schools by a score of 7-3 in 1951 with Ole Miss taking the second game by a count of 11-4. The Rebels went on to win 12 straight until A-State claimed a 9-8 victory in the second of four games during the 1961 season. The Red Wolves swept two meetings during the 1968 season by scores of 2-1 and 7-6 and didn't sweep the Rebels again until 1978 when A-State won two games by the scores of 6-1 and 7-5 with both games being hosted in Blytheville, Ark. Arkansas State swept Ole Miss during the 1988 season by scores of 6-5 and 13-11 and won the only meeting in 1994 9-4 in 10 innings. A-State won both meetings in 2003 (3-2 and 8-5) and won two-of-three games in 2004 with an 11-7 win over the 10th-ranked Rebels in Oxford before a 9-8 loss at No. 7 Ole Miss. A-State took the rubber game 7-6 over No. 6 Ole Miss later in the year. A-State defeated No. 2 Ole Miss in Oxford early in the 2008 season by a score of 7-5. Along with a win over No. 2 Louisiana- Lafayette in 2014, that is the highest-ranked opponent A-State has ever defeated.
Head coach Tommy Raffo is 3-17 against Ole Miss during his tenure but has defeated the Rebels in each of the last two seasons in Jonesboro. Five of those losses have come by one run, while another was by two.
Notes from Georgia Southern Series
The Red Wolves are now 5-8 all-time against Georgia Southern with all 13 meetings coming with Tommy Raffo as head coach.
Bradey Welsh had his eighth quality start Friday night after allowing three runs in 6.1 innings with one walk and five strikeouts.
Drew Tipton extended his on-base streak to 26 games in the series and also now owns a five-game hit streak. He hit a double that was then bobbled in left field that allowed the winning run to score in A-State’s 6-5 walk-off win Friday night. The win in the 10th inning was A-State’s fourth walk-off of the season and improved the team to 3-1 in extra-inning contests this year. It’s the 30th walk-off during Raffo’s tenure.
Coulton Lee pitched in two of the games and didn’t allow a run in four innings of work and picked up the win in the May 11 game after a scoreless top of the 10th inning. He now has 92 career appearances to pass John Koch’s 91 for second most in school history.
Zachary Patterson pitched well Saturday after allowing an unearned run in three innings of work on no hits with four strikeouts. In his last two appearances combined Patterson has thrown six innings and allowed no earned runs with seven strikeouts against two walks.
Casey Vaughan drove in career-high four runs in the 6-5 win May 11.
Blake Wynn started all three games and had a hit in each game, including a career-best two in the May 12 contest.