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A-State is now 12-24 on the season and 4-14 in league play after getting swept by Troy April 20-21. The Red Wolves lost the first game 4-3 before losing a doubleheader by scores of 13-10 and 12-9 after the Sunday game was moved up to beat incoming rain.
Bradey Welsh picked up his sixth quality start in the Friday contest by allowing three runs in 6.1 innings. The sixth quality start makes him tied for first on the team with Nate Alberius.
Jeremy Brown put together a monster weekend at the plate by going 7-for-14 with three doubles, one triple, and one home run to go along with seven RBI. Brown now has 14 doubles to rank in a tie for the league lead and 43rd in the nation. The home run was the ninth of his career making him the team’s active leader in that category. He also has 116 RBI in his career to rank as seventh most in school history. The Festus, Mo., native passed Austin Baker’s 112 this past weekend.
Casey Vaughan also hit .500 in the series (6-for-12) and Kyle MacDonald hit home runs in each of the April 21 games to give him seven this year. MacDonald’s seven homers rank in a tie for seventh most in the league, while his slugging percentage of .597 is second best in the SBC.
A-State vs. Central Arkansas In-Depth Series History
A-State leads the all-time series with Central Arkansas by a count of 19-14 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 three meetings with Tommy Raffo as head coach coming in 2014 and 2015 with A-State holding a 2-1 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.
The Bears enter with a 23-16 record on the season and 11-7 mark in Southland Conference play. UCA split a midweek doubleheader with Missouri State and lost to Little Rock, who A-State will play later in the year, in 11 innings. Central Arkansas also swept Mississippi Valley State and Southeast Missouri in two-game midweek sets and swept New Orleans and UT Martin in three-game series.
Notes from Troy Series
The Red Wolves fell to 11-34 all-time against Troy after being swept by the Trojans April 20-21 despite scoring 22 runs in three games, which was the second most A-State has scored in a three-game series against Troy.
Bradey Welsh picked up his sixth quality start in the Friday night game to tie Nate Alberius for the team lead. He allowed three runs (all earned) on nine hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Jeremy Brown hit .500 in the series and slugged 1.071 as five of his seven hits with for extra bases, including three doubles to tie him for first in the SBC with 14. He also hit his second home run of the season and first triple. He drove in seven runs with three RBI in each of the April 21 games. Additionally, he now has a 17-game hit streak, which is the longest since 2011 when Ryan Emery had one that reached 17 games. It is tied for the sixth-longest in school history.
Casey Vaughan also had a nice series with a .500 batting average, while Drew Tipton hit .417 with two doubles and a steal. Tipton currently sports an 11-game hit streak. Kyle MacDonald only had three hits, but two of them hit the scoreboard in right field to give him seven homers.
Tobias Johnson hit an inside-the-park home run in the Friday game to go back-to-back with Jeremy Brown. The inside-the-parker was the first since Brown did so at Northwestern State last season (Feb. 25, 2017).