A-State Baseball Travels to No. 14 Ole Miss

COURTESY: Arkansas State

LEADING OFF

The Arkansas State baseball will travel to Oxford, Miss., for a match-up with the No. 14 ranked Ole Miss Rebels at Swayze Field Wednesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. The Red Wolves carry a five game winning streak, its longest of the season, into the game while the Rebels after coming off back-to-back losses to South Carolina in its opening weekend of SEC competition. This will be the 102nd meeting all-time between A-State and Ole Miss. The teams have met at least once every season since 1993 and in most cases the Rebels and Red Wolves have played a home-and-home series. Tanner Gaines will make the first start of his A-State career for the Red Wolves, while Ole Miss will counter with Jeremy Massie.

The games can be heard on 95.3FM The Ticket/970AM KNEA and live audio will be on AStateRedWolves.com.  Live video of the game will be featured on OleMissSports.com.
A-STATE/OLE MISS SERIES HISTORY

• This will be the 102nd meeting all-time between A-State and Ole Miss.

• The Red Wolves are 23-78 all-time against the Rebels.

• A-State lost both games to the Rebels last season but split the year before for Tommy Raffo’s only victory against Ole Miss.

• The series dates back to 1951.

 

A LONG DAY AT THE PARK

• A-State and UALR played 14 innings on March 15, making it the Red Wolves’ longest game since the 2007 season.

 

HAVING THEIR NUMBER

• A-State has swept five out of the last six series it has played against the Trojans and has won 14 out of its last 16 games against UALR.

 

A PERFECT WEEKEND TO STEAL

• Arkansas State was a perfect 5-for-5 this past weekend in stolen bases against UALR, including stealing home.

 

TWO OUTS, NO PROBLEM

• All three of Matt Burgess’ RBIs in A-State’s 5-3 victory over UALR on March 15 came with two outs in the inning.

 

STEALING HOME TWICE IN A WEEK

• A-State stole home twice in one week after stealing home just once in all of 2013.

• A-State’s Matt Burgess completed a steal of home on March 11 at Murray State, while Dustin Jones stole home on March 14 at Tomlinson Stadium against UALR.

• In both instances, both were the results of double steals.

• A-State also stole home against UALR in 2013 when Kevin Fitzpatrick accomplished the feat in the second to last game of the year.

 

REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS

• Sophomore outfielder Austin Baker set two records and tied another one with his performance against Murray State Tuesday.  He finished the day 5-for-6 with seven runs scored, five RBI’s, three home runs in three consecutive at-bats, and 14 total bases.

• Baker set the record for runs scored with seven, breaking the previous high of five that had been done three other times in school history, with the last being Isaac Dillon in 2005 vs. UNO. The 14 total bases also set a new record, breaking the previous high of 13, which had been accomplished two other times in school history.  Junior Collin Massanelli had 13 total bases last season on March 16, 2013 against UALR.

• Baker’s three home runs also tied a school record for home runs with three, tying three other players including teammate Massanelli that had three against UALR on March 16, 2013.

• Junior infielder Lucas Feddersen tied the record for most at-bats in a game with eight, tying Bill Smith’s record set in 1960 against St. Louis.  Freshman catcher Tyler Hardie also tied a record with four walks against the Thoroughbreds, tying 16 other players in school history.

• A-State’s 27 runs was the second-highest total in school history.  Arkansas State’s record is 28 runs scored against Memphis in 1992.

 

COOL RUNNINGS

• A-State is second in the Sun Belt Conference with 30 stolen bases thus far.

• The Red Wolves had just 28 stolen bases in all of 2013.

• Austin Baker leads A-State with 8 stolen bases, breaking the team-high for any A-State player in 2013. His total also ranks second in SBC play and is the only player among the conference’s top five leaders to have not been caught stealing.

 

SECOND OR BETTER

• The Red Wolves rank first in the Sun Belt Conference in on base pct. at .404  and walks with 79.

• Arkansas State is second in the SBC in runs scored with 114, batting average at .293, hit-by- pitches with 27, and sacrifice flies with 10.

• A-State ranks second in the Sun Belt Conference in doubles with 38, only trailing Georgia State’s 45.  The Red Wolves are tied with WKU for second with five triples. ULL leads with seven.

• A-State’s pitchers rank second in batters struck out looking with 48.

 

RED WOLVES AMONG SBC LEADERS

• Matt Burgess is second in the Sun Belt Conference with 19 RBIs after the first four weeks of the season. He also ranks 10th in the league with a .345 batting average.

• Lucas Feddersen ranks 8th in the league with a .346 batting average and also leads the team.

• In addition to Austin Baker’s ranks among steal leaders, he is first in the conference with three triples, second with 18 runs, fourth in slugging pct. at .613, fourth in total bases with 38, tied for sixth in hits with 21, and tied for seventh in RBIs with 14.

• Catcher Stuart Levy is second in the conference with seven doubles and is tied for second in the SBC with seven runners caught stealing.

 

GRAND SALAMI ON RYE

•  Sophomore Matt Burgess has continued his assault on opposing pitcher through the season’s first two week’s.

• He hit the Red Wolves first Grand Slam since 2011 on Feb. 23 against Illinois State with a bases loaded shot over the fence in right-centerfield in the bottom of the third inning.

• He was the first A-State player to hit a grand slam since Jordan Castaldo did it on May 25, 2011 against FIU.

 

OWEN HONORED BY COLLEGESPORTSMADNESS.COM

• Sophomore pitcher David Owen was named the CollegeSportsMadness.com Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week after his performance at UAB on March 2.

• Owen struck out a career-high 10 against the Blazers to lead A-State to a 5-3 victory.

• He became the first Red Wolves pitcher to strikeout 10 in a game since Bradley Wallace and Daniel Wright each did it in 2013.

WATCH IN THE STATE ZONE

• Arkansas State University Athletics is pleased to announce that fans can now purchase a 24- Hour Pass to State Zone, the official audio and video portal of AStateRedWolves.com. With a one-time payment of $4.95, fans can watch live video broadcasts of A-State athletic events for 24 straight hours from the time of the purchase.

• State Zone offers fans live audio and video coverage of select games, including 30-plus baseball games, along with unlimited access to the largest A-State sports video library.  Other packages offered by State Zone include a one-month deal for the price of $8.95, four months for $29.95, or one year for $79.95.