Teams: ULM (4-14, 0-0 SBC)
Arkansas State (9-7, 0-0 SBC)
Location: Tomlinson Stadium-Kell Field / Jonesboro, Ark.
JONESBORO, Ark. – The ULM baseball team is set to open the lid on its 2017 Sun Belt Conference schedule this weekend with a three-game series at Arkansas State. The Warhawks are coming off a midweek loss to Jackson State, while Arkansas State lost its midweek contest at home to Southern Illinois.
ULM – RHP Josh Leone (2017: 0-1, 4.09 ERA, 4 starts, 22.0 IP, 7 BB, 12 K)
ASU – RHP Bryan Ayers (2017: 2-1, 5.14 ERA, 4 starts, 21.0 IP, 12 BB, 31 K)
ULM – RHP Keegan Curtis (2017: 0-3, 9.86 ERA, 4 starts (5 App), 21.0 IP, 6 BB, 19 K)
ASU – RHP Peyton Culbertson (2017: 2-1, 2.65 ERA, 4 starts, 17.0 IP, 8 BB, 19 K)
ULM – RHP Chase Beal (2017: 1-1, 4.26 ERA, 4 starts, 19.0 IP, 10 BB, 17 K)
ASU – RHP Tyler Mitzel (2017: 0-1, 5.28 ERA, 1 start, 15.1 IP, 7 BB, 17 K)
-ULM is coming off of a 2-0 midweek loss to Jackson State, the first home game for the Warhawks in over two weeks following a 10-game road trip…The 10-game road trip is the longest for ULM since playing 10 straight games away from home across 15 days during the 1990 season…that 1990 road trip opened with two wins but ULM ended the trip with just a 3-7 mark...the Warhawks opened the 2016 campaign with six games on the road and later played eight consecutive road games due to schedule changes after the severe rain and flooding in northeast Louisiana last spring.
-ULM and Arkansas State have met in 65 contests all-time prior to this weekend’s series, with Arkansas State leading the series 28-37 with the first meeting coming back in the 1967 season (a 9-1 ULM victory). The teams have met yearly since the 2007 season, with ULM just 2-7 over the teams’ last three series matchups. This is the second consecutive season the two teams will play in Jonesboro.
-ULM has not won a Sun Belt Conference opening weekend series since taking two of three at UL Lafayette to begin the 2011 conference campaign. The Warhawks last SBC opening weekend series sweep came with three victories against Little Rock to begin the 2007 Sun Belt schedule.
-The Warhawks have been involved with walkoff victories in three of the team’s four weekend series, including in two Friday night games, this season…ULM saw UAB walk off with two victories on Sunday afternoon, and previously had seen Alabama come from behind and walkoff with a 4-3 victory to open the series on March 3, while ULM had an extra-inning walkoff win over Southern Illinois on February 24 on Blake Buckman’s RBI single up the middle in the 11th inning…the Southern Illinois walkoff was the team’s first walkoff victory since Danny Springer pushed ULM past UT Arlington with a sacrifice fly back on April 4, 2015…The Warhawks have lost seven of their last eight extra-inning games dating back to last season.
-Newcomer Cade Harper leads the Warhawks with a team-high .308 batting average, while he and Johnny DeLaCruz lead the team with five doubles as ULM has 43 total extra-base hits as a team to date (33 doubles, nine home runs, one triple)…On the mound, Anthony Herrera leads ULM with a 1.76 ERA in six appearances out of the bullpen…Herrera and starter Keegan Curtis lead the staff with 19 strikeouts each, as six different pitchers each have at least 10 strikeouts (Tyler Schwaner/Josh Leone – 12 each, Kyle Backofen – 15, Beal – 17, Curtis/Herrera – 19 each).
-The three-game series between the Warhawks and Redwolves is scheduled to begin with a 6:30 p.m. games on Friday and Saturday and before a Sunday (1:00 p.m.) afternoon series finale. Following the weekend series, the Warhawks return home to open a four-game homestand next week.
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