Red Wolves Complete Sweep Of Trojans, Finish Second In Sun Belt Conference

by ASU Media Relations  on Saturday, May. 19, 2012 7:02 pm  

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Arkansas State senior Cory Kyle went a career-high eight innings on the mound, giving up three runs while scattering eight hits to lead the Red Wolves to a 7-3 victory over the UALR Trojans on Saturday afternoon at Gary Hogan Field. Kyle finished the afternoon with four strikeouts while issuing just two walks.

With the victory, the Red Wolves (32-21, 19-9 Sun Belt) completed the weekend sweep of the Trojans (26-28, 12-18) but came up just short in their bid for their first Sun Belt Conference baseball title after entering the series a game behind Florida Atlantic.

Arkansas State needed a loss from FAU in its game with Florida International to tie for the Sun Belt title, but the game in Boca Raton was rained out, leaving the Red Wolves a half-game back in the final standings. FAU ended the season at 19-8 in league play. The Red Wolves' second-place finish in the SBC standings is ASU's highest since the 1993 season, when Arkansas State finished second in the Sun Belt East Division.

"It was a very tough win, but all wins in the Sun Belt are that way," said ASU head coach Tommy Raffo. "It's going to go down to the wire when you've got teams that are so competitive. I would say that 75-80 percent of the games in the Sun Belt came down this way. Cory was efficient, did a great job in the strike zone and got some early outs. He did a wonderful job for us and we are very proud of his effort."

"We can only control what we can do," said Raffo, when asked about the FAU rainout. "We can't dictate what goes on down there. We can only control what we came to the ballpark to do, and I am very proud of that."



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