A-State baseball team visits Illinois State

Arkansas State head coach Tommy Raffo (22) congratulates Tyler Duncan after Duncan’s solo home run during the Red Wolves’ 3-1 victory over Murray State on Tuesday. ASU visits Illinois State for a three-game series this weekend.

NORMAL, Ill. — Arkansas State’s baseball team travels north for its fourth consecutive weekend series away from home.

The Red Wolves visit Illinois State for a three-game series that starts this evening at 5 at Duffy Bass Field. Saturday’s game is also scheduled for 5 p.m., followed by Sunday’s series finale at 1 p.m.

ASU (4-12) snapped a five-game losing streak Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over Murray State at Tomlinson Stadium. Sophomore right-hander Brandon Hudson pitched five shutout innings in his first start as the Red Wolves evened the season series with the Racers.

Freshman right-hander Max Charlton (0-1) is scheduled to start on the mound tonight for ASU. Charlton pitched 3 2/3 innings against Missouri State on March 10, giving up three runs (one earned) and seven hits.

Junior Will Nash (1-2) is set to start Saturday and sophomore Carter Holt (0-2) is ASU’s scheduled starter Sunday.

Senior right fielder Tyler Duncan is off to a strong start with a .344 average, five home runs and 20 runs batted in. Duncan has the Sun Belt Conference’s fourth-best slugging percentage (.689) and ranks fifth in the league in both home runs and RBI.

Senior designated hitter Sky-Lar Culver is second on the team with four home runs and 12 RBI.

Illinois State (5-13) has lost six in a row after Wednesday’s 9-7 setback against Eastern Illinois. Picked second in the Missouri Valley Conference’s preseason poll, the Redbirds have lost three games each to Oklahoma State, Missouri and East Carolina.

SBC honors Sale

JONESBORO — A tie for third place among some of the top-ranked individuals in collegiate golf helped Arkansas State’s Julien Sale earn Sun Belt Conference Golfer of the Week honors on Thursday.

Tying for third at the Tiger Invitational hosted by Auburn last week, Sale was among 23 top-100 players in the field. He was second among those ranked players and saw his GolfStat individual ranking climb from No. 18 to No. 7 based off the result. The third place finished helped Sale improve to 22-2 against top-100 ranked players this season.

Playing at Grand National, Sale turned in a total of 207 in the 54-hole tournament. Following a first round 1-over par 73, Sale posted back-to-back rounds of 5-under 67 to climb the leaderboard. He posted an eagle and 12 birdies against four bogeys on his final 36 holes.

Sale and the 30th-ranked Red Wolves play in the Tar Heel Intercollegiate beginning Saturday at UNC Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill, N.C.