OXFORD, Miss. — Arkansas State carries some momentum into the last game of an eight-game road swing.
The Red Wolves have won four in a row after sweeping Austin Peay over the weekend in Clarksville, Tenn., to match their longest win streak of the season. ASU visits ninth-ranked Ole Miss this evening at 6:30, making its second trip of the season to Oxford-University Stadium.
ASU (14-22) rallied in the final two innings Sunday to defeat Austin Peay 9-4 and finish a three-game sweep of the Governors (15-27). The Red Wolves won 12-7 on Friday and 11-5 on Saturday.
Catcher Liam Hicks homered twice and drove in a career-high four runs in Sunday’s game. The Toronto native was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and a sacrifice fly, going 7-for-13 for the series with five RBI, seven runs and three extra-base hits.
Including Hicks, the top three hitters in the order combined for six of ASU’s eight hits, with center fielder Drew Tipton and third baseman Ben Klutts each recording a pair of hits.
Tipton scored all three times he reached base with a pair of RBI. He was 5-for-11 for the weekend with three RBI, a couple of home runs and six runs scored. Tipton ranks 13th among the NCAA active Division I career leaders with 158 runs scored and is 22nd among active players in career stolen bases with 57.
Hicks is batting .388 to lead the Red Wolves, while right fielder Tyler Duncan is batting .319 with team highs of eight home runs and 42 RBI. Klutts, the team leader with 13 doubles, was 6-for-16 over the weekend to lift his batting average to .303.
Ole Miss (31-12) has won four in a row, all in Southeastern Conference play. The Rebels are coming off a three-game sweep of then-No. 7 South Carolina, capped by a doubleheader sweep Saturday. Ole Miss is ranked ninth by Collegiate Baseball this week and 11th by Baseball America.
ASU opened the season with a 12-1 loss at Ole Miss in the first of 25 road games the Red Wolves have played.
Later this week, the Red Wolves return to Tomlinson Stadium to host Georgia Southern for a three-game Sun Belt Conference series that begins Friday evening. ASU is fifth in the Sun Belt West with a 6-9 league record, while Georgia Southern is second in the Sun Belt East at 11-7.