Red Wolves to open up Baseball season

One way to describe the early going of college baseball is unpredictable. Not because of the team as much as the weather. Arkansas State traveled to Texas on Thursday and will open up this spring season Friday against Lamar University. Go "Inside" to learn more about this year's squad.

One way to describe the early going of college baseball is unpredictable.

Not because of the team as much as the weather.

Arkansas State University Baseball team left Jonesboro early Thursday morning enroute to Texas where the Red Wolves were due to take on two Texas teams in a doubleheader Saturday.

Due to weather in Beaumont the Red Wolves will open up their 64th season with a single game each of the three days in Texas.

ASU will open up Friday with a game against home team Lamar at 4 p.m., AStateNation confirmed Thursday with head baseball coach Tom Raffo that Jacob Lee will be the starter for the Red Wolves first game.

Daniel Wright, Bradley Wallace and Cody Woodhouse was expected to be the starters for four games, it's uncertain how the pitching rotation will be adjusted.

According to Raffo, depth is going to be an asset for this year's ASU Baseball team.

In fact instead of naming a starting lineup, he named several guys at each position.

Stewart Leavy and Brian Roberts are expected to see action at catcher. Zach George, Claude Johnson, Anthony Hech and Alex Potts expected to play third base. Dustin Jones expected to see the most playing time at short stop, Zach Maggio at second and George, Daniel Short and Brandon Milhouse at first.

The outfield is expected to be manned by Logan Uxa, Collin Massanelli at left, Michael Faulkner and Caleb Brown at center and Ryan Emory and Drew Burks in right field.

Raffo has been pleased with the weather so far this spring, until this weekend.

"We have been very fortunate," Raffo told AStateNation.com. "We have got a lot done in pre season, our pitching and defense is ahead of the offense right now. We are definitely ready to play someone else, we are tired of scrimmaging each other."

According to Raffo, SFA is picked top in their league, they have a lot of good pitching coming back and should be a good test for Arkansas State.

Lamar lost a lot of position players but are also returning a lot of pitchers back, highlighting a lot of left handing pitching.

"We are very versalite, we can the play the game which ever way we want, we have had a lot of success against lefties," Raffo said. "It all depends on who we choose to put on the field."

ASU will travel to Oxford, Mississippi on Tuesday to take on the Rebels before returning to Jonesboro for their home opener against Murray State.