April 19, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The Sun Devils vs. The Ragin' Cajuns:
This will be the first ever match-up between
Facing Tough Competition:
Of ASU's ten losses this season, nine have come at the hands of teams who have been ranked at some point this season, including one to Vanderbilt, who is the top ranked team in the nation. The Sun Devils also have 12 wins against teams that have been ranked at some point this year, including a 22-8 win over
Dr. Jim Brock, Hall of Famer:
Former Sun Devils head coach Jim Brock has been named a 2007 College Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. Brock, who coached at ASU from 1972 until his death in 1994, will become the third Sun Devil in the Hall of Fame, joining fellow coach Bobby Winkles and former Golden Spikes Award winner Bob Horner.
ASU moved up one spot to #11 in the Baseball America poll while they rose one spot to #11 in the NCBWA poll. They moved up to #10 in the Rivals.com poll and were bumped up to #9 in Collegiate Baseball. They came in at #10 in the Coaches poll, up one spot.
The Sun Devils swept their second straight Pac-10 foe for the first time since 2005, taking all three games from the Cougars. Friday night saw ASU jump out to an 8-0 lead thanks to a big three-run double by Ike Davis. Mike Leake allowed only three hits over his six innings and the Cougars could not come back as Arizona State scored an 8-3 victory in the series opener...Runs were hard to come by on Saturday evening, as Josh Satow kept the Washington State bats at bay over his eight innings. He fanned eight and allowed only one earned, allowing the Sun Devil offense to kick in. Andrew Romine's two-run double in the fifth was the difference, as Jason Jarvis picked up the save in the ninth...Sunday saw an offensive explosion by the Devils, as six players had two or more RBI. Rocky Laguna was 3-4 with two RBI to lead the way for the Sun Devils.
Honoring Virginia Tech:
Prior to Friday night's game with the Ragin' Cajuns,
Getting To Kneaux The Cajuns:
Louisiana-Lafayette enters the weekend as one of the toughest teams in the country. The Ragin' Cajuns, who are ranked 25th, are rated #12 in RPI by BoydsWorld.com, inlcuding an ISR rating of 18. They are ranked 15th in RPI by WarrenNolan.com. The Cajuns are also no stranger to postseason success, having advanced to the NCAA Tournament ten times. They have twice gone on to a Super Regional, and in 2000 earned a berth in the College World Series. After upsetting
Pac-10 Players of the Week:
Four Sun Devils have earned weekly honors from the Pac-10 so far this season, including Kiel Roling twice. Roling and Brett Wallace have both been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while Josh Satow and Brian Flores have both earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week recognition.
Running Off To
Head coach Pat Murphy's daughter Keli ran in the 111th Boston Marathon last weekend. Keli, who qualified thanks to her time in the P.F. Chang's Rock and Roll Marathon in
Big League Splash:
Former Sun Devil Travis Buck, who played at ASU from 2003-2005, became the 87th Sun Devil to play Major League Baseball when he started in right field for the Oakland A's on opening day. Buck is one of nine Sun Devils on opening day rosters. He is joined by Barry Bonds (Giants), Willie Bloomquist (Mariners), Paul Lo Duca (Mets), Chris Duffy (Pirates), Ian Kinsler (Rangers), Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox), Andre Ethier (Dodgers) and Jon Switzer (Devil Rays). Switzer is currently on the 60-day DL for
National Honor Roll Honorees:
Brett Wallace, Matt Spencer, Josh Satow, Petey Paramore, Brian Flores and Kiel Roling have all been named College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll Players of the Week so far this season. Roling has twice earned the distinction.
Petey Paramore has been a walks machine so far this season. Paramore has drawn 37 walks already this year, tops in the conference. He was third on the team last season with 34 free passes...Andrew Romine has 14 bunt singles this season...The Challenge at Chase marked the third time in 2007 ASU have played in a Major League facility. They played at
Arizona State Head Coach Pat Murphy achieved a coaching milestone against USC, collecting his 500th victory as skipper of the Sun Devils. Earlier this season, Murphy won his 800th career Division I game. ASU's first head coach, Bobby Winkles, totaled 524 wins in his 13 years at ASU. Jim Brock amassed 1,100 victories in his 23 years at the helm. Murphy is in his 13th season at
Junior second baseman Eric Sogard earned three Preseason All-American mentions, including two First Team honors. Both the NCBWA and Rivals.com had Sogard as a First Team Preseason All-American, while Collegiate Baseball listed him as a Third Team Preseason All-American.
That's The Pick:
In a poll of all Pac-10 baseball coaches,
RHP/OF Mike Leake was rated the 39th best freshman in the country by Baseball America as part of their Fabulous 50 Freshmen list. Leake, who is expected to play in the outfield as well as pitch, was a seventh round draft pick of the
The Sun Devils had two transfers make the top ten of Baseball
You Look Mahvelous!:
The Sun Devils got a surprise during a practice before the season, as actor/comedian Billy Crystal took a break from his performances at Gammage to practice with the Devils.
O Captain! My Captain!:
Back For More:
Former ASU baseball standouts Mikel Moreno and Michael Collins are both back with the program for the 2007 season as managers.
You Complete Me:
LHP Josh Satow did something on February 11 that no Sun Devil pitcher had done since 2005: throw a complete game. Satow's masterpiece against
The Sun Devils host the Hawai'i Rainbows in a mid-week tilt on Wednesday before heading to