RJ Ybarra hit the Sun Devils' first grand slam in three years
Starting right-hander Alex Blackford allowed just one earned run in six innings
The Sun Devils play at 6 p.m. on Friday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
The Sun Devils tallied eight runs on nine hits in the second inning
ASU plays UNLV in Las Vegas Wednesday, three-game series against USC over the weekend
2013 (Junior): Started 56 games at second base...hit five home runs on the year, including ones on back-to-back days against Long Beach State (3/9-3/10)...had a big performance against Texas Tech (3/19) with a season-high three hits and three runs scored...also had a season-high three RBIs against UCLA (3/30)...had two doubles in a game versus USC and had one triple on the year... hit a leadoff home run in the ninth inning at Cal March 11 to give ASU the win...had 12 assists on April 5, 2013, vs Oregon, which is the most since Raoul Torrez had 11 against May 16, 2008, vs Washington.
2012 (Sophomore):Earned Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention recognition...started 55 games, including 32 in left field, 21 at DH and two at third base...second in the Pac-12 in walks (35)...third on the team with a .401 on base percentage...ranked in the top five on the team in runs scored (29, hits (54) and RBI (28)...had 11 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games...ended the season on a 13-game reached base streak...had a career-best four RBI and tied a career-high with three hits and three runs scored against Western Michigan on Feb. 19...hit his first career home run vs. USC on April 15 and had a season-best seven total bases in the game...had three RBI on three hits in a win over Arizona on April 17 and followed with a three-hit, three-RBI performance against Stanford April 22.
2011 (Freshman): Appeared in five games...went 1-3...his first career hit was a double at Washington.
High School: A 2010 graduate of Chaparral High School...earned four varsity letters in baseball and two in football...was a 2010 First Team All-State and All-Region selection...earned MVP honors in the 5A-II All-Star Game...helped Chaparral win a state title in 2008...played in the 2010 Connie Mack World Series with the Arizona Firebirds.
Personal: Parents are Jim and Carole McDonald of Phoenix, Arizona...has two older brothers and an older sister...brother David played baseball at Virginia Tech...says Training Day is his favorite movie...lists Michael Vick as his favorite athlete and whoever Vick is on as his favorite team...born December 16, 1991...full name is James Edward McDonald III.
MLB Draft: An 11th round (338th overall) choice of the Chicago White Sox in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.
Career statistics at Arizona State:
Career Highs at Arizona State:
|Hits||3||many, last at Stanford, 4/22/12|
|RBI||4||vs. Western Michigan, 2/19/12|
|Runs||3||twice, last vs. USC, 4/15/12|
|Walks||3||vs. Saint Mary's, 3/4/12|
|At Bats||5||many, last at Arizona, 5/26/12|