Sun Devils 2013 Season:
Arizona State finished the 2013 season with a 37-22-1 record and a 16-14 Pac-12 Conference record, including a 17-11 home record. The team finished in a tie for fourth in the Pac-12 Conference and advanced to the Regional Final against Cal State Fullerton.
51 Seasons Of Success:
The baseball program secured its 51st consecutive 30-win season, which is the longest current streak in Div. 1 baseball. Florida State is second with 49 consecutive. The streak started with the 1963 season when ASU went 34-13. The team went 28-18 its first year in 1959, 32-13 in 1960, 36-13 in 1961 and 27-18 in 1962. The Sun Devils have never had a losing season in their 55 years, and three coaches (Jim Brock, Pat Murphy and Tim Esmay) have never won fewer than 30 games.
ASU made its 13th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance (when eligible) and its 36th all-time NCAA postseason appearance, tied for fifth most among all schools. The Devils have appeared in 30 NCAA Regionals and are now 166-72* (.697) in postseason games.
* Postseason appearance and victories in 2007 later vacated due to NCAA sanctions. Numbers do not reflect vacations.
An ESpecial Coach:
In his four seasons at the helm of the Sun Devil baseball team, head coach Tim Esmay has guided ASU to the second-highest regular-season winning percentage in the Pac-12 since 2010. His record of 168-70-1 (.703) is just behind UCLA (183-74, .712), but ahead of Oregon State (165-76, .684) and Oregon (163-83-1, .662). Coach Esmay has posted a winning record in the 78 games he has played against top-25 teams (43-35) and also has a winning record against four of the top teams in the Pac-12, including Arizona (11-9), Oregon State (7-6), Oregon (7-5) and UCLA (7-5).
Coach Esmay, who is one of just 10 Pac-12 coaches all-time to guide their teams to consecutive College World Series appearances (09-10), moved to 11-6 all-time in the postseason, including 8-2 in Regional play.
Coach Esmay joins former Sun Devil head coach Jim Brock as the only two managers in school history to lead the Sun Devils to the postseason in three of their first four seasons in Tempe.
ASU finished the season ranked tied for 19th in the final USA Today/Coaches poll, 19th in the final Collegiate Baseball poll, 20th in the final NCBWA poll and 21st in the final Perfect Game poll. The Sun Devils, who were unranked by Baseball America in their preseason poll for the first time in 27 seasons, finished the season ranked 22nd in the final poll.
The Devils have finished the season nationally ranked in 46 seasons, including 18 consecutive years dating back to the 1996 season.
Excelling Against Tough Competition:
The Devils recorded seven wins over top-five teams, including two against then-No. 2 Arkansas, one at then-No. 3 Oregon State, two against then-No. 4 UCLA and two against then-No. 5 Oregon. ASU also went a combined 12-5 against teams in the postseason.
Pacing The Conference:
ASU had six student-athletes earn All-Pac-12 Conference honors. Michael Benjamin, Kasey Coffman and Ryan Kellogg were selected to the First Team, while Trever Allen, Ryan Burr and Max Rossiter earned Honorable Mention recognition.
Since 2010, ASU leads the Pac-12 in First Team All-Conference selections with 20, two more than UCLA and Arizona, who each have 18. Oregon State has 14, followed by Oregon and Cal with nine, Stanford with seven, Washington State with four and USC with two.
Today's Devils Are Tomorrow's Major Leaguers:
Arizona State produced seven selections in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, including Trevor Williams, who was taken in the second round. Williams is the 13th Sun Devil since 2000 to be selected in the first two rounds, including the fifth pitcher. Pitching coach Ken Knutson has now had 14 pitchers drafted by the MLB since he joined ASU prior to the 2010 season.
Thirty-eight Sun Devils have been taken in the MLB Draft in coach Esmay's four seasons at ASU, which is the most of any Div. I school in that time span and five more than the next closet team, Florida.
Injured former player and current student coach Cory Hahn was selected in the 34th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Packing Them In:
For the ninth consecutive year and the 10th time in the last 11 years, Arizona State led the West Coast and Pac-12 in average attendance. 78,669 fans came to Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark during the 2013 season for an average of 2,809 at 28 home games, the 20th highest average in the entire nation.
A Young Nucleus:
ASU played 12 true freshmen this season, including eight position players and four pitchers. This was the most among teams ranked in the top 25 and was tied for the seventh most in the NCAA (Tennessee led with 17). Six freshmen made a combined 90 starts, including 1B/3B Dalton DiNatale (36), DH/C RJ Ybarra (26), 1B David Graybill (17), CFJohnny Sewald (9), DH Tony DiMartino and SS Jordan Aboites. Seven freshmen collected base hits, and six recorded an RBI to account for roughly 17 percent of the team's offense (106 H, 60 R, 61 RBI).
Five freshmen pitchers combined to make 18 starts and throw 176.1 innings, or 32 percent of all innings this season. They went a combined 17-5 with 132 strikeouts.
A Second Half Surge:
Over the past four seasons, coach Esmay has led the Sun Devils to a 86-39 (.689) record during the months of April and May, including a 21-12 mark in 2013, 20-9 mark in 2012, a 21-10 mark in 2011 and a 24-8 mark in 2010.
ASU posted a 14-4 record in April and reached 14 wins in the month for the first time since 1988.
Leading The Offensive Charge:
Junior third baseman Michael Benjamin became the first Devil since Jason Kipnis in 2009 to lead the team in batting average, slugging percentage, hits and total bases. Benjamin batted .335 with 83 hits, the highest total since Riccio Torrez in 2010, and had a slugging percentage of .544 with 135 total bases, also the highest total since Zack MacPheein 2010.
Carrying On The Friday Night Tradition:
Junior right-hander Trevor Williams finished his career with a 3.00 ERA, which is the sixth-lowest mark in school history (aluminum bat era). Williams tossed three complete games this past season and recorded five in his career, which is the second most among ASU pitchers since 2007. His 1.55 walks allowed per nine innings are the second fewest among ASU starting pitchers since 2007.
Pitching coach Ken Knutson has now mentored two Devils who have ended their careers with two of the lowest ERA in school history (aluminum bat era). Brady Rodgers' (2010-12) 2.39 career ERA is second lowest in school history and Williams' ranks sixth.
Right-hander Ryan Burr set the freshman single-season saves record with 12, which is the most of any Devil since 2010. He earned four of his saves against top-five teams, including two vs. Arkansas and two vs. then-No. 4 UCLA. His .141 opposing batting average was the lowest mark in school history and his 45 innings pitched led all relievers.
Canada's Freshman Sensation:
Left-handed pitcher Ryan became the first freshman in school history to begin his career 11-0 and is just the fifth freshman in school history to lead the team in wins (11). He is only the fourth freshman in ASU annals to collect at least 11 wins, his 103 innings pitched are the fifth most for a freshman in school history and his 3.15 ERA, which was the fourth lowest on the team, ranks among the top 10 lowest by a freshman in ASU annals. He is just the fourth Devil in school history to earn freshman All-America honors from three or more publications, joining Brady Rodgers (2010),Mitchell Lambson (2009) and Mike Leake (2007).
A Nearly Perfect No-Hitter:
Kellogg threw the ninth no-hitter in school history in a complete-game shutout on the road against then-No.3 Oregon State on March 23. He did not allow a walk in 110 pitches and the only two Beavers base runners reached on a pair of ASU fielding errors. It was the first no-hitter by a Devil since Feb. 2, 1993, the first ever in a Pac-10/12 game, the second ever on the road and the fourth by a freshman. Kellogg earned NCBWA National Player of the Week recognition, the seventh Devil to do so since 2002 and first since Feb. 23, 2010, and donated his hat to the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Making His Presence Felt:
Senior left-handed pitcher Matt Dunbar made 36 appearances this season, which is tied with Chuck Crumpton (1998) for the fourth most in a single season in school history. Mitchell Lambson and Noah Peery own the most with 39 in 2010 and 1994, respectively.
A Bright Offensive Future:
Catcher/designated hitter RJ Ybarra and infielder Dalton DiNatale, who hit .313 and .302 on the season, respectively became the fourth pair of freshmen teammates since 2006 to bat over .300 in a single season. The duo joins a list of other Devil freshmen that includes current Major Leaguers Ike Davis, Brett Wallace, Dustin Pedroia and Willie Bloomquist, and current Minor Leaguers Deven Marrero and Drew Maggi, among others.
Hitting High Marks:
The Sun Devils finished in the top 30 in Div. I in triples (sixth), home runs (20th), slugging percentage (25th) and doubles (29th). ASU also ranked 42nd in runs, 46th in scoring and 47th in hits.
ASU ranked first in the Pac-12 in slugging percentage, runs scored, RBI, doubles, home runs and total bases, second in hits and triples, third in on-base percentage and fourth in batting average.
Benjamin was the only player in the Pac-12 to place in the top four in slugging percentage (third), runs scored (fourth), hits (second) and total bases (first).
McAlister's Late Charge:
Right-hander Josh McAlister posted a team-low 0.89 ERA, the lowest ERA in the past six seasons (min. 20 innings pitched). He tossed a career-high 5.1 scoreless innings in the final game of the season against Cal State Fullerton. He allowed just one run in the final 12 1/3 innings of the season dating back to May 15 against Texas Tech, and allowed just two total runs in 20 1/3 innings all season (13 appearances).
Stars And Stripes (And Maroon And Gold):
Right-hander Ryan Burr is participating for the USA Collegiate National Team this summer, becoming the 20th Sun Devil since 1984 to suit up for Team USA. ASU has had a representative on the team each year since 2007, as Trevor Williams played in 2012, Brady Rodgers and Deven Marrero competed on the squad in 2011, Drew Maggi played in 2010, Matt Newman in 2009, Mike Leake in 2008, and Petey Paramore and Brett Wallace in 2007. This is the longest such streak among all schools. Coach Esmay is also suiting up for the Collegiate National Team as the hitting coach.
A Sun Devil has been represented on the Collegiate National Team 15 seasons, which is fourth most behind Stanford (21), Cal State Fullerton (19) and Miami (17). ASU's 20 players are tied for the fourth most with Georgia Tech and trail Stanford (29), Cal State Fullerton (22) and Miami (21).
Sun Devils Graduate:
Six Sun Devil baseball players, including five on the current team and current Red Sox minor leaguer Deven Marrero, earned their degrees in Spring 2013. A total of nine Sun Devils have graduated in the 2012-13 school year, including four after their collegiate playing days were over.
Alex Blackford, Communication (BS); Matt Dunbar, BIS Interdisciplinary Studies (Business and Tourism Development and Management); Zak Miller, Political Science (BS); Max Rossiter, Business (Public Service and Public Policy) (BA); Billy Young, Communication (BA); Deven Marrero (2010-12), Criminal Justice and Criminology (BS); Chris Bando (1975-78) Liberal Studies (BLS); Austin Barnes (2009-11) Communication (BA); Colin Curtis (2004-06) Communications and Sociology (BIS).
Fifteen Sun Devils earned Scholar Baller® recognition in both semesters of the 2012-13 school year while a total of 26 baseball student-athletes were Scholar Ballers® for at least one semester. Scholar Baller® honors those who achieved a 3.0 GPA or made outstanding academic improvement.
Home Is Where The Heart Is:
ASU is 104-27 at home, including eight postseason games, since 2010. They went 36-3 at Packard in coach Esmay's first season and followed up with a 28-7 record in 2011, 23-6 in 2012 and 17-11 in 2013.