Dec. 29, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. - As we count down the final days of 2008, TheSunDevils.com and Arizona State Baseball countdown the Top 12 Sun Devil Baseball moments of 2008.
#5- Sun Devils Lead West Coast In Attendance For Fourth Straight Year
For the fourth consecutive season, more fans came to see the Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team than any other baseball program in the West. The Sun Devils averaged 3,052 fans per game in 2008, placing them 19th nationally and tops on the west coast, according to numbers released by the NCAA. This marks the ninth time in the past 10 years ASU has been ranked in the top 20 nationally in average attendance.
The Sun Devils had 44 home games (including one doubleheader), totaling 131,244 fans in 2008, the largest attendance in the last 20 years, when they finished 49-13 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight season. ASU went 39-5 at home and hosted a super regional for the second consecutive year. The highest-ranked Pac-10 team, the Devils finished eight spots higher than the next Pac-10 team, Stanford, which came in 27th with an average of 2,099 fans per game.
Perhaps no game at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark was more anticipated than the contest pitting the #2 ranked Arizona Wildcats against the top-ranked Sun Devils. #1 Arizona State protected their home turf, scoring a 6-5 victory in front of a standing room only crowd of 4,371 on Match 18. The win ran ASU's record to 18-0 and was the pre-cursor to another Pac-10 championship.
Year in and year out, Arizona State has one of the greatest home field advantages in the nation, thanks to their loud and boisterous supporters. Widely considered one of the toughest places to play in the NCAA, over the past two seasons Arizona State has gone 74-8 at home.
Arizona State had four home games with over 4,000 fans, including an over-capacity crowd of 4,423 for Game Two of the Super Regional against Fresno State.