June 15, 2007
OMAHA, Neb. -
The 2007 Pac-10 Champion Arizona State Sun Devils will make their 20th College World Series appearance, thanks to their sweep of
The College World Series:
Lights, Camera, Action:
ESPN will televise every game of the 2007 College World Series.
Facing Tough Competition:
During the regular season, ASU had 10 losses against teams who have been ranked at some point this season, including one to Vanderbilt, who was the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devils also have 28 wins against teams that have been ranked at some point this year, including a three-game sweep at
With their win against
Pac-10 Player of the Year:
Sophomore 1B Brett Wallace, who currently leads the Pac-10 in all three Triple Crown categories, was named the 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year. Wallace becomes the 12th Sun Devil to earn the honor, and the first since Dustin Pedroia shared the award in 2003.
Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year:
Junior 2B Eric Sogard was named the 2007 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, the first Sun Devil to ever win the award. Sogard, who is also having an outstanding season at the plate, has helped to solidify one of the top defenses in the nation.
Pac-10 Coach of the Year:
Head Coach Pat Murphy has been named the 2007 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, the second time in his tenure at ASU that he has earned the award. Murphy also won the award in 2000. He has led the Sun Devils to a #5 National Seed, the College World Series, a Pac-10 title and has won more than 40 games for the 28th time in school history.
All Pac-10 Honors:
Academic All Pac-10 Honors:
The 2007 Sun Devils have been well represented on many All-American lists. 1B Brett Wallace has been named a First Team All-American by both Collegiate Baseball and Rivals.com. He was also named the District IX Player of the Year by the NCBWA. LHP Josh Satow was named a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, while OF Ike Davis, 2B Eric Sogard and RHP Mike Leake were all named Third Team All-Americans. Leake was also named a Freshmen All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Sogard also earned Second Team All-American honors from Rivals.com.
With his three hits against
The Sun Devils have reached the 40-win plateau for the 28th time in school history and the sixth time under head coach Pat Murphy.
Home Sweet Home:
The loss to
2007 marked the 17th time
Lights Out Leake:
Mike Leake picked up his 13th win of the season in the Regional against UC Riverside, extending his Pac-10 lead. His 13 wins so far put him in a tie for third place for the most wins by a freshman in school history. Kendall Carter set the mark in 1981, winning 19 games for the National Champs. Skip Hancock won 13 in 1964, as did Ken Jones in 1978.
Sophomore 1B Brett Wallace was named one of the first 11 members of the 2007 USA Baseball National Team. He was also a semi-finalist for the Wallace Award, the Howser Award and the Golden Spikes Award.
Double Digit Delight:
With his win against Monmouth in the Regional, junior lefty Brian Flores picked up his 10th win of the year, joining Josh Satow and Mike Leake as ten-game winners. ASU last had three 10-game winners in 1990, when Sean Rees (13-3), Todd Douma (16-3) and Kip Yaughn (11-5) all accomplished the feat. Leake is currently 13-1 while Satow is 13-3 and
With another save against
O Captain! My Captain!:
Head coach Pat Murphy named junior OF Rocky Laguna the team captain, prior to the season. This is the first time in the 13 years that Murphy has been at ASU that he has named a team captain. Laguna is a redshirt junior who is in his fourth year with the program. The
Consistency In The New Millennium:
Since the 2000 season, Pat Murphy and the Arizona State Sun Devils have the highest winning percentage in the Pac-10, and the 13th highest winning percentage in the nation. ASU is 340-147-2 since 2000, a winning percentage of .697. Stanford is the next highest Pac-10 club, with a 339-161 record this millennium, a winning percentage of .678.
Petey Paramore has been a walks machine this season. Paramore has drawn 50 walks this year, tops in the conference. He was third on the team last season with 34 free passes...Andrew Romine has 16 bunt singles this season...The Challenge at Chase marked the third time in 2007 ASU has 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 as well as his 900th career win in his coaching career. With the win over UC Riverside in the Tempe Regional, Murphy moved past Bobby Winkles, ASU's first head coach, for the second most wins in school history. Murphy now has 528 victories at ASU in his 13 seasons, four more than Winkles, who led the Sun Devils for 13 years. Jim Brock amassed 1,100 victories in his 23 years at the helm of
Sogey and ESPN.com:
Eric Sogard got the opportunity to participate in an ESPN.com chat prior to the Super Regionals with
Honoring Pat Tillman:
Former ASU football player and American Hero Pat Tillman had strong ties to the ASU Baseball program. In addition to his brother Kevin playing for ASU, Pat became extremely close with head coach Pat Murphy. Murphy wears jersey #42 in honor of Tillman, and in January Murph donated $100,000 to the baseball program for the construction of the Tillman Training Room, a room that will honor both Pat and Kevin and their commitment to both
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.
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. Brock led
Many Happy Returns:
Seven players on the Sun Devils will be making a return trip to
Feeling The Draft:
Eight Sun Devils were taken in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, including four players selected in the first ten rounds. Eric Sogard was taken by the San Diego Padres in the second round after not having been drafted coming out of high school. Tim Smith, Scott Mueller and Brian Flores each became draftees for the third time in their careers.
Player Round Team Overall
Eric Sogard 2nd Padres 81st
Matt Spencer 3rd Phillies 113th
Andrew Romine 5th Angels 178th
Tim Smith 7th Rangers 230th
Brian Flores 13th Devil Rays 395th
Scott Mueller 21st Orioles 639th
Josh Satow 28th Mariners 855th
Mike Jones 42nd White Sox 1,265th
2007 ASU Baseball Team Award Winners:
Arizona State Baseball held their 23rd annual Awards banquet on May 29, where they announced the winners of the 2007 team awards. The winners were:
Mr. Fireman....................................... Mike Leake
Jim Henderson Courage Award............
Phill Lowery Comeback Player............. Tim Smith
Alvin Davis Leadership Award.............. Rocky Laguna
Developmental MVP............................ Joe Van Meter
Outstanding Offensive Player.............. Brett Wallace
Pitcher of the Year.............................. Josh Satow
The Tillman........................................ Eric Sogard
Jim Brock - Mr. Sun Devil Award........... Ike Davis
Bobby Winkles Award.........................
Did You Know:
2007 Pac-10 Coach of the Year Pat Murphy is the only head coach on the 2007 NCAA Baseball Tournament Committee. Murphy flew to
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