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Sun Devil Baseball Weekly Preview (4/14)
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 04/14/2014
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Current Overall Record: 21-15, 10-7 | SEASON STATS | CONFERENCE STATS

This Week: 2-1 | GAME NOTES

Tuesday, April 15 | Arizona State 5, No. 20 UNLV 2 | RECAP | POSTGAME | BOX

Thursday, April 17 | Stanford 4, Arizona State 3 | RECAP | BOX

Friday, April 18 | Arizona State 3 at Stanford 2 | RECAP | BOX

Saturday, April 19, 1 pm PT | Arizona State at Stanford | WATCH Live Stream | LISTEN NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 | STATS

ASU - RHP Darin Gillies (1-2, 4.47)
STAN - LHP John Hochstatter (4-1, 2.84)

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Last Week: 2-2 | WEEKLY STATS
Wednesday, April 9 | Arizona 10, No. 25 Arizona State 9 | RECAP
Friday, April 11 | No. 25 Arizona State 3, Cal 2 (10) | RECAP | POSTGAME
Saturday, April 12 | No. 25 Arizona State 4, Cal 1 | RECAP | POSTGAME | PHOTOS
Sunday, April 13 | Cal 5, No. 25 Arizona State 3 (10) | RECAP

The Sun Devils won their fourth consecutive Pac-12 series. There are 36 different teams ranked in one (or more) of the five major collegiate baseball polls (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, Perfect Game, USA Today Coaches' Poll) and the Sun Devils are one of seven ranked schools to win their past four conference series'. Of those seven, ASU is one of three major-conference schools to accomplish this feat, joining Virginia and Washington. The other schools to do so are Liberty, Louisiana-Lafayette, Pepperdine and UNLV.  

Head coach Tim Esmay earned his 400th career win, including his 187th at ASU and 80th Pac-10/12 Conference victory, the most by any coach in school history through their first five seasons.

Leading Off
ASU hosts a non-conference midweek game against UNLV at 6:30 pm on April 15 before heading to Palo Alto to take on Stanford in a three-game Pac-12 road series April 17-19. First pitch on Thursday and Friday is set for 6 p.m. PT and Saturday’s game will begin at 1 p.m. 

Can't Make It?
All four games will be streamed online and will be broadcast on NBC Sports AM 1060 by Tim Healey (PxP, @TimHealeyASU) and Seth Dhaenens (color, @sethdhaenens). Live stats will also be available

Tip Your Cap To Packard Stadium
To celebrate the 40th and final historic season in Packard Stadium, all seven home weekend baseball series’ during the 2014 “Tip You Cap To Packard” season are dedicated to honoring a different decade or aspect of Packard Stadium and Sun Devil Baseball’s storied legacy.

Feb. 14-16: 2000s at Packard Stadium
Look back at our 2000-09 celebration with coach Pat Murphy and more than 30 former Devils

March 7-9: 1990s at Packard Stadium
Look back at our 1990-99 celebration with Mike Kelly and Paul Lo Duca

March 14-16: 1980s at Packard Stadium
Look back at our 1980-89 celebration with Barry Bonds, Kendall Carter, Alvin Davis, Mike Devereaux and Bert Martinez

April 4-6: 1970s and opening of Packard Stadium
Look back at our 1970-79 celebration with coach Brock’s family and his former players

April 11-13: Foundation of Sun Devil Baseball (Pre-1974)
Look back at our Foundation celebration with coach Winkles and more than 30 former Devils

May 9-11: All-Packard Team
May 16-18: 40 years of Packard Stadium

Voting is open for the All-Packard Team
Sun Devil Baseball, the Arizona Republic and azcentral.com have partnered to let the fans decide their top players from the Packard Era. From Feb. 14 through the April 16, go to sundevils.azcentral.com and vote for your favorite players. Ballots are also available at Packard on gamedays.

On Friday, May 9 we will celebrate the “All-Packard Stadium Team” and a trading card set of the players selected to the All-Packard Team will be given to fans as they enter the gates.

Packing Them In
The Devils currently rank 20th in average attendance at 2,790 (58,606 total in 21 games), which is close to more than 200 fans per game than the next closest West Coast team, Oregon State. ASU has led the West Coast and Pac-12 in average attendance for nine consecutive years and 10 of the past 11 seasons.

Spotlight

Starting Rotation

·     ASU’s starting rotation combined to allow three runs on 13 hits and two walks in 22 innings over the weekend. They struck out 16 and held Cal to a combined .167 batting average.  

·     Friday: Sophomore starting left-hander Brett Lilek scattered six hits and two runs across seven innings, and struck out five and did not issue a walk. He retired nine consecutive batters in the first four frames and recorded four perfect innings.

·     Saturday: Starting sophomore left-hander Ryan Kellogg allowed one run across eight innings. He tied his career-long outing at Packard Stadium as he retired six straight batters in the third and fourth innings, and again in the seventh and eighth innings, and stranded three runners at third base. He struck out five and issued just one walk to go with five hits.

·     Sunday: Starting junior right-hander Darin Gillies turned in the best performance of his three-year career as he scattered two hits across a career-long seven scoreless innings and tied his season high with six strikeouts. He allowed just two runners to move into scoring position and at one point retired seven straight in the middle innings.

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