April 12, 2012
USC (19-11, 5-6) at Arizona State (20-13, 6-6)
Watch all three games live on Fox Sports Arizona on foxsportsarizona.com
The 21st-ranked Arizona State baseball hosts USC for a three-game Pac-12 conference series Friday-Sunday at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The game on Friday will be a Blackout Game with the Devils debuting their new cooper and black hats and jerseys. First pitch for that game, as well as the one on Saturday, is set for 6:30 p.m., while Sunday's is slated for 12:30 p.m.
Can't Make It?:
You can listen to all three games on The Fan AM 1060 as Tim Healey and Seth Dhaenens have the call for the Sun Devils Sports Network. The broadcast for both Friday and Saturday's game will begin at 6:15 p.m., while Sunday's will start at 12:15 p.m. Live webcasts of the games will be available online at FoxSportsArizona.com, or get live, up-to-the-minute stats online with gametracker.
Friday - April 13 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday - April 14 - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday - April 15 - 12:30 p.m.
Packard Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
Getting To The Game:
Tickets to games at ASU's Packard Stadium start at $8 for adults and $6 for youth (ages 16 and under) and seniors. ASU students earn free admission with their SunCard. The Sun Devils' home stadium is located on the Northeast side of campus, along Packard Dr., just east of Sun Devil Stadium and south of Loop 202.
In The Polls:
Baseball America: #21
Collegiate Baseball: #24
Perfect Game: #22
Devils vs. USC
The Sun Devils are 97-96^ all-time against USC, with the Trojans taking two-out-of-three last season in Southern California (L 1-5, W 7-4, L 2-6). ASU swept the three-game series last two times in Tempe in 2010 (W 5-4, W 5-3, W 14-6) and 2008 (W 15-5, W 13-5, W 5-2). ^- Some wins in 2007 later vacated due to NCAA sanctions. Records do not reﬂect vacations.
Cory Hahn Nights:
Every Friday night, ASU's portion of the 50/50 raffle, which takes place at every Sun Devil baseball home game, is going to support Cory Hahn's fund. This started on April 23 against California and will continue through the end of the season. Both midweek games at Arizona, on April 17 and May 16, will be Cory Hahn Fund "Pass The Bucket" Nights, where a volunteer will be present at every section passing buckets for donations to Cory's fund.
A Clean Sweep:
The Sun Devils beat USC in football and twice in basketball this past season, and if baseball wins all three against the Trojans this weekend, it will be the first time in school history all three major sports completed the sweep. The only other year both basketball and football recorded the feat was in 1983.
New Mexico Recap:
The Sun Devils split the midweek series at one game apiece. Joey DeMichele hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and right-hander Alex Blackford pitched six solid innings in a 3-1 win on Tuesday night. Right-hander Jake Barrett (6) collected the save after striking out three in the ninth inning and Right-hander Joseph Lopez threw 1 1/3 perfect innings before left-hander Matt Dunbar and right-hander Robert Ravago combined to finish out the eighth. Max Rossiter collected three hits and scored a run, and Jake Peevyhouse secured a two-run double for his first collegiate hit, but ASU fell 15-6 on Monday night.
Welcome To Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood:
Right-hander Brady Rodgers has three complete games this season and went the distance in back-to-back games after allowing one earned run in a win over Cal on March 23 and giving up one earned run in a loss to Oregon on March 31. He began the season with 23 consecutive scoreless innings, which is sixth-best in the school history, and has allowed just eight earned runs and seven walks in a conference-best 64 innings this season. He also went nine innings in an extra-innings contest against UCLA.
Leading The Pac (Team):
As of April 12, the Sun Devils lead the Pac-12 in home runs (24) and total bases (484), and are second in hits (325). On the mound, they are tops in the Pac-12 in ERA (2.77) and walks allowed (73), and third in opposing batting average (.236) and strikeouts (224).
Leading The Pac (On The Mound):
On the pitching side, right-hander Brady Rodgers and Trevor Williams own the top-two spots in ERA at 1.12 and 1.65, respectively. Rodgers leads the conference in innings pitched at 64, while Williams is first in runners picked off at four and second in wins with six. Jake Barrett is tied for first in appearances at 17.
A Deep Staff:
Arizona State has used 15 pitchers through 33 games of the season. The Devils only used 11 all season last year. Right-hander Mark Lambson, who appeared in 10 games and threw 23.2 innings in 2011, has not made an appearance yet this season. Eight pitchers have also made at least one start this season and 10 have registered either a win or a loss.
Arizona State is hosting Arizona on April 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Packard Stadium for the first baseball State Farm Territorial Cup Series game of the season. It will also be the first of two "Cory Hahn Bucket Nights" that will be held this year at Packard Stadium where we will have a volunteer for every section passing buckets for donations to Cory's fund. The next one will also take place against Arizona on May 16 at Packard Stadium. Donations will go to the Cory Hahn Fund.