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#1 Baseball Hosts Wofford Then Heads To Stanford
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Release: 04/01/2008
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April 1, 2008

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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Leading Off:

The Sun Devils host their final set of home mid-week games as they welcome the Wofford Terriers to Tempe for two games before departing on their first road trip of the season. ASU will open the road half of their Pac-10 slate at Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto, California against the 13th ranked Stanford Cardinal. Arizona State swept the USC Trojans at home last weekend, while Wofford took two of three at Davidson. Stanford took two of three from Washington State over the weekend and hosts Long Beach State and Hawai'i in mid-week games.

 

Devils vs. Wofford:

This will be the first meeting between the Sun Devils and the Terriers.

 

Devils vs. Stanford:

Arizona State leads the all-time series with Stanford 85-82 after sweeping the Cardinal in Tempe last season.

 

Hot Start:

The Sun Devils season-opening winning streak came to an end at 19, the second best start in school history. It was the best start to a season in 47 years, falling two games shy of the mark set by the 1961 squad, who started 21-0. The 19-0 start is the best start ever by a Murphy coached team.

 

Facing Tough Competition:

The Sun Devils will face one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2008. 13 of their opponents are or have been ranked at some point this season, including four who have spent time in the top five. Beginning with the series at Stanford that starts April 4, ASU will play 18 of their next 19 games against teams that are currently ranked.

 

Rankings:

Arizona State is ranked #1 in all five major polls, the third straight week they have been the unanimous #1 team.

 

USC Recap:

The Devils opened Pac-10 play by hosting the USC Trojans in Tempe. Friday night ASU started right away, scoring in each of the first five innings, including eight in the fifth. Petey Paramore went 4-5 with two RBI and Kiel Roling knocked in three of his own in the 16-5 win. Tommy Rafferty earned the win out of the bullpen...Saturday was more of the same, as Arizona State scored seven runs in the second inning on their way to a 13-5 win. Mike Leake struck out six in his seven innings of work to pick up the win...Sunday's match-up was a much closer affair, as ASU hung on for a 5-2 win. Tommy Rafferty again got the win out of the bullpen and Reyes Dorado picked up his first career save.

 

Wall Ball:

Only 22 players have ever hit a ball over the Green Monster at Packard Stadium, and three of them are on the current roster. Last season, Brett Wallace did it and earlier this season Jason Kipnis did it. Ike Davis joined the list against UC Irvine on March 23. All the more impressive, Davis broke his bat on the swing. 16 of the 22 players to clear the wall were Sun Devils.

 

Mr. Double:

Ike Davis is climbing up the school's all-time doubles list. Davis now has 59 doubles in his career, leaving him five shy of Casey Myers (1998-2000) for fifth all-time. Clay Westlake (1973-76) is the school's all-time leader with 88. Davis has 16 already this year after hitting 23 last season. The 16 doubles is tied for second most in the nation.

      Most Doubles, ASU History

      1. Clay Westlake, 1973-76........... 88

      2. Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-99...... 75

      3. Dustin Pedroia, 2002-04........... 71

      4. Antone Williamson, 1992-94..... 70

      5. Casey Myers, 1998-2000.......... 64

      6. Ike Davis, 2006-P................. 59

      7. Dan Rumsey, 1986-89............. 58

      8. Jeff Phelps, 1998-2001............. 57

         Jeff Larish, 2002-05.................. 57

     

Walk This Way:

Petey Paramore led the Pac-10 in bases on balls last season, totaling 53 in 64 games. His good eye has continued so far in 2008, as he has already drawn 29 walks. Paramore now has 116 walks in his career and is only the 22nd Sun Devil to ever draw over 100. The 116 walks is tied with Casey Myers (1998-2001) and Dan Rumsey (1986-89) for  11th most in school history. Alvin Davis (1979-82) is the all-time leader with 207.

 

Keeping A Weather Eye:

Arizona State is drawing a ton of walks as a team, drawing 174 so far this season. Last season they drew 319 free passes as a team. The school record for bases on balls in a season is 482, set in 1982. The Devils have also been hit by 29 pitches this year.

Sold Out:

Friday night's game against USC was sold out, the second sell out of the season. The game against Arizona also filled Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. and ticket brokers were asking for a reported $75 a ticket. ASU has already drawn over 70,000 fans this season.

 

Players of the Week:

Ike Davis has named to the College Baseball Foundation's National All-Star Lineup three straight weeks, and was named a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week. He was also named Pac-10 Player of the Week consecutive weeks, the first person since Travis Buck in 2004 to earn that distinction. Brett Wallace was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week following opening weekend and Marcel Champagnie was a College Baseball Foundation National All-Star on March 4.

 

Call To The Hall For Bane and Bannister:

Legendary Sun Devil pitchers Eddie Bane and Floyd Bannister have been named to the College Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2008. Bane pitched for ASU from 1971 to 1973, recording a 40-4 career record with a 1.64 ERA. He threw the only perfect game in Sun Devil history, striking out 19 in a 9-0 win over Cal State Northridge in 1973. Bane is the school's leader in career strikeouts, fanning 535 in his three seasons in Maroon and Gold. Floyd Bannister went 38-6 with a 1.88 ERA from 1974 to 1976, throwing 29 career complete games, second most in school history. He won 19 games in 1976, tied for the school single season record, and struck out an ASU record 217 in 1975. He was the #1 overall pick in the 1976 MLB draft. Bane and Bannister join Bobby Winkles, Jim Brock and Bob Horner as Sun Devils in the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Family Matters:

Freshman OF/LHP Matt Newman has Maroon and Gold in his blood. His father, Randy, was a pitcher for the Sun Devils in 1981 and 1982, winning 15 career games and the 1981 National Championship. Freshman catcher Andrew Pollak is the brother of former Sun Devil football great Mike Pollak, who played center for the Devils from 2004 to 2007. Mike was a two-time All-Pac-10 performer. Andrew wears number 76, the same number Mike wore on the gridiron. UTL Mike Murphy is no relation to head coach Pat Murphy, although he is the first player named Murphy Pat Murphy has ever coached. New assistant coach Josh Holliday is the son of former Oklahoma State head baseball coach Tom Holliday and the brother of current Colorado Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday.

 

2008 Pre-Season Honors:

ASU has several pre-season All-Americans on its roster. Brett Wallace and Josh Satow were both named First Teamers by the NCBWA as well as Collegiate Baseball. Petey Paramore joined them on the NCBWA list. Mike Leake was named a Second Team selection by both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball. Kiel Roling was named to the Second Team by the NCBWA. Ike Davis was a Third Team selection by both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball. Wallace, Davis and Paramore were all named Second Teamers by Baseball America.

 

Pac-10 Picks:

The Sun Devils were picked to finish second in the Pac-10 in the annual preseason coaches poll. ASU got three first place votes, while Arizona was picked to win with six first place votes. Arizona State won the Pac-10 last season. Arizona finished second.

 

Golden Spikes Watch List:

Ike Davis, Petey Paramore and Brett Wallace have all been named to the 2008 Golden Spikes Award Watch List. ASU has had three Golden Spikes winners, Bob Horner, Odibe McDowell and Mike Kelly.

 

Wallace Award Watch List:

Arizona State has four players on the Wallace Award Watch List. Brett Wallace, Josh Satow, Mike Leake and Petey Paramore are all on the initial list. Wallace was Semi-Finalist for the award last season.

 

Captain and the Bench Award Watch List:

Head coach Pat Murphy has named junior catcher Petey Paramore as the captain of the 2008 Sun Devils. Paramore has also been named to the Watch List for the Johnny Bench Award, the third straight year he has made the list.

 

Home Sweet Home:

The two games against Wofford this week close out a stretch that sawArizona State play 22 consecutive home games. The Devils played those 22 home contests in a span of 29 days. ASU will finally hit the road this weekend at Stanford, meaning that the Sun Devils will have played their first 28 games of the season in the state of Arizona.

 

Coach Murphy Honored:

Pat Murphy has been inducted into the Florida Atlantic University Baseball Hall of Fame. Murphy played for the Owls from 1981 to 1982, then coached three years at the school.

 

Schedule Strength:

Arizona State will once again face one of the toughest schedules in the country this season. ASU will play three teams (Oregon State, UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton) that went to Omaha last year, in addition to Super Regional teams Wichita State, Michigan and UCLA.

 

Inter-Conference Battles:

In addition to facing the schools in the Pac-10, the Devils will also take on teams from 11 different conferences in 2008. ASU will face two teams from the SEC (Arkansas, Vanderbilt), two from the Big West (Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine), two from the Sun Belt (Troy, Florida International), two from the Western Athletic (New Mexico, Hawai'i), two from the West Coast Conference (Portland, Loyola Marymount) and one each from the Big 12 (Kansas State), Atlantic 10 (UMass), Mid-American (Miami,Ohio), Big 10 (Michigan), Missouri Valley (Wichita State) and Southern (Wofford). ASU will also face Northern Colorado, who is an independent.

 

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 2007, 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 Arizona State University and the United States of America. The team wears a memorial "PT*42" patch on their jerseys in honor of Pat.

 

Fandemonium:

Not only were the 2007 Devils dominant on the field at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark, but they were dominant at the turnstiles as well. The Devils went 35-3 at home and led the West Coast in attendance for the third straight season. 116,205 fans came out to see the Sun Devils in 2007, the highest attendance since 1984. ASU finished 17th nationally in average attendance, averaging 3,141 fans per game.

 

Tournaments:

The Sun Devils hosted three tournament in 2008. The DeMarini Invitational with Vanderbilt, Oregon State and Miami,OH was opening weekend, then the 6th Annual Coca-Cola Classic, featuring ASU, Hawai'i, Michigan, Portland and Northern Illinois, took place the following weekend, with games being played in both Surprise and Tempe. The Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament spanned four days and featured Florida International, Northern Colorado and UC Irvine.

 

Up Next:

Arizona State will continue its road swing, traveling to Pullman, Washington for a three-game Pac-10 series with the Washington State Cougars at Bailey-Brayton Field.

 

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