Feb. 13, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Coming off a 2-1 weekend at the Houston College Classic,
This is the fifth year of the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, with both ASU and Gonzaga having played in all of them. This will be
The Sun Devils vs. The Tigers:
The Devils are 1-1 all-time against
The Sun Devils vs. The Bulldogs:
The Sun Devils vs. The Beavers:
ASU is 31-15 all-time against
ASU moved up one spot to #11 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, while Baseball America jumped them up three spots to #13. The Devils rose two spots to #12 in the NCBWA poll. They moved up one spot in the Rivals.com poll to #5.
It was a wacky weekend at
The Sun Devils led all schools with six selections to the 2007 Houston College Classic All-Tournament Team. Matt Spencer was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player thanks to his .500 average, two mammoth home runs and five RBI. Joining Spencer on the team were RHP Mike Leake, LHP Josh Satow, 1B Brett Wallace, 2B Eric Sogard and C Petey Paramore.
You Complete Me:
LHP Josh Satow did something on Sunday that no Sun Devil pitcher had done since 2005: throw a complete game. Satow's masterpiece against
Pac-10 Pitcher Of The Week:
Thanks to his complete game, Josh Satow was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. It is the first time in Satow's career that he has been honored by the conference and he becomes the 49th all-time Sun Devil to earn the Pac-10 weekly honor. Last season, three Sun Devils picked up Player of the Week awards from the Pac-10, but Satow is the first ASU hurler to be honored since Pat Bresnehan earned the award in March of 2005.
Now in its fifth year of existence, the Coca-Cola Classic welcomes back
Big League Stuff:
This weekend's games at Surprise Stadium will be the second weekend in a row that ASU will play in a Major League facility. Last weekend they played at
Lights Out Leake:
Freshman Mike Leake had a memorable weekend in
Junior second baseman Eric Sogard earned three Preseason All-American mentions, including two First Team honors. Both the NCBWA and Rivals.com had Sogard as a First Team Preseason All-American, while Collegiate Baseball listed him as a Third Team Preseason All-American.
That's The Pick:
In a poll of all Pac-10 baseball coaches,
RHP/OF Mike Leake was rated the 39th best freshman in the country by Baseball America as part of their Fabulous 50 Freshmen list. Leake, who is expected to play in the outfield as well as be the closer this year, was a seventh round draft pick of the Oakland A's in last years draft.
The Sun Devils had two transfers make the top ten of Baseball
The Sun Devil pitching staff looks a little different from what it was at the end of the 2006 season. The 2007 staff features 13 new arms, with only three returners from last year (Urlaub, Satow, Trink). Leading the charge of newcomers is LHP Brian Flores, who is expected to take over the Friday night starter role. Last season, ASU used 11 different starting pitchers, the most ever in the Pat Murphy era.
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.
Road To ASU Baseball:
Freshman UTL Tyler Hoechlin is adjusting to life as a college student and baseball player, but he is well versed in the glitz and glamour of the big screen. Hoechlin starred with Tom Hanks in the 2002 motion picture "Road To Perdition". Hoechlin played Michael Sullivan, Jr., the son of Hanks' character. Hoechlin also appears in the CW's "7th Heaven", playing the character of Martin Brewer. Hoechlin will balance school, baseball and the show this semester, filming episodes during off days.
Oh Captain, My Captain:
Back For More:
Former ASU baseball standouts Mikel Moreno and Michael Collins are both back with the program for the 2007 season as managers.
Challenge At Chase:
The Second Annual Challenge at Chase will be played on Wednesday March 28th, when the Sun Devils and Arizona Wildcats meet in a non-conference battle at the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Feeling The Draft:
There are 18 members of the 2007 Sun Devils who have had their name called during the annual Major League Baseball draft, including four players who have had their name called twice.
Player Round Team Year
Mike Leake 7th Athletics 2006
Matt Hall 8th Angels 2005
Derik Olvey 13th Dodgers 2003
Jarred Bogany 15th Pirates 2005
Tim Smith 17th Brewers 2005*
Ike Davis 19th Devil Rays 2005
Tim Smith 21st Mets 2004*
Brian Flores 21st White Sox 2004*
Petey Paramore 22nd Mets 2005
Matt Spencer 24th Red Sox 2004
Jason Jarvis 25th Cardinals 2006
Jeff Urlaub 26th Devil Rays 2005
Andrew Romine 36th Phillies 2004
Matt Trink 36th Blue Jays 2003*
Scott Mueller 37th D-Backs 2005*
Brian Flores 37th White Sox 2005*
Matt Trink 39th Blue Jays 2004*
Scott Mueller 41st Reds 2004*
Brett Wallace 42nd Blue Jays 2005
Tommy Rafferty 42nd Astros 2004
Kyle Williams 47th White Sox 2006
*-Denotes players drafted twice