March 15, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -
After sweeping a two-game midweek series from
The Sun Devils vs. The Black Bears:
Facing Tough Competition:
Of ASU's seven losses this season, six have come at the hands of teams ranked in the Top 25, including one to Vanderbilt, who is #1 in both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball polls. Their only loss to an unranked team was to
Green Hats, Blue Moons, Green Socks, Yellow Stars:
For the second straight season, ASU will celebrate St. Patrick's Day by wearing green caps and green socks. The team will wear the hats and socks for both games of the doubleheader on Saturday.
ASU dropped three spots to #18 in the Baseball America poll while they fell seven spots to #19 in the NCBWA poll. They stayed at #9 in the Rivals.com poll and were bumped down to #18 in Baseball
After struggling against
Petey Paramore has been a walks machine so far this season. Paramore has drawn 25 walks already this year, tops in the conference. He was third on the team last season with 34 free passes...Andrew Romine has nine bunt singles this season...The Challenge at Chase will mark the third time in 2007 ASU will have played in a Major League facility. They played at
Sophomore pitcher Jeff Urlaub is still experiencing elbow soreness and it is unknown how long he will be out. Urlaub has not pitched since February 10 in
Sophomore Kiel Roling accomplished something Wednesday night that may never be topped: he hit two home runs in one at-bat (sort of). With a 2-2 count and two men on, Roling hit a ball down the left field line that the home plate umpire initially ruled a fair ball that went over the fence for a home run. All three Devils rounded the bases and retreated back into the dugout. After conferring with the rest of the crew, the umpire reversed the call, saying the ball had hit a wall in foul territory. The runners returned to their bases and Roling dug back in to the batters box. Two pitches later, Roling left no doubt, crushing a ball over the fence in right center for his second three-run shot of the at-bat.
Countdown to 500:
Having already collected his 800th career Division I victory this season, ASU Head Coach Pat Murphy is just five wins away from 500 victories at Arizona State. ASU's first head coach, Bobby Winkles, totaled 524 wins in his 13 years at ASU. Jim Brock amassed 1,100 victories in his 23 years at the helm. Murphy is in his 13th season at
20,000 Leagues On The Diamond:
The Sun Devils will face teams from nine different conferences this season, not counting their own. Other than the Pac-10, the Sun Devils meet the Mid-Continent (Southern Utah), Big XII (Texas A&M,
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 pitch, was a seventh round draft pick of the
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 in 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 has solidified a spot in the starting rotation. 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.
You Complete Me:
LHP Josh Satow did something on February 11 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 following the Houston College Classic. It marked the first time in Satow's career that he had been honored by the conference and he became 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.
Two Sun Devils have earned national recognition so far this season. Matt Spencer was named the National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball following the
Pac-10 play gets underway next weekend, as the Sun Devils will head to