April 25, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -
After sweeping Louisiana-Lafayette, the Sun Devils host
The Sun Devils vs. The Rainbows:
ASU leads the all-time series with
The Sun Devils vs. The Golden Bears:
Facing Tough Competition:
Of ASU's ten losses this season, nine have come at the hands of teams who have been ranked at some point this season, including one to Vanderbilt, who is the top ranked team in the nation. The Sun Devils also have 16 wins against teams that have been ranked at some point this year, including a 22-8 win over
For the first time, the NCAA has released their RPI for all Division I baseball teams.
The Sun Devils were guarded coming into their weekend series with the Ragin' Cajuns, a dangerous team from the Sun Belt Conference. ASU got started on the right foot Friday night, as Eric Sogard homered in the first innings, setting the tone for the evening. Sogard finished 3-4 while Mike Leake kept the Cajun hitters off balance for seven innings, as
In the 9-6 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday, Ike Davis, all 6-foot-5 of him, stole home.
April 21st, Satow's Lucky Day:
Junior lefty Josh Satow is making a habit of turning in great performances on the 21st of April. In 2006, Satow struck a career high ten UCLA Bruins in a 3-2 ASU win. This year, Satow did one better, striking out a new career high 11 in his seven innings of work against the Ragin' Cajuns to pick up his ninth win of the year.
I'm Gonna Knock You In:
Brett Wallace had no trouble putting runs on the board against the Cajuns, as he recorded 11 RBI over the three games. Wallace now has 62 RBI on the year, three shy of last year's team leader, Ike Davis.
Johnny Bench Watch List:
Sophomore catcher Petey Paramore has been named to the Watch List for the 2007 Johnny Bench Award, awarded annually to the best collegiate catcher. The ten semi-finalists will be announced on May 17.
Pac-10 Players of the Week:
Four Sun Devils have earned weekly honors from the Pac-10 so far this season, including Kiel Roling twice. Roling and Brett Wallace have both been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while Josh Satow and Brian Flores have both earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week recognition.
30 Is Nothing New:
Big League Splash:
Former Sun Devil Travis Buck, who played at ASU from 2003-2005, became the 87th Sun Devil to play Major League Baseball when he started in right field for the Oakland A's on opening day. Buck is one of nine Sun Devils on opening day rosters. He is joined by Barry Bonds (Giants), Willie Bloomquist (Mariners), Paul Lo Duca (Mets), Chris Duffy (Pirates), Ian Kinsler (Rangers), Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox), Andre Ethier (Dodgers) and Jon Switzer (Devil Rays). Switzer is currently on the 60-day DL for
National Honor Roll Honorees:
Brett Wallace, Matt Spencer, Josh Satow, Petey Paramore, Brian Flores and Kiel Roling have all been named College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll Players of the Week so far this season. Roling has twice earned the distinction.
Petey Paramore has been a walks machine so far this season. Paramore has drawn 39 walks already this year, tops in the conference. He was third on the team last season with 34 free passes...Andrew Romine has 15 bunt singles this season...The Challenge at Chase marked the third time in 2007 ASU have played in a Major League facility. They played at
Arizona State Head Coach Pat Murphy achieved a coaching milestone against USC, collecting his 500th victory as skipper of the Sun Devils. Earlier this season, Murphy won his 800th career Division I game. 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
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
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.
O Captain! My Captain!:
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
ASU will enjoy a week off for finals. They will face UCLA for three Pac-10 games beginning May 11.