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No. 24 Baseball Faces No. 2 Arkansas, Two Others At Coca-Cola Classic In Surprise
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Release: 02/27/2013
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2013 ASU Baseball Media Guide

TEMPE, Ariz. - The 24th-ranked Sun Devils head to Surprise, Ariz., for the 11th annual Coca-Cola Classic at Surprise Stadium. The Sun Devils will play No. 2 Arkansas twice on Feb. 28 and March 2, respectively, and will also face Pacific on March 1 and Gonzaga on March 3. All four games for the Sun Devils will follow a Major League Spring Training game and will begin at approximately 4 p.m. (MT) or 45 minutes after the conclusion of the preceding Spring Training game.

Can't Make It?
The Fan AM 1060 will be broadcasting its first game of the season on Saturday against Arkansas, with Jeff Munn and Seth Dhaenens on the call. The audio will be available both on the radio and online through all-access player. Blaze radio will be broadcasting the other three games online. Fans can also get live updates from the team's Twitter account @ASU_Baseball, and up-to-the-minute stats will also be available online with gametracker on

Date/Time (MT)

Thursday - Feb. 28 - 4 p.m.^
Friday - March 1 - 4 p.m.^

Saturday - March 2 - 4 p.m.^

Sunday - March 3 - 4 p.m.^


Surprise Stadium at the Surprise Recreation Complex - Surprise, Ariz.

Pitching Matchup
ASU - Fr. LHP Brett Lilek (0-0, 2.25)
UA - Jr. RHP Ryne Stanek (1-0, 3.86)

ASU - Jr. RHP Trevor Williams (1-0, 1.50)
UP - RS-Jr. LHP John Haberman (0-0, 5.40)

ASU - Fr. LHP Ryan Kellogg (2-0, 1.00)
UA - Fr. RHP Trey Killian (1-0, 0.00)

ASU - So. LHP Adam McCreery (0-1, 9.82)

Devils vs. Arkansas and the SEC:
The Sun Devils have won six of the teams' previous nine meetings, including once in the 2011 Regional in Tempe and twice at the 2010 Super Regional in Tempe, both of which went 12 innings. The Devils are 37-22-1^ all-time against the SEC.

Quick Hits:

  • Head coach Tim Esmay is two wins away from career win 350, and is 15 wins away from his 150th ASU win
  • Coach Esmay is 57-13, including a perfect 22-0 in 2010, all-time against non-conference opponents since he was hired prior to the 2010 season
  • ASU won their second series of the season and have now won 14 consecutive series in February, including all eight under coach Esmay
  • ASU pitchers combined to strike out 29 batters over the weekend against Tennessee
  • James McDonald has a team-high six-game hitting streak
  • Three Devils (McDonald, Kasey Coffman and Max Rossiter) have all reached base in six consecutive games
  • Freshman LHP Brett Lilek will make his first career start against No. 2 Arkansas on Thursday
  • Preseason All-America pitchers Trevor Williams (ASU), Ryne Stanek (Arkansas) and Marco Gonzales (Gonzaga) were teammates on Team USA this past summer

Growing Up Fast:
ASU has played 12 true freshmen through six games, including eight position players and four pitchers Six freshmen have made starts, including DH Brett Lilek and RHP Eric Melbostad.

Offering Relief:
Through six games, the bullpen has allowed 15 hits and five earned runs in 28.2 innings of work. Relievers have given up just five extra-base hits (four doubles and a tiple) and earned wins against B-CU on Feb. 15 and 16. LHP Matt Dunber and Lilek have led the way with three appearances each, while Lilek and RHP Alex Blackford have notched the most relief innings at eight and 6.2, respectively.

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