Feb. 22, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz -
The Sun Devils are coming off a 2-2 weekend that saw them defeat Missouri Thursday night in Tempe, but lose two of three at the Surprise College Classic. ASU returns to Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark to host Conference
The Sun Devils vs. The Blazers:
This will be the first ever meeting between these two schools on a baseball diamond.
ASU and Conference
The Sun Devils have become quite familiar with Conference
Surprise House of Horrors:
The Sun Devils struggles in the Coca-Cola Classic continued with the 2007 edition. ASU was 5-1 during the first two years of the tournament's existence, but has gone just 3-6 since, including a six game losing skid that game to a halt with the win against Gonzaga. Surprise Stadium was also the site where the Devils' NCAA scoring streak came to an end. ASU had scored in 506 straight games before
ASU fell three spots to #14 in the Collegiate Baseball poll, while Baseball America dropped them one spot to #14. The NCBWA poll moved them down to #13 from #12 and Rivals.com kept them at #5. The USA Today/Coaches Poll will not begin until next week.
Coca-Cola Classic Wrap-Up:
The Devils started off the weekend with a Thursday night affair against the Missouri Tigers in
Coca-Cola Classic All-Tournament Team:
After setting a Houston College Classic record with six All-Tournament Team selections, the Sun Devils followed that up by placing three on the Coca-Cola Classic All-Tournament Team. Brett Wallace and Mike Leake earned All-Tournament selections for the second straight week, while Joe Persichina earned recognition in Surprise for the second time in his career. Persichina also made the Coca-Cola Classic All-Tournament Team in 2005.
Lights Out Leake:
Freshman Mike Leake continues to impress during his debut season. Leake picked up two more wins this weekend, coming on in relief of Brian Flores on both Thursday and Sunday. He is now 3-0 on the year with a 0.92 ERA.
Leaders In The Pac:
The Sun Devils are well represented in the Pac-10 stats this week. ASU leads the conference in nine offensive categories, including batting average runs scored and hits. Petey Paramore is second in the conference in batting average, while Matt Spencer leads the conference in slugging percentage, RBI and is tied for the lead in home runs. Brett Wallace is the conference leader in stolen bases. On the mound, Mike Leake is number one in wins (3) and Josh Satow is tied for the lead in strike outs.
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 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.
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.
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
The Waiting Is The Hardest Part:
The Sun Devils head south to face the Arizona Wildcats in