Nov. 29, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
As it is every year, the 2007 Sun Devil baseball schedule will be among the toughest in the nation. Announced today by 13th-year head coach Pat Murphy, the schedule features non-conference match-ups with national powers Long Beach State, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Auburn and Houston. ASU's 56-game regular season schedule includes 33 games in Tempe, beginning Friday night, February 2nd against Southern Utah.
The home portion of non-conference play includes match-ups with the Big XII's Missouri (Feb. 15) and Kansas State (Mar. 13-14) along with traditional West Coast powers Long Beach State (Mar. 9-11) and Hawai'i (Apr. 25). The Devils will also welcome 2006 NCAA Tournament participant Maine to Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark for a four game set (Mar. 16-18) that features a double-header on St. Patrick's Day. Arizona State will travel to perhaps the finest collegiate ballpark in the country when they take on the SEC's Auburn Tigers at Plainsman Park (Mar. 2-4).
The Sun Devils will also participate in two of the country's most high-profile tournaments this season. ASU will become the first Pac-10 team to play in the Minute Maid College Classic when they travel to Houston for the three-day tournament hosted by the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Arizona State will face Texas A&M (Feb. 9) and 2006 NCAA participants Vanderbilt (Feb.10) and Houston (Feb. 11) at the Astros home field. In addition to the Minute Maid Classic, Arizona State will participate in the Fifth Annual Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise. The tournament, which is held at the Spring Training facility of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, is regarded as one of the best run tournaments in the nation thanks to the tireless efforts and support of the City of Surprise and the staff of the Surprise Recreation Campus. This year the Devils will face Missouri (Feb. 16), defending national champion Oregon State (Feb. 17), and defending Coca-Cola Classic champion Gonzaga (Feb. 18).
In addition to the always challenging non-conference slate, the Sun Devils will have to battle through one of the toughest conferences in all of college baseball, the Pac-10. Conference foes who will visit Tempe include Stanford (Apr. 5-7), Washington State (Apr. 13-15) and UCLA (May 11-13) before wrapping up the regular season with in-state rival Arizona (May 23-25). ASU will open Pac-10 play on the road with a three-game series against USC in Los Angeles (Mar. 23-25), travel to Seattle to take on Washington (Mar.30-Apr.1) and in Berkeley to face Cal (Apr. 27-29) before wrapping up conference road play with a three-game set against defending national champion Oregon State in Corvallis (May 18-20).
Arizona State and Arizona will continue the recent tradition of facing off in non-conference games. The Sun Devils will play in Tucson on February 27th, then face off in the Second Annual Challenge At Chase, to be played at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 28th.
Including the Challenge at Chase, the Sun Devils will play seven games in major league facilities in 2007.
The Sun Devils will face Louisiana-Lafayette (Apr. 20-22) and Hawai'i (Apr. 25) as part of a ten-game homestand in April. ASU also has a nine-game home stretch earlier in the season when they host Long Beach State (Mar. 9-11), Kansas State (Mar. 13-14) and Maine (Mar. 16-18).
ASU will wrap up the regular season with the Wildcats and will then look for an eighth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Play begins June 1 with the NCAA Regionals while the Super Regionals will follow June 8-11. The 2007 College World Series is slated to get underway June 15 and run through June 25 at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.
Season ticket renewals are currently in process. New season tickets go on sale December 22nd, while single game tickets are available January 23rd. Tickets can be purchased by calling 480.727.0000 or at www.TheSunDevils.com.