Feb. 11, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Off to a perfect 7-0 start to the 2002 college baseball season after a three-game sweep of the Tennessee Volunteers last weekend, the Arizona State baseball team moved up in the national polls from No. 17 all the way to No. 5 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN College Coaches poll. ASU is also ranked No. 13 by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.
The 12-spot jump in the polls is the largest by a Pat Murphy team since going from No. 17 in the Collegiate Baseball poll on May 17 to No. 6 on May 25 during the 1998 College World Series run.
With wins of 7-4, 8-1 and 5-4 over the then No. 25 Volunteers, ASU now leads the all-time series over Tennessee 10-1. The Sun Devils will take their perfect record on the road this weekend with a three-game showdown at No. 2/3/4 Florida State in Tallahassee.
The Sun Devils kept their perfect record intact behind a stellar performance from the pitching staff. Starters Ryan Schroyer, Mike Esposito and Bryce Kartler all went deep into the game and the bullpen, behind Robbie McClellan's win on Friday and save on Sunday, combined for a team ERA of 2.00 for the weekend.
ASU hit .301 at the plate during the three games vs. Tennessee and is hitting at a .332 clip for the season. Sophomore Andre Ethier paced the Sun Devil offense vs. Tennessee with six hits and five RBI.