Feb. 20, 2013
No. 22 Arizona State (2-1, 0-0) at Tennessee (1-3, 0-0)
TEMPE, Ariz. - The 22nd-ranked Sun Devils travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on the Tennessee Volunteers in a non-conference road series. First pitch on Friday is set for 3 p.m. (MT), while both Saturday and Sunday's contests are slated for an 11 a.m. (MT) start time.
Can't Make It?
Fans can get live updates from the team's Twitter account @ASU_Baseball, join a Live Chat during each game for stats, notes and commentary, and up-to-the-minute stats will also be available online with gametracker on thesundevils.com. The games wll be streamed live online through the University of Tennessee's All-Access player, which can be found on utsports.com.
Friday - Feb. 22 - 3 p.m.
Saturday - Feb. 23 - 1 p.m.
Sunday - Feb. 24 - 1 p.m.
Lindsey Nelson Stadium - Knoxville, Tenn.
ASU - Jr. RHP Trevor Williams (0-0, 3.60)
UT - Sr. RHP Zack Godley (0-0, 9.00)
ASU - So. LHP Adam McCreery (0-0, 12.00)
UT - Fr. RHP Aaron Quillen (0-0, 1.80)
ASU - Fr. LHP Ryan Kellogg (1-0, 0.00)
UT - Fr. LHP Andy Cox (1-0, 4.50)
Devils vs. Tennessee and the SEC:
The Sun Devils are 11-1 all-time against the Tennessee Volunteers, with the last meeting coming at the 2005 College World Series, which ASU won, 4-2. ASU swept the last three-game series between the two teams Feb. 8-10, 2002. The Devils are 35-21-1 all-time against the SEC.
Friday night starter Trevor Williams was a member of Team USA this past summer, which was coached by UT manager Dave Serrano...shortstop Drew Stankiewicz originally committed to Cal State Fullerton, but de-committed after Serrano left the Titans for the job at Tennessee.
Hitting The Road Early:
This is the first time in head coach Tim Esmay's four-year career the Sun Devils are playing a road game in the second weekend of the season, and is the earliest road game ASU has played since taking on Hawaii for six games in the first series of the 2003 season. The Sun Devils won all six of those road games. The last time ASU played a non-conference opponent from a major conference on the road this early in the year was a two-game series at Florida State in 1989 under head coach Jim Brock.
Growing Up Fast:
Eleven true freshmen played in the opening series against Bethune-Cookman, including eight position players and three pitchers. A trio of freshmen pitchers combined to allow two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts in 12 innings of relief, including LHP Ryan Kellogg, who went four innings on Saturday and gave up three hits and no runs to get the win, RHP Ryan Burr, who threw two scoreless innings on Friday, and LHP Brett Lilek, who made two appearances over the weekend and surrendered two runs on two hits over six frames. Three freshmen made starts over the weekend, including DH RJ Ybarra, outfielder Johnny Sewald and 1B David Graybill, with five collecting a base hit and three recording both a hit and an RBI (Ybarra, Gryabill and Cullen O'Dwyer).
Through three games, the bullpen has allowed nine hits and four runs, including three earned, in 20 innings of work. Relievers gave up just three extra-base hits (two doubles and a tiple) and earned wins against B-CU on Feb. 15 and 16. LHP Matt Dunber and Lilek led the way with two appearances each, while RHP Alex Blackford and Kellogg both went four innings.
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