15th-Ranked Baseball Takes On New Mexico State Tonight At Hohokam Stadium
March 5, 2002
Mar. 5 vs. New Mexico State, 7 p.m. MST
NMSU - Christian Jackson - LHP (1-1, 4.88)
ASU - Miguel Sanchez - LHP (1-0, 1.23)
Arizona State (11-5) did not move in the polls after the three-game sweep of Loyola Marymount. They remained No. 15 by Baseball Weekly/ESPN, No. 18 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 21 by Baseball America. The Sun Devils have been ranked in the national polls for 44 consecutive weeks. New Mexico State is not ranked.
What's On Tap:
The 15th-ranked Sun Devil Baseball team appears to be back on track after a three-game series sweep of the Loyola Marymount Lions last weekend. Entering the series the Devils had lost five of their last six, but with the offense clicking with a combined .363 batting average in the three games and the pitching staff combining for a team 2.00 ERA, ASU has now won four of its last five. The Sun Devils host New Mexico State (10-6) Tuesday night in their first midweek contest of the year. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. due to a Chicago Cubs Cactus League spring training game at 1:05 p.m. at Hohokam Stadium. The Devils will then play three games this weekend as part of the inaugural Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament to be held at Packard Stadium. ASU will open tournament play vs. UNLV Friday night at 7 p.m., then host St. John's at 7 p.m. on Saturday and conclude the tournament with a 1 p.m. game Sunday vs. nationally ranked Oklahoma State. Tonight's game is the first of five in the next eight days for the Sun Devils.
Sanchez To Start vs. NMSU:
Freshman left-hander Miguel Sanchez will make his second career start tonight vs. NMSU. The product of Bishop Amat High School is 1-0 on the year in two appearances with a 1.23 ERA. He won his only other start of the year in a 5.1 inning outing against Southern Utah (2/3).
* Jon Sheaffer has a carer-high 10-game hitting streak in which he is hitting .406 (13x32).
* Steve Garrabrants hit .583 (7x12) in the three-game series vs. Loyola Marymount and is a remarkable 10-for-15 when leading off the game for the Sun Devils. Garrabrants is hitting .394 on the year with a team-leading 10 multi-hit games.
* Junior Robbie McClellan made his first career start a memorable one last Saturday, throwing a complete-game three hitter against LMU. McClellan is 3-2 on the year with one save and a team-leading 2.74 ERA.
* Sophomore right fielder Andre Ethier leads the team in hitting at .444 and of his nine multi-hit games this year, five have been three-hit affairs.
* Head Coach Pat Murphy is just two wins short of reaching 600 career Division 1 victories.
Sun Devil Baseball Successful in March:
The Sun Devil Baseball program has an all-time 615-241-1 record in the month of March dating back to the 1959 baseball season. Head Coach Pat Murphy, who is only two wins short of his 600th career Division I victory, who is in his eighth March in an ASU uniform, is 67-48-1 in the month of March.
Devils Better Score Early and Often:
The Sun Devils have had good success this year when scoring before their opponent, going 8-3 in those game. Even more importantly, when ASU scores in the first inning they are 8-2. Five runs or more seem to be the magic number for the Devils, as ASU is 11-1 in games when scoring five or more runs.
Now That is The Way to Start the Game:
The Sun Devil leadoff hitter in the game is off to a great start in 2002, and a main reason why the Devils have scored at least one run in 10 of their 16 (63%) games this year. The Sun Devil leadoff hitter, 15 times being Steve Garrabrants and one time being Doug Schutt, is 11-for-16 (.688) to lead off the game for ASU. Garrabrants is 10-for-15 (.667) with five singles, four doubles and a home run to his credit, while Schutt is 1-for-1 with a single.
Garrabrants Leading Off:
Sophomore Steve Garrabrants is off to a torrid start to the 2002 season. Through 16 games, Garrabrants is second on the team in hitting with a .394 average. He leads the team with 10 multi-hit games and has nine extra base hits. He has started all 16 games this year, with eight coming each at designated hittera and second base. As ASU's leadoff hitter, Garrabrants is an amazing 10-for-15 to lead off the game for the Devils. Garrabrants is coming off a solid weekend vs. LMU, going 7-for-12 (.583) with five RBI.
The Wild, Wild West:
Sophomore first baseman Jeremy West has been swinging a hot bat as of late, hitting three of his team-leading four home runs in the last six games. West is fourth on the team with a .385 batting average and leads the team with 21 RBI (1.31 avg. per game) and 12 extra base hits. Over the last five games West is hitting .421 (8x19) with six RBI. He tied a career high with four RBI vs. LMU (3/2).
A Cubs/Sun Devil Doubleheader?:
With ASU sharing Hohokam Stadium with the Chicago Cubs this spring for their spring training, baseball fans will have the unique chance on three occasions to enjoy a Major League-College baseball doubleheader. Tuesday night will be the second of three, with the Cubs playing the Chicago White Sox at 1:05 p.m. and ASU playing NMSU at 7 p.m. later that night. Both teams are 1-0 during the doubleheader days.
The Record Is In The Books. ASU Has Scored In 391 Straight Games:
The Arizona State baseball program made history on April 7, 2001 when they scored at least one run in its 350th consecutive game. The Devils broke the 12-year-old NCAA record in a 5-1 loss to USC exactly six years to the day when they were last shut out. ASU was shut out 9-0 on April 7, 1995 at Dedeaux Field. The one run scored in the 3-1 loss to UCLA on May 19 last year marked only the 11th time during the streak that ASU has scored only one run. The streak is still intact at 391 consecutive games with ASU scoring in each of the 16 games this year. The Devils have extended the streak early in almost every game, with a run in the first inning 10 times in 2002. ASU was neck-in-neck for the record with Wichita State, which had not been shutout in 332 games, but had its streak ended with a 1-0 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette in the middle of the 2001 season. Coastal Carolina previously held the NCAA record at 349 games set from 1983-1989. ASU also had a stretch of 278 games without being shut out from 1990 to 1994, meaning the program has only been shutout in three games dating back to 1990.