Sun Devils To Host Houston, San Diego And New Mexico State In NCAA Regional
May 29, 2002
What's On Tap:
For the second time in three years,the Arizona State baseball team will host an NCAA regional. Finishing the year 35-19 overall and third place in the Pac-10 at 15-9, the Sun Devils will host Houston, New Mexico State and San Diego to Hohokam Park this weekend for one of the 16 NCAA Division Baseball Regional Championships. ASU will take on San Diego at 6 p.m. Friday, while seventh-ranked Houston will battle New Mexico State in the 12 p.m. game. ASU last hosted a regional in 2000, getting knocked off by the Texas Longhorns in the regional final. The winner of the Arizona State Regional will play the winner of the regional hosted by the University of Texas.
Arizona State in Postseason Play:
The Sun Devil baseball program has created a dynasty in college baseball that has been matched by few. With 18 appearances in the College World Series, ASU ranks fifth for the most trips to Omaha. Arizona State has now advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 26 of the program's 43 varsity seasons (dating back to 1959), amassing an incredible 122-49 (.730) record. ASU's five National Championships rank as the second most of any NCAA school. In addition to ASU's five national championships, the Sun Devils have also turned in five second-place teams and three third-place finishes. Arizona State is 13-8 in the NCAA Tournament under eighth-year head coach Pat Murphy. In addition to advancing three straight years, ASU has been left out of the tournament only once (1999) in the last six years and played for the national championship in 1998. ASU is a combined 42-5 vs. the schools in the Mesa regional.
Not A Bad Way To Finish:
ASU had a great finish to the 2002 regular season, winning eight of its last 10 games to finish the year16 games above .500 at 35-19. ASU started the 10-game stretch with a convincing 10-2 win at then eighth-ranked Stanford at Sunken Diamond. ASU then took two of three from Pac-10 champion USC and swept Oregon State to end the season. ASU tied for third place in the Pac-10 with Washington, posting a 15-9 record in league play. During the impressive 10-game stretch the Sun Devils hit .354 as a team (120 x 339) and out-scored their opponents 120-99. The pitchers also had a good run with a very respectable 4.66 team ERA.