Baseball Heads to Surprise This Weekend for 4th Annual Coca-Cola Classic
Feb. 8, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The Sun Devils head to Surprise Stadium for the Fourth Annual Coca-Cola Classic. After
sweeping the series with Northern Illinois last weekend, ASU will face Gonzaga, #2/6 Oregon State and Nevada during the three-game tournament. After their West Valley Weekend, the Devils will return to Tempe to host Houston in a three-game set next weekend.
The Sun Devils vs. The Bulldogs:
ASU enters Friday night with a 10-1 all-time record against Gonzaga. Last season, the Bulldogs and the Sun Devils split their two meetings. ASU won the first match-up 10-8 in the Schaefer Memorial Tournament, but Gonzaga earned their first ever victory over the Devils in Surprise, beating ASU 2-0.
The Sun Devils vs. The Beavers:
Arizona State holds a 29-13 edge over OSU, but Oregon State won three of the four meetings in 2005. The Beavers beat the Sun Devils 12-6 in the Schaefer Memorial Tournament, then took two of three in Corvallis in Pac-10 play.
The Sun Devils vs. The Wolf Pack:
Sunday will be the first ever meeting between Nevada and Arizona State.
Now in its fourth season, the Coca-Cola Classic has featured Arizona State every year.
Gonzaga will also be making their fourth consecutive appearance in Surprise. Oregon State is no stranger to Surprise Stadium, having played in the tournament in 2003 and 2004.
The Sun Devils are ranked #8 in the NCBWA poll, #11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, #10 by Collegiate Baseball and #16 by Baseball America. The moved up two spots in both the Collegiate Baseball poll and the NCBWA poll.
Moved On Up:
After starting the season hitting in the third spot, OF Colin Curtis moved to the
leadoff spot against Northern Illinois. The move paid huge dividends, as Curtis hit
.462 (6-13) at the top of the order, doubling three times and scoring six runs. The
junior also hit his first home run of the year and stole five bases in the three-game
sweep of the Huskies. Curtis raised his average to .259 for the young season.
We Like Ike:
Freshman LHP and DH Ike Davis turned in a masterful performance against the
Huskies in his second career start. Davis went 7.1 innings, allowing only one run on
four hits to earn his fi rst collegiate victory. Davis also struck out eight Huskies, giving
him 13 strike outs in two starts. Davis started the entire series at DH as well, hitting a
three-run double on Saturday.
Bres The Man:
Junior righty Pat Bresnehan has been almost unhittable so far in 2006. On Sunday
against the Huskies, Bresnehan threw two-hit ball, allowing only an unearned run
while K'ing six to earn his second victory of the season. In his two starts this year,
Bresnehan has allowed only six hits and one earned run in 13.2 innings.
After beginning the season in the starting rotation, junior Zechry Zinicola moved
to bullpen for the Northern Illinois series. ASU wasted little time utilizing him, as
Zinicola picked up saves on both Friday and Saturday. That gives him 14 saves in his
Sun Devil career, fifth all-time in school history.
Redshirt freshman LHP Drew Bowman started his first collegiate game Saturday.
He pitched effectively, lasting three innings and giving up only four hits and no runs.
He was relieved by freshman Jeff Urlaub, who threw three innings and picked up
his first career win.
For the second weekend in a row, 12 different Sun Devil pitchers saw action against
Northern Illinois. A total of 14 ASU hurlers have been on the mound so far in 2006.
In 2005, ASU used 11 pitchers.
The Sun Devils are 7-2 all-time in the Coca-Cola Classic. They went 3-0 during the
inaugural tournament in 2003, 2-1 in 2004 and 2-1 last season. Their loss in 2004
was to Oklahoma, who shut out the Devils 6-0 to snap their NCAA record scoring
streak at 506.
A Tough Schedule:
Once again, the Sun Devils will have one of the toughest schedules in the country.
BoydsWorld ranks ASU's schedule as the 11th toughest in the nation. Arizona State will
become quite familiar with the Lone Star state, as they will play eight games in Texas.
They face Baylor in Waco, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Rice and TCU at the Whataburger
Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas in Austin and Texas Tech in Lubbock.
In addition to this weekend's Coca-Cola Classic, Arizona State will also participate in
the First Annual WhataBurger College Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Sun Devils
will face Texas A&M Corpus Christi, #4/5 Rice and TCU in that tournament.