Baseball Hosts Oklahoma In Three Game Set This Weekend

March 16, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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Leading Off:

Arizona State returns home for a three-game set with the Oklahoma Sooners. The Sun

Devils returned from the Lone Star State with a 17-6 record, after going 3-0 in the

Whataburger College Classic and falling 11-6 in Austin against the Texas Longhorns.


The Sun Devils vs. The Sooners:

Arizona State holds a 48-19 edge over the Sooners. ASU swept the three-game series the

two teams played last season in Tempe. Oklahoma comes into this weekend with a 17-4

record, and ranked in the Top 25 in all four polls.


Whatburger College Classic Recap:

The Sun Devils took home the title at the inaugural Whataburger College Classic, emerging

from the weekend with three wins. ASU knocked off host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 10-2

on the fi rst day, came from behind to beat Rice 6-5 in ten innings on Saturday, then closed

out the weekend with a 3-1 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs. The Sun Devils placed six

players on the All-Tournament Team, led by WCC MVP Willy Fox. Fox had the game winning

hit against Rice on Saturday and played solid defense at both third and first throughout

the weekend. Fox was joined on the team by Austin Stockfisch, Ike Davis, Eric Sogard,

Ryan Sontag and Zechry Zinicola.



ASU is ranked #11 in the Collegiate Baseball poll this week, up two spots from a week

ago. They are #13 in the NCBWA poll. In the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Devils are at

#13. ASU rose one spot to #16 in Baseball America.


Texas Recap:

The road weary Sun Devils fell to the Longhorns 11-6 to close out an almost weeklong

road trip to the Lone Star State. Brett Bruneel got his first start as a Sun Devil,

lasting 2.2 innings, allowing three hits and four runs to take the loss. Only one of his

runs was earned. ASU allowed Texas to score ten two-out runs, and walked six batters

to help the Longhorns to victory. Arizona State scored five runs in the ninth, but the

comeback attempt fell short.

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