Baseball Welcomes Penn State To Tempe For Three Game Series

March 23, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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Leading Off:Arizona State continues their homestand, hosting the Nittany Lions. ASU split two gameswith Oklahoma, winning Friday night 8-7 and falling Saturday night 15-8. Sunday's matchupwas rained out.

The Sun Devils vs. The Nittany Lions:ASU is 4-0 all-time against Penn State. They last met in 2003, when the Devils swept athree-game series at Packard. They also met in the 1973 College World Series. ASU won3-1.

Pitching Rotation:The pitching rotation took a hit when Jeff Urlaub was diagnosed with mononucleosis.Ike Davis will remain as the Friday night starter, with the rest of the weekend completelyup in the air. Frank Mesa will get start this weekened, with Saturday the most likely day.Josh Satow, Matt Trink, Tony Barnette and Drew Bowman are all possible starters forSunday.

Oklahoma Recap:The Sun Devils once again demonstrated their comeback abilities on Friday night, as theyfell behind early to the Sooners but were able to rally back for a walk-off 8-7 victory. SethDhaenens knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth with a bases loaded single.That was the end to a three-run ninth inning rally to pick up the win. Saturday saw theSooners once again jump out to an early lead, but this time the Sun Devils comeback bidfell short as Oklahoma won 15-8. Sunday's rubber game was rained out.

Rankings:ASU is ranked #17 in the Collegiate Baseball poll this week, dropping six spots from aweek ago. They are also #17 in the NCBWA poll and in the USA Today Coaches Poll. ASUfell three spots to #19 in Baseball America.

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