Baseball Heads To Stanford For Three-Game Pac-10 Series

April 26, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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Leading Off:Arizona State stays on the road for another week, as they head to Palo Alto, California for a three-game Pac-10 set with Stanford at Sunken Diamond. ASU is coming off their first series loss of the season after dropping two of three to UCLA, while Stanford fell twice to Arizonain Tucson. The Devils then return to Tempe on Tuesday night for a non-conference meeting with Arizona at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark.

The Sun Devils vs. The Cardinal:The Sun Devils hold a slim 81-80 all-time edge over Stanford, thanks to their three game sweep last season in Tempe. The Cardinal took two of three from the Devils the last time the two teams met at Sunken Diamond in 2004.

The Sun Devils vs. The Wildcats:ASU holds a 166-108 edge over their in-state rivals since Arizona State began varsity baseball in 1959. Arizona won the first meeting this season 12-8 in the Challenge at Chase on April 2nd.

ASU Gets Two In The Hall:Arizona State University has two members of the inaugural class that will be inducted into the new College Baseball Hall of Fame in Lubbock, Texas. Former Head Coach Bobby Winkles and former infielder Bob Horner were announced Wednesdays as two of the ten inductees for the 2006 Hall of Fame Class. The induction ceremonies will take place on July4th in Lubbock, with FSN televising the event.

Rankings:The Sun Devils are ranked 16th by all four major polls this week. This is the first time this season that Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, the NCBWA and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll all have ASU slotted in the same spot.

Weekend Wrap-Up:The Sun Devils suffered their first series loss of the season, dropping two of three to UCLA last weekend...Josh Satow was outstanding on Friday night, as he struck out ten in five plus innings. He allowed only one run on three hits before giving way to the bullpen. Daryl Arreola and Brett Bordes held on from there as the Sun Devils picked up a 3-2 victory. Satow earned the win and Bordes picked up the save...Bruin starter Dave Huff shut the Devils down on Saturday, as he went the distance in a 5-1UCLA victory. Huff allowed only two hits in his second straight complete game...Sunday's finale was a wild one, as ASU couldn't hold on to leads in the ninth or tenth inning, falling 12-11.

Mesa Power:After going almost three years between home runs, it took senior Frank Mesa one week to hit his second one of the season. After hitting one onto Rural Road against USC on April 13th, Mesa went deep on Friday night against UCLA.

Mr. K, Josh Satow:Freshman lefty Josh Satow made his first career start on Friday night a memorable one, picking up the win in a 3-2 victory over UCLA. Satow struck out ten Bruins in his fi ve plus innings of work, establishing a new career high in Ks. Satow, who made four appearances for ASU last season, has become a reliable option for Coach Murphy either as a starter or in a relief effort.

Closing In:Ike Davis is nine RBI away from setting an ASU freshman record. Casey Myers knocked in 58 runs during his debut season in Tempe in 1998. Davis has 49 with 13 regular season games to go, and is already in fifth place on the freshman record list. RB-Ike has 12 multi-RBI games this season, including two games where he has knocked in five runs or more.

Non-Conference Tilt:The match-up with Arizona on Tuesday night will be a non-conference meeting, just as it was on April 2nd in the Challenge at Chase. ASU and UA will meet for three Pac-10 games in Tucson starting May 19th.

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