Baseball Hosts Oregon State This Weekend
May 10, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. -
After a weekend off for final exams, the Sun Devils will hit the diamond this weekend as
they host the Oregon State Beavers in a Pac-10 conference series. The Beavers took two of
three from Washington last weekend, while the Devils beat Arizona 22-8 last Tuesday night.
Oregon State comes to Tempe at the top of the Pac-10 standings with a 34-11 record, 11-4 in
The Sun Devils vs. The Beavers:
Arizona State holds a 29-14 edge over OSU. Oregon State won the non-conference meeting
11-0 earlier this season in Surprise. The Beavers won three of the four meetings last season,
including two Pac-10 games in Corvallis.
When Last We Met...:
The Devils and Beavers met on February 11th in Surprise, with OSU winning 11-0. ASU
pitchers tied a school record with 15 walks that day. Arizona State could muster only five
hits in the game, as Oregon State's Jonah Nickerson picked up the win.
Party Like It's 1981:
As part of the 25th anniversary of the 1981 National Championship team, Alvin Davis (#9)
and Kevin Romine (#12) will have their numbers retired in a pre-game ceremony on Sunday.
They will become the 15th and 16th players to have their numbers retired at Winkles Field-
Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Romine, who owns the highest career batting average
in ASU history, hit .410 in 1981. Davis was named to the All-College World Series Team
that season when the Devils beat Oklahoma State in the title game.
The Sun Devils are ranked #18 by Baseball America, #20 by Collegiate Baseball, #17 in the
USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and #18 in the NCBWA. Despite the weekend off, ASU rose
to spots in both the Baseball America and Coaches Poll.
Arizona State's offense exploded against their in-state rival, totaling 22 runs and 22
hits in their 22-8 win last Tuesday night. Four Sun Devils had three or more hits, led
runs for ASU, part of his six RBI night. Ten different Devils knocked in runs against
the Wildcats. Tony Barnette got the starting nod for ASU, striking out eight to pick
up the victory. It was the final non-conference game of the regular season for Arizona
knocked in 58 runs during his debut season in Tempe in 1998. Davis has 54 with nine
regular season games to go, and is tied with Barry Bonds for third 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.
Frank Mesa, College Graduate:
Senior infi elder Frank Mesa has earned his degree in sociology from Arizona State
University. Mesa and the rest of the class of 2006 picked up their diplomas on May
Sophomore outfielder J.J. Sferra has re-joined the team after missing the past four
games for personal family issues. Assistant Coach Jay Sferra has taken a leave of
absence from the program for the remainder of the season. His status will be reevaluated
at the conclusion of this season.
Eric Sogard has proved so far this season that he could hit, but what he proved
against Stanford is that he can be an outfielder too. Sogard, who played in 27 games
as an infielder prior to the Stanford series, flashed his outfield leather against the
Cardinal. He made two diving catches, saving four runs, and ultimately the game. He
has started in the outfield for the past four contests.
Head Coach Pat Murphy has used 11 different starting pitchers this season after
using only eight a season ago. Ike Davis leads ASU with 11 games started, yet he has
started only once in the past 20 games. In all, 16 different Sun Devils have climbed
the hill this year. Zechry Zinicola began the season as a starter, was moved to the
closer role, sat out after being suspended, then returned to the starting rotation.