Baseball Hosts Cal In Final Regular Season Series

May 24, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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Leading Off:

Arizona State returns home for their final regular season series, a three-game Pac-10 set

with the California Golden Bears at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The

Devils dropped two of three last weekend in Tucson, while Cal defeated Pacific on Tuesday

evening after having last weekend off for finals.

 

The Sun Devils vs. The Bears:

The Devils hold a 93-54 all-time edge over California, although the Golden Bears took two

out of three from ASU least season at Evans Diamond in Berkeley. Cal also won two of three

from ASU in 2004, the last time they visited Tempe.

 

RB-Ike! RB-Ike!:

With three RBI against the Wildcats, freshman Ike Davis has passed Casey Myers for the

most runs batted in by a Sun Devil freshman in ASU history. Myers knocked in 58 runs in

1998, and Davis now has 61 with three regular season games remaining. Davis also has 73

hits, fourth most in school history by a freshman. Dustin Pedroia collected 82 hits in 2002.

Ike's eight home runs tie him with Myers for fourth all-time by a freshman, three behind

Barry Bonds in 1983.

 

Now Appearing, Brett Bordes:

Earlier this season, senior LHP Brett Bordes passed Kendall Carter for the school record

of 102 career appearances. Bordes has now pitched in 105 games as a Sun Devil, eclipsing

the mark that Carter set from 1981 to 1984. Of the 105 appearances, 93 of them have come

in relief, including all 27 of his games this season. Bordes leads the team with six victories

and has four saves.

 

Rankings:

The Sun Devils are ranked #19 by Baseball America, down six spots from last week. They

are ranked #18 by Collegiate Baseball, who had them 14th a week ago. ASU fell to #16 in

the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, a four spot change. They also fell to #16 in the NCBWA

Poll.

 

UA Wrap-Up:

Tony Barnette was outstanding once again on Friday night, striking out eight and

allowing only two earned runs in the 15-6 ASU victory. Colin Curtis had a monster

game, homering twice and knocking in seven runs during his 5-6 evening. Ike Davis

and Brett Wallace each homered as well for the Devils...Saturday saw ASU jump to

an early 6-0 lead, only to see it evaporate thanks to five Sun Devil errors in an 18-12

loss. Eric Sogard went 3-5 with five RBI in a losing effort, including his eighth

homer of the year...More sloppy defense cost Arizona State on Sunday, as they fell 5-

4. Three more errors gave the Devils 13 on the weekend, and 14 stranded base runners

proved to costly to overcome on Sunday, as they left the bases loaded in the ninth

inning.

 

30 Win Mark:

2006 is the 44th straight season Arizona State has surpassed the 30-win total, and 46th

time in school history. Head Coach Pat Murphy has won over 30 games every season

since he began coaching Division I baseball at Notre Dame in 1988.

 

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