Ike Davis Named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year

May 31, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - Sun Devil 1B/LHP Ike Davis has been named the 2006 Pacific-10 Freshman of the Year, the conference announced today. The Chaparral High School product is batting .339 with nine home runs and a conference leading 65 RBI this season, setting a new school record for runs batted in by a freshman.

Davis is the first Sun Devil to earn the Freshman of the Year award. Oregon State's Darwin Barney won the award last season.

'Ike is just scratching the surface of what he is capable of,' said head coach Pat Murphy. 'This is a great honor for him and for the people around him that have helped him along. Ike came to Arizona State with great expectations, and he has lived up to them.'

'Ike has been great for us all year and he certainly deserves this honor,' said head coach Pat Murphy. 'There are a lot of great freshmen in this conference and for Ike to be recognized as the top one says a lot about what he has accomplished so far this season.'

Davis leads Arizona State with 30 extra base hits, including a team leading 19 doubles. His 77 hits are tied with Colin Curtis for the team lead and are the fourth most by a freshman in school history. His nine homers tie him with Bob Horner for third most by a Sun Devil. Only Barry Bonds (11) and Mike Kelly (10) had more in their freshmen years at ASU.

Davis has been a two-way player for the Devils, beginning the season as the Friday night starting pitcher. Davis has pitched in 14 games so far this year, starting 12. The Devils are 10-2 in games he has started on the hill.

Davis and the Sun Devils open the 2006 NCAA Tournament on Friday night at 6 PM against Baylor in the Houston Regional, hosted by Rice. Fans traveling to Houston for the game can purchase tickets by calling 714-348-4068.

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