#11 Baseball Hosts #19 Long Beach State This Weekend
March 7, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The Sun Devils will look to regroup this weekend after dropping two of three at
The Sun Devils vs. The 49ers:
Sophomore third baseman Matt Hall has been a force to be reckoned with lately. Hall is on fire at the dish, going 11 for his last 15 with eight RBI and a home run. He also has been impressive manning the hot corner, making several standout plays.
Small Ball, Big Results:
While ASU may have a reputation nationally for being able to swing the bats with the best of them, Pat Murphy's boys have shown that they can do the little things as well. Against the Tigers, ASU bunted 11 times, three in sacrifice situations. Of the remaining eight bunt attempts, five of them went for base hits. Andrew Romine has shown a knack for the skill, amassing seven bunt singles so far this season. He has attempted 12 bunts, two of which were sacs, giving him a bunting batting average of .700. Eric Sogard is right on his tail with five bunt singles in six non-sacrifice bunt attempts.
The Sun Devils debuted some
ASU dropped two spots to #14 in the Collegiate Baseball poll while they fell two spots to #12 in the NCBWA poll. They went to #9 in the Rivals.com poll and were bumped down to #15 in Baseball
Despite jumping out to an eight run lead twice, the Devils could only garner one win in
Leaders In The Pac:
The Sun Devils continue to pace the Pac-10 Conference in most offensive categories. After 17 games, ASU leads the conference in nine offensive categories.
Sophomore pitcher Jeff Urlaub is expected to miss this weekend's series due to lingering soreness in his elbow. Urlaub has missed the past three weeks. Outfielder Mike Jones returned to action last week after being limited by a sore back.
Countdown to 500:
Having already collected his 800th career Division I victory this season, ASU Head Coach Pat Murphy is just eight wins away from 500 victories at Arizona State. ASU's first head coach, Bobby Winkles, totaled 524 wins in his 13 years at ASU. Jim Brock amassed 1,100 victories in his 23 years at the helm. Murphy is in his 13th season at
20,000 Leagues On The Diamond:
The Sun Devils will face teams from nine different conferences this season, not counting their own. Other than the Pac-10, the Sun Devils meet the Mid-Continent (Southern Utah), Big XII (Texas A&M,
Junior second baseman Eric Sogard earned three Preseason All-American mentions, including two First Team honors. Both the NCBWA and Rivals.com had Sogard as a First Team Preseason All-American, while Collegiate Baseball listed him as a Third Team Preseason All-American.
That's The Pick:
In a poll of all Pac-10 baseball coaches,
RHP/OF Mike Leake was rated the 39th best freshman in the country by Baseball America as part of their Fabulous 50 Freshmen list. Leake, who is expected to play in the outfield as well as pitch, was a seventh round draft pick of the
The Sun Devils had two transfers make the top ten of Baseball
The Sun Devil pitching staff looks a little different from what it was in 2006 season. The 2007 staff features 13 new arms, with only three returners from last year (Urlaub, Satow, Trink). Leading the charge of newcomers is LHP Brian Flores, who has solidified a spot in the starting rotation. Last season, ASU used 11 different starting pitchers, the most ever in the Pat Murphy era.
You Look Mahvelous!:
The Sun Devils got a surprise during a practice before the season, as actor/comedian Billy Crystal took a break from his performances at Gammage to practice with the Devils.
Road To ASU Baseball:
Freshman UTL Tyler Hoechlin is adjusting to life as a college student and baseball player, but he is well versed in the glitz and glamour of the big screen. Hoechlin starred with Tom Hanks in the 2002 motion picture 'Road To Perdition'. Hoechlin played Michael Sullivan, Jr., the son of Hanks' character. Hoechlin also appears in the CW's '7th Heaven', playing the character of Martin Brewer. Hoechlin will balance school, baseball and the show this semester, filming episodes during off days.
Oh Captain, My Captain:
Back For More:
Former ASU baseball standouts Mikel Moreno and Michael Collins are both back with the program for the 2007 season as managers.
Challenge At Chase:
The Second Annual Challenge at Chase will be played on Wednesday March 28th, when the Sun Devils and Arizona Wildcats meet in a non-conference battle at the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
You Complete Me:
LHP Josh Satow did something on February 11 that no Sun Devil pitcher had done since 2005: throw a complete game. Satow's masterpiece against
Pac-10 Pitcher Of The Week:
Thanks to his complete game, Josh Satow was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week following the Houston College Classic. It marked the first time in Satow's career that he had been honored by the conference and he became the 49th all-time Sun Devil to earn the Pac-10 weekly honor. Last season, three Sun Devils picked up Player of the Week awards from the Pac-10, but Satow is the first ASU hurler to be honored since Pat Bresnehan earned the award in March of 2005.
Two Sun Devils have earned national recognition so far this season. Matt Spencer was named the National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball following the
Feeling The Draft:
There are 18 members of the 2007 Sun Devils who have had their name called during the annual Major League Baseball draft, including four players who have had their name called twice.
Player Round Team Year
Mike Leake 7th Athletics 2006
Matt Hall 8th Angels 2005
Derik Olvey 13th Dodgers 2003
Jarred Bogany 15th Pirates 2005
Tim Smith 17th Brewers 2005*
Ike Davis 19th Devil Rays 2005
Tim Smith 21st Mets 2004*
Brian Flores 21st White Sox 2004*
Petey Paramore 22nd Mets 2005
Matt Spencer 24th Red Sox 2004
Jason Jarvis 25th Cardinals 2006
Jeff Urlaub 26th Devil Rays 2005
Andrew Romine 36th Phillies 2004
Matt Trink 36th Blue Jays 2003*
Scott Mueller 37th D-Backs 2005*
Brian Flores 37th White Sox 2005*
Matt Trink 39th Blue Jays 2004*
Scott Mueller 41st Reds 2004*
Brett Wallace 42nd Blue Jays 2005
Tommy Rafferty 42nd Astros 2004
Kyle Williams 47th White Sox 2006
*-Denotes players drafted twice
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