#12 Baseball Returns Home To Host Stanford
April 4, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Coming off a 2-2 week, the Arizona State Sun Devils welcome the Stanford Cardinal to Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark for a three-game Pac-10 series. Stanford enters the weekend 13-12 overall and 0-3 in conference play, having been swept by UCLA in
The Sun Devils vs. The Cardinal:
Lights, Camera, Action:
Saturday afternoon's game will be televised live by FSN Arizona. Trey Bender and former ASU assistant coach Mike Rooney will provide the call.
Facing Tough Competition:
Of ASU's ten losses this season, eight have come at the hands of teams ranked in the Top 25, including one to Vanderbilt, who is the top ranked team in the nation. They also lost to then-unranked
One Run Blues:
ASU moved up one spot to #15 in the Baseball America poll while they dropped three spots to #15 in the NCBWA poll. They stayed at #12 in the Rivals.com poll and were dropped down to #12 in Collegiate Baseball. They came in at #12 in the Coaches poll, down two spots.
Week In Review:
The Sun Devils dropped their second straight game at Chase Field, falling 6-5 to
Double Duty Spencer:
Junior Matt Spencer showed how valuable he can be during the 11-5 win over
Brett 'The Hitman' Wallace:
Brett Wallace continued to swing a hot bat despite the chilly temperature in
BOOM! POW! SATOW!:
Junior lefthander Josh Satow threw his third complete game of the year on Friday night, and his second in a row. Unfortunately, Satow took the loss in the 5-4 game. He became the first Sun Devil since Erik Averill accomplished the feat in 2005. Averill went the distance in a 12-0 win over
Pac-10 Players of the Week:
Four Sun Devils have earned weekly honors from the Pac-10 so far this season.
National Honor Roll Honorees:
Petey Paramore has been a walks machine so far this season. Paramore has drawn 32 walks already this year, tops in the conference. He was third on the team last season with 34 free passes...Andrew Romine has 13 bunt singles this season...The Challenge at Chase marked the third time in 2007 ASU have played in a Major League facility. They played at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros and at Surprise Stadium, Spring Training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals...Tim Smith hit in the leadoff spot for the first time this season against Washington...Kiel Roling's homer at Husky Ballpark hit off the top of the batter's eye in dead center field...Sophomore LHP Jeff Urlaub is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery next week. His expected recovery time in 10-16 months...Tyler Hoechlin will miss two more weeks after undergoing elbow surgery.
Arizona State Head Coach Pat Murphy achieved a coaching milestone against USC, collecting his 500th victory as skipper of the Sun Devils. Earlier this season, Murphy won his 800th career Division I game. 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
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
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.
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.
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
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