Pac-10 Title On The Line As #6 Baseball Hosts Arizona
May 23, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Pac-10 supremacy is on the line in
The Sun Devils vs. The Wildcats:
Dr. Jim Brock, Hall of Famer:
Former Sun Devils head coach Jim Brock has been named a 2007 College Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. Brock, who coached at ASU from 1972 until his death in 1994, will become the third Sun Devil in the Hall of Fame, joining fellow coach Bobby Winkles and former Golden Spikes Award winner Bob Horner.
Facing Tough Competition:
So far in 2007, ASU has nine losses that have come at the hands of teams who have been ranked at some point this season, including one to Vanderbilt, who is the top ranked team in the nation. The Sun Devils also have 22 wins against teams that have been ranked at some point this year, including a three-game sweep at
UVSC/Oregon State Recap:
The Devils played their final non-conference tilt of the regular season on Wednesday night, hosting the Utah Valley State Wolverines.
Clinching A Tie:
With the win over the Beavers on Sunday, the Sun Devils clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 title. They can claim the outright title with a victory over
The Sun Devils have reached the 40-win plateau for the 28th time in school history and the sixth time under head coach Pat Murphy.
The Sun Devils and Wildcats are playing the series opener on Wednesday due to Pat Murphy being on the NCAA Selection Committee. Murphy, the only head coach on the committee, must be in
One Hit Wonder:
Junior LHP Brian Flores turned in one of the most memorable pitching performances by an ASU hurler in recent memory, one hitting the Beavers in
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week:
Brian Flores was rewarded for his efforts against the Beavers by the Pac-10, as he was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week. Flores went 2-0 on the week, picking up wins against
2007 marks the first time in history that the NCAA will be releasing current RPI numbers for Division I baseball. The Sun Devils come in at #5 after sweeping
The Sun Devils' 12-game win streak was snapped by
Lights Out Leake:
Mike Leake picked up his 11th win of the season last weekend against the Beavers, putting him in alone in fourth place for the most wins by a freshman in school history. Kendall Carter set the mark in 1981, winning 19 games for the National Champs. Skip Hancock won 13 in 1964, as did Ken Jones in 1978.
Big Week For Wally:
Sophomore 1B Brett Wallace was named one of 16 semi-finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, and was also named one of the first 11 members of the 2007 USA Baseball National Team.
Double Digit Delight:
With his win against
With two more saves against
I'm Gonna Knock You In:
Last season, Ike Davis set a new ASU freshman record and led the team with his 65 runs batted in. Brett Wallace has already put that number in his rear view mirror, as he now has 73 RBI so far this year.
Pac-10 Players of the Week:
Five Sun Devils have earned weekly honors from the Pac-10 so far this season, including Kiel Roling and Brian Flores twice. Roling, Matt Spencer and Brett Wallace have both been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while Josh Satow and Brian Flores have both earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week recognition.
National Honor Roll Honorees:
Brett Wallace, Matt Spencer, Josh Satow, Petey Paramore, Brian Flores and Kiel Roling have all been named
National Player of the Week Honors:
Matt Spencer has twice this season earned National Player of the Week honors. He was named the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week on February 5, and earned the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week honor on May 14th.
O Captain! My Captain!:
Head coach Pat Murphy named junior OF Rocky Laguna the team captain, prior to the season. This is the first time in the 13 years that Murphy has been at ASU that he has named a team captain. Laguna is a redshirt junior who is in his fourth year with the program. The
Consistency In The New Millennium:
Since the 2000 season, Pat Murphy and Arizona State Sun Devils have the highest winning percentage in the Pac-10 entering this weekend, and the 13th highest winning percentage in the nation. ASU enters this weekend at 333-146-2 since 2000, a winning percentage of .693. Stanford is the next highest Pac-10 club, with a 336-161 record this millennium, a winning percentage of .676.
Petey Paramore has been a walks machine this season. Paramore has drawn 47 walks already this year, tops in the conference. He was third on the team last season with 34 free passes...Andrew Romine has 16 bunt singles this season...The Challenge at Chase marked the third time in 2007 ASU has played in a Major League facility. They played at
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
Honoring Pat Tillman:
Former ASU football player and American Hero Pat Tillman had strong ties to the ASU Baseball program. In addition to his brother Kevin playing for ASU, Pat became extremely close with head coach Pat Murphy. Murphy wears jersey #42 in honor of Tillman, and in January Murph donated $100,000 to the baseball program for the construction of the Tillman Training Room, a room that will honor both Pat and Kevin and their commitment to both
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 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.
The Sun Devils will open NCAA Tournament play. They will find out Sunday if they will be a Regional Host. The entire 64-team tournament field will be announced on Monday.