Baseball Hosts Mississippi With Berth In College World Series On The Line
June 7, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The 2007 Pac-10 Champion Arizona State Sun Devils will make their third all-time Super Regional appearance and first ever at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. They will take on the #19 Mississippi Rebels, who swept the Oxford Regional last weekend.
Lights, Camera, Action:
The Tempe Super Regional will be televised by the ESPN family of networks. ESPNU will air Saturday night's game, while Sunday and Monday will be televised by ESPN2. Dan Ryan and Jay Walker will call all the action.
Facing Tough Competition:
During the regular season, ASU had 10 losses against teams who have been ranked at some point this season, including one to Vanderbilt, who was the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devils also have 26 wins against teams that have been ranked at some point this year, including a three-game sweep at
With their win on against
Pac-10 Player of the Year:
Sophomore 1B Brett Wallace, who currently leads the Pac-10 in all three Triple Crown categories, was named the 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year. Wallace becomes the 12th Sun Devil to earn the honor, and the first since Dustin Pedroia shared the award in 2003.
Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year:
Junior 2B Eric Sogard was named the 2007 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, the first Sun Devil to ever win the award. Sogard, who is also having an outstanding season at the plate, has helped to solidify one of the top defenses in the nation.
Pac-10 Coach of the Year:
Head Coach Pat Murphy has been named the 2007 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, the second time in his tenure at ASU that he has earned the award. Murphy also won the award in 2000. He has led the Sun Devils to a #5 National Seed, a Pac-10 title, and has won more than 40 games for the 28th time in school history.
All Pac-10 Honors:
With his three hits against
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.
Home Sweet Home:
The loss to
2007 marked the 17th time
Lights Out Leake:
Mike Leake picked up his 13th win of the season last week against UC Riverside, extending his Pac-10 lead. His 13 wins so far put him in a tie for third 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.
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. He is also a quarter-finalist for the Wallace Award.
Double Digit Delight:
With his win against Oregon State on May 19, junior lefty Josh Satow picked up his 10th win of the year, joining Mike Leake as a ten-game winner. ASU last had two 10-game winners in 2005, when Erik Averill and Jason Urquidez did it. Averill finished 11-4, while Urquidez ended up 10-4 for the team that finished 3rd in the nation. Leake is currently 13-1 while Satow is 12-3.
With another save against
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 the Arizona State Sun Devils have the highest winning percentage in the Pac-10, and the 13th highest winning percentage in the nation. ASU is 338-147-2 since 2000, a winning percentage of .696. Stanford is the next highest Pac-10 club, with a 339-161 record this millennium, a winning percentage of .678.
Petey Paramore has been a walks machine this season. Paramore has drawn 49 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 and is one victory shy of 900 for his coaching career. With the win over UC Riverside in the Tempe Regional, Murphy moved past Bobby Winkles, ASU's first head coach, for the second most wins in school history. Murphy now has 526 victories at ASU in his 13 seasons, two more than Winkles, who led the Sun Devils for 13 years. Jim Brock amassed 1,100 victories in his 23 years at the helm of
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
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.
2007 ASU Baseball Team Award Winners:
Arizona State Baseball held their 23rd annual Awards banquet on May 29, where they announced the winners of the 2007 team awards. The winners were:
Mr. Fireman....................................... Mike Leake
Jim Henderson Courage Award............
Phill Lowery Comeback Player............. Tim Smith
Alvin Davis Leadership Award.............. Rocky Laguna
Developmental MVP............................ Joe Van Meter
Outstanding Offensive Player.............. Brett Wallace
Pitcher of the Year.............................. Josh Satow
The Tillman........................................ Eric Sogard
Jim Brock - Mr. Sun Devil Award........... Ike Davis
Bobby Winkles Award......................... Raoul Torrez
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.
Did You Know:
2007 Pac-10 Coach of the Year Pat Murphy is the only head coach on the 2007 NCAA Baseball Tournament Committee. Murphy flew to