2009 Sun Devil Baseball Season Review

July 16, 2009

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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2009 Season Recap:

ArizonaState won an unprecedented third consecutive Pac-10 championship and made its21st appearance in the College World Series, finishing the season with a 51-14record, 21-6 in Pac-10 play...ASU swept the Tempe Regional, beating Kent Stateand Oral Roberts (twice), then swept Clemson in the Tempe Super Regional to earna berth in the 2009 College World Series. Arizona State beat North Carolinatwice but fell to Texas twice in Omaha. The Sun Devils finished third place atthe College World Series, their second third place finish in the last fouryears...Arizona State finished the season ranked #3 by every major poll (BaseballAmerica, Collegiate Baseball, Rivals.com, USA Today/Coaches, NCBWA)...2009marks the fifth time in the last seven years that Arizona State has finished theseason ranked in the Top 10...Arizona State won the Pacific-10 Conferencechampionship, becoming the first team since the merger to win three straightseasons...The Sun Devils finished the season 36-4 at Winkles Field-PackardStadium at Brock Ballpark, giving them a 110-12 mark at home over the past threeyears...2009 marked the 47th straight season Arizona State topped the 30 winplateau, the 30th time in school history with 40 or more wins and the 17th timewith 50+ wins. The 51 wins are the most since 2003 when ASU won 54...ArizonaState advanced to its 10th straight NCAA Tournament and 33rd overall. It wasASU's 21st appearance in the College World Series and third since 2005. ASU hasmade at least a Super Regional in four of the past five years...Arizona Stateplayed one of the toughest schedules in the nation, facing seven teams thatadvanced to the NCAA Tournament, two that advanced to Super Regionals and twothat advanced to the College World Series...ASU faced the fourth toughestschedule in the nation, according to BoydsWorld.com and finished the season withthe #1 ISR in the country...Of the 65 games the Sun Devils played, 42 wereagainst teams ranked at some point during the 2009 season, 21 against teams whowere ranked in the Top 10 at one point and eight against teams that at somepoint were the top ranked team in the country... For the third straight season,Pat Murphy was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year, the fourth time he haswon the award...Murph earned his 1,000th career victory in Omaha, one ofthe youngest coaches ever to the mark...The Devils topped the Pac-10 in 10offensive categories: slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs scored,hits, runs batted in, home runs, total bases, at bats, walks and stolen bases.They led the Pac-10 in six pitching categories: earned run average, opponentbatting average, strike outs, wins, fewest runs allowed and fewest walksissued...Mike Leake was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year for thesecond straight season, becoming the first player to ever win the award inback-to-back years. Leake led the nation with 16 victories, the first SunDevil to lead the NCAA in wins since Linty Ingram in 1988. The 16 winswas the most in college baseball since Jeff Niemann of Rice won 17 in2003. Leake also led the Pac-10 in ERA, innings pitched, strike outs andstarts. The three-time First Team All-Pac-10 selection was named the NationalPlayer of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association and he was nameda Finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, the Dick Howser Trophy and the Pitcherof the Year Award. Leake was a unanimous First Team All-American, givinghim an All-American honor in all three of his years at Arizona State...JoiningLeake as a unanimous All-American was Jason Kipnis, who was also namedthe Pac-10 Player of the Year. It is the third straight season a Sun Devil haswon the award. Kipnis earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors for the secondstraight season...Six Devils, including Leake and Kipnis, werenamed First Team All-Pac-10: Mitchell Lambson, Carlos Ramirez, Matt Newman and Josh Spence...Lambson earned First TeamFreshman All-American honors from Rivals.com, Collegiate Baseball and theNCBWA and Second team from Baseball America...Spence was named theNational Newcomer of the Year by Rivals.com and earned Third Team All-Americahonors from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball...Ramirez,who started every game at catcher, was named a First Team All-American by theABCA and a Third Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA...EightSun Devils earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10: Drew Maggi, Seth Blair,Riccio Torrez, Raoul Torrez, Jared McDonald, Kole Calhoun, Zack MacPhee andJordan Swagerty...Mike Leake was named the Academic All-Americanof the Year by ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA, the third time a Sun Devil earned thedistinction...Five Sun Devils earned Academic All-Pac-10 honors, led by FirstTeamers Mike Leake, Seth Blair and Andy Workman. Matt Newmanwas named to the Second Team while Jason Kipnis earned Honorable Mention.The three First Team selections led all Pac-10 schools...Kole Calhoun wasnamed to the All-College World Series team following the 2009 College WorldSeries...Mike Leake was named the Most Outstanding Player of the TempeRegional, the second time he earned the award (2007). He was joined on theAll-Tempe Regional team by Kole Calhoun, Zack MacPhee, Johnny Ruettigerand Jason Kipnis...Six players from Arizona State were selected in theMajor League Baseball Draft, led by Mike Leake, who was the eighthoverall selection by the Cincinnati Reds. The #8 pick was the highest for a SunDevil since Ryan Mills went #6 in 1998...Matt Newman was named tothe USA Baseball National Team, making him the 14th different Sun Devil to playfor USA Baseball...Jason Kipnis was named the Collegiate BaseballNational Player of the Week, Golden Spikes Player of the Week and Pac-10 Playerof the Week on February 24...Mike Leake was named the Pac-10 Pitcher ofthe Week four times and the Collegiate Baseball National Player of theWeek twice...Josh Spence was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week onApril 6...Arizona State averaged 3,207 fans per game at Winkles Field-PackardStadium at Brock Ballpark during the 2009 season, the highest average attendancein the past 20 years...Arizona State led the nation in winning percentage (.785)as well as Earned Run Average (2.90).

 

Three-Peat Pac-10 Champions:

For the third consecutiveseason, Arizona State won the Pac-10 Conference Championship, the ninth Pac-10title in school history and 20th overall conference title (11 WAC). It is thefirst time in Pac-10 Conference history a school won the outright title in threeconsecutive seasons. The Pac-10 did not have an outright champion from 1979 to1994. The North-South playoff began in 1995 and lasted until the divisionscombined in 1999. USC won six straight Pac-8 playoff titles from 1970 to 1975.ASU finished 21-6 in Pac-10 play, the most wins by any school since thedivisions merged in 1999. 2009 marked the first time all 10 Pac-10 membersplayed each other.

 

Back-To-Back Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year:

For the second straight year,Mike Leake was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, as voted on by thePacific-10 baseball coaches. It is the fourth time a Sun Devil has been namedPac-10 Pitcher of the Year and it is the first time in conference history that astudent-athlete has won in back-to-back seasons. Leake becomes the fourthtwo-time winner, but the first to do it in consecutive seasons. The Pitcher ofthe Year award began in 1991 (South Division only). The other Sun Devils to winwere Marc Barcelo (Co-winner in 1993) and Noah Peery (Co-winner in1994).

          Two-TimePac-10 Pitcher of the Year Award Winners

          Seth Etherton (USC),1996 and 1998

          Kyle Peterson(Stanford), 1995 and 1997

          Tim Lincecum(Washington), 2004 and 2006

          Mike Leake(Arizona State), 2008 and 2009

 

National Player of the Year:

Mike Leakewas named the 2009 National Player of the Year by the American Baseball CoachesAssociation. Leake becomes the 14th Sun Devil to earn National Player ofthe Year honors and the first since Paul Lo Duca in 1993. Leakefinished the year 16-1 with a 1.71 ERA. He fanned 162 batters, had sevencomplete games and opponents hit only .193 against him.

 

Unanimous All-Americans:

Both Mike Leake and Jason Kipnis earned First Team All-American honors from Baseball America,Collegiate Baseball, the NCBWA, Rivals.com and the ABCA. This is thesecond straight year Arizona State has had a unanimous selection. Ike Davisaccomplished the feat in 2008. Leake earned an All-Americandistinction in all three of his seasons in Tempe, while Kipnis earned anAll-American honor for the second straight year.

 

Ace In The Hole:

Mike Leakefinished the 2009 season with a 16-1 record, the national leader in pitchingvictories. In his 142 innings of work, he struck out 162 batters and walked only24. The 162 Ks is a new career high, eclipsing the 104 he had last season and itis tied for the third highest single season total in school history in thealuminum bat era. He was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week following theDeMarini Invitational where he nearly no-hit the Missouri Tigers and a NationalPlayer of the Week by Collegiate Baseball and the Pac-10 Pitcher of theWeek following the Arizona series. He earned both awards again for hisperformance against the Ducks and won the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award againfollowing the UCLA series. Leake went 9-0 in Pac-10 play with a 1.27 ERA.He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tempe Regional for the secondtime in his career, joining the 2007 season. The 40 wins ties him with EddieBane for the most wins ever by a Sun Devil in a three-year career.

 

The All-American Man:

Mike Leakewas named the Academic All-American of the Year, marking the third time inschool history a Sun Devil has earned the distinction. Casey Myers earnedthe award in both 2000 and 2001. Leake becomes the 12th AcademicAll-American in program history and the seventh under Pat Murphy. For thesecond straight season, Mike Leake earned ESPN The Magazine AcademicAll-District VIII honors. Last season, Petey Paramore was named a SecondTeam Academic All-American.

 

Golden Spikes, Howser and Pitcher of the Year Finalist:

Mike Leakewas named one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually tothe top player in college baseball. Leake becomes the ninth finalist fromArizona State in school history and the second straight. Brett Wallacewas a finalist last season. ASU has had three winners, including the first everin 1978 (Bob Horner). Oddibe McDowell won in 1984 and MikeKelly won in 1991. Leake was also named a finalist for the Dick HowserTrophy and the National Pitcher of the Year award.

 

Once In AGeneration Talent:

RHP Mike Leake finishedhis ASU career with 40 pitching victories, including five out of the bullpen.That is the second most wins at ASU in the Aluminum Bat Era (1974-Present).Overall, Leake is tied for third on the school's all-time list, and istied for the most wins ever by a three-year pitcher.

          ASU PitchingVictories In The Aluminum Bat Era (1974-Present)

           1. Kendall Carter, 1981-84        47

           2. Mike Leake, 2007-09           40

           3. Floyd Bannister, 1974-76      38

           4. Ken Jones, 1978-80            29

           5. Linty Ingram, 1987-88         27      

         

          Overall ASUPitching Victories

          1. Kendall Carter,1981-84             47

              Craig Swan,1969-72                47

          3. Eddie Bane,1971-73                 40

              MikeLeake, 2007-09                  40

          5. Floyd Bannister,1974-76            38

          6. Jim Crawford,1969-72               33

          7. Jeff Pentland,1966-68               32

 

EliteCompany:

With his 16 victories thisseason, Mike Leake recorded 10+ wins in three straight years. Leakebecame only the second pitcher in Arizona State Baseball history to accomplishthe feat, joining Eddie Bane, who did it from 1971 to 1973. Leakeis also only the third Sun Devil to ever win 10+ three times in his career. Kendall Carter won 19 in 1981, 12 in 1983 and 10 in 1984. Carter wonsix in 1982.

 

Pac-10Player of the Year:

One season after being namedthe Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, Jason Kipnis was named the Pac-10 Playerof the year, the third straight season a Sun Devil has won the award. Kipnishit .384 with 16 homers and 71 RBI, while leading the conference with his 91hits and 27 stolen bases. Brett Wallace won in 2007 and 2008, giving thesame school three straight awards for the first time since 1999 to 2001, whenASU's Willie Bloomquist (1999) and Casey Myers won.

 

Pac-10Coach of the Year Times Three:

For the third consecutiveseason, head coach Pat Murphy was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Itis the fourth Coach of the Year award overall for Murphy, who also won in2000. He led the Sun Devils to an unprecedented third straight Pac-10 title,over 40 wins for the eighth time in his ASU career and third straight season,50+ wins for the second time in his career, a national seed for the thirdstraight year and his fourth trip to the College World Series, third in the lastfive years. He did it all despite returning only three position players and onestarting pitcher.

 

All-Pac-10 Honors:

Six Devils earned First TeamAll-Conference honors: Mike Leake, Jason Kipnis, Josh Spence, CarlosRamirez, Matt Newman and Mitchell Lambson. Kole Calhoun, RiccioTorrez, Raoul Torrez, Jared McDonald, Jordan Swagerty, Drew Maggi andSeth Blair earned Honorable Mention. Leake was a First Team selectionfor the third straight year, while Kipnis was a First Teamer for thesecond straight season.

 

AcademicAll-Pac-10 Honors:

Arizona Stateled all Pac-10 schools with three members of the Academic All-Pac-10 First Team.Mike Leake, Seth Blair and Andy Workman all earned thedistinction, while Matt Newman was a Second Team choice and JasonKipnis earned Honorable Mention. It was the second straight First Teamselection for Mike Leake. This marks the 13th straight year that ArizonaState has landed at least two student-athletes on the list and the thirdstraight year with at least three.

 

Baseball America All-Americans:

Mike Leake and Jason Kipnis each earned First Team All-American honors from Baseball America. Josh Spence was named a Third Team selection. Mitchell Lambson was named a Second Team Freshman All-American by thepublication.

 

Collegiate Baseball All-Americans:

Four Sun Devils earnedAll-American honors from Collegiate Baseball, led by First Teamselections Mike Leake and Jason Kipnis.  Josh Spence and Carlos Ramirez were each named to the Third Team. Mitchell Lambsonwas a First Team Freshman All-American choice.

 

NCBWA All-Americans:

Mike Leake and Jason Kipnis each earned First Team All-American honors from theNational Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Carlos Ramirez wasnamed a Third Team selection. Mitchell Lambson was named a First TeamFreshman All-American by the group.

 

ABCA All-Americans:

Three members of the SunDevils earned First Team All-American and First Team All-West Region honors fromthe American Baseball Coaches Association. In addition to being named theirNational Player of the Year, Mike Leake was a First Team pick, along withJason Kipnis and Carlos Ramirez. Josh Spence was named aSecond Team All-West Region selection.

 

Rivals.Com All-Americans:

Mike Leake and Jason Kipnis each earned First Team All-American honors fromRivals.com. Josh Spence was named the National Newcomer of the Year bythe website, while Mitchell Lambson was named a Freshman All-American.

 

A Grand On The Grandest Stage:

With the victory over NorthCarolina in the College World Series on June 18, head coach Pat Murphyearned victory number 1,000 in his collegiate coaching career. One of theyoungest ever to 1,000 victories, Murphy, 50, has amassed 629 in his 15years at Arizona State.

 

Pat Murphy's Punch Out:

Sun Devil starting hurlersMike Leake and Josh Spence spent the majority of 2009 sending battersback to the dugout. The tandem each fanned over 100 hitters, with Leakecollecting 162 Ks and Spence amassing 125. The two struck out 10+ batters acombined 14 times. Mitchell Lambson also had a 10+ strikeout outing,however his 12 K game came in 5.2 innings of relief work against Kansas. Spence had a season high of 14 Ks, while Leake had a season andcareer high 15 Ks, which he did twice. Leake and Spence each striking out over100 batters marked the first time since 1992 that two Sun Devil pitcherscollected triple digit strikeout numbers. Jeff Matranga struck out 121while teammate Sean Lowe fanned 111 that year. Mitchell Lambsonjust missed giving the Devils three Centurions, as Lambson finished 2009with 99 strikeouts.

 

The Mayor Of Omaha:

If Kole Calhoun ran foroffice in Omaha, Nebraska, he would receive a lot of votes following hisperformance in the 2009 College World Series. The fiery red head establishedhimself as a fan favorite at Rosenblatt Stadium, thanks to his .563 (9-16)batting average. Calhoun homered three times, including a grand slam, anddrove in 11 runs at the CWS, slugging 1.250 in his four games. For his efforts,Calhoun was named to the All-College World Series team. He became thefourth Sun Devil to hit a grand slam at Rosenblatt, joining Sal Bando(1965), Bob Horner (1978) and Michael Collins (1998). Overall, Calhoun went 17-37 (.459) in the NCAA Tournament, driving in 18 runs andscoring 11 times in nine games.

 

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For the third straight seasonand sixth time in the last seven years, Arizona State eclipsed the 40-win mark.It was the 30th time in school history that ASU has won 40 or more games and theeighth time in Pat Murphy's 15 years. Arizona State Baseball recorded its49th season with at least 30 wins and 47th straight and it was the 17th time inschool history eclipsing the 50 win mark.

 

500 Club:

With the win over WashingtonState on Friday, April 10, Arizona State Baseball recorded its 500th victory inPacific-10 Conference play. Arizona State just completed its 31st season ofPac-10 play in 2009. The Sun Devils have won nine Pacific-10 Conferencechampionships, including the last three in a row.

 

First Year Phenoms:

Drew Maggiwas a terror on the basepaths this season, stealing 21 bases. The 21 steals is anew ASU Freshmen record for stolen bases in a season. Maggi passed Barry Bonds (1983), Steve Garrabrants (2001) and Mike Kelly(1989), who all stole 16 bases during their rookie seasons in Tempe. Maggialso scored 63 runs this season, passing Bonds, who scored 60 times, forthe most ever by a freshman. Not to be outdone, lefty hurler Mitchell Lambsonalso put his name in the freshmen record book. His nine wins are tied for 7thmost by a Sun Devil frosh, while his 99 strikeouts are the most ever by afreshman Sun Devil pitcher. Teammate Mike Leake held the previous recordof 94. Lambson's five saves put him in a tie for fifth most ever by a SunDevil freshman.

 

Monster Ram Jam:

Against Winthrop, CarlosRamirez put his name in the Arizona State record books, blasting a home runover the Green Monster in centerfield. Ramirez became the 23rd player inhistory to hit a ball over the batter's eye, joining teammate Jason Kipnis,who accomplished the feat last year. Ramirez is the 17th Sun Devil to doit. He hit 19 homers this season, the most by a Sun Devil catcher since TimSpehr hit 20 in 1992. Greg Rohan of Kent State homered over the GreenMonster during the Tempe Regional, becoming the 24th player to do it.

 

DoubleSteal:

Jason Kipnisled the Pac-10 with his 27 stolen bases, while teammate Drew Maggifinished second with 21 steals. The last time Arizona State had two players with20+ stolen bases was in 1999, when Jay Sitzman swiped 33 and WillieBloomquist stole 32. The 116 stolen bases as a team is the most since 2005,when ASU stole 128.

 

Honoring the Past:

Prior to the April 11 gamewith the Washington State, Arizona State baseball celebrated the 40thanniversary of the 1969 National Championship team. Several members of the team,including 1969 National Player of the Year Paul Ray Powell, team captainRoger Detter and head coach Bobby Winkles, were honored before thegame. Winkles, a College Baseball Hall of Famer, threw out the firstpitch. Members of the 1969 team were also honored in Omaha during the CollegeWorld Series, prior to ASU's first game with North Carolina.

 

Fill It Up:

Winkles Field-Packard Stadiumat Brock Ballpark was the place to be the weekend of the Arizona series, as allthree games against the Wildcats were sellouts. Over 13,000 fans packed Packardto see the Sun Devils sweep the Wildcats. Over the last three seasons, 16 gamesat Packard have seen crowds of over 4,000 people, including both Super Regionalgames that were over capacity. ASU, which has led the West Coast in attendancefor the past four years, averaged 3,207 fans a game in 2009, the highest averageover the past 19 years.

 

USA! USA!:

Sophomore Matt Newmanhas been named to the USA Baseball National Team. Mike Leake played forthe squad last summer, while Brett Wallace and Petey Paramoreplayed the year before. Newman becomes the 14th Sun Devil to suit up for theRed, White and Blue.

 

The Few, The Proud:

The Sun Devils had a 29-manroster, one of the smallest in the country in 2009. The NCAA limit is 35, butASU carried only 29, including one, Andrew Pollak, who missed the seasonand another, Jeff Lusardi, who redshirted. It was the smallest roster inthe Pac-10 Conference. Of the 29, only two entered the season having played fortwo seasons at Arizona State.

 

Debuts:

17 members of the Sun Devilsmade their ASU debuts in 2009. Only Andrew Pollak (out for the season)and Jeff Lusardi (redshirting) did not play this season. Included in thatgroup is RHP Jake Borup, who returned to ASU in 2009 after spending thelast two years on a mission. Borup is the only player who was at ASU in2006, a season he redshirted. Only eight members of the 2009 Sun Devils hadpostseason experience (Leake, Ra. Torrez, Kipnis, Blair, Franzblau, Workman,Murphy, Newman), while only Raoul Torrez and Mike Leake hadever played in Omaha before.

 

Family Ties:

Sophomore OF/LHP MattNewman has Maroon and Gold in his blood. His father, Randy, was apitcher for the Sun Devils in 1981 and 1982, winning 15 career games and the1981 National Championship. Matt and Randy both played in theCollege World Series, with Randy winning the title in 1981 and Mattfinishing third this season. Redshirt-freshman catcher Andrew Pollak isthe brother of former Sun Devil football great Mike Pollak, who playedcenter for the Devils from 2004 to 2007. Mike was a two-time All-Pac-10performer and currently plays for the Indianapolis Colts. Andrew wearsnumber 76, the same number Mike wore on the gridiron for ASU. UTL MikeMurphy is no relation to head coach Pat Murphy, although he was thefirst player named Murphy Pat Murphy ever coached. Assistant coach Josh Holliday is the son of former Oklahoma State head baseball coach TomHolliday and the brother of current Oakland A's outfielder Matt Holliday.Freshman OF Johnny Ruettiger is the nephew of Rudy Ruettiger, theformer Notre Dame football player who had a movie about his life made.

 

DevilTies:

While in Surprise in March,head coach Pat Murphy visited the Seattle Mariners training facility inPeoria to meet with former Sun Devil great and current Seattle Mariner managerDon Wakamatsu. Wakamatsu played four years for ASU from 1982 to1985, earning All-Pac-10 honors in each of his final three seasons. He is thefirst former Sun Devil player to become a manager in Major League Baseball andthe first Asian-American manager in MLB history. Murph also visited withmany Mariners players and coaches, including future Hall of Famer KenGriffey, Jr. Wakamatsu presented Griffey with an ASU Baseballcap, which the slugger displayed in his locker.

 

Brotherly Love:

In addition tothe previously mentioned family connections on ASU, the Sun Devils boast a pairof brothers who saw significant playing time next to each other in the infield.Junior Raoul Torrez manned the hot corner for the Devils, while hisbrother Riccio, a freshman, handled first base. The Torrezbrothers are the fifth set of brothers to suit up for the same Sun Devil team,and became the first to start next to each other on the diamond. The other SunDevil brothers to play on the same teams are Kevin and Pat Dukes(1980-81), Dale and Larry Eiler (1976-78), John and TomSain (1973) and Brett and Greg Bordes (2005-06). When both Torrez brothers were in the starting lineup for the College World Seriesopener with North Carolina, it was the first time since 2004 that two brothersstarted for the same team at the College World Series.

 

SchoolTies:

Many players on the ASU rosterwere quite familiar with one another. The Sun Devils had five student-athleteswho were all teammates at Brophy Prep in Phoenix. RJ Preach, Raouland Riccio Torrez, Drew Maggi and Matt Newman all playedtogether on the Brophy baseball team.

 

Pac-10Players of the Week:

Arizona Stateearned six Player or Pitcher of the Week awards during the 2009 season. JasonKipnis was the Player of the Week following the opening weekend of play,while Josh Spence was named Pitcher of the Week following the Washingtonseries. Mike Leake was four times named Pitcher of the Week, followingthe DeMarini Invitational, the Arizona series and each of the last two weeks ofthe regular season.

 

Field ofDreams:

The Sun Devils played atSafeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, on April 3 when they beat theWashington Huskies 3-1. It marked the third Major League park ASU has played insince 2007, joining Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros) and Chase Field (ArizonaDiamondbacks). ASU is 3-3 in those games (0-2 at Chase Field, 1-0 at SafecoField, 2-1 at Minute Maid Park).

 

Pac-10Picks:

Pac-10 Coaches picked the SunDevils to win the Pac-10 Championship, and they were correct. This is the secondtime in school history Arizona State has been picked to win the conference, withthe first time being 2007, when they also won. ASU was picked to finish secondin 2008, but won the title.

 

Ay Ay Captain:

Head coach Pat Murphy named junior infielder Raoul Torrez and junior RHP/UTL Mike Leakeas the captains of the 2009 Sun Devils. Petey Paramore served as captainlast season.

 

Leader ofthe Pac:

Since the 2000 season, PatMurphy and the Arizona State Sun Devils have been the most consistentprogram in the Pac-10 conference. Since 2000, ASU leads the Pac-10 in wins(433), conference wins (157), NCAA Tournament appearances (10), Top 25 finishes(10), All-Americans (33), draft picks (78) and First Team All-Pac-10 players(47). The Devils have won four Pac-10 titles since 2000, including the lastthree.

 

Feeling The Draft:

Six members of the 2009 SunDevils had their names called during the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. Mike Leake was selected #8 overall by the Cincinnati Reds, becoming the 25thSun Devil selected in the First Round. He was the highest selection since Ryan Mills was picked #6 overall by the Minnesota Twins in 1998. It was thesecond time in his career Leake had been picked, as he was a seventhround pick of the Oakland A's out of high school. Jason Kipnis, who was afourth round pick of the San Diego Padres last year, returned to school, won thePac-10 Player of the Year Award and was a second round choice of the ClevelandIndians. Josh Spence was picked in the third round by the Los AngelesAngels, after being a 25th round selection of the Diamondbacks last season.

            Player                 Round    Team                                   Overall

            Mike Leake       1st        Cincinnati Reds              8th

          Jason Kipnis      2nd        Cleveland Indians          63rd

          Josh Spence     3rd         Los Angeles Angels        110th

          Carlos Ramirez   8th        Los Angeles Angels        261st

          Jared McDonald  21st      Chicago White Sox         643rd

          Raoul Torrez      32nd      Los Angeles Angels        981st

ArizonaState has now had 373 playersdrafted all-time, including 119 during the Pat Murphy Era (1995-Present).

 

Maroon and Golden Anniversary:

Arizona Statecelebrated 50 years of Sun Devil baseball in 2009. The first season of varsitybaseball was in 1959, when head coach Bobby Winkles led the Sun Devils to a28-18 record. ASU was an independent program until joining the Western AthleticConference in 1963. Arizona State has won five national championships, 20conference championships, played in 21 College World Series, had 91 Major Leagueplayers and has had 110 All-Americans since 1959.

 

Welcome To The Show:

Mitch Jones became the 91stSun Devil to play Major League Baseball when he made his big league debut forthe Los Angeles Dodgers in June. Jones played at ASU from 1999 to 2000, hitting.348 with 38 home runs and 131 RBI. He set the school's single-season recordwith 27 home runs in 2000, when he was a First-Team All-American and First-TeamAll-Pac-10 selection.

 

2009 Sun Devil Baseball Awards and Honors

 

Mike Leake, Junior, Right Handed Pitcher

ABCA National Player of the Year

Golden Spikes Award Finalist

Dick Howser Trophy Finalist

National Pitcher of the Year Award Finalist

First Team All-American, Baseball America

First Team All-American, Collegiate Baseball

First Team All-American, ABCA

First Team All-American, NCBWA

First Team All-American, Rivals.com

First Team All-West Region, ABCA

Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year

First Team All-Pac-10

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of theYear

ESPN The Magazine First Team AcademicAll-American

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII

First Team Academic All-Pac-10

 

Jason Kipnis, Junior, Outfielder

Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist

First Team All-American, Baseball America

First Team All-American, Collegiate Baseball

First Team All-American, ABCA

First Team All-American, NCBWA

First Team All-American, Rivals.com

First Team All-West Region, ABCA

Pac-10 Player of the Year

First Team All-Pac-10

Honorable Mention Academic All-Pac-10

 

Josh Spence, Junior, Left Handed Pitcher

Rivals.com National Newcomer of the Year

Third Team All-American, Baseball America

Third Team All-American, Collegiate Baseball

Second Team All-West Region, ABCA

First Team All-Pac-10

 

Carlos Ramirez, Junior, Catcher

Third Team All-American, Collegiate Baseball

First Team All-American, ABCA

Third Team All-American, NCBWA

First Team All-West Region, ABCA

First Team All-Pac-10

 

Mitchell Lambson, Freshman, Left Handed Pitcher

First Team Freshman All-American, CollegiateBaseball

First Team Freshman All-American, NCBWA

First Team Freshman All-American, Rivals.com

Second Team Freshman All-American, BaseballAmerica

First Team All-Pac-10


Matt Newman, Sophomore, Outfielder/Left Handed Pitcher

First Team All-Pac-10

Second Team Academic All-Pac-10

 

Seth Blair, Sophomore, Right Handed Pitcher

Honorable Mention All-Pac-10

First Team Academic All-Pac-10

 

Riccio Torrez, Freshman, Infielder

Honorable Mention All-Pac-10

 

Raoul Torrez, Junior, Infielder

Honorable Mention All-Pac-10

 

Drew Maggi, Freshman, Shortstop

Honorable Mention All-Pac-10

 

Zack MacPhee, Freshman, Second Baseman

Honorable Mention All-Pac-10

 

Jared McDonald, Junior, Infielder

Honorable Mention All-Pac-10

 

Jordan Swagerty, Freshman, Right HandedPitcher/Utility

Honorable Mention All-Pac-10

 

Kole Calhoun, Junior, Outfielder/Left HandedPitcher

Honorable Mention All-Pac-10

All-College World Series

 

Pat Murphy, Head Coach

Pac-10 Coach of the Year

 

All-TempeRegional Team

Mike Leake (Most Outstanding Player)

Kole Calhoun

Jason Kipnis

Zack MacPhee

Johnny Ruettiger

 

BaseballAmerica Preseason All-Americans

Mike Leake, First Team

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Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-Americans

Mike Leake, First Team

Jason Kipnis, First Team

 

NCBWA Preseason All-Americans

Mike Leake, First Team

Jason Kipnis, First Team

 

 

 

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