Sun Devil Baseball Signs With Wilson And DeMarini

Oct. 16, 2003

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Arizona State University Baseball has signed with Wilson Sporting Goods Co. and DeMarini Sports for 2004. In the exclusive agreement reached between Wilson, DeMarini and Sun Devil Head Coach Pat Murphy, Arizona State will swing DeMarini VexxumTM and MaxxumTM bats and use Wilson ball gloves, batting gloves, helmets, catcher's gear, uniforms and caps for the 2004 season.

'I'm thrilled our program has aligned itself with a company as storied and prestigious as Wilson,' says Coach Murphy. 'Our players are stoked to get their hands on DeMarini's Half & Half bats, and Wilson is truly the only company that can provide top-notch gloves in all positions.'

Under the leadership of Coach Murphy, the Sun Devils finished seventh in the nation in 2003. The national top 10 ranking marks the second highest final ranking during the Pat Murphy era (2nd in 1998) and is the fourth time in the last seven years ASU has finished in the top 12 in the nation. The team also placed in the top 10 nationally in the four major statistical categories: batting average, ERA, fielding percentage and scoring.

'Wilson is aggressively expanding its stake in baseball, and we're honored to have a team as fine as Arizona State on our side,' says Chris Considine, President of Wilson Team Sports. 'When you look at the unmatched performance of our new bats and gloves, and the relationships we've been forming with the game's top players and teams, it's no surprise Wilson is the fastest growing baseball company in the world.'

Under the agreement, Arizona State will hit exclusively with DeMarini bats including the new Vexxum -3 Long Barrel. Known among players as 'the bat that bends,' the Vexxum is the first bat to combine a composite handle with an aluminum alloy barrel. Virtually indestructible, the Vexxum's Half & HalfTM system flexes and recoils with a burst of ball-launching energy. The Vexxum's two-piece construction also redistributes weight for optimal balance, allowing players to swing faster with less energy. In the comfort department, the Vexxum's vibration-taming end cap works with the bat's hybrid construction to absorb the energy that causes bat sting.

The Sun Devils will also choose from Wilson's 2004 lineup of Pro-StockTM ball gloves, including models from the A2000� and A3000TM series.

Established in 1989, DeMarini Sports took the bat industry by storm with the world's first high-tech softball bat. Acquired by Wilson Sporting Goods in 2000, DeMarini continues to research, design and build high-performance softball and baseball bats in its state-of-the-art Hillsboro, Oregon facility.

Chicago-based Wilson Sporting Goods Company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of sports equipment. The company designs, manufactures and distributes advanced equipment that helps players improve their performance. Wilson's core categories include Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Bats, Volleyball, Soccer, Youth Sports, Uniforms/Apparel, Golf, Footwear, and Racquet Sports (Tennis, Racquetball, Squash, Badminton and Platform Tennis).

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