Sun Devil Baseball Hosts Cal State Northridge to Open 2006 Season

Jan. 24, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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For Starters:The Arizona State Sun Devils open the 2006 season with a three game series against the Cal State Northridge Matadors at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. ASU is coming off the school's 19th trip to the College World Series in Omaha, where they took home a third place finish in 2005. ASU will start the season with six games at home before heading to Surprise to play in the Fourth Annual Coca-Cola Classic at Surprise Stadium. The Sun Devils will play their first 12 ballgames in the state of Arizona.

Let the Games Begin:The 2006 Arizona State Sun Devils open their 48th year of varsity baseball this weekend, the 20th time in school history that they begin in the month of Januaray. ASU holds an all-time record of 68-9 in the month. The Sun Devils are 26-3 in season openers dating back to 1977. They dropped last season's opener to Long Beach State 7-3.

The Sun Devils vs. The Matadors:ASU is 44-15 all-time versus Cal State Northridge. The two teams last met in 2004, with the Sun Devils beating the Matadors 13-3 in the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz. The last time the Matadors visited Tempe was in 2003, when the Sun Devils beat them twice during the Bob Schaefer Classic.

Brock Ballpark:On January 20th, Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark was dedicated to the late Dr. Jim Brock, who won five Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards during his tenure. The legendary ASU coach, who passed away in 1994, won two national championships during his 23 years at Arizona State University.

Preseason Rankings:The Sun Devils are ranked #12 by Collegiate Baseball and #16 by Baseball America. Their ranking in Baseball America's preseason poll marks the 20th straight season ASU has been ranked in the BA preseason poll, the longest current streak in the nation.

Facing Pollsters:ASU will face six teams ranked in the preseason Top 25, including #1 Texas, #3 Oregon State and #5 Rice. The Sun Devils face the third-ranked Beavers on February 11 in Surprise.

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