Baseball Renews Rivalry With USC This Weekend In Tempe

April 11, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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Leading Off:The Sun Devils stay home for another three-game Pac-10 Conference series this weekend as they welcome the USC Trojans to Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. ASU took two of three from Washington last weekend, while the Trojans swept the California Golden Bears in Los Angeles. The Devils will then travel to Lubbock, Texas on Sunday for aMonday night match-up with the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

The Sun Devils vs. The Trojans:Two of the oldest rivals in college baseball, USC and ASU have met 175 times, with the Trojans holding a 91-84 advantage. Last season the Devils won two out of three from USC in Los Angeles. The Devils and Trojans have met in the College World Series in four different years, with USC 7-1 against ASU in the CWS. Southern Cal beat Arizona State for thenational championship in 1972 (1-0), 1973 (4-3), 1978 (10-3) and 1998 (21-14).

The Sun Devils vs. The Red Raiders:Arizona State is 14-3 against Texas Tech, including the Sun Devils 13-5 victory on February 28th in Tempe.

Stat of the Week:The Sun Devils have given up 93 two-out runs this year, or 47% of their total runs allowed (198). Texas scored 10 times with two gone on March 14th, the most runs the Devils have allowed with two outs this season. On the flipside, ASU has scored 89 times with two away,or 35% of their 255 runs scored. Arizona State scored a season-high eight runs with two outsagainst Penn State on March 25th.

Rankings:ASU held steady at #13 in both the Collegiate Baseball poll and the Baseball America poll.The Sun Devils are #13 in the NCBWA poll, down a spot from last week. The Devils are #13in the USA Today Coaches Poll, same as a week ago.

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