Baseball Heads To Houston College Classic This Weekend
Feb. 7, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The Sun Devils will hit the road for the first time in 2007 when they head to
The Sun Devils vs. The Aggies:
This will be the first ever meeting between
The Sun Devils vs. The Commodores:
ASU and Vanderbilt have met one previous time, March 31, 1973. The Commodores won 6-4 in a game played in
The Sun Devils vs. The Cougars:
The Devils hold an 8-3 advantage in the all-time series with
The Sun Devils moved up two spots in both the Rivals.com poll (#6) and in Collegiate Baseball (#12). Baseball
The Devils put on an offensive display of historic proportions last weekend. The 61 runs scored tie a school record for most runs scored in a three-game series, equaling the ASU/BYU series in 1999. The 61-8 run differential (53) tied for the third highest in school history in a three-game set. In 1972, ASU beat UTEP by a combined 54 runs (54-0) and in 1999 ASU beat Howard by that same number (57-3). The series against SUU tied the BYU series in 1999 for second most all-time.
The ASU offense exploded on opening weekend, helping the Devils to a three-game sweep of
National Player of the Week:
OF Matt Spencer made his first weekend as a Sun Devil memorable, as his two home runs and 13 RBI earned him a 'Louisville Slugger' National Player of the Week award from Collegiate Baseball.
Several new Sun Devils impressed in their first weekend in Maroon and Gold. In addition to the stellar weekend that Matt Spencer enjoyed, Brian Flores, Mike Leake, Adam Bailey and Kiel Roling also got their ASU careers started off on the right foot.
With the win over Southern Utah on Saturday, head coach Pat Murphy recorded his 800th career Division I victory, 483 of which have come at
Big League Stuff:
This weekend's games at
There will be no radio broadcasts this weekend, but each game of the Houston College Classic will be available via Gametracker on TheSunDevils.com.
Junior second baseman Eric Sogard earned three Preseason All-American mentions, including two First Team honors. Both the NCBWA and Rivals.com had Sogard as a First Team Preseason All-American, while Collegiate Baseball listed him as a Third Team Preseason All-American.
ASU welcomes back 15 members of last season's team, including six players who started in 2006. Leading the way is Eric Sogard, who will play second base. Sogard hit .353 last season and tied for the team lead with nine home runs. Joining Sogard in the infield is first baseman Brett Wallace, who had an outstanding debut season in
That's The Pick:
In a poll of all Pac-10 baseball coaches,
RHP/OF Mike Leake was rated the 39th best freshman in the country by Baseball
The Sun Devils had two transfers make the top ten of Baseball
The Sun Devil pitching staff looks a little different from what it was at the end of the 2006 season. The 2007 staff features 13 new arms, with only three returners from last year (Urlaub, Satow, Trink). Leading the charge of newcomers is LHP Brian Flores, who is expected to take over the Friday night starter role. Last season, ASU used 11 different starting pitchers, the most ever in the Pat Murphy era.
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.
Road To ASU Baseball:
Freshman UTL Tyler Hoechlin is adjusting to life as a college student and baseball player, but he is well versed in the glitz and glamour of the big screen. Hoechlin starred with Tom Hanks in the 2002 motion picture 'Road To Perdition'. Hoechlin played Michael Sullivan, Jr., the son of Hanks' character. Hoechlin also appears in the CW's '7th Heaven', playing the character of Martin Brewer. Hoechlin will balance school, baseball and the show this semester, filming episodes during off days.
Oh Captain, My Captain:
Back For More:
Former ASU baseball standouts Mikel Moreno and Michael Collins are both back with the program for the 2007 season as managers.
Challenge At Chase:
The Second Annual Challenge at Chase will be played on Wednesday March 28th, when the Sun Devils and Arizona Wildcats meet in a non-conference battle at the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Feeling The Draft:
There are 18 members of the 2007 Sun Devils who have had their name called during the annual Major League Baseball draft, including four players who have had their name called twice.
Player Round Team Year
Mike Leake 7th Athletics 2006
Matt Hall 8th Angels 2005
Derik Olvey 13th Dodgers 2003
Jarred Bogany 15th Pirates 2005
Tim Smith 17th Brewers 2005*
Ike Davis 19th Devil Rays 2005
Tim Smith 21st Mets 2004*
Brian Flores 21st White Sox 2004*
Petey Paramore 22nd Mets 2005
Matt Spencer 24th Red Sox 2004
Jason Jarvis 25th Cardinals 2006
Jeff Urlaub 26th Devil Rays 2005
Andrew Romine 36th Phillies 2004
Matt Trink 36th Blue Jays 2003*
Scott Mueller 37th D-Backs 2005*
Brian Flores 37th White Sox 2005*
Matt Trink 39th Blue Jays 2004*
Scott Mueller 41st Reds 2004*
Brett Wallace 42nd Blue Jays 2005
Tommy Rafferty 42nd Astros 2004
Kyle Williams 47th White Sox 2006
*-Denotes players drafted twice
The Sun Devils will return to Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark on Thursday February 15 to face the Missouri Tigers. Following that game, ASU and Missouri will both head to Surprise, Arizona for the 5th Annual Coca-Cola Classic, where they will be joined by Oregon State and Gonzaga for the three-day weekend tournament. ASU will play
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