#11 Baseball Hosts #19 Long Beach State This Weekend

March 7, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. -

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Leading Off:

The Sun Devils will look to regroup this weekend after dropping two of three at Auburn over the weekend. They won Friday night 8-2 but then fell 11-8 on Saturday and 7-6 on Sunday. ASU welcomes in Long BeachState, who enters the weekend ay 8-4 and ranked #19 in the nation.


The Sun Devils vs. The 49ers:

Arizona State leads the all-time series with Long BeachState 29-6. They last met up in 2005, when the Dirtbags took two of three from the Devils in Tempe.


Hall Pass:

Sophomore third baseman Matt Hall has been a force to be reckoned with lately. Hall is on fire at the dish, going 11 for his last 15 with eight RBI and a home run. He also has been impressive manning the hot corner, making several standout plays.


Small Ball, Big Results:

While ASU may have a reputation nationally for being able to swing the bats with the best of them, Pat Murphy's boys have shown that they can do the little things as well. Against the Tigers, ASU bunted 11 times, three in sacrifice situations. Of the remaining eight bunt attempts, five of them went for base hits. Andrew Romine has shown a knack for the skill, amassing seven bunt singles so far this season. He has attempted 12 bunts, two of which were sacs, giving him a bunting batting average of .700. Eric Sogard is right on his tail with five bunt singles in six non-sacrifice bunt attempts.


Fashion Show:

The Sun Devils debuted some new jerseys over the weekend in Auburn. They wore their new maroon tops on Saturday afternoon, then followed that up by breaking out the sleeveless road jerseys that hadn't been worn since the 2005 season on Sunday.



ASU dropped two spots to #14 in the Collegiate Baseball poll while they fell two spots to #12 in the NCBWA poll. They went to #9 in the Rivals.com poll and were bumped down to #15 in Baseball America. They came in at #11 in the first Coaches poll of the year.


Auburn Wrap-Up:

Despite jumping out to an eight run lead twice, the Devils could only garner one win in Auburn during their three-game series with the Tigers. Josh Satow fooled the Tigers on Friday night, throwing seven shut out innings in the 8-2 ASU victory...Arizona State jumped out to an 8-0 lead on Saturday afternoon, but some defensive errors and questionable umpiring led to five unearned runs and an 11-8 defeat...Sunday was a see-saw battle that wasn't decided until late, but the Tigers were able to eke out a 7-6 victory to claim the series.


Leaders In The Pac:

The Sun Devils continue to pace the Pac-10 Conference in most offensive categories. After 17 games, ASU leads the conference in nine offensive categories. ArizonaState topped the Pac-10 in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs scored, hits, runs batted in, doubles and total bases. Brett Wallace is tops in the conference in batting average, RBI and Total bases, while Matt Spencer is the leader in slugging percentage. Petey Paramore is on top in runs scored, on base percentage and walks. Ike Davis is the conference leader in doubles. ASU is also well represented in the pitching stats. Josh Satow is second in the conference in ERA, strikeouts and is tied for the lead in wins. Mike Leake is third in the league in opposing batting average. Brian Flores is sixth in the Pac-10 in ERA and fifth in opposing batting average.


Injury Update:

Sophomore pitcher Jeff Urlaub is expected to miss this weekend's series due to lingering soreness in his elbow. Urlaub has missed the past three weeks. Outfielder Mike Jones returned to action last week after being limited by a sore back.


Countdown to 500:

Having already collected his 800th career Division I victory this season, ASU Head Coach Pat Murphy is just eight wins away from 500 victories at Arizona State. ASU's first head coach, Bobby Winkles, totaled 524 wins in his 13 years at ASU. Jim Brock amassed 1,100 victories in his 23 years at the helm. Murphy is in his 13th season at ArizonaState.


20,000 Leagues On The Diamond:

The Sun Devils will face teams from nine different conferences this season, not counting their own. Other than the Pac-10, the Sun Devils meet the Mid-Continent (Southern Utah), Big XII (Texas A&M, Missouri, KansasState), SEC (Vanderbilt, Auburn), Conference USA (Houston, UAB), West Coast (Gonzaga), Big West (Long BeachState), America East (Maine), Sun Belt (Louisiana-Lafayette) and the WAC (Hawai'i). In addition, ASU faces UtahValleyState, who is an independent.


Preseason Honors:

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.


That's The Pick:

In a poll of all Pac-10 baseball coaches, ArizonaState was picked to win the Pac-10 conference. This marks the first time that the Sun Devils have ever been picked to win the conference in the preseason coaches vote. OregonState was picked second and Stanford was third.


Fabulous Freshman:

RHP/OF Mike Leake was rated the 39th best freshman in the country by Baseball America as part of their Fabulous 50 Freshmen list. Leake, who is expected to play in the outfield as well as pitch, was a seventh round draft pick of the Oakland A's in last year's draft.


Talented Transfers:

The Sun Devils had two transfers make the top ten of Baseball America's Top 25 Transfers list. LHP Brian Flores, who comes to ASU from New MexicoJunior College, checked in at #7, while OF Tim Smith, who played the last two years at MidlandCollege in Texas, was #10. The list did not include Matt Spencer, who came to ASU from North Carolina. Spencer had not yet completed his transfer to ASU when the list was released.


Arms Race:

The Sun Devil pitching staff looks a little different from what it was in 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 has solidified a spot in the starting rotation. 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. Crystal donned the Maroon and Gold, complete with a jersey with his name and #10 on the back, and took part in drills and batting practice. After practice, he invited the coaching staff to his show, '700 Sundays', at Gammage Auditorium.


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:

Head coach Pat Murphy has named junior OF Rocky Laguna the team captain. This is the first time in the 13 years that Murphy has been at ASU that he has named a team 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. Moreno was a four-year starter for the Devils from 1995 to 1998, when he earned All-American accolades and helped lead ASU to the National Championship game. Collins played from 1996 to 1998 before leaving ASU to sign a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Collins and Moreno join fellow manager Jeff Mousser as former Sun Devil baseball players to join the baseball staff in 2007.


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.


You Complete Me:

LHP Josh Satow did something on February 11 that no Sun Devil pitcher had done since 2005: throw a complete game. Satow's masterpiece against Houston was the first complete game thrown by an ASU pitcher since Erik Averill beat Florida 6-1 on June 22, 2005 in the College World Series. Satow allowed only one run on six hits while fanning eight Cougars. It was only the second complete game in the seven-year history of the Houston College Classic, and the first since the inaugural year in 2001.


Pac-10 Pitcher Of The Week:

Thanks to his complete game, Josh Satow was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week following the Houston College Classic. It marked the first time in Satow's career that he had been honored by the conference and he became the 49th all-time Sun Devil to earn the Pac-10 weekly honor. Last season, three Sun Devils picked up Player of the Week awards from the Pac-10, but Satow is the first ASU hurler to be honored since Pat Bresnehan earned the award in March of 2005.


National Honors:

Two Sun Devils have earned national recognition so far this season. Matt Spencer was named the National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball following the Southern Utah series, and was named to the CBF National Honor Roll after winning Most Valuable Player honors at the Houston College Classic. Petey Paramore was named to the CBF National Honor Roll following his performance against UAB.


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

          Kiel Roling                  31st         D-Backs           2006

          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


Up Next:

Arizona State has a busy week next week, playing six times in six days. They will host KansasState for a two-game mid-week series on Tuesday and Wednesday before welcoming Maine to Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark next weekend. The Devils and Black Bears will play four games, including a doubleheader on Saturday.


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