#13 Baseball Heads To #19 USC To Open Pac-10 Play
March 21, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Coming off a spring break week that saw the Sun Devils go 6-0 against
The Sun Devils vs. The Trojans:
Two of the most storied college baseball programs in the country, USC leads the all-time series with ASU 92-86. The Devils took two of three from the Trojans last season in
Facing Tough Competition:
Of ASU's seven losses this season, six have come at the hands of teams ranked in the Top 25, including one to Vanderbilt, who is #1 in three polls. Their only loss to an unranked team was to
Lights, Camera, Action:
Friday night's Pac-10 opener will be televised live on FSN Arizona. It will be the first of three Sun Devil games that will be televised. Barry Tompkins and Jerry Kindall will be the announcers for the game with the Trojans. ASU will also be on FSN Arizona when they host Stanford on April 7 and when they host UCLA on May 12.
ASU moved up one spot to #17 in the Baseball America poll while they rose five spots to #14 in the NCBWA poll. They stayed at #13 in the Rivals.com poll and were jumped up to #14 in Collegiate Baseball. They came in at #13 in the Coaches poll, up one spot.
After struggling against
The Sun Devil bats showed no mercy on the Black Bears, outscoring Maine 58-11 over the four-game series...ASU played long ball in the series opener, as Ike Davis and Brett Wallace both hit moonshot homers to lead Arizona State to a 12-3 win. Wallace knocked in five runs, one of four Devils with multiple RBIs...Saturday saw ASU sweep a St. Patrick's Day doubleheader by continuing to flex their muscles. as they pounded out nine extra base hits on their way to a 12-1 win. Rocky Laguna fell a triple short of the cycle during his four-hit game...Things got worse for
Pac-10 Sweeps Week:
Not only did ASU sweep
National Honor Roll:
Junior lefthander Brian Flores and sophomore catcher Kiel Roling were both named College Baseball Foundation National Honor Roll Players Of The Week for their spring break performances. The two join Matt Spencer and Petey Paramore Sun Devils who have been honored this year. Spencer and Paramore each earned recognition earlier in the season.
Roling, Roling, Roling...:
Sophomore catcher Kiel Roling had a spring break to remember, batting .600 (12-20) during the five games he saw action in. He also knocked in 15 runs, scored eleven times and had seven extra base hits, including two homers. In the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday, Roling was 5-5 with six runs scored and eight RBI. He homered twice in that game, and the eight RBI were one shy of tying a school record. The six runs scored did equal a school record, held by Mike Colbern, Jeff Larish, Andrew Beinbrink and current graduate manager Mikel Moreno.
Green Hats, Green Socks, Green Monster:
For the second straight year, the Sun Devils celebrated St. Patrick's Day by donning green hats and socks. Brett Wallace took the 'green theme' one step further during the second game of the doubleheader with
Petey Paramore has been a walks machine so far this season. Paramore has drawn 25 walks already this year, tops in the conference. He was third on the team last season with 34 free passes...Andrew Romine has ten bunt singles this season...The Challenge at Chase will mark the third time in 2007 ASU will have played in a Major League facility. They played at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros and at Surprise Stadium, Spring Training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals...Josh Satow's six wins already this season are a new career high, and put him only one behind last year's team leader, Tony Barnette.
Countdown to 500:
Having already collected his 800th career Division I victory this season, ASU Head Coach Pat Murphy is just one win 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
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,
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
The Sun Devils had two transfers make the top ten of Baseball
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.
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
ASU will face