Baseball Opens Season This Weekend By Hosting DeMarini Invitational
Feb. 19, 2008
TEMPE, Ariz. -
The 2007 Pac-10 Champion Arizona State Sun Devils open the 2008 season by hosting one of the premiere tournaments in the country, the DeMarini Invitational. The Sun Devils will face
The DeMarini Invitational:
The inaugural DeMarini Invitational at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark features defending Pac-10 champion
Devils vs. Vanderbilt:
ASU holds a 34-17 edge in the series against their Pac-10 rival, going 3-2 against them last season. The Beavers won the first match-up 12-4 in Surprise, but the Devils swept OSU in
Facing Tough Competition:
The Sun Devils will face one of the toughest schedules in the country in 2008. Nine of ASU's opponents were ranked in the Collegiate Baseball Pre-Season Top 40 poll, including three teams in the Top 10 (#1
18 new Sun Devils are on the 2008 roster, including two transfers from Division I schools. RHP Jason Franzblau comes to
Freshman OF/LHP Matt Newman has Maroon and Gold in his blood. His father, Randy, was a pitcher for the Sun Devils in 1981 and 1982, winning 15 career games and the 1981 National Championship. Freshman catcher Andrew Pollak is the brother of former Sun Devil football great Mike Pollak, who played center for the Devils from 2004 to 2007. Mike was a two-time All-Pac-10 performer. Andrew wears number 76, the same number Mike wore on the gridiron. UTL Mike Murphy is no relation to head coach Pat Murphy, although he is the first player named Murphy Pat Murphy has ever coached. New assistant coach Josh Holliday is the son of former NC State head baseball coach Tom Holliday and the brother of current Colorado Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday.
2008 Pre-Season Honors:
ASU has several pre-season All-Americans on its roster. Brett Wallace and Josh Satow were both named First Teamers by the NCBWA as well as Collegiate Baseball. Petey Paramore joined them on the NCBWA list. Mike Leake was named a Second Team selection by both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball. Kiel Roling was named to the Second Team by the NCBWA. Ike Davis was a Third Team selection by both the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball. Wallace, Davis and Paramore were all named Second Teamers by Baseball
Later Start Date:
2008 marks the first season of the NCAA's Uniform Start Date. All Division I Baseball programs can begin play this weekend. In previous seasons, school's could start competing in the middle of January. The number of games remains at 56.
The Sun Devils were picked to finish second in the Pac-10 in the annual preseason coaches poll. ASU got three first place votes, while
Golden Spikes Watch List:
Wallace Award Watch List:
Stopper Watch List:
Closer Jason Jarvis was named to the NCBWA Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List. Jarvis set an ASU freshman record with 11 saves in 2007.
Ay Ay Captain:
Consistency In The New Millennium:
Since the 2000 season, Pat Murphy and the Arizona State Sun Devils have been the most consistent program in the Pac-10 conference. Since 2000, ASU leads the Pac-10 in wins (341), conference wins (123), NCAA Tournament appearances (8), Top 25 finishes (8), First Team All-Pac-10 players (30) and All-Americans (21).
Not only were the 2008 Sun Devils dominant on the field at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark, but they were dominant at the turnstyles as well. The Devils went 35-3 at home and led the West Coast in attendance for the third straight season. 116,205 fans came out to see the Sun Devils in 2007, the highest attendance since 1984. ASU finished 17th nationally in average attendance, averaging 3,141 fans per game.
2007 was a season to remember for the Arizona State Sun Devils, as Pat Murphy and ASU captured the Pac-10 Conference title with a 19-5 conference record, the seventh Pac-10 crown in school history and 18th overall conference championship. The Devils swept through the Tempe Regional, then swept Ole Miss in the Tempe Super Regional to advance to the College World Series for the 20th time in school history. The Devils finished fifth in
2007 Pac-10 Awards:
Six Sun Devils earned All-American accolades, led by consensus First Team All-American Brett Wallace. Wallace earned First Team honors from Baseball
Coach Murphy Honored:
Pat Murphy has been inducted into the Florida Atlantic University Baseball Hall of Fame. Murphy played for the Owls from 1981 to 1982, then coached three years at the school.
The Sun Devils will host three tournaments in 2008, beginning with this weekend's DeMarini Invitational. The 6th Annual Coca-Cola Classic, featuring ASU,
In addition to facing the schools in the Pac-10, the Devils will also take on teams from 11 different conferences in 2008. ASU will face two teams from the SEC (Arkansas, Vanderbilt), two from the Big West (Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine), two from the Sun Belt (Troy, Florida International), two from the Western Athletic (New Mexico, Hawai'i), two from the West Coast Conference (Portland, Loyola Marymount) and one each from the Big 12 (Kansas State), Atlantic 10 (UMass), Mid-American (Miami,Ohio), Big 10 (Michigan), Missouri Valley (Wichita State) and Southern (Wofford). ASU will also face
Honoring Pat Tillman:
Former ASU football player and American Hero Pat Tillman had strong ties to the ASU Baseball program. In addition to his brother Kevin playing for ASU, Pat became extremely close with head coach Pat Murphy. Murphy wears jersey #42 in honor of Tillman, and in January 2007, Murph donated $100,000 to the baseball program for the construction of the Tillman Training Room, a room that will honor both Pat and Kevin and their commitment to both
Did You Know:
Vanderbilt is one of only six schools that Arizona State has faced in baseball yet never beaten. ASU is 0-2 all-time vs. Vandy. The others? Alabama (0-2), Cornell (0-1), Evansville (0-1), LeMoyne (0-1) and Texas-Arlington (0-1).
Next week the Sun Devils will play in the Sixth Annual Coca-Cola Classic. Arizona State will kick things off by facing the Michigan Wolverines in Tempe on Thursday night before heading to Surprise. ASU will play Hawai'i and Michigan at Surprise Stadium on Friday and Saturday before returning to Tempe to wrap-up the tournament against Portland.