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Sun Devil Baseball Weekly Preview (5/19)

May 19, 2014

Current Overall Record: 32-22, 18-11 

This Week: 2-1 | GAME NOTES

Tuesday, May 20 | No. 21 Arizona State 4, Abilene Christian 2 | RECAP | BOX | ALLEN POSTGAME | ESMAY POSTGAME 

Friday, May 23 | No. 21 Arizona State 12, Washington State 8 | RECAP | BOX 

Saturday, May 24 | Washington State 10, No. 21 Arizona State 7 | RECAP | BOX

Sunday, May 25, 12 pm PT | No. 21 Arizona State at Washington State | LISTEN NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 | STATS

ASU: RHP Darin GIllies (2-4, 5.00 ERA)
WSU: RHP Tanner Chleborad (4-6, 3.68 ERA)

In The Polls
Collegiate Baseball: No. 21
Perfect Game: No. 23



Last Week: 4-0 | WEEKLY STATS
Tuesday, May 13 | Arizona State 9, UNLV 5 | RECAP | BOX
Friday, May 16 | Arizona State 9, Utah 3 | RECAP | BOX DOUBLE PLAY   
Saturday, May 17 | Arizona State 7, Utah 1 | RECAP | BOX | POSTGAME
Sunday, May 18 | Arizona State 14, Utah 6 | RECAP | BOX | POSTGAME 

Pac-12 Standings (Pac-12, Overall) *As of 5/25
1. Oregon St. – 23-6, 42-11
2. Washington - 20-9, 38-15-1
3. Arizona St. - 18-11, 32-22
4. Oregon - 18-12, 42-18
5. USC - 15-14, 28-24
6. Stanford - 14-14, 27-23
7. Washington St. - 14-15, 24-29 
8. California - 13-17, 26-27
9. UCLA - 12-17, 25-29-1
10. Arizona - 9-21, 21-33
11. Utah - 4-24, 16-34

Bats Come Alive
The Sun Devils lead the Pac-12 in batting average (.285), slugging percentage (.390) and hits (509 - only team in the conference with more than 500 hits), and rank second in on-base percentage (.373) and total bases (698)

Postseason Banquet | Register HERE!
Join the Sun Devil Baseball program and fellow supporters for an unforgettable evening. The 31st annual Baseball Postseason Banquet will be held on May 27 on the outfield grass at Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $60 or buy a table for 10 people for $600. Fans can also sponsor a student-athlete’s dinner for $60. There will be open parking in front of Packard Stadium in Lot 59. 

Tip Your Cap To Packard Stadium
To celebrate the 40th and final historic season in Packard Stadium, all seven home weekend baseball series’ during the 2014 “Tip You Cap To Packard” season are dedicated to honoring a different decade or aspect of Packard Stadium and Sun Devil Baseball’s storied legacy.

Feb. 14-16: 2000s at Packard Stadium
Look back at our 2000-09 celebration with coach Pat Murphy and more than 30 former Devils

March 7-9: 1990s at Packard Stadium
Look back at our 1990-99 celebration with Mike Kelly and Paul Lo Duca

March 14-16: 1980s at Packard Stadium
Look back at our 1980-89 celebration with Barry Bonds, Kendall Carter, Alvin Davis, Mike Devereaux and Bert Martinez

April 4-6: 1970s and opening of Packard Stadium
Look back at our 1970-79 celebration with coach Brock’s family and his former players

April 11-13: Foundation of Sun Devil Baseball (Pre-1974)
Look back at our Foundation celebration with coach Winkles and more than 30 former Devils

May 9-11: All-Packard Team
Check out the 30-man roster voted on by fans

May 16-18: 40 years of Packard Stadium

Packing Them In
The Devils secured the highest average attendance on the West Coast and in the Pac-12 for the 10th consecutive year after averaging 2,844 fans per game this season.

Transitioning The Legacy Campaign
Season ticket holders will also have an opportunity to make a capital campaign commitment towards the Phoenix Muni renovations. All gifts, no matter the size, are important and appreciated, and can be a one-time gift or a five-year pledge. Fans interested in naming opportunities at Phoenix Muni can contact the Sun Devil Club at 480-727-7700. All commitments are tax-deductible through the Sun Devil Club. Join our community and own a piece of our hometown team.

Against The Best
This is the first team in school history to win a trio of three-game series’ over top-15 teams and earlier in the season became the first ASU team to win consecutive Pac-12 road series’ over top-15 teams. The Sun Devils won their third three-game series over a ranked team for the first time since 2011, the third time in head coach Tim Esmay’s tenure and the eighth time in program annals.

Series wins over top-15 teams
at No. 4 Oregon State (3/21-3/23)
at No. 15 UCLA (3/28-3/30)
vs No. 9 Oregon (5/9-5/11)

The Sun Devils are 11-8 against ranked teams this season, including 9-6 against teams in the top 15, and are 7-5 against the top four teams in the conference (excluding ASU). ASU went 5-3 against the past two defending national champions (2-1 over UCLA, 3-2 over Arzona). Head coach Tim Esmay’s 52 wins over ranked opponents in his first five seasons is the most of any head coach in school history and six more than his predecessor, Pat Murphy.

ASU is the only team this season to beat No. 2 Oregon State in back-to-back games. The Sun Devils won 2-of-3 games over then-No. 4 Oregon State in Corvallis March 21-23 to win its first series over OSU in Corvallis since 2007 and the third road series over a top-five team in school history, including the second under head coach Tim Esmay.

Pac-12 Player Of The Week

·     Junior shortstop Drew Stankiewicz earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after setting career marks at the plate in ASU’s four wins

·     He tallied a .389 batting average, a .667 slugging percentage and a .389 on-base percentage as he collected seven hits, including two doubles and a solo home run, and added five RBI and five runs scored

·     He twice tied his career high with three hits this week and set a career-high with three RBI in a road win over UNLV on May 13 and a season-high seven total bases against Utah on May 18. He has tallied at least a pair of hits in five of his past eight games and scored a run in all four games this week

·   This is Stankiewicz’s first career Pac-12 Player of the Week nod and ASU’s Conference-leading 105th all-time selection