Sun Devil Baseball Set to Open Fall Ball on Saturday Against LBSU
PHOENIX – Sun Devil Baseball will kick off its annual Fall Ball slate of games this Saturday, Oct. 23 at Noon AZT against the Long Beach State Dirtbags at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
The contest against ASU's perennial West Coast rival is scheduled for a 16-inning affair and will provide fans their first opportunity to see first-year head coach Willie Bloomquist at the helm of the Sun Devils.
Admission to the contest is free of charge and seating will be open. There will be limited concessions on hand (no alcohol) and Arizona State's clear-bag policy will be in effect. Gates will open at 10:30 a.m.
Additionally, there will be members of the Sun Devil Ticketing group in attendance to go over season ticket packages for the upcoming 2022 campaign.
The contest against LBSU is the first of two scheduled games against outside opponents during the Fall Ball schedule as ASU will also square off with Central Arizona on Friday, Nov. 5. Timing and details for that contest will be made available at a later time.
ASU will close out the Fall schedule with its annual Maroon and Gold World Series – a five-game intersquad affair that includes a little twist this season. The Sun Devils will travel to various Spring Training facilities around the Valley, giving Phoenix locals a chance to take in this year's squad at a number of different locations and venues.
Times, dates and locations for the Maroon and Gold World Series will be provided when they become available.
The 2022 Sun Devils welcome back consensus All-American Ethan Long after his electric freshman campaign in which he hit 16 home runs and led the Pac-12 with a .725 slugging percentage. Long was a part of the USA Baseball Collegiate National team this summer alongside teammate and 2021 Freshman All-American Sean McLain, who also earned Pac-12 All-Conference recognition and was named the ABCA All-West Region First Team as a second baseman.
The 2022 roster also welcomes back Freshman All-American and Pac-12 All-Defensive team selection Hunter Haas, Pac-12 All-Defensive outfielder Joe Lampe and All-Pac-12 honorable mention catcher Nate Baez.