On Deck: Sun Devils Welcome Matadors on Tuesday
PHOENIX -- Sun Devil Baseball has several key bouts ahead of it this week, starting with a big midweek tilt against CSUN on Tuesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. AZT at Phoenix Municipal Stadium as ASU looks to get back to .500 on the season and earn some RPI points in the process. This weekend, the Devils have a pivotal road series at rival Arizona beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. AZT in Tucson.
- Due to ongoing construction in and around the neighborhood surrounding Phoenix Municipal Stadium, traffic lanes and parking lot entries are expected to be affected throughout the 2022 campaign. Fans are encouraged to arrive to the stadium early in order to account for or avoid delays that might arise getting into the parking lot.
- Fans are encouraged to utilize this link and the attached PDFs to print out any roster sheets or stats they wish to bring with them to the games. As part of ASU's sustainability initiatives, roster sheets are no longer provided to the fans.
- Tuesday evening, Sun Devil Baseball will host its annual Green Game, celebrating ASU's zero waste and sustainability practices with a green themed day and concession items.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
- Tuesday's tilt against the Matadors will be available through the ASU Live Stream. This weekend's series against the Wildcats will be featured on Pac-12 Arizona on Friday night with Saturday and Sunday scheduled for the Pac-12 National broadcast.
- Additionally, all four games this week will be broadcast over the airwaves on KDUS 1060 AM all weekend with the Voice of the Sun Devils Tim Healey alongside analyst Max Rossiter.
- Fans are encouraged to follow along pre-game and in-game content and updates throughout the weekend on the Sun Devil Baseball Twitter account: @ASU_Baseball, especially for key weather updates and time changes.
#10THINGS (Twitter-Friendly Notes)
1. The Sun Devil defense has turned 34 double plays so far this season, a total good for 7th in the nation.
2. Ryan Campos is now batting .385 in Pac-12 games this season, nearly 30 points more than any of his teammates.
3. The Sun Devils are 5th in the nation with 88 doubles this season and have multiple doubles in six straight and 24 of 37 games.
4. ASU has double-digit hits in 13 of its last 15 games and 21 times in 37 games.
5. Joe Lampe already has 26 extra-base hits this season, which surpasses his grand total of 20 last year and second in the Pac-12.
6. ASU has had at least one runner on base on 13 of last 15 homers. It had a runner(s) on just 8 of the team's first 27 homers this year.
7. Nate Baez has 16 doubles this season, 10th in the nation and tops in the Pac-12. 5 of his last 7 hits and 8 of his last 13 have been doubles.
8. In the last nine games, ASU true freshmen have bat 41-for-113 (.363) with 35 of the teams 84 RBIs.
9. Despite missing two games, Sean McLain has recorded a Pac-12 leading 117 defensive assists this season.
10. ASU has gotten 11 quality starts out of its pitchers this season, notable as it had only 9 in the entirety of last season.
BY THE NUMBERS
28 - In Arizona State's last nine games, true freshmen have bat 41-for-113 (.363) with 35 of the team's 84 RBIs. Ryan Campos is currently the team leading in Pac-12 games with a .385 average on 20-of-52 hitting, 28 points higher than any of his teammates and good for fourth among all Pac-12 players. His .467 OBP is also sixth in the league and tops on the team in league-only games. Jacob Tobias leads the team with 13 RBIs in Pac-12 games while Campos is tied for third with 11. The frosh have 32 of ASU's 95 RBIs in Pac-12 games.
26 - Joe Lampe has 26 extra-base hits (14 doubles, 3 triples, 9 homers) in 37 games this season, already passing his total for the entirety of 2022 (20). His .616 slugging percentage is seventh in the Pac-12 and just under over 80 points more than any teammate. In addition to being 7th in the league in slugging, Lampe is 3rd in the Pac-12 in hits (51), 3rd in doubles (14), 5th in triples (2), 5th in homers (9), 3rd in stolen bases (12) and 6th in runs (40). Lampe and Oregon State's Jacob Melton are the only Pac-12 players to rank in the Top-7 in all seven of those categories. No other player has more than four (Cal's Dylan Beavers)
13 - ASU has had at least one runner on base on 13 of the team's last 15 home runs. It had a runner(s) on just 8 of the team's first 27 homers this year. The ability to get big knocks in big moments has been a large reason the Sun Devils are now 45th in the country in runs scored. The Sun Devils have also recorded double-digit hits 13 times in the last 15 games as well and 21 times in 37 games this season.
2 - Deuces have wild for the Sun Devils this season with ASU excelling in two categories on the year: doubles by the offense and double plays turned by the defense. ASU has turned 34 double plays on the year - good for 7th among all Division 1 programs. Additionally, ASU has 88 doubles on offense so far this year - good for 5th in Division 1 baseball. ASU has doubled as least once in all but five games this season and has multiple doubles in 24 of 37 games.
Big Willie Style
- One of the best players in the program's record books will start a new era of Sun Devil Baseball as Willie Bloomquist looks forward to his first season at the helm of the Devils.
- A 14-year Major League Baseball veteran and with over 20 years of experience in professional baseball, Bloomquist returns to the Sun Devils as one of the most accomplished alumni in program history and has remained deeply entrenched in all levels of baseball.
- Bloomquist spent five years as a Special Assistant to Arizona Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall after joining the front office in May 2016. In this role, Bloomquist assisted Hall and other departments throughout the baseball and business side of the organization, including working on-field with players at all levels of the organization, attending community events, meeting with corporate partners, interacting with season ticket holders and visiting D-backs Minor League affiliates.
- The Port Orchard, Wash., native joined USA Baseball's Board of Directors in 2016, a post he has retained since then. Bloomquist is a two-time alum of Team USA, having played for the Collegiate National Team in 1998 and for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
- Bloomquist became the first Arizona State Sun Devil to play for the Diamondbacks and spent three seasons with the franchise from 2011-13, serving a key role on the 2011 National League West Championship team. In 225 games for the D-backs, he hit .289 with 36 doubles, 8 triples, 4 homers, 63 RBI, 43 walks and 27 stolen bases. In the 2011 NL Division Series vs. Brewers, he hit .318 (7-for-22) with an RBI and three stolen bases in five games. In 2012, he set career highs with a .302 average and 21 doubles.
- During his 14-year Major League career, which included time with the Mariners (2002-08, '14-15), Royals (2009-10) and Reds (2010), Bloomquist hit .269 with 778 hits, 110 doubles, 23 triples, 18 home runs, 225 RBI and 133 stolen bases in 1,055 career games. He compiled a .977 fielding percentage playing outfield (339 games), shortstop (305 games), third base (142), second base (141) and first base (47). Of the 111 Sun Devils to play in MLB, only seven earned more service time than Bloomquist.
- Bloomquist played three seasons at ASU (1997-99) and earned 1999 Pac-10 Player of the Year honors as a junior. In 1998, he tied a College World Series single-game record with 5 hits in a game while leading a team that competed for the National Championship. Bloomquist was an All-American in both the 1998 and 1999 campaigns. He finished his college career with a .394 average before being drafted by the Mariners in the third round of the 1999 draft.
- To this day, Bloomquist still holds the fourth-highest career batting average in school history (.394) while he remains fifth in ASU history in runs (216), fourth in triples (22) and fourth in stolen bases (72) and was named to the All-Packard Team in 2014.
ON DECK - APRIL 18 through APRIL 14
Tuesday, April 19, 6 p.m. | Arizona State vs. CSUN (Phoenix) | WATCH LIVE: ASU Live Stream | LISTEN: KDUS 1060 AM
Green Game - Help Sun Devil Baseball celebrate ASU's zero waste and sustainability practices with a green themed day and concession items.
Tuesday, April 26, 6 p.m. | Arizona State vs. UNLV (Phoenix) | WATCH LIVE: ASU Live Stream | LISTEN: KDUS 1060 AM
Fan Appreciation Day - As a thank you for your support, all fans will receive a FREE pretzel for National Pretzel Day.
LAST TIME OUT - APRIL 11 through APRIL 17
Monday, April 11, 6 p.m. | Arizona State at. Santa Clara (Santa Clara) | W, 21-1
Thursday, April 14, 6:30 p.m. | Arizona State vs. USC (Phoenix) | W, 14-12
Friday, April 15, 6 p.m. | Arizona State vs. USC (Phoenix) | W, 8-2
Saturday, April 16, 12:30 p.m. | Arizona State vs. USC (Phoenix) | W, 9-8
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