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On Deck: Baseball Returns Home To Host Utes

May 5, 2022

PHOENIX -- Sun Devil Baseball returns home on Friday after two tough weekends on the road, looking to shake off some less than stellar Pac-12 series and get back in the win column in a key conference series against the Utah Utes. The three-game set will get underway at 6:30 p.m. AZT on Friday, continuing Saturday at 6 p.m. and concluding Sunday at 12:30 p.m.

FAN INFO

  • 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

  • The series will be available for viewing online via the ASU Live Stream.
  • Additionally, the series 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 36 double plays so far this season, a total good for 28th in the nation. 

2.  Ryan Campos is now batting .384 in Pac-12 games this season, over 30 points higher than any of his teammates and 2nd in the league

3. The Sun Devils are 14th in the nation with 104 doubles this season and have multiple doubles in and 29 of 45 games.

4. ASU has has double digit hits in 17 of its last 20 games and 26 times in 45 games over the season.

5. Joe Lampe already has 30 extra-base hits this season - tops in the Pac-12. His 119 total bases are 33rd nationally

6. ASU has had at least one runner on base on 17 of the last 24 homers. It had a runner(s) on just 8 of the team's first 27 homers this year.

7. There are 39 players in Pac-12 with double-digit doubles, of which ASU has Pac-12 leading six (Baez, Lampe, Rogers, McLain, Davis, Long).

8. Entering the final three weekends of regular season, only four games separate 6th from 11 in the Pac-12 standings. ASU sits 8th in league. 

9. Despite missing two games, Sean McLain has 139 defensive assists this season, good for second in the Pac-12. 

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

30 - Joe Lampe has 30 extra-base hits (17 doubles, 3 triples, 10 homers) in 45 games this season, easily passing his total for the entirety of 2022 (20). Those 30 extra-base hits are the most in the Pac-12 this year.  Lampe is 4th in the league in doubles (17), 4th in stolen bases (15), 4th in hits (66), 5th in runs (47),  6th in triples (3), 6th in homers (10) and 9th in slugging (.601). He and Oregon State's Jacob Melton are the only Pac-12 players to rank in the Top-10 in all seven of those categories. No other player has more than five. 

17 - The Sun Devils have recorded double-digit hits in 17 of the last 20 games and 26 times in 45 games overall. The squad is currently 34th in the country with 457 hits. On March 20, the team was 72nd in the nation in total hits. On 17 of the team's last 24 homers, ASU has had at least one runner on base. That is notable as ASU had runners on base just eight times on the teams first 27 homers. Through the OSU series (21 games through March 20), ASU was batting just .231 with runners in scoring position. In the last 21 games, ASU is batting .308 with RISP.

10 - Christian Bodlovich has inherited 50 runners in his career, with only 10 scoring (20 percent), including a 5-for-28 count this season. Will Levine has been impressive in the category through his career as well with only 10-of-38 scoring and just 4 on 18 chances this year. ASU has stranded 383 opponent baserunners this season - an average of 8.5 per game. ASU has done much of that through its mid-to-late relievers, who the team has relied heavily upon. Brock Peery is fifth in the nation with 26 appearances this season while Bodlovich and Levine Top-100.

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 36 double plays on the year - good for 28th among all Division 1 programs. Additionally, ASU has 104 doubles on offense so far this year - good for 14th in Division 1 baseball. ASU has doubled as least once in all but five games this season and has multiple doubles in 27 of 45 games. ASU has 6 of the 39 Pac-12 players with double-digit doubles. 

On the Utes

  • ASU leads the all-time series against the Utes, 48-13, and took two out of three in Salt Lake City last season and also swept the Utes in a three-game non-conference series earlier in the year.
  • With the bottom six teams separated by just four games and all still mathemetically in contention for the final seeds in the debut of the Pac-12 Baseball Tournament at the end of May, the final three weekends on league action will be pivotal as the Sun Devils look to secure one of the eight bids and currently sitting right on that eight-seed, one game back of Utah in sixth.
  • TJ Clarkson's .628 slugging percentage ranks as the fifthbest in the Pac-12, with his OBP (.445) at seventh-highest in the league. His career-high and team-leading 11 home runs are fifth-most in the Pac-12 and Clarkson's 34 RBI also is No. 16 in the conference.
  • Landon Frei's 58 hits are a team-best. The freshman sits 11th in the league in hits, and enters the weekend second-best among Pac-12 rookies.
  • The Utes own 91 doubles to date this season, fourth in the Pac-12 and No. 46 nationally. Individually, Alex Baeza (15) ranks sixth in the conference in two-baggers with Jayden Kiernan (14) close behind.
  • Closer Blake Whiting has five saves, sharing fifth place in the Pac-12.

Big Sean

  • Sean McLain was named Pac-12 Player of the Week following a 4-0 week against Santa Clara and a sweep of USC after batting .688 and leading the team in runs and RBIs.
  • McLain became a staple in the Sun Devil infield and batting order last season en route to being named a freshman All-American, Pac-12 All-Conference selection and ABCA All-West Region pick. McLain enters the season as the No. 33 overall collegiate prospect in the 2022 class, according to Baseball America. 
  • McLain had the longest reached-base streak of the Sun Devils this season at 22.
  • McLain sits at .306 on the season and is tied for third on the roster with 30 RBIs.
  • He is second on the team with 44 runs this season - seventh in the Pac 12.
  • McLain has drawn 19 walks and a team-high 16 HBP -  the most in the Pac-12 and 19th nationally - giving him a .416 OBP (second on team) over his .310 average.
  • The sophomore has been one of ASU's best hitters with two outs with a .333 average on 17-of-51 hitting and is second on the squad with 14 two-out RBIs - nearly half of his 30 on the year. 
  • He has also been one of ASU's few reliable option with a runner on third with less than two outs, recording an RBI 13-out-of-15 times - four more than any other player and an .867 record mark that is tops among those with at least seven opportunities.
  • McLain has been a part of 26 of ASU's 36 double plays this season - 13th in the Pac-12.
  • He is second in the Pac-12 with 137 defensive assists.
  • McLain recorded a 23-game hitting streak as a freshman last season - tied for the third-longest at ASU since 1998 with Andre Ethier's 2003 23-game hitting streak
  • McLain was a Collegiate Baseball News freshman All-American, an ABCA All-West Region first team selection at second base and an honorable All-Pac-12 pick.
  • He was second on the team with a .322 average on the year, just outside ASU's all-time freshman top-10 in the category. McLain led the team in multi-hit games last year with 23. His 10 multi-RBI games were second on the team. McLain had 17 doubles in the regular season, good for sixth in the Pac-12 and finished with 18 on the year – tied for third in ASU freshman history.
  • He turned 48 double plays last season, two more than any other player in the league even including those with runs to the College World Series and 13 more than any other second baseman.

I Love Lamp

  • Joe Lampe has been a spark plug for the Sun Devils since he stepped foot on campus last year and that has continued this season.
  • Lampe is on an active 14-game hitting streak, the longest by any Sun Devil this season. He is batting .333 this season (16th in the Pac-12) and leads the way with 47 runs - good for 5th in the Pac-12.
  • Lampe is second one the team and one of the lead with 33 RBIs on the year.
  • He is slugging .601 this season - good for 9th in the Pac-12. His 17 doubles are fourth in the Pac-12 and 37th in the nation.
  • His power numbers are especially notable as he has 30 extra-base hits this season (17 doubles, 3 triples, 10 homers) - tops in the Pac-12. It's especially notable as he had 20 for the entirety of the 2021 campaign and he has more than doubled his home run output from last year (13 doubles, 4 triples, 3 homers).
  • His 119 total bases are 31st in the nation and second in the league. 
  • His 15 stolen bases are fourth in the Pac-12. 
  • To recap, Lampe is 4th in the league in doubles (17), 4th in stolen bases (15), 4th in hits (66), 5th in runs (47),  6th in triples (3), 6th in homers (10) and 9th in slugging (.601). He and Oregon State's Jacob Melton are the only Pac-12 players to rank in the Top-10 in all seven of those categories. Just one other player has five and no others have more than four. 
  • He has just one error on 118 defensive chances, recording 114 putouts and three assists. He is one of just 12 players in the Pac-12 with over 100 defensive chances with one or fewer errors and the only centerfielder with such a claim.
  • His 117 putouts/assists are second among Pac-12 center fielders (Arizona's Mac Bingham 142 in an immensely larger home center field). He was the last of the Pac-12 centerfielders to not commit an error, with his first coming in the 37th game of the season, and that remains tied for the fewest among centerfielders in the league. 
  • The redshirt sophomore showed off his toughness against #4 Oklahoma State, dislocating his shoulder in the first inning while attempting to steal a base. He popped it back in in the clubhouse, returned to the game and later recorded a single, stolen base and run scored. 
  • Last season, Lampe was one of three Sun Devils selected to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team last after not posting an error in center field in conference games all year. He finished the season with just one error and a .993 fielding percentage and was also named a ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Finalist as an outfielder. In the opener against USC, Lampe recorded nine putouts - the most by an ASU center fielder since at least 1998. Hunter Bishop had eight in 2019 and no other player had more than seven.

We Want EZ

  • Ethan Long is tabbed as the No. 37 overall collegiate prospect in the 2022 MLB Draft class by Baseball America.
  • The big bat was a little slow getting going this year, but Long has settled into a nice pace and he is now second on the team with seven homers on the year.
  • He has used 18 walks and 3 HBPs to post a .384 OBP over his .300 average.
  • He was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the fourth time in his career following his efforts in the Washington series. 
  • Long homered twice in the USC series, one on a three-run shot breaking a 7-7 tie in the sixth inning en route to a 14-12 victory and again in a tight 4-2 game in Game Two with a two-rub blast in the seventh that effectively shut the door on the Trojans. 
  • Four of his seven home runs have come in the sixth inning or later.
  • Long became the 129th Sun Devil to be named an All-American last seson, becoming a consensus selection after being named to teams by Collegiate Baseball News, NCBWA, and Baseball America
  • Also earned two freshman All-America nods (CBN/NCBWA) and was a First Team All-Pac-12 pick as well as an ACBA All-West Region second team selection and Pac-12 All-Conference first team pick
  • Long finished the 2021 regular season 22nd nationally and second in the Pac-12 with 16 home runs while finishing 13th nationally and leading the league with a .725 slugging percentage on .340 hitting. He was sixth in the league with 53 RBI. His .340 average was the ninth-highest freshman average in Sun Devil history.
  • Finished with a team-best 54 RBI, tied with Barry Bonds for fourth in ASU freshman history while his 16 homers on the year surpassed Bonds for second in ASU freshman history behind only Spencer Torkelson (25) and good for Top-Five in the league.
  • Behind Long's bat, ASU won five straight weekend series in the last half of the year. In a 19-game stretch, Long bat .444 with 40 RBI, 15 home runs, eight doubles, a 1.181 slugging percentage, a .500 OBP and an absurd 1.681 OPS. Of his 32 hits in that span, 23 were for extra bases.

Murphy's Law

  • One of the hottest batters in the Sun Devil lineup in the month of April was Kai Murphy.
  • In 19 games from April 1 to May 1, Murphy bat .338 and led the team with 19 RBIs. He also held the team lead with four homers in the month, adding four doubles as well. 
  • He has boosted his average from .210 following the UNLV game to .268 in the process.
  • His team-best 19 RBIs in those 19 games were notable as he had just four in the first 26 games of the season. 
  • Perhaps the biggest difference? He has struck out just 10 times in 68 at-bats in those 19 games (14.7 percent) games after posting 19 in 81 (23.4 percent) to start the year and 43 of 135 (31.9) last season. 
  • Murphy has been king of the productive outs this year as well, recording a team-best 15 runners advanced with an out.
  • He has become ASU's best hitter with two outs by average, now batting .386 on the year with two outs on 17-of-44 hitting. His 13 two-out RBI are third on the team.

The Long Con-or

  • Sun Devil super senior Conor Davis might be among the oldest players in college baseball, but there is not denying his impact on the Sun Devil program early on. 
  • After his senior season at Auburn was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Davis came to ASU as a graduate transfer expecting to fill some of the void left at first base with the departure of 2020 MLB No. 1 overall pick Spencer Torkelson. In ASU's very last fall scrimmage prior to the 2021 campaign, Davis blew out his knee and was forced to sit out the season with ACL surgery.
  • Davis' appearance in the lineup on Opening Night was special regardless of the outcome but the "grandpa" - as his teammates call him - made it a night to remember as he launched a 1-2 offering to left field in his very first plate appearance in nearly two seasons - a solo shot that set the pace for ASU in a 3-1 victory.
  • Davis is batting .315 on the season to go with a .412 OBP (third on the team) and a .482 slugging percentage.
  • He is third on the team with 30 RBIs.
  • He has also drawn a team-best 24 walks this year. This includes a four-walk game against BYU that was tied for fifth in ASU single game history.
  • Davis has also quietly been one of ASU's best hitters in Pac-12 games, slashing .300/.374/.475. 
  • While ASU as a whole has struggled advancing runners at times this season, Davis has exceeded and done so a team-best 55 times on 98 chances (.561) - 9 more than any other player on the team and easily the highest average on the squad (Ryan Campos at .556 and every other starter under .510).

Nate the Great

  • Nate Baez has been ASU's Swiss Army Knight this season and has shown the versatility to play a number of positions having seen action at catcher, second base, third base, left field and designated hitter this season. He remains third in the Pac-12 in having thrown out seven baserunners as a catcher this season, despite playing signifcantly less time at the position of late as ASU has been overwhelmed with injuries. 
  • Baez been a force in the middle-bottom of the lineup for the Devils, batting .321 on the season with a team-best 19 doubles - which are tops in the Pac-12 and 6th nationally.
  • He leads the team with 34 RBIs. 22 of those have come with two outs - eight more than any of his teammates and 64.7 percent of his total RBIs.
  • Like last season, Baez has played his best as the season has gone on. He has been among ASU's hottest bats over the last month. In 19 games played since April 1, Baez is second on the team with a .356 average, second on the team with 18 RBIs and easily pacing the clubhouse with a .685 slugging percentage (12 doubles, 4 homers) - 100 points highter than any of his fellow day-to-day starters.
  • He has a .351 average in Pac-12 games, good for 10th in the league and his .649 slugging percentage in conference games is seventh. 
  • Baez has the best average on the squad with runners in scoring position at .365 (19-of-52) with three more hits in that scenario than any of his teammates.
  • Baez has two grand slams this season - making up 2 of his 6 homers - marking him the first Sun Devil to have two in a season since Ike Davis in 2006. 
  • He also has three homers that were three-run shots and a boing solo shot, giving Baez 18 RBIs on his six homers.
  • Baez bat a team-best .362 over the final 14 games of the 2021 season with team highs in homers (8) and RBI (20) in that stretch while slugging a gaudy .915. All eight of his home runs came in those 14 games.
  • He earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention accolades as a catcher in 2021, despite only playing behind the dish for the last month and a half of the season after being a career infielder prior to coming to ASU and including his first year and a half on the roster.

Welcome to the Jam

  • The Sun Devils have made a recent habit of having its relief pitchers inherit baserunners and getting out of games with minimal damage done. Last season, ASU inherited 205 baserunners for the year and allowed just 58 to score (28.3 percent). That total was the second-lowest of any season since 1998 (28.1 percent in 2010).
  • Christian Bodlovich has inherited 50 runners in his career at ASU, with only 10 scoring (20 percent), including an 5-for-28 count this season.
  • Will Levine has been impressive in the category through his career as well with only 11-of-39 scoring and just 5 on 19 chances this year. 
  • ASU has stranded 383 opponent baserunners this season - an average of 8.5 per game. 
  • ASU has done much of that through its mid-to-late relievers, who the team has relied heavily upon. Brock Peery is fifth in the nation with 26 appearances this season while Bodlovich and Levine are in the Top-100 as well.

Playing the Field

  • The Sun Devils feature a moderately new look infield this year as the majority of the season has featured new or mostly new faces at every position.
  • ASU has turned 36 double plays on the year - a tally good for 28th in Division I and third in the Pac-12. 
  • ASU has had one or fewer errors in 30 of 45 games this year.
  • Sean McLain has the second-most defensive of assists of any player in the Pac-12 (137) despite missing two games. He has turned 26 double plays as well - 12th in the league.
  • Joe Lampe was the last centerfielder to record an error this year (doing so in his 37th game). He is one of just 12 Pac-12 players with over 100 defensive chances to have one or fewer errors. 
  • Ryan Campos is another of those 12 players (one error on 181 chances) and Kai Murphy is just shy of the list (one error on 95 chances) 
  • It's the same tale for ASU as last year, the Sun Devils were likely one of the few teams in the country that did not returning a single position player to their 2020 positions in 2021. ASU's only veteran starter was Drew Swift - who shifted over to shortstop after spending the majority of his career at second base. All other positions on the diamond were replaced by newcomers.
  • Despite that, ASU had one or fewer errors in 40 games last year during the regular season, going 29-11 in those. 
  • In 2021, ASU fielded at a very respectable .976 fielding percentage in the regular season - good for 47th nationally. ASU was first in the nation with 60 double plays turned last season, which is especially impressive since the team had just six in the first 14 games of the season.
  • Sean McLain (48), Drew Swift (32) and Hunter Haas (12) all led their respective positions in the Pac-12 in double plays turned in the regular season.  McLain and Swift were first and third in the league in the category, regardless of position - incredibly notable as first basemen tend to lead the way in the area.

Adam's Family

  • Junior Adam Tulloch was exceptional through the first month of the season and earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week after his 7.0 inning, 13 strikeout, 3 ER, no walk victory over San Francisco.
  • The victory was Tulloch's third-straight quality start for the Sun Devils. It was the first time a Sun Devil pitch had 13 strikeouts in a game since Jake Borup in 2010 and he was the first Sun Devil to be named a Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week since Ryan Hingst following his no-hitter in 2016. The 13 strikeouts were the most by any Pac-12 pitcher in a game this season.
  • In his first four STARTS this year, Tulloch had a 2.16 ERA with a 2-0 record over 25.0 innings pitched. He has struck out 36 batters to just seven walks while holding opponents to a meager .141 batting average.
  • Tulloch has cooled in six starts since then however, struggling against #3 Oregon State, Grand Canyon and Washington but has posted promising improvements against Stanford, USC and Arizona and looks to continue building back to the early season form. 
  • Tulloch is 5th in the nation and tops in the Pac-12 with 12 starts.
  • Despite his recent struggles, Tulloch is still 5th in the Pac-12 with 63 strikeouts. 
  • Tulloch has given ASU 6.2, 7.0, and 7.0 innings of work in three starts this season, notable as he never eclipsed 5.2 innings in any game at West Virginia last year. 
  • At West Virginia last year, the 17th Round pick of the Dodgers struck out 52 in 37.1 innings pitched, including a 10-strikeout effort against Coastal Carolina.

A Little Luck-ham On Our Side

  • When Adam Tulloch struggled, Kyle Luckham stepped up in his place and easily assumed the mantle on Friday nights. 
  • Luckham has ASU's two longest outings of the season, going a career-high 7.2 innings on the road against San Diego State before besting that with an 8.0 inning effort against San Francisco a week later.
  • It's notable as Luckham had never gone 7.0+ innings in his career in back-to-back starts, including his time at Cal State Fullerton.
  • Luckham now has four starts this season in which he has gone over 7.0 innings, recording quality starts in all of those - a team high. That notable has he had made it to the 7.0 inning mark just five times in 24 career starts entering the season before doing so four times in 10 starts this year
  • Luckham has induced a team-best nine double play balls. 
  • His 61.2 innings pitched this season are 7th in the Pac-12.
  • He has allowed just 17 walks this year, 9th-fewest in the league. 
  • He is tied for 55th in the nation and third in the league with six wins.

Tyler The Negator

  • Transfer pitcher Tyler Meyer has been among the most pleasant surprises of the 2022 campaign, posting a team-best 4.03 ERA in Pc-12 games in 22.1 innings pitched with a 21 to 5 strikeout to walk ratio. 
  • Meyer is sixth in the Pac-12 in allowing just a .220 batting average in conference games. He has allowed just 10 runs in Pac-12 play, third among eligible pitchers.
  • He has issued just five walks in league play, tied for second in the league, as are his 18 total hits allowed. 
  • In his three midweek starts - against 2021 NCAA competitor Nevada, then fourth-ranked Oklahoma State and Preseason Top-25 UC Irvine - Meyer had a 2.45 ERA in 14.2 innings pitched with 16 strikeouts. 
  • His efforts in midweek games have earned him the nod in the weekend rotation in which he delivered a Herculean effort against #3 Oregon State as he held OSU to just four hits in his career-high 7.0 innings of work. He struck out nine Beavers to just two walks, allowing just one run in the second inning – where two of those four hits occurred.
  • He followed that effort with another 7.0 inning quality start to earn the win and series victory over Washington to tie him with the team lead with three quality starts this year.
  • Meyer has allowed just six doubles this year, sixth-fewest in the Pac-12. His 35 total hits allowed are second-fewest among eligible pitchers in the league. 
  • It has been an especially notable effort as Meyer didn't pitch last season after his previous school, Stanislaus State, cancelled its season.

Boom Goes the Dynamite

  • The team has added 104 doubles on the year as well, good for 14th in the nation and tops in the Pac-12. Nate Baez is 8th nationally and leads the league with 19 of those.
  • ASU has at least one double in all but five games so far this season and multiple doubles in 28 of 45 games.
  • There are 39 Pac-12 players with double-digit doubles this season, of which ASU has six (Baez, Lampe, Rogers, McLain, Long, Davis). Utah has five and no other team has more than four.
  • ASU had a streak of 10 straight games with double-digit hits ended against UNLV this week. Still ASU has reached double digits in 17 of the last 20 games.
  • The team has reached double digits in the H category 26 times in 45 games and is 34th in the country with 457 hits as of May 5. On March 20, the team was 72nd in the nation in total hits. 
  • Through the Oregon State series (first 21 games through March 20), ASU was batting just .231 with runners in scoring position. In the last 24 games, ASU is batting .309 with runners in scoring position.
  • Of the nine position players with at least 23 starts this season, all nine have multiple home runs. ASU has ten total players with multiple homers, 
  • The timing of the home runs has improved lately as well. On 17 of the last 24 homers, ASU has had at least one runner on base. That is notable as ASU had runners on base just eight times on the teams first 27 homers. 
  • The Sun Devils have four grand slams this year, the most it has had in a season since 2004 (also four). ASU has some work to do for the next milestone as the 2003 Sun Devils had 14 grand slams - an NCAA record.
  • Nate Baez is the first Sun Devil to have two grand slams in a season since Ike Davis in 2006.
  • ASU hit two grand slams (Will Rogers and Nate Baez) in consecutive innings (6th and 7th) in its 17-8 series clinching win against Dixie State on opening weekend. That was notable as prior to that, the Sun Devils had recorded just one single grand slam at Phoenix Municipal Stadium since moving there in 2015.
  • It was the first time ASU had two grand slams in a single game since 2003 when the Sun Devils did so against San Diego State on Jan. 26 (also in consecutive innings in the 3rd and 4th).

Hold on to Your Seats

  • ASU has played no shortage of tight games this season - for better or worse - with 21 of the teams 45 games being decided by one or two runs. For perspective, ASU played in 20 1-2-run games in the entirety of last season.
  • Unfortunately, ASU is 1-7 in one-run losses and 13 of the teams 25 losses have come by way of 1-2 runs. 
  • That said, the Sun Devils have shown that no opponent lead is safe, showing off plenty of grit in erasing multi-run deficits.
  • On 10 occasions this season, ASU has erased a lead of at least three runs. 
  • ASU has won seven games already this season when trailing after four innings, matching its total for all of 2021.
  • The seven-run deficit overcome by the Sun Devils to defeat and take the series from Cal were the most since March 3, 2000 against Arizona. The Wildcats jumped to a 7-0 lead before ASU rallied to win 9-7.
  • Three times this season that ASU has rallied from a deficit of five or more runs to tie or win the game - the first time that has happened since 2010 (also 3).

Going Camping

  • ASU has gotten significant contributions from its true freshmen in the last month.
  • Ryan Campos is the team's best hitter in Pac-12 games, coming in at .384 in league games, over 30 points higher than any of his teammates and second in the league. 
  • His .477 OBP in league games in also tops on the team, 63 points higher than his teammates and fourth in the Pac-12.
  • Campos has the second best average on the team with runners in scoring position at 14-for-41 (.341) and a perfect 6-for-6 bringing a runner home from third with less than two outs.
  • Campos had a 10-game hitting streak during the month of April. He had multiple hits in eight of those games and at least one RBI in seven of them as well.
  • The frosh has been an exceptional backstop as well and is one of just 12 players in the Pac-12 with over 100 fielding chances and one or fewer errors as he has just one on 181 chances. 

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 - MAY 2 through MAY 8

Friday, May 6, 6:30 p.m. | Arizona State vs. Utah (Phoenix) | WATCH LIVE: ASU Live Stream | LISTEN: KDUS 1060 AM

Saturday, May 7, 6 p.m.  | Arizona State vs. Utah (Phoenix) | WATCH LIVE: ASU Live Stream | LISTEN: KDUS 1060 AM

Sunday, May 8, 12:30 p.m.  | Arizona State vs. Utah (Phoenix) | WATCH LIVE: ASU Live Stream | LISTEN: KDUS 1060 AM
 
IN THE HOLE - MAY 9 through MAY 15

Tuesday, May 10, 6 p.m. | Arizona State at Grand Canyon (Phoenix) | WATCH LIVE: FOX 10 XTRA/ESPN+ | LISTEN: KDUS 1060 AM

Friday, May 13, 7 p.m. | Arizona State vs. Oregon (Phoenix) | WATCH LIVE: Pac-12 Arizona | LISTEN: KDUS 1060 AM

Saturday, May 14, 6 p.m.  | Arizona State vs. Oregon (Phoenix) | WATCH LIVE: Pac-12 Arizona | LISTEN: KDUS 1060 AM

Sunday, May 15, 12 p.m.  | Arizona State vs. Oregon (Phoenix) | WATCH LIVE: Pac-12 Arizona | LISTEN: KDUS 1060 AM

LAST TIME OUT - APRIL 25 through MAY 1

Tuesday, April 26, 6 p.m. | Arizona State vs. UNLV (Phoenix) | L, 1-9

Friday, April 29, 6 p.m. | Arizona State at UCLA (Los Angeles) | L, 2-19

Saturday, April 30, 2 p.m.  | Arizona State at UCLA (Los Angeles) | L, 5-7

Sunday, May 1, 1 p.m.  | Arizona State at UCLA (Los Angeles) | L, 5-16

Sun Devil Baseball Game Note Archive
Week 1 - Dixie State/Nevada | Postweek Season Stats
Week 2 - BYU | Postweek Season Stats
Week 3 - Oklahoma State/San Diego StatePostweek Season Stats
Week 4 - UC Irvine/San Francisco/Missouri | Postweek Season Stats
Week 5 - #3 Oregon State | Postweek Season Stats
Week 6 - Grand Canyon/Washington | Postweek Season Stats
Week 7 - UNLV/Cal | Postweek Season Stats
Week 8 - Arizona/Stanford | Postweek Season Stats
Week 9 - Santa Clara/USC | Postweek Season Stats
Week 10 - CSUN/Arizona | Postweek Season Stats
Week 11 - UNLV/UCLA | Postweek Season Stats