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Baseball Adds Two All-Americans to Postseason Haul

Jun 21, 2022

PHOENIX – With all media outlet's postseason awards counted and tabulated, Sun Devil Baseball raked in a couple more honors with two All-Americans, two Freshmen All-Americans and one All-Region recognition.
Infielder Nate Baez (Collegiate Baseball, third team) and outfielder Joe Lampe (Perfect Game, third team) became the 130th and 131st All-Americans in Sun Devil program history with their selections over the past couple of weeks. Baez was additionally named an ABCA West Region second team selection. 
Designated hitter Jacob Tobias (Collegiate Baseball) and catcher Ryan Campos (NCBWA) were named the 35th and 36th Freshman All-Americans in program history as well. 
Baez and Lampe's selections mark it so that the Sun Devils have had at least one All-American named in all but eight seasons since becoming an official NCAA sport in 1963. Tobias and Campos are the seventh and eighth Freshmen All-Americans at ASU since 2018.

Nate Baez – Redshirt Sophomore – Infielder 
Pac-12 Conference - First Team - Infielder
Collegiate Baseball News Third-Team All-American – 2B
ABCA Second-Team All-West Region – 2B

  • Nate Baez has been ASU's Swiss Army Knife this season and has shown the versatility to play a number of positions having seen action at catcher, first base, second base, third base, left field and designated hitter this season. 
  • Baez quickly become one of the top players in the Pac-12 in the second half of the year and played at as high a level as any player in the league offensively.
  • At 21 doubles and 10 homers on the year, Baez was the first Sun Devil to reach the 20 and 10 mark since Riccio Torrez (27 and 10) in 2010.  The 21 doubles were good for 33rd in the nation prior to the NCAA Tournament were third in the Pac-12.
  • Baez finished tied for the 11th-most doubles at ASU since 1998 and the third-most since 2011 (David Greer 23 in 2016, Joe Lampe 22 in 2022).
  • His .562 slugging percentage finished just outside the Top-10 in the league
  • He led the team with 48 RBIs - 7 more than any of his teammates and good for tied for 12th in the Pac-12
  • 31 of those have come with two outs - 15 more than any of his teammates and 64.6 percent of his total RBIs.
  • He had a .355 average in Pac-12 games, good for 8th in the league and his .664 slugging percentage in conference games wass sixth in the league. 
  • Baez has the second-best average on the squad with runners in scoring position at .355 (27-of-76) with six more hits in that scenario than any of his teammates. His 25 hits with two outs were second on the team (on 71 chances for a .352 average).
  • Baez had two grand slams this season, marking him the first Sun Devil to have two in a season since Ike Davis in 2006. 
  • He also had five homers that were three-run shots, a two-run homer and two solo shots - giving him 27 RBIs on his 10 homers this year with eight of those coming with runners on base. 
  • Seven of his 10 home runs this year have come with two outs.

Joe Lampe – Redshirt Sophomore – Outfielder – Honorable Mention

  • Joe Lampe has been a spark plug for the Sun Devils since he stepped foot on campus last year and that continued this season.
  • Lampe had a season-long 21-game hitting streak which was tied for the third-longest at ASU since 2010 as he became just the fourth Sun Devil since 2010 to record a 20-game hit streak in a season ('10 Riccio Torrez (26), '21 Sean McLain (23), '19 Spencer Torkelson (21)).
  • He bat .340 this season (12th in the Pac-12 prior to NCAA tourney) and led the way with 60 runs – 6th in the Pac-12 ahead of the tournament
  • Lampe was second on the team with 41 RBIs this year.
  • He slugged .590 this season - good for 9th in the Pac-12 prior to the NCAA tournament.
  • He finished with 22 doubles, which was tied for the Pac-12 lead prior to the NCAA tournament and tied for the eighth most at ASU since 1998.
  • With 22 doubles and 12 homers, he joined teammate Nate Baez as the first Sun Devils to reach the 20 and 10 mark since Riccio Torrez in 2010 (27 and 1) and the duo is the first pair to do so in the same season since at least 1998.
  • His power numbers were especially notable as he had 37 extra-base hits this season (22 doubles, 3 triples, 12 homers) - third in the Pac-12 and just six off the league lead despite not competing in the NCAA tourney. 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 151 total bases were 40th in the country prior to the NCAA Tournament and third in the league. 
  • His 17 stolen bases were fourth in the Pac-12 ahead of the tournament. 
  • Lampe finished with the Top-10 in the league prior to the NCAA Tournament in runs (60), hits (87), doubles (22), stolen bases (17), triples (3), homers (12) and slugging (.590). He and Oregon State's Pac-12 Player of the Year Jacob Melton were the only Pac-12 players to rank in the Top-10 in all seven of those categories. 
  • He had just one error on 149 defensive chances, recording 144 putouts and four assists. He was one of just 8 players in the Pac-12 with over 130 defensive chances with one or fewer errors and the only centerfielder with such a claim prior to the NCAA tournament.
  • His 148 putouts/assists were third among Pac-12 center fielders (Arizona's Mac Bingham (172) and Oregon's Colby Shade (152)). He was the last of the Pac-12 centerfielders to not commit an error, with his only one coming in the 37th game of the season, and that remains the fewest among centerfielders in the league. 

Ryan Campos – Freshman – Catcher 
Pac-12 Conference - Honorable Mention
NCBWA Freshman All-American

  • True freshman Ryan Campos led the Sun Devils with a .357 average on the year – the sixth best freshman average in program history and just ahead of head coach Willie Bloomquist's .356 average. 
  • It was the seventh-highest average in the Pac-12 prior to the NCAA tournament
  • It was the 11th-highest batting average for a catcher in the NCAA prior to the tournament and the fourth-highest for a Power Five catcher.
  • It was the 10th-highest batting average for a freshman in the NCAA prior to the tourney and the best freshman catcher average in the country.
  • He was one of just 19 freshmen to crack the Top-250 in the NCAA in average and the only freshman Power Five catcher to do so.
  • It marks the second straight season a true freshman led the team in average (Ethan Long last year) - something that has never happened in consecutive years in program history and just the fourth time in program history overall that it had happened.
  • His .363 average in league-only games was the fifth-highest in the conference.
  • His .438 OBP in league games was also tops on the team and ninth in the Pac-12 and tops among league catchers
  • Campos had the best average on the team with runners in scoring position at 21-for-59 (.356).
  • He had 20 multi-hit games this year – good for third on the team despite starting 13-15 fewer games than the majority of the other starters on the team.
  • He threw out seven baserunners on the year despite catching in 10+ less games than the other league catchers. 

    Jacob Tobias – Freshman – Designated Hitter 
    Pac-12 Conference - First Team – DH
    Collegiate Baseball News Freshman All-American

    • His 12 bases (two homers, two doubles) against Utah in the series finale are tied for the most by a Pac-12 player in a game this year.
    • His seven homers this year were tied for eighth in ASU freshman history.
    • His 23 RBIs in Pac-12 games were the second-most on the team, 20th in the Pac-12 and third among Pac-12 freshmen.