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The Sun Devil baseball program will have to find a new baseball home for next season, as its deal with the Chicago Cubs has fallen through.
The Arizona State Sun Devils' baseball club was certainly well represented in this year's 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, with a whopping 10 players being taken this year. Only one player will be staying local with the Arizona Diamondbacks, pitcher and former Valley High School standout Jake Barrett. The rest will be scattered around the league, with a pair of White Sox Red Sox and Astros draftees, as well as Marlins, Royals and Pirates. Five of them were taken in the final round.
Arizona State has now had 389 players drafted into the major leagues, the most all-time in the NCAA.
Arizona State Sun Devils taken in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft:
The Houston Astros selected right-handed pitcher Brady Rogers in the third round (no. 96 overall), the Chicago White Sox selected second baseman Joey DeMichele in the third round (no. 108 overall), the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Jake Barrett in the third round (no. 120 overall) and the Astros selected centerfielder Andrew Aplin in the fifth round (no. 159 overall).
Rogers was named first team All-Pac 12 as a junior and has a career 2.39 ERA in 286 innings pitched. DeMichele was named first team All-Pac 12 as a sophomore and a junior and finished his Sun Devils career with a .346 batting average. Barrett is tied for ninth place on the school's career saves list with 13. Aplin was first on the team and fourth in the Pac-12 in runs scored with 52.
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After falling further than was expected, Arizona State standout shortstop Deven Marrero finally was selected in the first round of Monday night's MLB Draft. He was taken by the Boston Red Sox with the 24th pick overall.
Marrero was projected in many mock drafts to go in the early teens, but in the end he gets to go to the team that has another former ASU standout playing second base -- former MVP Dustin Pedroia.
Boston was looking for a college player that could have an impact offensively in the league.
Marrero was a decorated player for the Sun Devils. His awards include:
- 2012 First Team Pac-12 All-Conference
- 2012 First Team Academic All-District VIII
- 2012 Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List
- 2011 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year
- 2011 First Team Pac-12 All-Conference
- 2011 Cape Cod League All-Star
- 2011 ABCA Second Team All-West Region
- 2011 Second Team Academic All-Pac-10
- 2011 Second Team Academic All-District VIII
- 2010 Collegiate Baseball First Team Freshman All-American
- 2010 NCBWA Second Team Freshman All-American
- 2010 Honorable Mention Pac-12 All-Conference
- 2010 All-Tempe Regional Team
In his three years at ASU, he batted .325.
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There is no real handle on where Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero will land during Monday night's MLB Draft. In Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com's latest mock draft, Marrero is mentioned as high as no. 8 to the Pittsburgh Pirates and again at no. 12 to the New York Mets before finally landing at no. 16 to the Washington Nationals. The Nationals are an up-and-coming team with a lot of young talent so falling that far could end up being a blessing in disguise.
Marrero is the no. 13 rated prospect on Keith Law of ESPN.com's final prospects rankings heading into the draft.
Here is what Law had to say about the 6-foot-1, 194 pounder:
Once viewed as a top-five pick, Marrero's stock has dropped a bit after a lackluster spring compounded by various adjustments to his setup and swing that have made things worse. He still has the potential to be an above-average shortstop if he can get his swing back to where it was last season.
Deven Marrero is one of the top prospects available at the 2012 MLB Draft and he will learn who his new team is on Monday night. Once projected to possibly be the No. 1 overall pick at the start of the year, Marrero's stock has dropped a bit, but he remains a likely candidate for the top-10.
Few players available this year have the complete package that Marrero brings with him every time he takes the field. Keith Law of ESPN ($) recently released a mock draft and had Marrero going to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the eighth selection.
Deven Marrero, SS, Arizona State
I've had the Pirates on Marrero for a while but understand they are exploring other options. Industry consensus has them on college players even if they don't take Marrero.
Marrero has the potential to move up to the Major Leagues quickly and the Pirates have no legitimate options for the future at the shortstop position, so this does seem like a pretty strong fit. The Sun Devils' shortstop has the potential to be a great top-of-the-order hitter for whichever team selects him.
The 2012 MLB Draft is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 4.
The Arizona State Sun Devils have a history of sending elite talent to the Major League level, headlined by guys such as Barry Bonds and Dustin Pedroia. With the 2012 MLB Draft just a few weeks away it appears that yet another Sun Devil will be selected in the first round.
Deven Marrero has been a talented shortstop throughout his tenure with ASU, and despite a bit of a disappointing season in recent months the sky is still the limit for him. Most figured Marrero would be a top-three pick at the draft (Keith Law even had him as the No. 1 prospect heading into the year) but it appears his stock has dropped a little bit.
The latest mock draft from Baseball America has the Pittsburgh Pirates selecting Marrero with the eighth pick in the first round. Multiple other mock projections have this same pick, and it really does look like a solid fit all the way around. The Pirates lack an impact shortstop and Marrero could be a fast riser through their farm system.
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The latest college baseball rankings have been released, and both the Arizona State Sun Devils and the University of Arizona Wildcats hover in the middle of the pack.'The ASU Sun Devils are ranked in three out of the four polls. Unranked by USA Today due to the schools NCAA postseason ban, the Devils are 22nd in the Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, 16th in Baseball America's Top 25, and 17th with the College Baseball Newspaper. They went 3-1 in the past week, good enough to move them up a spot or two in most of the polls. Their record is 35-18 overall.
The consensus ranking for the Arizona Wildcats seems to be 13, with only the College Baseball Newspaper poll having them at number eight. The Wildcats have a 36-13 record, and they too went 3-1 last week. Oregon (#9), UCLA (#10), Stanford (#11) and Oregon Stage (#20) were the other Pac-12 teams ranked.
The Arizona State baseball team completed its sweep of Washington with a come from behind 9-6 victory Sunday afternoon in front of 2,285 fans at Packard Stadium. It was the final home game of the season for the Sun Devils, who finish an impressive 14-1 at home in conference play.
A Joey DeMichele sac-fly in the third inning, scoring Andrew Aplin, gave ASU a 1-0 lead. Washington responded in the top of the fourth with a two RBI triple from Brandan Berry that gave Washington a 2-1 lead.
Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth, ASU put up four runs highlighted by a three-run double by Deven Marrero. Marrero was likely playing in his final home game, as the junior is expected to be a high draft pick in next month's MLB Draft.
"I've played here for many many games and it was just another at-bat," said Marrero about his double in the sixth. "But this one meant a lot more, hopefully this was the last game I will play at Packard, so it was very important."
Head coach Tim Esmay praised Marrero both on and off the field.
"Not too often to you get to coach someone like that in your career," said Esmay about Marrero. "Deven Marrero is a great human being and a great young man, and I am very happy for him."
After Washington tied the game at six in the top of the seventh with two unearned runs, James McDonald led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple and later scored on a sac-fly from Nathaniel Causey to give ASU a 7-6 lead.
ASU added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, which were more than enough for closer Jake Barrett, as the junior pitched two scoreless innings to close out the victory.
The Sun Devils (35-18, 17-10) go into the final weekend of the regular season two games behind conference leader Oregon. Arizona State is one game back of second place Arizona, the Sun Devils and the Wildcats play a weekend series beginning on Friday night in Tucson.
"We're still in it," said Esmay. "We still have a great situation, we can go out and run the table and finish this season out as strong as possible and see what happens."
The Arizona State baseball team continued its dominance of Pac-12 opponents at Packard Stadium as the Sun Devils defeated the Washington Huskies 8-4 Saturday night in front of 2,850 fans at Packard Stadium.
Right-hander Trevor Williams picked up his team leading 11th victory of the season as the sophomore gave up two earned runs over eight innings pitched, allowing six hits and walking one batter.
For the second straight night, Washington hitters gave ASU pitchers fits early, as the Huskies put up two unearned runs in the first inning, aided by an error by Michael Benjamin.
"This team that we are playing (Washington) does a really good job of taking advantage of you," said head coach Tim Esmay. "They have done a really good job this weekend of getting a two out hit, they are committed to moving guys over, and giving up outs to get runs."
Down by two runs, ASU responded in the second inning when Beau Maggi hit a three-run home run over the right field fence to give ASU a 3-2 lead.
"In my opinion it was one of the bigger at bats we have had this year," said Esmay about Maggi's home run. "Just because of the way the game started."
ASU extended their lead in the bottom of the third inning when Abe Ruiz hit an RBI double that scored Andrew Aplin, who led off the inning with a walk. ASU broke the game open in the fifth inning and it was Aplin once again that started the rally.
The junior center fielder doubled to lead off the inning and scored when the next batter, Deven Marrero, singled to center field. An RBI ground out by Ruiz and an RBI single by freshman DH Nathaniel Causey extended the Sun Devils lead to 7-2.
Williams (11-2) went deep into the game once again for the Sun Devils, Jake Barrett relieved Williams and pitched a scoreless ninth to secure the ASU victory.
"They (Washington) made me make pitches, they made me throw to them," said Williams. "They hit me, and our infielders made plays, and we got out of the game with a win."
ASU goes for the sweep of Washington tomorrow at Packard Stadium with the first pitch coming at 12:30 p.m. Right-hander Alex Blackford (1-3, 5.51) is on the bump for the Sun Devils.
It was a wild and emotional night at Packard Stadium Saturday night as the Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Washington Huskies 7-5 in what will most likely be the home finale of ace Brady Rodgers.
The junior right-hander is projected to be a high draft pick in June's MLB Draft, and will most likely forgo his senior season at ASU for greener pastures.
The windy conditions did not aid Rodgers (10-2) in writing the storybook ending to his career at Packard Stadium, as he gave up five earned runs on eight hits over seven innings of work.
"Pitching at Packard (Stadium) it's always windy, the wind is always blowing out it was just a little bit harder today," said Rodgers. "It was not my greatest performance but luckily our offense was awake, it was definitely a team win,"
ASU jumped on the board early with a two-run home run from Abe Ruiz in the first inning. Washington countered in the top of the second with an RBI groundout from Brandon Berry,scoring Caleb Brown who led off the inning with a single. In the second inning Andrew Aplin and Deven Marrero both delivered RBI extra base hits to extend the ASU lead to 4-1.
In the top of the fourth inning, Washington catcher B.K. Santy hit an inside the park home run when ASU center fielder Andrew Aplin could not come up with the catch on a diving attempt. Aplin came up slow and had to be examined by the ASU medical staff. However, head coach Tim Esmay never doubted that Aplin would stay in the game.
"With him (Aplin) you just have to make sure that his arm hasn't left his shoulder and we basically said 'ah your good so you're staying in their,'" said Esmay.
Washington fought back and tied the game at five in the fifth inning with an RBI groundout from Jacob Lamb. Michael Benjamin led off the bottom of the sixth by getting hit by a pitch from Washington starter Tyler Davis, the next batter, Nathaniel Causey, doubled off of Davis (2-4), and Trevor Allen broke the tie with an RBI ground out that scored Benjamin, and gave ASU a 6-5 lead.
The Sun Devils got some insurance when Max Rossiter led off the eighth with a double down the left field line, and was brought home by an RBI ground out from Trevor Allen.
Rodgers was lifted in the eight inning and walked to the dugout to a thunderous standing ovation from the 2,740 fans in attendance.
"When I walked off and the fans gave me a standing ovation, my eyes started watering a little bit," said Rodgers. "But I have always been told there is no crying in baseball so I held them back as long as I could."
Joseph Lopez pitched a scoreless eighth inning in relief of Rodgers, and Robert Ravago pitched a perfect ninth to collect his first save of the season.
"It was a weird game," said Esmay. "Washington just would not go away, they just kept battling, and they would scrap and claw, we gave a couple freebees early, and that allowed them to keep fighting against us," said Esmay.
Arizona State improves to 15-10 in conference play and picked up half a game on conference leading Oregon, who plays an out of conference series this weekend. ASU resumes its series with Washington tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Packard Stadium.
The Arizona State baseball team will host its final series at Packard Stadium this weekend as ASU hosts Pac-12 foe Washington. ASU (32-18, 14-10) currently sits three and a half games behind Pac-12 leading Oregon (19-8). Oregon does not play a conference series this weekend.
Arizona State has swept three straight Pac-12 home series and is 12-1 at home against conference foes. The Sun Devils have not lost a conference home game since March 24.
Brady Rodgers and Trevor Williams are both inside the top 5 in the Pac-12 in ERA. Rodgers was posted a 2.17 ERA in 99 2/3 innings pitched, and Williams has posted a 1.83 ERA and is the Pac-12's only 10-game winner. Right-hander Jake Barrett is third in the conference with 10 saves.
Arizona State is coming off a sweep of Gonzaga last weekend. ASU secured its 50th straight 30-win season with a 4-2 victory on Friday night, and on Saturday, Trevor Williams became the first 10-game winner in the Pac-12.
On Wednesday, the Sun Devils lost their final non-conference game of the season as they fell to the University of Arizona 10-2. Even though the teams are both in the Pac-12, the game was played as a mid-week non-conference game. Nothing seemed to go right for ASU, as the Sun Devils committed three errors, ASU pitchers walked eight Wildcat hitters and hit three others.
Washington (27-21, 11-13) comes into the series 3-3 in their last two conference series. Washington beat Portland 3-0 on Wednesday to end a three-game skid.
Junior Jayce Ray leads Washington in hitting with a batting average of .339. Ray also leads the team with 61 hits. Junior right-hander Aaron West leads the Washington pitching staff, West has a 2.44 ERA in 85 innings pitched.
Full weekend preview:
Friday - 6 p.m.
ASU - RHP Brady Rodgers (9-2, 2.17 ERA)
Wash. - RHP Tyler Davis (2-3, 3.05 ERA)
Saturday - 6 p.m.
ASU - RHP Trevor Williams (10-2, 1.83 ERA)
Wash. - TBA
Sunday - 1 p.m.
ASU - RHP Alex Blackford (1-3, 5.51 ERA)
Wash. - RHP Aaron West (7-2, 2.44 ERA)
The Arizona State Sun Devils have a rich history of baseball players making it big in the Major Leagues. All of these players were selected at one point or another at the MLB Draft, whether it be Barry Bonds, Dustin Pedroia or someone else. The 2012 Draft is a little more then a month away, and there is one Sun Devil looking at an early first round selection.
Most people saw Marrero as a top-five pick coming into the season, but he didn't have a great year for the Sun Devils. However, the entire industry seems to think the Pirates want him here. I have also heard them on Mississippi State right-hander Chris Stratton.
Many love Marrero's upside despite a somewhat disappointing year, but it appears that MLB clubs are still in love with his game. Assuming his glove sticks at shortstop, he has a ton of value moving forward and could hear his name called very early in June. And given the Pirates' lack of shortstop options in their system, Marrero seems like a strong possibility.
For more on Marrero and the Sun Devils, be sure to check out House of Sparky. Stay tuned to the SB Nation Arizona StoryStream for ASU baseball updates throughout the season.
The Arizona State Sun Devils rose to No. 16 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll on Monday. ASU (32-17, 12-9 Pac-12) is on a six-game winning streak after completing a three-game weekend sweep against Gonzaga, the Sun Devils also swept Utah in three games two weekends ago.
This week ASU hosts Arizona (33-15, 16-8) for one game on Wednesday and then play a three-game weekend home series against Washington (26-21, 11-13). ASU is tied for fourth in the Pac-12 standings with Stanford (32-14, 14-10) and is only two games back from second place Arizona (33-15, 16-8).
After this week's four conference games, the Sun Devils end the season with a critical three-game series against Arizona — a series that will have standings implications if ASU takes care of business this week.
Other Pac-12 teams ranked in the poll include No. 1 Oregon (37-14, 18-8), No. 8 Arizona, No. 11 UCLA (35-13, 15-9), No. 15 Stanford and No. 28 Oregon State (32-17, 13-11).
ASU's rankings in other polls:
The Arizona State baseball team completed its 2012 non-conference season with a sweep of Gonzaga this past weekend in Spokane, Washington. ASU improved to 32-17 on the season and has now won six games in a row and eight of their last nine.
The weekend started on Friday night with another stellar performance from Brady Rodgers. The junior right-hander scattered seven hits over eight innings while striking out four and leading ASU to a 4-2 victory. Rodgers (9-2) has now pitched eight innings in nine of his 13 starts this season.
Trevor Allen and Deven Marrero both homered for the Sun Devils, Allen hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, and Marrero extended the ASU lead to 4-2 with his solo shot in the seventh.
ASU left little doubt on Saturday, as the Sun Devils beat the Bulldogs 10-1 behind a career high five RBI's from Michael Benjamin. Benjamin went 4-5 with a home run and three singles.
ASU hit three home runs in the first three innings Saturday night, and put up five runs in the first inning. Sophomore right-hander Trevor Williams (10-2) had another solid outing, going seven innings and allowing one run on four hits. Williams did not walk a Bulldog hitter, extending his streak of consecutive innings pitched without a walk to 40.
On Sunday it was all about Nathaniel Causey, as the freshman went 3-3 including a go-ahead two-run double to propel the Sun Devils to a 3-1 win. With the game tied, James McDonald led off the ninth inning with a single, after Michael Benjamin was intentionally walked, Causey delivered with a two-RBI double down the left field line to give ASU a 3-1 lead.
Right-hander Jake Barrett (2-4) earned the win after pitching a perfect 1 1/3 innings. ASU opened up the scoring when Joey DeMichele scored on a sac-fly from Max Rossiter in the sixth inning. Gonzaga (29-20) tied the game on an RBI double by Marco Gonzales in the seventh.
Arizona State plays rival Arizona on Tuesday evening and resumes Pac-12 play this weekend at Packard Stadium against Washington.
The No. 19 Arizona State baseball team will make its first ever trip to Spokane, Washington, for a thee-game series against the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
The Sun Devils (29-17, 14-10) are coming off a sweep of Pac-12 foe Utah at Packard Stadium, and now travel to face non-conference foe Gonzaga (29-17, 9-9). The Zags currently sit in fifth place in the West Coast Conference after they won two of three games from St. May's last weekend.
The Sun Devils swept their third Pac-12 home series in a row with a drubbing of meager Utah. ASU outscored the Utes 26-6 of the course of the series. The Sun Devils currently sit two games back of conference leader Oregon in the Pac-12 standings. ASU plays six more Pac-12 games, including three at home next weekend against Washington.
Arizona State has been led by their pitching staff all year. Right-handers Brady Rodgers and Trevor Williams both rank inside the top five in the Pac-12 in ERA. Williams leads the conference in victories with nine, and Rodgers is second in the conference in innings pitched with 91 2/3.
Abe Ruiz and Joey DeMichele both rank inside the top ten in the Pac-12 in slugging percentage, RBI and total bases. The duo combines for just under a third of the team's RBI and just under half of the team's home runs.
The Zags got their conference record up to .500 after a series win last weekend against St. Mary's. Gonzaga is 14-6 this season at home, and a perfect 7-0 in neutral site games.
Like ASU, Gonzaga boasts an impressive pitching staff. Sophomore left-hander Marco Gonzales is 6-1 with an ERA of 1.60, and left-hander Tyler Olsen boasts an ERA of 2.48 in 87 innings pitched.
At the plate, Gonzaga is led by senior outfielder Royce Bolinger, who leads the team in batting average (.399), hits (77) home runs (10) and RBI (39). Bollinger hales from Scottsdale and attended Chaparrel Hight School where he was an All-State selection his senior year of high school.
Friday - 6 PM
ASU - RHP Brady Rodgers (8-2, 2.16)
Gonzaga - LHP Tyler Olsen (4-2, 2.48)
Saturday - 6 PM
ASU - RHP Trevor Williams (9-2, 1.87)
Gonzaga - LHP Marco Gonzales (6-1 1.60)
Sunday - 1 PM
ASU - RHP Alex Blackford (1-3, 6.12)
Gonzaga - TBD
All games played at Patterson Baseball Complex in Spokane, Washington, and can be heard on The Fan AM 1060.
Everyone is excited for this project.
This past week Arizona State went 3-0 by sweeping Utah by winning 5-3, 17-1 and 4-2, and now moved up one spot to No. 19, and improved to 29-17 this year. Other Pac-12 teams in the rankings are Oregon who is No. 10, UCLA who is No. 11, Arizona is ranked No. 14, Stanford is No. 17 and Oregon State is No. 24.
Here are the latest rankings:
|8.||Cal State Fullerton||30-14||4-0||8|
|13.||North Carolina State||33-12||3-0||17|
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The Arizona State baseball team completed its sweep of Utah this afternoon with a 4-2 victory over the Utah Utes in front of 2,205 fans at Packard Stadium.
Right-hander Alex Blackford started for the Sun Devils, giving up two runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. Right-handers Joseph Lopez and Robert Ravago allowed two hits in 3 2/3 innings in relief of Blackford, and Jake Barrett pitched a scoreless ninth innings to record his ninth save of the season.
After Utah (12-33, 6-18) scored in the top of the first inning, ASU (29-17, 14-10) countered in the bottom of the first with an Abe Ruiz RBI single. In the second inning, ASU loaded the bases with no outs for Andrew Aplin, Aplin hit a sacrifice fly to give ASU a 2-1 lead. Deven Marrero followed with an RBI groundout to extend the ASU lead to 3-1.
Utah catcher Parker Morin cut the ASU lead to 3-2 in the third inning, with his second RBI of the game, however the ASU bullpen was too strong for the Utes. Lopez, Ravago and Barrett combined for 4 2/3 innings, two hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Arizona State has now swept three straight conference home series' and the Sun Devils improved to 12-1 at Packard Stadium this season against Pac-12 opposition.
Nothing could go right for the Utah on Saturday night. The Utes committed three errors, their pitchers walked six batters and hit four others. ASU on the other hand could do no wrong, as the Sun Devils collected 17 hits on their way to a 17-1 trashing of Utah.
Arizona State was paced by their sophomore right-hander Trevor Williams. Williams threw another gem, allowing one earned run over eight innings. Williams gave up four hits, struck out nine and did not walk a hitter.
"It was vintage Trevor," said head coach Tim Esmay. "The best thing about Trevor tonight was that he didn't let the score dictate what his outing was going to be," said Esmay.
Williams has not walked a batter in 33 innings, and lowered his season ERA to 1.87.
"It's a nice number," said Williams about his ERA. "But the one that is the most important is wins, if I have a lot of wins at the end of the day, that is all that matters."
Williams received plenty of offense, after a scoreless first, ASU put up runs in four consecutive innings. Andrew Aplin had four RBI's for the Sun Devils, both Trevor Allen and Abe Ruiz finished with three RBI's each.
ASU chased Utah starter Joe Pond after just 1 1/3 innings of work. Pond walked two, hit another and gave up three hits. Trevor Allen got the scoring started for ASU with a one-out, two RBI double in the second inning.
ASU scored early and often, as Utah used five pitchers. Nathaniel Causey drew four walks and scored two runs on Saturday, and Beau Maggi went 2-4 with two RBI's and three runs scored.
ASU will go for the series sweep this afternoon at Packard Stadium. Alex Blackford (1-6, 6.34) will take the mound for ASU against Utah's Mitch Watrous (2-3, 3.03). First pitch scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
The Arizona State baseball team did just enough to get the victory Friday night in front of 2,996 fans at Packard Stadium. In a game where Joey DeMichele, Abe Ruiz and Deven Marrero went a combined 0-12, the bottom of the ASU lineup stepped up.
Catcher Max Rossiter went 3-4 including a two-run homerun in the second inning that tied the game at two.
"I think it settled us," said ASU head coach Tim Esmay about Rossiter's homerun. "It settled Brady (Rodgers) it settled all of us, that was a big home run for us."
Michael Benjamin went 3-3 with a two-run home run of his own. Benjamin's long ball in the sixth put ASU ahead for good. ASU's 6-8 hitters went a combined 7-10 with five RBI's and four runs scored.
"It was those guys down the lower of the order that had those big at bats and got those big hits," said Esmay. "And when we are doing that, it dictates that it is a nine man batting order and we need everybody to have good at-bats."
Right-hander Brady Rodgers (8-2) finished with another impressive stat line, as the junior gave up three earned runs on five hits over eight innings. All of the damage from Utah was done in the first three innings.
Trey Nielsen and Ethan Leiter both had RBI singles for the Utes in the top of the second inning, and in the third, Shaun Cooper broke a 2-2 tie with a one-out RBI single.
"Through the first three (innings), I was kinda just coasting," said Rodgers. "Honestly I got pissed, so I just started being myself again, pitching with a chip on my shoulder and getting a little fire in me."
The victory improves ASU to 27-17 and 12-10 in the Pac-12. ASU and Utah will resume their weekend set Saturday evening, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The Arizona State baseball team returns to the friendly confines of Packard Stadium this weekend for a three game set against the Utah Utes. ASU (26-17, 11-10) is coming off a series win against Washington State last weekend up in Pullman, the Sun Devils took two of three from the Cougars. ASU currently sits in fifth place in the Pac-12, three games behind conference leader Oregon.
As of May 2nd, Abe Ruiz and Joey DeMichele are both ranked in the top ten in the Pac-12 in RBI, total bases and slugging percentage. DeMichele leads ASU in batting average (.348), runs (39), hits (57) and RBI (40).
The ASU pitching staff is fifth in the nation in walks allowed per nine innings, at 2.26. Arizona State pitchers have only given up 96 free passes, making them the only pitching staff in the Pac-12 to give up fewer than 100 walks.
NCBWA: No. 23
Baseball America: No. 20
Perfect Game: No. 20
The Utes currently sit in last place in the Pac-12 with a conference record of 6-15. Utah is 12-30 on the season and has only won one Pac-12 series. Utah is 2-7 in their last nine conference games.
Catcher Parker Morin leads Utah in hitting, with a .325 batting average. Morin also leads Utah in RBI's, with 29. James Brooks and Shaun Cooper are tied for the team lead in home runs with eight each. Utah only has two regulars that hit over .300, compared to ASU's four.
ASU's Individual Awards
Two Sun Devils received individual awards this week, one on the field and one off the field.
Shortstop Deven Marrero has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Baseball Team. The junior has a GPA of 3.56 and is majoring in criminal justice. Marrero was a second team All-Academic Pac-10 performer last year, and in 2010 he set an ASU freshman record with a .397 batting average.
Sophomore right-hander Trevor Williams has been named the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 23-29. Williams earned his team-leading eighth victory of the season last Saturday when he threw a complete game shutout against Washington State.
Williams struck out four and did not walk a batter, dropping his ERA to 1.94. Williams has not walked a batter in 25 consecutive innings, dating back to 6th.
Full Weekend Preview:
Friday 6:30 PM
ASU - RHP Brady Rodgers (7-2, 2.04 ERA)
Utah - RHP Brock Duke (2-3, 3.77 ERA)
Saturday 6:30 PM
ASU - RHP Trevor Williams (8-2, 1.94 ERA)
Utah - RHP Joe Pond (3-7, 6.06 ERA)
Sunday 12:30 PM
ASU - TBA
Utah - Mitch Watrous (2-3, 3.03 ERA)
Tickets start at just $8 for adults and $6 for youth (ages 16 and younger) and senior, if you cannot make it out to the game, all three games can be heard live on The Fan AM 1060.
Arizona State moved up one spot to No. 28 in the latest update of the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll.
The Sun Devils took two of three games from the Washington State Cougars this past weekend. On Sunday, the Sun Devils rallied to tie the game at 6-6 at the top of the ninth inning, but lost on a walk-off single.
ASU continues to benefit from the stellar pitching of sophomore Trevor Williams. The right-hander pitched a complete game shutout in ASU's 2-0 victory over the Cougars on Saturday. Williams has a 1.94 ERA and an 8-2 record in 11 starts. He was recently named College Baseball Hall of Fame watch list for Pitcher of the Year alongside teammate Brady Rodgers.
This weekend, the Sun Devils host the Utah Utes in a three-game Pac-12 series. ASU (26-17, 11-10 Pac-12) currently is fifth in the Pac-12 standings, but could move up if they take care of business against the last place Utes (12-30, 6-15).
Other Pac-12 teams ranked in the poll include No. 6 Arizona (29-13, 12-6), No. 7 Oregon (30-13, 14-7), No. 10 Stanford (28-11, 10-8) and No. 11 UCLA (28-12, 12-9).
ASU's ranking in other polls:
For the second straight week, the ASU baseball team traveled North for a Pac-12 road series. The Sun Devis had better luck this past weekend, as ASU took two of three from the Washington State Cougars.
Balanced hitting fueled Arizona State (26-17, 11-10) on Friday night, as four different Devils had RBI's. Andrew Aplin went 2-4 with two RBI, both Deven Marrero and Joey DeMichele went 3-5 with an RBI each. The Sun Devils collected 10 hits in total Friday evening.
Brady Rodgers (7-2) picked up his seventh victory of the season on Friday. The junior right-hander threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits. Jake Barrett collected his fifth save, and Matthew Dunbar pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Rodgers.
On Saturday, the day belonged to sophomore right-hander Trevor Williams. Williams threw a complete game shutout allowing, seven hits and striking out four. Williams has also not walked a batter in 25 innings, and picked up his team-leading eighth victory of the season.
The Cougars were able to salvage the series on Sunday with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Down 6-4 heading into the top of the ninth, Abe Ruiz led off the inning with a home run to pull the Sun Devils within one. Freshman Nathaniel Causey came through with a pitch-hit, two-out RBI single to tie the game.
In the bottom of the ninth, Washington State first baseman Taylor Ard hit a walk-off single with two-outs off of Jake Barrett to give the Cougars a 7-6 victory.
The Arizona State baseball team looks to rebound this weekend as they travel to Pullman, Wash, to take on the Washington State Cougars. ASU got swept by Stanford last weekend to fall to 9-9 in the Pac-12. ASU is currently ranked No. 23 in the Baseball America rankings.
Brady Rodgers will look to rebound from a rough start last weekend against the Cardinal. Last Friday, Rodgers gave up six earned runs, allowing 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Rodgers ERA raised from 1.12 to 1.75 as a result of the outing. Sophomore Trevor Williams was also subpar in his outing last weekend. Williams pitched six innings, allowing seven earned runs and 11 hits.
Hitting was not the problem for ASU in Palo Alto, as the Sun Devils scored 17 runs over the three game series. James McDonald fell a home run short of the cycle on Sunday, and Andrew Aplin went 3-4 in the series finale.
As of April 25th, ASU leads the Pac-12 in home runs (29), triples (16) and total bases total bases (592). ASU ranks second in the Pac-12 in hits (396) and slugging percentage (.434).
Full Weekend Preview:
Friday - 5:30 p.m.
ASU - RHP Brady Rodgers
WSU - TBA
Saturday 2 p.m.
ASU - RHP Trevor Williams
WSU - TBA
Sunday 12 p.m.
ASU - RHP Darin Gillies
WSU - TBA
All games played at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash. All games can be heard on The Fan AM 1060.
The Arizona State baseball team dropped eight spots to No. 29 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll. Stanford swept the Sun Devils (24-16) in a three-game weekend series. The Cardinal (25-1) rose to No. 13 in the same poll.
Arizona St. nearly avoided the sweep on Sunday after loading the bases in the ninth inning with the tying run at the plate with one out. However, two consecutive strikeouts ended the Sun Devils' chance at salvaging the weekend series.
ASU heads to Pullman, Wash. to take on the Washington St. Cougars for a three-game weekend series starting on Friday. The Sun Devils dropped from second place to sixth place in the Pac-12 standings after their losses to Stanford.
Rival Arizona (26-13) is ranked No. 6, while other Pac-12 schools ranked include No. 9 Oregon (27-12), No. 10 UCLA (26-10) and No. 28 Oregon State (26-12).
Arizona St.'s ranking in other polls:
The surging Arizona State baseball team travels to Northern California to take on the Stanford Carinal this weekend in a three game Pac-12 series. The Sun Devils (24-13, 9-6) are on a six game conference winning streak and have moved into second place in the Pac-12.
The Cardinal (22-10, 5-7) have lost three of their last four games including a loss on Tuesday against San Jose State.
The series opener on Friday features on of the best pitching match ups in the country as Brady Rodgers (6-1) duels against Stanford ace Mark Appel (4-1).
Rodgers has the best ERA in the Pac-12 (1.12) and has thrown three complete games this season. Appel has an ERA of 2.86, and has also thrown three complete games. Appel is an early favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in June's MLB draft.
At the plate ASU leads the Pac-12 in home runs (29), slugging percentage (.444), triples (15), and total bases (555). On the mound, Brady Rodgers ranks sixth in the country in ERA and Trevor Williams ranks second in the Pac-12 in ERA with a 1.45 mark.
Reliever Jake Barrett has six saves in 19 appearances this season, and has only allowed three runs in 20 1/3 innings pitched.
Full weekend preview, all games can be heard on The Fan AM 1060.
Friday - 5:30 p.m.
ASU - RHP Brady Rodgers
Stanford - RHP Mark Appel
Saturday - 1 p.m.
ASU - RHP Trevor Williams
Stanford - LHP Brett Mooneyham
Sunday - 1 p.m.
ASU - RHP Darin Gillies
Stanford - RHP AJ Vanegas
ASU Player to Watch:
Darin Gillies, RHP: ASU has a dominant one-two punch in Rodgers and Williams, however freshman starter Darin Gillies will have a major impact on this series. Head coach Tim Esmay has said that the Pac-12 is won on Sundays, and Gillies has been pitching well of late. He recorded his first collegiate victory last Sunday with five solid innings of work. A repeat performance will put ASU in a great spot to improve their conference standing.
The Arizona State baseball team swept the USC Trojans this past weekend to run their Pac-12 winning streak to six games. ASU (23-13) improves to 9-6 in conference play and the Sun Devils are now in second place in the Pac-12.
Pitching led the Sun Devils all weekend as ASU only gave up two runs to USC (19-14) the entire weekend. Junior right-hander Brady Rodgers (6-1) was superb again on Friday night. Rodgers threw eight innings, giving up six hits, striking out seven and only giving up one earned run.
On Saturday, sophomore right-hander Trevor Williams (7-2) actually out pitched his teammate. Williams threw a complete game four-hit shutout. Williams struck out six batters and finished the game with zero walks.
On Sunday, freshman Darin Gillies (1-3) picked up his first career win as a Sun Devil, going five innings, giving up three hits and one earned run. The ASU bullpen was lights out once again on Sunday, only giving up one hit in four shutout innings of work.
The big names for the ASU lineup all came through this weekend as Abe Ruiz, Deven Marrero and Joey DeMichele all had RBI's against the Trojans. On Sunday, freshman Rouric Bridgewater went 2-3 and had four RBI.
ASU hosts No. 13 Arizona on Tuesday night at Packard Stadium in a non-conference game. First pitch is scheduled at 6:30 p.m.
ASU Baseball in the Rankings:
Baseball America: No. 20
Perfect Game: No. 20
NCBWA: No. 19
Collegiate Baseball Poll: No. 21
News and Notes:
The No. 21 Arizona State baseball team (20-13, 6-6) return to Packard Stadium this weekend for a crucial series against the USC Trojans (19-11, 5-6).
The Sun Devils split a midweek series against New Mexico this past Monday and Tuesday. ASU lost the first game 15-6 to the Lobos and won game two, 3-1, behind a strong pitching performance by Alex Blackford.
Arizona State comes into the series against USC winners of four of their past five games. ASU is riding a three game conference winning streak into this weekend, after sweeping Oregon State last weekend.
Pitching has carried the Sun Devils all season as ASU leads the Pac-12 in team ERA (2.77) and walks allowed (73). ASU also ranks third in the Pac-12 in opposing batting average (.236) and strikeouts (224).
Junior Brady Rodgers leads the Pac-12 in ERA with a microscopic mark of 1.12. Not far behind Rodgers is sophomore Trevor Williams, who ranks second in the Pac-12 with a 1.65 ERA. Rodgers leads the conference in innings pitched (64), including three complete games. Junior reliever Jake Barret is tied for the conference lead in appearances with 17.
ASU is set to debut their new copper and black baseball uniforms tonight. Merchandise will available for sale at Packard Stadium tonight.
Friday - 6:30 p.m. (Blackout)
Arizona State - RHP Brady Rodgers
USC - RHP Andrew Triggs
Saturday - 6:30 p.m.
Arizona State - RHP Trevor Williams
USC - RHP Ben Mount
Sunday - (12:30 p.m.)
Arizona State - RHP Darin Gillies
USC - LHP Stephen Tarpley
The Arizona State baseball team rose in a number of college baseball polls after pulling off an impressive sweep of previously ranked Oregon State.
Baseball America rose the Sun Devils three spots after ASU's impressive weekend. ASU outscored Oregon State 16-5 over the three game series.
The Sun Devils moved back into the Collegiate Baseball Rankings as the Sun Devils are ranked No. 24. The National College Baseball Writers of America moved the Sun Devils up to No. 21 in their latest poll.
ASU in the polls:
Baseball America: No. 21
NCBWA: No. 21
Collegiate Baseball Rankings: No. 24
Perfect Game: No. 22
News and Notes:
After Arizona State starting pitching stole the show on Thursday and Friday, the ASU bullpen decided it was their turn.
The ASU bullpen thew six scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out four, in route to a 5-1 come from behind victory for the Sun Devils.
"The starters know we will be in there to back them up," said junior reliever Matthew Dunbar. Dunbar threw 3 1/3 shutout innings in relief of starter Darin Gillies (3 IP 5 H 1 ER).
Dunbar entered the game in the fourth inning with runners on second and third and nobody out.
"I'm just trying to minimize," said Dunbar about his mentality when entering a game with runners on base. "Basically just trying to not give up any (runs), at most one. I just have to do my job for the team."
Arizona State bats were held quiet most of the game as Oregon State freshman Jace Fry held the Sun Devils scoreless through seven innings.
With two on and one out in the bottom of the eight, Abe Ruiz blooped a single into centerfield, scoring Andrew Aplin. Two battes later James McDonald broke the 1-1 tie with an RBI single into centerfield. Max Rossiter came up next and belted a 3-run home run over the left field fence to break the game open.
"He threw a fastball in and I just tried to put a good swing on it," said Rossiter. "Right when I hit it I knew it was out, I got good metal on it and luckily it went over the fence."
Jake Barrett came in and closed the game out for the second straight day. The victory puts ASU back at .500 in the Pac-12, 6-6.
"Today was a huge game," said head coach Tim Esmay. "You lose today your 5-7 (in conference) we gained it back, we are 6-6 now and we are back in the hunt," said Esmay.
The Sun Devils travel to Albuquerque, N.M for a mid-week series agains the University of New Mexico. Next weekend the Sun Devils return home to face the USC Trojans.
The No. 23 Arizona State baseball team defeated the No. 20 Oregon State Beavers by a score of 3-2 Friday night in front of 2,948 fans at Packard Stadium. Trevor Williams (6-2) continued where Brady Rodgers left off last night, as Williams pitched seven innings, only allowing four hits and two earned runs.
"(The) Ball was coming out well, pitches were being made and we got outs, so it was a good win," said Williams.
"Our mentality from last weekend to this weekend has definitely changed," said Williams. "These guys (OSU) took the Pac-10 championship away from us last year, we knew we can't let them take that again, and I mean it showed the last two games."
The only offense for ASU came in the fifth inning when with two on and two outs Deven Marrero tripled down the right field line, scoring Michael Benjamin and Andrew Aplin.
Oregon State was playing Marrero to pull the ball as OSU right fielder Dylan Davis was nowhere near in position to make the play.
"I was looking up there and thinking, just flick a ball down the right side here," said head coach Tim Esmay. "I don't think positioning was a factor, if they had played straight up that would have been a tough one to ge to, that one was hit pretty hard and it was down the line," said Esmay.
In the next at-bat, Joey DeMichele singled in Marrero and gave ASU a 3-0 lead.
That score held up until the eighth inning when after Williams allowed the first two batters of the inning to reach base, he was replaced by Robert Ravago. With two outs in the eighth Oregon State left fielder Michael Conforto hit a two RBI single. Ravago was able to get out of the eighth with the ASU lead in tact.
Jake Barrett came in a pitched a perfect ninth inning to record the save, striking out two of the three batters he faced. "Jake Barrett was lights out in that ninth inning," said Esmay. "That was about as good as I've seen him be in a long time, he was in control of all his pitches."
Arizona State will look for the sweep tomorrow afternoon. Freshman Darin Gillies (0-3) is on the mound for ASU and first pitch is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at Packard Stadium.
On Thursday night, it was Brady Rodgers' world, we were just living in it. The junior right-hander delivered another outstanding outing, leading the Sun Devils out of their recent slump and over the Oregon State Beavers by a score of 8-2.
Rodgers went eight innings without giving up an earned run, while striking out six batters and only giving up seven hits.
"That guy (Rodgers) is lights out," said junior shortstop Deven Marrero. "Every Friday night, that guy gives us his best."
Head coach Tim Esmay has gotten so used to these types of performances that nothing Rodgers does surprises him. "That was a typical Brady Rodgers performance," said Esmay.
The friendly confines of Packard Stadium did the Sun Devil bats some good as ASU erupted for eight runs, after only scoring four runs total in three games against Oregon last weekend.
Andrew Aplin, Deven Marerro, Joey DeMichele, Abe Ruiz and James McDonald all had multi-hit games for the Sun Devils.
The scoring began in the third inning when Marrero laid down a bunt and reached base with two outs. The offense put up four runs, all with two outs, in the third and gave Rodgers some breathing room.
"I had to get something going," said Marrero. "That's the funny thing about baseball, you put down a bunt, you get a hit and the next thing you know things start rolling," said Marrero.
With ASU up 5-2 in the seventh inning, Kasey Coffman extended the lead with a three RBI double to put the game out of reach.
The night belonged to Rodgers, who had everything working and left Oregon State hitters baffled.
"I haven't felt that good in a long time," said Rodgers. "My arm felt good and I had control of all my pitches."
Rodgers has the complete confidence of his teammates when he steps onto the rubber.
"He's the best pitcher in the country, hands down," said Marrero.
The reeling No. 23 Arizona State baseball team returns to the friendly confines of Packard Stadium this weekend for a three-game series against the No. 17 Oregon State Beavers. ASU was swept by the Oregon Ducks last weekend in Eugene. The Sun Devils have not lost four games in a row since 2005.
Arizona State (16-12) will look to find some offense this weekend, as last weekend against Oregon, the Sun Devils could only muster four runs total. Despite the poor offensive weekend, ASU leads the Pac-12 in home runs (21) and total bases (415). ASU ranks second in the conference in hits (276), RBI (161) and triples (12).
Production will need to come from the heart of the lineup, Joey DeMichele and Abe Ruiz. Ruiz leads the Pac-12 in doubles (12) and home runs (7). DeMichele leads the conference in triples (4) and is third in RBI (30).
The ASU pitching staff has carried the Sun Devils all season. Both Brady Rodgers (1.29) and Trevor Williams (1.51) rank inside the top-40 in the country in individual ERA. Rodgers has been the ace of the staff all season and he is having one of the best seasons in ASU history. The junior right-hander has thrown four complete game already this season.
Oregon State (18-8) is riding a three game winning streak heading into the weekend's series. Oregon State has received solid pitching in Pac-12 play as their weekend rotation of Dan Child, Ben Wetzler and Jace Fry have combined for an ERA of 1.91 in 61 1/3 innings. The trio is 5-1 in conference play.
Oregon State swept ASU last year in Corvallis, and ASU took two of three games from the Beavers in 2010 in Tempe.
First pitch tonight and Saturday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. First pitch on Sunday is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. All three games can be heard on KDUS The Fan AM 1060.
The Arizona State baseball team plummeted in collegiate baseball rankings across the country after they got swept by Oregon this past weekend.
ASU fell ten spots to No. 24 in the Baseball America rankings. This is the lowest the Sun Devils have been ranked all season by Baseball America and could be another bad weekend from falling out of the rankings entirely.
The Sun Devils fell out of the Collegiate Baseball poll, which ranks the top 30 teams in the country. ASU baseball is ranked No. 23 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) poll, and No. 26 in the Perfect Game poll.
The University of Arizona rose four spots in the Baseball America poll, jumping from No. 8 to No. 4. The Wildcats swept the Stanford Cardinal over the weekend in their most impressive series of the season. Stanford had been ranked No. 2 by Baseball America coming into the series. The Wildcats improved to 21-7 on the season and 7-2 in Pac-12 play.
News and notes around ASU baseball and the Pac-12
The trip to the Northwest was not kind to the Arizona State baseball team as the Sun Devils lost all three games of their series against the Oregon Ducks.
Arizona State falls to 16-12 on the season and 3-6 in Pac-12 play, it was the first sweep the Sun Devils fell victim to all season. Oregon improves to 18-8 and 6-3 in the Pac-12.
After Friday's game was cancelled due to rain, the teams played a doubleheader on Saturday. Junior Brady Rodgers (4-1) delivered another dazzling performance in the first game on Saturday as he threw a complete game, only allowing four hits and one earned run. An Aaron Jones homer for the Ducks proved to be the difference in the game as the Ducks won 1-0.
The Sun Devils were stifled by Oregon right-hander Alex Keudell (3-3), who threw a complete game shutout, striking three and only allowing four Sun Devil hits.
The Arizona State bats did not wake up in the second game of the doubleheader has ASU fell 3-1. Joey DeMichele hit his fifth home run of the season and Casey Koffman collected his third multi-hit game of the season as he went 2-3.
Trevor Williams (5-2) went seven strong innings for the Sun Devils, only allowing six hits and three earned runs. Williams was out dueled by Oregon starter Jake Reed (2-2). Reed pitched seven shutout innings, only allowing five hits striking out four.
Oregon finished up the sweep on Sunday with a 4-3 victory. Down 4-1 in the top of the ninth, the Sun Devils got a two-run single by DeMichele to cut the lead to one, however the Sun Devils left the basses loaded.
Oregon once again got strong starting pitching as Brando Tessar (4-0) went 6 2/3 scoreless innings striking out six Sun Devils.
The schedule does not get any easier for the Sun Devils as they return to Packard Stadium this weekend for a series against Oregon State. The Beavers are ranked No. 22 by Baseball America and took two of three games from Washington this past weekend.
The Arizona State baseball team lost its first Pac-12 series of the season, losing two of three to the UCLA Bruins over the weekend in Los Angeles. The Sun Devils return to Tempe with a 12-7 overall record this season and are 1-2 in Pac-12 play.
The weekend started well for the Sun Devils on Friday as they jumped out to an early five-run lead in the fifth inning, courtesy of a three-run home run by Trever Allen and a two-run triple by Deven Marrero.
Junior Brady Rodgers threw eight innings on Friday, Rodgers allowed only one baserunner through the first five innings, before giving up five runs in the sixth.
The game was tied at five going into the bottom of the ninth when UCLA second baseman Kevin Williams hit a solo home run with two outs. Jake Barrett took his second loss of the season and David Berg picked up the victory for the Bruins.
The teams were forced to play a doubleheader on Sunday after rain cancelled their matchup on Saturday. ASU defeated UCLA 4-3 in the front end of the doubleheader. Senior Abe Ruiz homered in the fourth and sixth innings and Joey DeMichele added a solo home run of his own to pace the Sun Devils to the victory. Trevor Williams (5-0) picked up his fifth straight victory on Sunday.
The Sun Devils did not fair so well second game of the doubleheader, as UCLA defeated ASU 4-2 to take the series. The Bruins scored three runs in the bottom of the second and never looked back. Grant Watson (5-0) led UCLA to the victory, pitching six innings, Scott Griggs picked up his fifth save on the season after pitching a perfect ninth inning.
Abe Ruiz finished the three-game series with three hits, three RBI, two home runs and three runs scored.
The Sun Devils return to home as they host UNLV Wednesday at Packard Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KDUS 1060 AM The Fan with Tim Healey and Seth Dhaenens.
The Arizona State Baseball team travels to Long Beach State this weekend for its first road series of the 2012 season. ASU (8-4) comes into the series currently on a two-game losing streak, an extra inning loss last Sunday to Saint Mary's and an 8-4 defeat on Tuesday against Texas Tech.
Arizona State comes into the series on a roaring pace at the plate. The Sun Devils lead the Pac-12 in batting average (.380), slugging percentage (.562), on base percentage (.461) and hits (123). ASU is second nationally in team batting average, trailing Cornell, who has played only four games this season.
The Sun Devils haven't been too shabby on the mound as well, as ASU ranks fifth in the country in team ERA (1.57). Saying that staff ace Brady Rodgers has been superb this season is a major understatement. The junior right-hander is 3-0, has not allowed an earned run in 22 IP and has 24 strikeouts to just two walks this season.
Sophomore Trevor Williams is 3-0 this season with an 1.06 ERA in 17 IP, and Arizona State has used 15 pitchers so far this season in 12 games, including six pitchers who have made at least one start.
Long Beach State (4-8) comes into the weekend set on a four-game losing streak. The Dirtbags were swept by Oregon last weekend, losing all three games by one run.
The Dirtbags boast an impressive pitching staff in 2012. Sophomore Ryan Strufling is 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA in 19 IP, and junior Matt Anderson has a 2.00 ERA in 18 IP despite not registering a decision.
Full Weekend Preview:
Friday - 7:30 p.m. MT
ASU - RHP Brady Rodgers (3-0 0.00 ERA)
LBSU - RHP Shawn Stuart (1-0 4.91 ERA)
Saturday - 3 p.m. MT
ASU - RHP Alex Blackford (0-0 2.30 ERA)
LBSU - RHP Matt Anderson (0-0 2.00 ERA)
Sunday - 2 p.m. MT
ASU - RHP Trevor Williams (3-0 1.06 ERA)
LBSU - LHP Ryan Strufing (2-0 1.83 ERA)
All games played at Blair Field in Long Beach, CA.
Trevor Williams vs. Ryan Strufing: ASU needs to flex their muscles against an inferior Long Beach State team, as the Dirtbags are 2-5 against Pac-12 teams this season. With Brady Rodgers doing his thing on Friday, on Sunday this game could mean the difference between an ASU sweep and just a series victory. Trevor Williams has been dynamite for the Sun Devils all season, and Strufing statically has been LBSU's best pitcher this season. A sweep would sure be nice for a team looks to get momentum into Pac-12 play.
Arizona State junior second baseman Joey DeMichele was named Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 27- March 4, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott announced yesterday.
DeMichele had a strong showing in four games at the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, AZ, going 12-19 at the plate with five extra base hits, including four doubles. DeMichele had 10 RBI's in the tournament and scored six runs.
DeMichele ranks second in the NCAA with a .553 batting average, he is the only Pac-12 player ranked in the top 40. DeMichele ranks fourth in the nation in on base percentage (.617), sixth in slugging percentage (.974) and 10th in total bases with 37. This is DeMichele's second career Pac-12 Player of the Week award and his first this season.
The ASU baseball team went 3-1 in the Coca-Cola Classic last weekend in Surprise, AZ. ASU defeated Saint Louis 9-1 in the opener of the tournament. Brady Rodgers continued his dominance on the mound, pitching a complete game and only allowing one unearned run. DeMichele had five RBI's against Saint Louis, and Trever Allen went 2-4 with two RBI's.
ASU defeated Northern Illinois 4-3 Friday night on a walk off single to right field off the bat of Abe Ruiz. After a 17-2 victory over Winthrop on Saturday, the Sun Devils fell to Saint Mary's 4-3 in 11 innings Sunday evening. A sacrifice fly by Saint Mary's catcher Toby DeMello scored second baseman Chris Murphy in the 11th, after Murphy led off the inning with a triple. Jake Barrett took the loss for the Sun Devils.
ASU will have to deal with their first losing streak of the season as they fell to Texas Tech 8-4 at Packard Stadium last night. Trever Allen went 2-2 with two RBI's for the Sun Devils in a losing effort. Tech used a four run seventh inning to put the Sun Devils away.
Zak Miller took the loss for the Sun Devils after allowing two runs in 1/3 of an inning. Matthew Dunbar started the game for the Sun Devils and threw three shutout innings before leaving the game. ASU was playing its fifth game in six nights.
The Arizona State baseball team defeated UC Riverside 11-2 Sunday afternoon to improve to 5-1 on the season. Junior second baseman Joey DeMichele had a huge game for the Sun Devils, going 3-4 with four RBI's. Senior Abe Ruiz continues his productive season as Ruiz went 2-4 with two RBI's.
UC Riverside started the scoring in the first inning when first baseman Vince Gonzales singled down the first base line to score leadoff hitter Devyn Bolasky.
Arizona State countered in the first with two runs of their own with the help of two UCR errors. ASU added three more runs in the third inning with an RBI double from Joey DeMichele and a two RBI single from Abe Ruiz.
ASU broke the game open in the seventh inning scoring three runs, including a solo home run for DeMichele. RBI sac flys from Nathaniel Causey and Michael Benjamin added two more runs for the Sun Devils.
Starting pitcher Trevor Williams had another solid outing for the Devils. Williams pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs and giving up only six hits. The ASU bullpen threw three scoreless innings, including one from closer Jake Barrett, to finish off the victory.
Up next for ASU is the 2012 Coca Cola Classic. The Sun Devils play four games in Surprise, Ariz., March 1st- March 4th. Arizona State faces St. Louis, Northwestern, Winthrop and St. Mary's in the tournament.
The Arizona State Baseball team scored early and often Friday night in route to a 11-3 win over the UC Riverside Highlanders. ASU improve to 4-0 this season, the Highlanders fell to 2-3.
ASU put up four runs in the first inning behind a Joey DeMichele two RBI triple and RBI singles by Deven Marerro and Abe Ruiz. The junior DeMichele scored three runs and went 2-3 on the night.
The Sun Devils got another outstanding start from junior Brady Rodgers, who threw seven shutout innings, striking out nine batters in route to his second win on the season.
"A lot of my off speed was working," said Rodgers. "I was throwing a ton of strikes, I was trying to make them put the ball in play."
Rodgers has yet to give up a run in 13 innings pitched. "He (Rodgers) was good tonight, he was very efficient tonight, and it's nice to have a guy like Brady Rodgers on a Friday night to set the tone," said head coach Tim Esmay.
Senior first baseman Abe Ruiz once again had a big night for the Sun Devils. The slugging Ruiz went 3-4 tonight with four RBI's and a home run (his third in four games this season).
"Ruiz was good again tonight," said Esmay. "He's not taken anything for granted, that man comes out focused and working hard."
Arizona State continues its three game series with the Highlanders tomorrow at Packard Stadium. Freshman Adam McCreery is expected to start for the Sun Devils. He will be opposed on the mound by Eddie Orozco from UC Riverside. First pitch is at 1 PM.
The Arizona State baseball team continues non-conference play this weekend as they host the UC Riverside Highlanders (2-2). Last weekend, the Sun Devils swept Western Michigan to open their season, outscoring the Broncos 40-2 over the three game stretch.
ASU rose four spots in the latest Baseball America Top 25 Poll, moving from 17 to 13. ASU used both great pitching and hitting to dominate the Broncos last weekend.
Brady Rodgers (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 7 SO) shined on Friday night and set the tone for the rest of the series. ASU had a team ERA of 0.33 in the three game set, and only allowed Western Michigan to 16 hits and two runs.
At the plate, ASU was led by senior first baseman Abe Ruiz. Ruiz hit .600 (6-10) over the weekend, including six RBI's and two home runs. Ruiz was named the first ever Pac-12 Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 13-19.
The Sun Devils now look forward to UC Riverside. The Highlanders lost two of three games to BYU last weekend, and defeated San Diego State 7-1 on Tuesday.
The Highlanders will start Dylan Stuart (1-0 0.00) on Friday night, likely against ASU's Brady Rodgers (1-0 0.00). Stuart threw a complete game shutout against BYU last weekend, and is the ace of the Highlanders staff.
UC Riverside will throw Eddie Orozco (0-1 6.23) on Saturday and Trevor Frank (0-0 1.80) on Sunday. ASU will likely counter with Adam McCreery (1-0 0.00) on Saturday and Trevor Williams (1-0 0.00) on Sunday.
Devyn Bolasky leads UC Riverside in hitting, with a batting average of .600 and a slugging percentage of .667. Bolasky has nine hits and three RBI's in four games played this season.
ASU has a all-time record of 34-5 against the Highlanders, with the last meeting being a 5-4 extra inning victory in the 2011 Coca-Cola Classic.
Full Weekend Preview:
Game Times and Location:
Friday - 6:30 PM
Saturday - 1 PM
Sunday - 12:30 PM
All games at Packard Stadium
Brady Rodgers vs. Dylan Stuart: ASU did not get to face a true ace like Stuart is last weekend. Stuart posted a 1.72 ERA in 18 relief appearances last season and started this season off with a complete game shutout. Rodgers posted a nice outing as well last Friday (6 IP, 4 H, 0 R), we will see if the ASU's juggernaut offense is still present when they face a pitcher with the stuff that Stuart has.
Player to Watch:
Drew Stankiewicz, Freshman: Stankiewicz saw limited playing time last wekend, but when he got his chance, he contributed for the Sun Devils. Stankiewicz went 2-3 with two RBI's and two walks last weekend. It may be tough for Stankiewicz to find playing time, right now he is behind Deven Marrero and Joey DiMichele on the depth chart, but when he gets his chances, this freshman has an impact at the plate.
ASU baseball begins its 2012 campaign in high spirits despite being banned from the 2012 postseason. ASU returns star shortstop Deven Marrero, 2011 Pac-10 batting champion Joey DeMichele and ace pitcher Brady Rodgers. Trevor Williams announced he will be moved to the starting rotation, pushing Jake Barrett back into the bullpen.
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