Apr 24

This series is always the biggest week of the year because we are getting ready to play that Team Down South.

It doesn’t matter how your season has been going or how it ends. The most important thing, year in and year out as a Sun Devil, is beating that Other School in Arizona.

I look forward to this series the most every year for a few reasons.

First, and most importantly, it has an impact not only on our season, but also on the Territorial Cup as a whole for ASU. We hold a small lead over the Other School in the overall standings with a few sports still undecided, and now it is our turn to continue the trend and come through for all the other Sun Devil student-athletes.

Second, we weren’t able to close it out at home in 2013, so we definitely have an added chip on our shoulder to take care of business this year.

Third, it’s the best collegiate rivalry around, so who wouldn’t get fired up for that?

I truly love going on the road, and I especially enjoy going down to the Other School’s place to play because I know that they will pack it out and they will try to get rowdy. There is not a better feeling in the world than silencing the opposing crowds and seeing them leave the games early, and to have a chance to do that against them would make that feeling that much sweeter.

Apr 23

On May 8, 2004, Arizona State and Sun Devil Stadium hosted a memorial for Pat Tillman. At the time of the event, the program listed 23 other Arizonans who had recently lost their lives defending our freedom.

While we continue to celebrate the life of Pat Tillman 10 years after his passing and he continues to inspire, Sun Devil Athletics also sends its thoughts to the families who lost those someone special to them around the same time as when Pat passed away. They were remembered then, and we want to remember them now as well.

Remembering the Arizonans Who Lost Their Lives Defending America (May of 2004)

-       Captain Jay T. Aubin (U.S. Marine Corps – Yuma)

-       Sergeant Benjamin W. Biskie (U.S. Army – Tucson)

-       Specialist Nate Caldwell (U.S. Army – Tolleson)

-       Specialist Isaac Campoy (U.S. Army – Douglas)

-       Sergeant Sean K. Cataudella (U.S. Army – Tucson)

-       Command Sergeant Major Eric F. Cooke (U.S. Army – Mesa)

-       Specialist Spencer T. Karol (U.S. Army – Woodruff)

-       Airman First Class Raymond Lasano (U.S. Air Force – Tucson)

-       Chief Warrant Officer Matthew C. Laskowski (U.S. Army – Phoenix)

-       Staff Sergeant William T. Latham (U.S. Army – Kingman)

-       Seaman Joshua McIntosh (U.S. Navy – Kingman)

-       Sergeant Michael M. Merila (U.S. Army – Sierra Vista)

-       Chief Warrant Officer Christopher G. Nason (U.S. Army – Fort Huachuca)

-       Sergeant Fernando Padilla-Ramirez (U.S. Marine Corps – San Luis)

-       Captain Eric T. Paliwoda (U.S. Army – Goodyear)

-       Specialist Alyssa R. Peterson (U.S. Army – Flagstaff)

-       Private First Class Lori Ann Piestewa (U.S. Army – Tuba City)

-       Petty Officer Third Class David Sisung (U.S. Navy – Phoenix)

-       Sergeant Lee D. Todacheene (U.S. Navy – Lukachukai)

-       Lieutenant Nathan D. White (U.S. Navy – Mesa)

-       Lance Corporal Michael J. Williams (U.S. Marine Corps – Yuma)

-       Sergeant Elijah Tai Wah Wong (U.S. Army – Mesa)

-       Lance Corporal Robert Paul Zurheide, Jr. (U.S. Marine Corps – Tucson)  

#SaluteToService

Sun Devil Athletics is committed to honoring and celebrating those who serve our country. Each year we host a number of Military Appreciation Nights for a number of different sports, and we recognized a veteran at every football game in 2013. 

As part of our #SaluteToService football game in 2013, fans were able to purchase a ticket to donate to an active military member or veteran, and Sun Devil Athletics matched every donated ticket with a second ticket.

We’re looking forward to continuing to celebrate our servicemen and women in 2014-15 year. 

Apr 21

Doug Dutke, his wife and his two children are season ticket holders, diehard fans, and a huge part of what makes our #SunDevilFamily unlike any others. 

This family even painted a giant pitchfork in their yard last fall before they moved back to the Valley. 

Doug has immersed his two children, a 7-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter, in all things Sun Devil Athletics, and our coaches, student-athletes and staff members have responded with open arms.

From opening up practice to providing tours to simply taking a moment to interact with the young fans, the Sun Devil Athletics Department has been, in the words of Doug, “so great for our family.” 

From Doug:

“My wife and their amazing mom is recovering from a bone marrow transplant to cure a pre-leukemia condition, and occasionally she has a bad day here and there. Being able to take my 7-year-old to practice just have a distraction from real life is a real gift in itself. 

“He has a blast watching practice and especially the interaction with the coaches and players. You all make his day every time he gets to come to a practice or a game. Thank you for being that positive outlet of hope, enthusiasm and energy.

“He wants to grow up to be a Sun Devil, so regardless of the medical stuff the kiddos have to observe at home, being around the team gives a positive message and a goal to work towards.

“I have tried to immerse the kiddos in many of the sports at ASU and want to add that Coach Sheila and the women’s tennis team had been amazing with Connor as well when we have attended tennis matches. She has invited us to practice, given him a tour of the tennis center and the players and coaches have been awesome with their interaction. These are the things that make memories and lifelong fans and future Sun Devils as well.

“Quarterback Taylor Kelly took a moment to make my 7-year-old’s day by posing for a photo and chatting with him. What a class act to offer a couple of minutes of his time and a great example for my son!

“As a dad, to have that along with the ear-to-ear smiles from a day around the team, that is all I can ask for and for that I am extremely indebted to Coach Graham, coach Sheila, the student-athletes, and the athletic department for the access to the team, and the amazing photo ops which will be printed and hanging in his room tonight. 

“THANK YOU!!”

-Doug

"The Easter Bunny arrived prior to the Spring Game to drop off these custom kicks for the family ‘peeps’ this Easter."

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Sand Volleyball and Baseball look to earn Territorial Cup Series points this week while Softball returns home to host Sourthern Mississippi for a three-game series and Women’s Tennis travels to Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-12 Championships. Check out where to catch the action below!

Thursday
Sand Volleyball vs. Arizona 3 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university

Friday
Sand Volleyball vs. Boise State 4 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university-2
Softball vs. Southern Mississippi 7 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university   
Baseball @ Arizona 7 p.m. - Pac-12 Network

Saturday
Softball vs. Southern Mississippi 7 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university
Baseball @ Arizona 7:30 p.m. - Pac-12 Network

Sunday
Pac-12 Women’s Tennis Championships 10 a.m. - Pac-12 Network
Softball vs. Southern Mississippi 12 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university
Baseball @ Arizona 4:30 p.m. - ESPNU - Watch ESPN at http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/1749837/NCAA-Baseball-Arizona-State-vs-Arizona

Apr 18

Check out how our MLB-leading 11 former Sun Devils have been faring in The Show as we’re closing in on the first month of the season. 

#ForksUp

As of April 20, 2014

Kole Calhoun:

Calhoun continued his hot start to the season early in the week as he went 5-for-10 with two doubles and a two-run home run. During the 11th inning against Oakland on Tuesday 4/16, Calhoun twisted his ankle rounding first and was pulled from the game. He is headed to the 15-day disabled list and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

Weekly Notables:
Placed on 15-day DL expected to miss 4-6 weeks

Jason Kipnis:

The Indians second baseman had a slow week this week going 3-for-14 with no RBI. He did show some plate discipline, drawing three walks and scoring two runs on the week. Kipnis did, however, find a way to make it into the headlines over the week. On Thursday 4/17 Kipnis was ejected from the game by the home plate umpire for arguing balls and strikes. He argued a low ball called a strike delivered by Tigers ace, Justin Verlander and was tossed from the game. This was the first ejection in his big league career. Kipnis told reporters the last time he was ejected it might have been by his mom during a little league game.

Ike Davis:

True to the rumors, Ike Davis was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday 4/18. Davis was traded for relief pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. The player to be named later is rumored to be fairly significant according to CBS sports writer, Jon Heyman. Heyman is the reporter that broke the story. As far as Davis’s playing week goes, he spent the early part of his week with the Mets at Chase Field against the Diamondbacks before he was traded. He had four game appearances this week going 4-for-13 with one double. In his first game with his new team, Davis went 2-3 with a double. Davis looks to settle in well with Pittsburgh as their new first baseman.

Weekly Notables:
4/18: Traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates
4/19: 2-3 with a double in his Pirates debut

Eric Sogard:

Sogard saw significant playing time this week, starting in four games for the Athletics. He went 4-for-16 with a double and two RBI. The A’s won five out of the six games this week with contributions from top to bottom of the lineup. Sogard helped the cause with solid games on offense and defense. The second baseman looks to continue is solid play into this week.

Weekly Notables:
4/20: 2-3 with a double against Houston

Andrew Romine:

Romine appeared in three games this week making the most of his playing time going 4-for-8 with a run scored. While the Tigers still try to figure out their middle infield, Romine looks to take advantage of every opportunity that he gets. In the three game stretch against the Angles, he got the start at shortstop twice. Not only did he put in work at the plate, he showed his speed on the base paths. Romine stole three bases during the week, including two in one game. He looks to see improvement in playing time this week and plans to make the most of it.

Weekly Notables:
4/20: 2-2 with two stolen bases

Tuffy Gosewisch:

Tuffy only had one appearance this week and it was as a pinch hitter. While Tuffy has yet to record a hit this year, he still provided stability as a reserve. The Diamondbacks are slumping right now, however, first string catcher Miguel Montero is finding his stride. For Tuffy this means reduced playing time. What he can do right now is make the most of the time he gets on the field and learn from the veteran in front of him.

Weekly Notables:
N/A

Dustin Pedroia:

Pedroia came back from his wrist injury this week and continued from where he left off. This week he went 7-for-22 with three doubles, six runs scored and an RBI. Pedroia’s shining moment of the week came on Easter Sunday against the Orioles. In the bottom of the ninth, Pedroia hit a ball that had all the making of a walk-off home run but hit three feet from the top of Fenway’s green monster holding him to only a double. Three batters and two pitchers later a line drive is hit to left field making Pedroia tag up. The throw to the plate first made him retreat back to the bag, upon seeing the throw was well off line, Pedroia came in to score the winning the game. While he was denied the walk off home run, Pedroia still managed to score the winning run on an emotion filled night in Boston.

Weekly Notables:
4/20: Scored the winning run on a walk off throwing error against Baltimore

Andre Ethier:

Ethier has seen virtually no decrease in playing time with the return of outfielder Matt Kemp. This week he went 4-for-20 at the plate with one home run and three RBI. Ethier’s second home run on the year proved to be a big one against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks had a four-run lead against the Dodgers until Ethier went deep, ultimately giving his team the lead from which they wouldn’t look back.

Weekly Notables:
4/19: 3-run go-ahead home run against Arizona

Ian Kinsler:

Kinsler had a very productive week for Detroit. The second baseman went 7-for-20 with one home run and seven RBI. He improved his batting average to .339 during April and has 11 RBI for the month. Kinsler has been pushing the Tigers to win after win and taking advantage of every opportunity opposing teams give him. This week is the Ian Kinlser the Tigers look to have all season and he shows no signs of slowing up.

Weekly Notables:
4/17: 2-5 one run scored, one home run, one stolen base and four RBI

Willie Bloomquist:

Bloomquist appeared in two games for the Mariners this week and both had a change of scenery. Instead of second base, he appeared in left field during his playing time this week. The versatile veteran can play most anywhere on the field and the Mariners look to use that to their advantage. At the plate, he went 1-for-8 this week.

Weekly Notables:
N/A

Mike Leake:

Leake had another quality start this week going 6.2 innings and giving up three earned runs and striking out a season-high eight batters. He earned his second win of the season to improve to 2-1 and posted a 2.95 ERA. Leake’s major story line this year came on the other side of the plate. The pitcher hit a two-run home run over Pittsburgh to add to his strong pitching performance.

Weekly Notables:
4/15: Eight strikeouts to go along with hitting a two-run homer

Apr 17

Last year kicker Anthony Fera of Texas was a consensus All-American. He had some great stats (he didn’t miss a field goal inside of 40 yards).. But in breaking them down, it shows just how good Sun Devil freshman Zane Gonzalez was.

A reminder Zane’s 25 field goals tied a NCAA freshman mark and here is how he stacked up against a senior consensus All-American…

ZANE GONZALEZ
FG: 25-30/.833
PAT: 63-65
POINTS: 138
LONG: 41

ZANE’S FG BREAKDOWN
1-19 YARDS: 2-2
20-29: 12-13
30-39: 7-9
40-49: 4-6

ANTHONY FERA
FG: 20-22/.909
XP: 45-46
POINTS: 105
LONG: 50

FERA’S FG BREAKDOWN
1-19 YARDS: 0-0
20-29: 7-7
30-39: 7-7
40-49: 5-7
50-59: 1-1

Apr 16

Back in December of 2011 and January of 2012, 27schools made coaching changes in their football programs. Two years later who is doing the best? ASU’s Todd Graham is 18-9 in that time, and only three coaches have a better mark. Six schools have already made a coaching change since those hires (UAB, Penn State, UMASS, Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic and Southern Miss).

20-6: Fresno State (Tim DeRuyter); Texas A&M (Kevin Sumlin)

19-8: UCLA (Jim Mora)

18-9: Arizona State (Todd Graham)

16-9: Toledo (Matt Campbell)

16-10: Arizona (Rich Rodriguez)

15-10: North Carolina (Larry Fedora)

15-11: Rutgers (Kyle Flood); Ole Miss (Hugh Freeze)

13-12: Houston (Tony Levine)

13-13: Pittsburgh (Paul Chryst)

12-14: Colorado State (Jim McElwain)

9-16: Washington State (Mike Leach); Tulane (Curtis Johnson)


7-17: Memphis (Justin Fuente)

7-18: New Mexico (Bob Davie)

6-18: Illinois (Tim Beckman); Akron (Terry Bowden)

4-20: Kansas (Charlie Weis); Hawaii (Norm Chow)

Apr 15

ABOUT THAT HOME RECORD: ASU has gone 32-5 (.865) at home the past two seasons, tied for the second-best mark in the Pac-12 behind only Arizona (32-2/.942). Only Oregon (32-5) also has 32 home wins in that time. Also, ASU’s 14-4 (.778) Pac-12 home mark is tied with UCLA, Oregon and Cal for second in the league in that time, behind only Arizona (16-2/.880).

OVERALL PAC-12 HOME WINNING PERCENTAGE (2012-14)
ARIZONA 32-2 (.942)
ASU 32-5 (.865)
OREGON 32-5 (.865)
COLORADO 28-5 (.848)
UCLA 31-5 (.838)
UTAH 29-8 (.784)
CALIFORNIA 26-9 (.743)
WASHINGTON 25-11 (.694)
STANFORD 24-9 (.686)
OREGON STATE 21-13 (.618)
USC 18-14 (.562)
WASHINGTON STATE 18-15 (.545)

Apr 14

Catch Sun Devil baseball and softball in action on the Pac-12 Network or via a live stream this week and don’t miss the first look at the 2014 Sun Devil Football Team at Fan Fest Saturday!

 
Tuesday
Baseball vs. UNLV 6:30 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university

Thursday
Softball @ Washington 4 p.m. - Pac-12 Network
Baseball @ Stanford 6 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/stanford-university

Friday
Softball @ Washington 4 p.m. - Pac-12 Network
Baseball @ Stanford 6 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/stanford-university

Saturday
Football Fan Fest 11 a.m. - Pac-12 Network
Baseball @ Stanford 1 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/stanford-university

Apr 11

All seven home weekend baseball series’ during the 2014 “Tip You Cap To Packard” season are dedicated to honoring a different decade or aspect of Packard Stadium and Sun Devil Baseball’s storied legacy.

As part of the season-long celebration, we are recognizing season-ticket holders whose support through the years has played an integral role in the long-standing success of the program. 

Congratulations to this weekend’s Sun Devil Baseball Legacy Supporters, Bill and Dolores Copenhaver.

As part of our appreciation, Bill and Dolores will be recognized during Sunday’s game against Cal and will receive commemorative “Tip Your Cap To Packard” official memorabilia.  

Bill and Dolores have been season ticket holders since 1999, are Sun Devil Club members and live in Mesa.

Q&A with Dolores:

What is your best Sun Devil Baseball memory?

“An NCAA Regional game against Cal State Fullerton. An ASU player got beaned by a pitch on purpose and later hit a home run. I asked, ‘Why would a coach do that?’ I was excited to see the player make a difference in the score.”                                        

Favorite Sun Devil player?

Bobby Horner. Bill and I went down to Tucson when he was on the team. They were yelling and chanting some inappropriate things to Bobby. He then launched a home run over the green monster. It’s always great to see a player silence a crowd.”

What will you remember most about Packard Stadium?

“Visitors talking about how beautiful the stadium is and that it’s the best in the Pac-12. The grass is beautiful and it is a perfect setting for baseball.”

Have you ever been to Omaha?

“I have been out for three World Series’, but have not attended a game since the Omaha facilities were improved. I was surprised how flat Omaha was.”

Favorite memory from the last season at Packard stadium?

“When Bill and I threw out the opening pitch this year. Bill didn’t get it to home plate but the players were so nice. Many people are ‘stand offish’ to old people, but these ASU players made me feel right at home.”

Favorite jersey?

“The best jerseys are the ones from Saturday against USC. The 70s jerseys have the Sun Devils colors so prominent. The black ones today just don’t scream ASU.”

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