Apr 18

Check out how our MLB-leading 11 former Sun Devils have been faring in The Show as we’re a little more than two weeks through the season. 

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Kole Calhoun: Calhoun is off to a strong start to the new season, earning a starting outfield position. He cemented himself as the Angels leadoff hitter after a strong spring. He accepts the role of the leadoff hitter, going deep in counts and taking pitches to get a feel for the opposing pitcher. The Houston series from 4/4 to 4/7 has been his best series on the year. Calhoun knocked his first and second home runs on the year and got his first stolen base. With four RBI and eight runs, he’s settling into his role quite well.

Weekly Notables:
4/4 @Houston: First homerun, first multiple RBI game.

Jason Kipnis: Kipnis started off the year on the right foot before stepping on the field. MLB.com ranked Kipnis as the third overall second basemen in the league under Robinson Cano and, former Sun Devil, Dustin Pedroia. Kipnis also signed a six year contract extension with the Indians worth 52.5 million with a club option. As far as the season goes, Kip took a few games to get his feet under him and has since been effective for the Indians. He has two multi-RBI games on the year to go along with two homeruns, both of which ended up to be go-ahead runs. He was particularly effective in series against the White Sox, earning five of his ten hits on the season. The Indians second baseman is gaining some steam.

Weekly Notables:
4/9 San Diego: First homerun of the year
4/13 @CWS: Improved hitting at Cellular Field getting a hit in 19 out of 20 games.

Ike Davis: Davis has seen at bats in 10 games this year being used mainly as a pinch hitter in the late innings. He has been the subject of early trade rumors throughout the league but they have not seemed to bother him. Davis showed he can be clutch by hitting a pinch-hit walk off grand slam against the Reds. He is making the most of his playing time recording only three strike outs in 19 at-bats. Davis has shown poise on the young year despite trade rumors and looks to make the most of his playing time this year.

Weekly Notables:
4/6 CIN: Walk-off pinch hit grand-slam

Eric Sogard: Sogard made headlines before the season started finishing second in the MLB.com “Face of MLB” contest falling to Mets third baseman David Wright. Since then, Sogard has played in nine games for the Athletics at second base. Early on, his offense has been slumping but shows promise. Recording only two strikeouts in 27 plate appearances shows that he is putting the ball in play and showing promise. On the other side of the field, his defense is as strong as ever. Recording highlight diving stops and having no errors on the season is always a great thing to see. He looks to continue to put the ball in play and improve on his offense.

Weekly Notables:
4/6 SEA: 3-3 with a double and a stolen base

Andrew Romine: Romine was traded to the Tigers from the Angels during the offseason to add depth to Detroit’s shortstop position. He has seen action in four games on the season recording a hit in his first game with the Tigers against the Orioles. Romine looks to fight for playing time to help improve the middle infield for Detroit.

Weekly Notables:
4/4 BAL: First hit with new team

Tuffy Gosewisch: Tuffy beat out veteran Henry Blanco out for the backup catcher position for the Arizona Diamondbacks coming out of spring training. Tuffy has seen action in three games on the year including two behind the plate. In his first start on the season, he caught for veteran pitcher, Bronson Arroyo. Tuffy has been showing that he is a solid defensive catcher stopping multiple wild pitches. He also provides leadership from behind the plate for a young Diamondbacks team while calling the game. He has yet to record a hit, but that looks to change with more playing time. Much like his time at ASU, Tuffy is still calling good games and has a “coach on the field” presence.

Weekly Notables:
Made his first 25 man roster beating out Henry Blanco

Dustin Pedroia: Pedroia and the Red Sox are off to another impressive start following their championship season. Pedroia came out of the gates strong hitting .375 through his first six games with one double during that span. Pedroia suffered a wrist injury in the second series of the season. First reported to be wrist soreness after taking a ball off the wrist against Milwaukee; it progressively got worse causing him to miss the game on 4/13 to be precautionary. He was evaluated on Monday 4/14 and avoids a wrist fracture and the disabled list. After Pedroia is healed up, look for him to pick up from where he left off before the injury providing impressive numbers for the Red Sox offense.

Weekly Notables:
4/2 @BAL: 4-5 with no strikeouts in the second game of the year
4/13: Wrist evaluated, no sign of fracture or the DL

Andre Ethier: Due to the injury to Matt Kemp, Ethier has seen playing time in 13 games mainly as the starting center fielder for the Dodgers. Ethier provides depth to the Dodgers outfield making decision making hard for Dodgers management with Kemp back in the lineup. His offense and run support has been apparent early on, getting at least one RBI in 9 out of 13 games played. He also has one homerun and one stolen base on the year to go along with 10 RBI. Ethier proves to see more playing time even with the return of Kemp.

Weekly Notables:
4/4 SF: First homerun of the season

Ian Kinsler: Kinsler was traded to the Tigers in the trade that ultimately sent Prince Fielder to the Rangers. Kinsler has taken kindly to his new team starting off red hot. He has an average of .302 on the season and knocked a homerun in his second game with the tigers. He has four RBI and four extra base hits on the year to go along with two stolen bases. Kinsler has been consistent and shows no sign of slowing down with his new team. Look for Kinsler to continue his production for the Detroit Tigers.

Weekly Notables:
4/2 KC: First homerun of the season

Willie Bloomquist: Bloomquist returned to the team that drafted him over the off season, the Seattle Mariners. He provides depth and experience to the middle infield of Seattle. He has seen action in three games this year including two starts. He has gone 2-7 with one run and only one strikeout. He makes the most of his playing time with solid defense and smart hitting at the plate. Looks to have another consistent year with his new team.

Weekly Notables:
4/2 @LAA: First start at second on the season, first hit as well.

Mike Leake: Leake has two starts on the year going 1-1. After a shaky outing in his first start of the season, he quickly turned it around in his next start. Leake went eight scoreless innings conceding only one walk in his shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals on April 9th. Leake had some trouble in his first start but more than made up for it. He now posts a 2.45 ERA on the year through 14.2 innings. Leake looks to build on his momentum this week.

Weekly Notables:
4/9 @STL: 8.0 innings, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, earned the Win.

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.”

Apr 08

Tempe will be hosting another Triathlon on Sunday, April 13 resulting in some major roadway restrictions along Rio Salado Parkway, Rural Road, Priest Drive and McClintock Drive. Please keep the below restrictions in mind when driving to campus on Sunday.
 
The roadway restrictions will be up around 6:30 a.m. and in place until about 1:00 p.m.  To gain access north or south of Rio Salado between Priest and Price please use the 101 to University and or Broadway.  The westbound off ramps at Priest and the 202 will be closed.  The eastbound off ramps at Priest and 202 are open.  Access from Scottsdale/202 will be limited to local traffic on the north side of Rio Salado (Hayden Ferry Lakeside/Ryan Construction).

Apr 07

Don’t miss any of the Sun Devils in action this week on Pac-12 Networks and through Sun Devil Athletics live streams. The complete list of competitions is below!

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

Thursday
Softball vs. Utah 7 p.m. - Pac-12 Network

Friday
Softball vs. Utah 5 p.m. - Pac-12 Network
Baseball vs. California 6:30 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university

Saturday
Softball vs. Utah 12 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university
Baseball vs. California 6:30 p.m. - Live Stream at http://pac-12.com/videos/arizona-state-university

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

Apr 05

The Sun Devil Football team completed its third week of spring practice on Saturday, April 5, with a scrimmage inside Sun Devil Stadium.

ASU will officially kick off the 2014 football season on Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the annual Sun Devil Football Fan Fest. This event is free of charge and will include activities for fans of all ages beginning at 9 a.m., with the on-field portion of the event set for an 11 a.m. start.

Sun Devils who attend Fan Fest have a chance to win a trip for two to the ASU vs. Washington Game Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014 at Husky Stadium. The giveaway includes hotel, airfare and tickets for two to the game. Click here for contest details and to enter.

Early bird pricing for fans looking to purchase season tickets for the 2014 football season expires April 30. Season tickets are currently on sale at www.sundeviltickets.com or by calling the Sun Devil Athletics Ticket Office at 480-965-5333. Click here for pricing and more information about Sun Devil Football season tickets. 

In addition to guaranteeing the same seat for all 2014 home games, becoming a Sun Devil Football Season Ticket Holder is the only way to guarantee tickets to the Notre Dame game on Nov. 8, 2014, at Sun Devil Stadium.

Individual statistics from Saturday’s scrimmage are below.

Passing

Bercovici, Michael (QB) - 11-for-22 for 105 yards, including a long of 23, with one touchdown (14 yards) and one interception

Cohan, Taylor (QB) - 0-for-1

Kelly, Taylor (QB) – 9-for-20 for 67 yards, including a long of 17, with one touchdown (17 yards) and two interceptions

Ricedorff, Rathen (QB) – 0-for-3

Rushing

Bercovici, Michael (QB) – four carries for five yards, including a long of five

Beverly-Collins, Mark (RB) – one carry for one yard

Brimhall, Jacom (RB) – 13 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown, including a long of 17 (TD)

Foster, DJ (RB) – one carry for two yards

Gammage, Freddy (WR) – one carry for four yards

Higlers, Jarek (RB) – one carry for four yards

Kelly, Taylor (QB) – four carries for 22 yards, including a long of 10

Lewis, Deantre (RB) – 10 carries for 36 yards, including a long 15

Middlebrooks, Kyle (RB) – seven carries for 39 yards, including a long of 20

Receiving

Chambers, Gary (WR) – three catches for 23 yards and a touchdown, including a long of 16 (TD)

Gammage, Freddy (WR) – two catches for 16 yards, including a long of 10

Jefferson, Ellis (WR) – six catches for 68 yards and a touchdown, including a long of 14 yards (TD)

Lewis, Deantre (RB) – one catch for eight yards

Martinez, Grant (TE) – seven catches for 83 yards, including a long of 34

Middlebrooks, Kyle (RB) – one catch for three yards

Smith, Cameron (WR) – one catch for 13 yards

Strong, Jaelen (WR) – one catch for four yards

Kicking

Gonzalez, Zane (PK) - 7-for-10 field goals with a long of 49, 2-for-2 extra-points

Made: 25, 35, 35, 38, 42, 42, 49

Missed: 35, 46, 51

Defensive notables

Calhoun, D.J., (LB) – sack

Cherry, Demetrius (DL) – fumble recovery

Hardison, Marcus (DL) – interception

Longino, Antonio (LB) – sack

Randall, Damarious (S) – interception

Sellars, Ronnie (CB) – two pass break-ups

Washington, Marcus (LB) – interception 

Apr 03

This past weekend we came away with another huge road series win against the defending national champions, UCLA.

Winning on the road in the Pac-12 is always huge, but to do it against two of the better teams in the conference…it’s just not something that every team can do. Yet we happened to do it not once, but twice in back to back weekends (at No. 4 Oregon State and at No. 15 UCLA), while also beating that team down south handedly in the middle of it.

Like we’ve been saying all fall and all season, there’s something different about the group of guys we have in the clubhouse.  

Bouncing back after a tough Friday night loss this past weekend against the Bruins (7-3, L) was huge for us once again as we evened the series on Saturday afternoon with an 8-5 victory. Winning on Saturday, especially the way we did it by taking a 5-0 lead and never surrendering it, gave us the momentum again going into Sunday. We knew we had a great opportunity to win another road series against a ranked Pac team. No excuses, no distractions. Just go out there and play like we know we can and take care of business.  

Having a consistent solid pitching performance on Sunday this year from junior Darin Gillies has been a game-changer for us so far because no matter how we start off hitting, we have always been in the fight late in the game and that is all you want on Sundays. Coach Esmay has always told us since the day I walked on campus that the Pac-12 is won on Sundays. Well we’ve been winning series’ on Sundays as of late, and that has put us in a great spot moving forward.

We’re finally playing a series back here at home against USC after two straight weeks on the road, and I know we’re all looking forward to having the Packard faithful back on our side.

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