Arizona State heads to Surprise, Ariz., for the 11th annual Coca-Cola Classic at Surprise Stadium. The Sun Devils will play preseason No. 1 Arkansas twice on Feb. 28 and March 2, respectively, and will also face Pacific on March 1 and Gonzaga on March 3. All four games for the Sun Devils will follow a Major League Spring Training game and will begin at approximately 4 p.m. (MT) or 45 minutes after the conclusion of the preceding Spring Training game.
Games to watch
· ASU takes on the preseason No. 1 and current No. 2 team in the country, Arkansas, on Thursday and Saturday. The last time these two teams faced off was in the 2010 Super Regional in Tempe and both games went 12 innings as ASU won consecutive games on a walk-off single and a walk-off home run, respectively, to punch its ticket to the College World Series.
Players to watch
· Three members of Team USA, including Sun Devil right-handed pitcher Trevor Williams (starting Friday against Pacific), Arkansas right-hander Ryne Stanek (starting Thursday against ASU) and Gonzaga left-hander Marco Gonzales (starting Friday against Arkansas)
· Williams is a preseason All-American, the No. 3 draft prospect for 2013 and the only 12-game winner in the Pac-12 in 2012
· Gonzales is a preseason first team All-American and the reigning West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year
· Stanek is ranked as the top prospect in college baseball by a number of media outlets and was a preseason first team All-American
Four Cactus League Spring Training games precede all four ASU games
· Former Sun Devil Jason Kipnis and the Cleveland Indians take on former Sun Devil Ian Kinsler and the Texas Rangers Feb. 28
· Former Sun Devil Mike Leake and the Cincinnati Reds take on the Kansas City Royals March 1
· The defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, featuring Cy Young winner Tim Linecum, who was coached by current ASU pitching coach and former Washington head coach Ken Knutson, take on the Royals March 2
Seniors (55+): $5
Students under 18 with ID: $5
Seniors (55+): $20
Students under 18 with ID: $20
Coca-Cola Classic Schedule (all times MT)
February 28 - Arkansas vs. ASU - 4 p.m.
March 1 - Gonzaga vs. Arkansas - 4 p.m. (practice field)
March 1 - Pacific vs. ASU - 4 p.m.
March 2 - Pacific vs. Gonzaga - 4 p.m. (practice field)
March 2 - Arkansas vs. ASU - 4 p.m.
March 3 - Arkansas vs. Pacific - 10 a.m. (practice field)
March 3 - Gonzaga vs. ASU - 4 p.m.
Texas Rangers Spring Training Schedule (all times MT)
February 28 - Cleveland Indians - 1:05 p.m.
March 3 - Seattle Mariners - 1:05 p.m.
Kansas City Royals Spring Training Schedule(all times MT)
March 1 - Cincinnati Reds - 1:05 p.m.
March 2 - San Francisco Giants - 1:05 p.m.