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Baseball hosts Utah Valley, opens Pac-12 play at UCLA

March 13, 2012

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Game notes- Utah Valley/UCLAGet Acrobat Reader

The 11th-ranked ASU Baseball team plays five games in six days for the second time this season as they host Utah Valley for a two-game home series on Tuesday and Wednesday before traveling to Southern California to open Pac-12 conference play against UCLA in a three-game series over the weekend. First pitch for the weekday games at Packard are both set for 6:30 p.m. (PT). Friday's game at Jackie Robinson Stadium is slated for 6 p.m. (PT), while Saturday's game will start at 2 p.m. (PT) and Sunday's is scheduled for 1 p.m. (PT).

Can't Make It?:
You can listen to Tuesday and Wednesday's game live and for free on the Sun Devil Sports Network on All three games over the weekend will be broadcast live on KDUS The Fan 1060 AM for the first time this season. You can follow Tuesday and Friday's games on for an interactive chat with fans and an ASU Media Relations staff member. Live, up-to-the-minute stats will be available for all five games online with gametracker.

The 11th-ranked Arizona State baseball team's games on Tuesday and Wednesday against Utah Valley at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., will be broadcast live and for free on the Sun Devil Sports Network. First pitch for both games is set for 6:30 p.m., with the broadcast starting at 6:15 p.m., and Tim Healey and Seth Dhaenens will have the call.
The team's Pac-12 conference-opening three-game series against UCLA in Los Angeles will be broadcast live on KDUS The Fan 1060 AM for the first time this season. Tim Healey and Seth Dhaenens will have the call for all three games over the weekend. The broadcast begins at 5:45 p.m. (PT) for the 6 p.m. contest on Friday, 1:45 p.m. for the 2 p.m. game on Saturday and 12:45 for the 1 p.m. game on Sunday.

Tuesday - March 13 - 6:30 p.m. (PT)
Wednesday - March 14 - 6:30 p.m. (PT)
Friday - March 16 - 6 p.m. (PT)
Saturday - March 17 - 2 p.m. (PT)
Sunday - March 18 - 1 p.m. (PT)

Wednesday and Thurday
Packard Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
Jackie Robinson Stadium - Los Angeles, Calif.

Getting To The Game:
Tickets to games at ASU's Packard Stadium start at $8 for adults and $6 for youth (ages 16 and under) and seniors. ASU students earn free admission with their SunCard. The Sun Devils' home stadium is located on the Northeast side of campus, along Packard Dr., just east of Sun Devil Stadium and south of Loop 202.

In The Polls:
NCBWA: #12
Baseball America: #11
Collegiate Baseball: #18
Perfect Game: #11

Devils vs. Utah Valley
The Sun Devils are 1-1^ all-time against the Utah Valley Wolverines, beating them 11-3 at Packard Stadium on May 16, 2007 in their last meeting.

Devils vs. UCLA
The Sun Devils are 111-64^ all-time against the UCLA Bruins. The two teams met last season May 27-29, with ASU taking one-out-of-three at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. ASU lost the first two games, 0-3 and 3-10, respectively, before winning the final contest, 10-5. The Devils swept UCLA last time they met at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles in 2010, winning by a combined 18 runs (23-5; 5-1, 6-1, 12-3).

^ - Some win in 2007 later vacated due to NCAA sanctions. Records do no reflect vacations.

Pitching Matchup:
ASU - LHP Adam McCreery - (0.00 ERA, 0-0, 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, - BB, 5 SO)
Utah Valley - RHP Adam Gunn- (2.08 ERA, 1-1, 17.1 IP, 15 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 15 SO)
Utah Valley - RHP Jeremy Gendlek - (4.81 ERA, 1-3, 24.1 IP, 30 H, 13 R, 13 ER, 11 BB, 10 SO)

Texas Tech Recap:
The then-No.10 Arizona State baseball team, playing their fifth game in six nights, fell to Texas Tech 8-4 on Tuesday night at Packard Stadium. Trever Allen pinch-hit in the seventh inning and went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI as the Devils (8-3) collected four triples on the night. ASU right-hander Zak Miller (0-1) took the loss after giving up two earned runs on four hits in 1/3 innings pitched. Left-hander Matt Dunbar made his first career start for the Devils and went three innings, giving up one hit and no runs in a no-decision. He collected four strikeouts and walked a pair. Red Raiders (10-3) right-hander John Neely (2-1) earned the win after giving up one run on three hits while striking out two in three innings. Texas Tech had a three-run lead at the end of six innings and added four more in the top of the seventh frame to stretch its advantage to seven, 8-1.

Long Beach State Recap:
The baseball team (10-4) took two in a three-game series against Long Beach State in Long Beach, Calif over the weekend. The Sun Devils, playing their second extra-innings game in the past three contests, beat Long Beach State 3-2 in 12 innings on Friday night. Andrew Aplin drove a two-out single to right field for the go-ahead run and right-hander Jake Barrett (1-1) earned his first win of the season after pitching three perfect innings in relief. Starting right-hander Brady Rodgers went all nine innings and struck out seven in a no-decision. He gave up his first earned run of the season in the second, ending his consecutive scoreless-innings pitched streak at 23 2/3 frames. The Devils fell to Long Beach State 7-3 on Saturday afternoon. After giving up six runs in the first three frames, the Sun Devils held LBSU to one run over the next five innings. ASU closed out the series with a 6-1 win on Sunday. Right-hander Trevor Williams recorded his team-leading fourth win of the season after going a career-long eight innings.

A Look At Utah Valley:
Utah Valley is 5-8 on the season with wins over Nevada and Seattle University, and a three-game sweep against Southern Utah. Jeremy Gendlek, who is Wednesday's starter for Utah Valley, was named the Great West Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Gendlek pitched a complete-game in a 3-1 win over Southern Utah over the weekend. That win was sandwiched between wins of 12-5 and 10-0 over the T-Birds to sweep three games from the in-state rival over the weekend in Cedar City. Sean Moysh batted .538 in the series with two triples. In the series opener, Austin Heaps had a three-hit, five-RBI day as part of a 19-hit afternoon for the Wolverines. In the finale, five different pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout. Goose Kallunki leads Utah Valley with a .373 batting overall.

A Look At UCLA:
UCLA extended its winning streak to 10 games with a three-game series sweep at then-No. 9 Georgia over the weekend and is 12-3 on the season. Jeff Gelalich went 9-for-13 (.692) in three games at Georgia's Foley Field, while Adam Plutko struck out 11 batters with no walks in his second career complete game on Friday evening and lowered his earned-run average to a 2.13 mark while improving to 2-1 on the season. Gelalich went 4-for-4 with one double, logging a career-high four hits, in the series opener. Through games played Sunday, March 11, Gelalich ranks fifth in the nation with a .491 batting average (27-for-5). The Bruins are batting at a .303 clip, which is 63 points higher than UCLA was hitting after the first 15 games in 2011 (.240). UCLA's pitchers have logged a 3.22 ERA, totaling 111 strikeouts in 134.0 innings. One year ago, UCLA went 8-7 through its first 15 games and had one player (Jeff Gelalich, .302) hitting above .300 at that point. Entering Tuesday's game at Dodger Stadium, UCLA has two players hitting over .400 and five players hitting above .300 (minimum 15 at-bats).

Devils In The NCAA Rankings
ASU ranks 10th in the NCAA in batting average at 0.333, 17th in runs per game at eight, fifth with nine triples, and 11th and tops in the Pac-12 in slugging percentage at 0.493. On the mound, ASU is 10th in the NCAA and first in the Pac-12 in ERA at 2.08, and 15th in hits allowed per nine innings with 6.85. Individually, Joey DeMichele is 11th in the country with a 0.481 batting average, 12th in runs-per-game at 1.43, second in triples with four, and 15th in RBI-per-game with 1.50, slugging percentage at 0.852 and total bases with 46. Kasey Coffman leads the Pac-12 and is 29th in the NCAA with nine stolen bases. On the mound, Brady Rodgers is 14th in the country with a 0.58 ERA and 25th with 31 strikeouts, and Trevor Williams is fifth in the NCAA with four victories (4-0). Both rank 15th with four games started.

A Deep Staff:
Arizona State has used 15 pitchers through the first 11 games of the season. The Devils only used 11 all season last year. Right-hander Mark Lambson, who appeared in 10 games and threw 23.2 innings in 2011, has not made an appearance yet this season. Six pitchers have also made at least one start this season.

Up Next:
Arizona State have a four-game home stand next weekend. They host UNLV on March 21 for one game, with first pitch set 6:30 p.m. (PT), before playing Cal in a three-game series at Packard Stadium March 23-25. The first two games are will begin at 6:30 p.m. (PT) and the Sunday contest is slated for 12:30 p.m. (PT).