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Baseball takes on Arizona in State Farm Territorial Cup Series game

April 17, 2012

The 19th-ranked Arizona State baseball team is hosting No. 16 Arizona at 6:30 p.m., April 17, Packard Stadium for the first baseball State Farm Territorial Cup Series game of the season. It will also be the first of two "Cory Hahn Bucket Nights" that will be held this year at Packard Stadium where we will have a volunteer for every section passing buckets for donations to Cory's fund. The next one will also take place against Arizona on May 16 at Packard Stadium. Donations will go to the Cory Hahn Fund.

Can't Make It?:
You can listen to the game on The Fan AM 1060 as Tim Healey and Seth Dhaenens have the call for the Sun Devils Sports Network. The broadcast will begin at 6:15 p.m. A live webcast of the game will be available online at, get live, up-to-the-minute stats online with gametracker, or join our live chat with a member of the ASU Media Relations staff.

State Farm Territorial Cup Series:
All five regular-season baseball games between Arizona and Arizona State will count toward the season series tally in the State Farm Territorial Cup Series. The schools compete in 17 common varsity sports, and the school that accumulates the most points over the course of the school year will win the competition.

Cory Hahn "Pass The Bucket Night":
In conjunction with the Cory Hahn Foundation, is hosting a "Pass The Bucket Night" to help raise money and awareness for Cory and his family. Volunteers, wearing gray ASU jerseys, will be stationed at every section and will be passing around the donation buckets from the third inning until the end of the game.

Tuesday - April 17 - 6:30 p.m.

Packard Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.
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: #19
Baseball America: #20
Collegiate Baseball: #22
Perfect Game: #20

Devils vs. Arizona
The Sun Devils are 185-117^ all-time against Arizona after the 1959 season. ASU won 4-of-5 against the Wildcats, including 2-of-3 in a Pac-10 series at Packard Stadium and both non-conference contests in Tucson. The Devils lost the series opener, 2-5, before winning the next two, 5-1 and 8-1. In Tucson, ASU won 10-5 and 4-3.
^- Some wins in 2007 later vacated due to NCAA sanctions. Records do not reflect vacations.

Pitching Matchup:
ASU - RHP Alex Blackford
Arizona - TBA

USC Recap:
ASU has won 11 straight home baseball games against the Trojans dating back to 2006 and for the first time since 1985, the ASU football, men's basketball and baseball teams swept the games versus USC in Tempe.

The Sun Devils swept USC in a three-game series at Packard Stadium, outscoring the Trojans 17-2. ASU, wearing their new black and copper hats and jerseys in the Blackout Game, won 5-1 on Friday night behind the arm of Brady Rodgers. Trevor Williams picked up his seventh win of the season in a 4-0 win on Saturday and ASU hit three home runs in a 8-1 victory on Sunday.

Welcome To Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood:
Right-hander Brady Rodgers has three complete games this season and went the distance in back-to-back games after allowing one earned run in a win over Cal on March 23 and giving up one earned run in a loss to Oregon on March 31. He began the season with 23 consecutive scoreless innings, which is sixth-best in the school history, and has allowed just nine earned runs and seven walks in a conference-best 72 innings this season. He also went nine innings in an extra-innings contest against UCLA.

More On Brady:
Rodgers is tied for sixth in the nation with a 1.13 ERA, but is the only one in the top seven to have more than 65 innings pitched.

Leading The Pac (Team):
As of April 16, the Sun Devils lead the Pac-12 in home runs (28), slugging percentage (.442), triple (15) and total bases (538), are second in hits (355) and third in RBI (200). On the mound, they are tops in the Pac-12 in ERA (2.57) and walks allowed (75), and second in opposing batting average (.231) and strikeouts (242).

Leading The Pac (On The Mound):
On the pitching side, right-hander Brady Rodgers and Trevor Williams own the top-two spots in ERA at 1.12 and 1.41, respectively. Rodgers leads the conference in innings pitched at 72, while Williams is tied for first in runners picked off at four and wins with seven. Jake Barrett is tied for first in games finished at 18 and tied for fourth in saves with six.

Doing The Extra (Base) Work:
Across the board, the Sun Devils can claim the top spot in the Pac-12 in extra-base hits. Abe Ruiz leads the conference in doubles (14) and home runs (9), and Joey DeMichele is first in triples (5). Ruiz and DeMichele are tied for second in total bases (81), and are second and fourth, respectively, in slugging percentage at .653 and .609.

A Deep Staff:
Arizona State has used 15 pitchers through 36 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. Eight pitchers have also made at least one start this season and 10 have registered either a win or a loss.

Up Next:
Arizona State travels to Palo Alto, Calif., to take on No. 8 Stanford in a three-game Pac-12 road series. First pitch on Friday is set for 5:30 p.m. (PT), while both Saturday and Sunday's contests are slated for a 1 p.m. start time. The Sun Devils Sports Network will broadcast all three games live on The Fan AM 1060, with Tim Healey and Seth Dhaenenson the call.