Baseball takes on Utah for three conference home games

May 3, 2012

Utah (12-30, 6-15) at Arizona State (26-17, 11-10)

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The 20th-ranked Arizona State baseball team returns to Packard Stadium to host Utah for a three-game Pac-12 series Friday-Sunday. The games on Friday and Saturday are slated for a 6:30 p.m. start, while Sunday's contest will begin at 12:30 p.m. All three games will be broadcast live by Sun Devil Sports Network on The Fan AM 1060 and will also be webcast by

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. Friday and Saturday's broadcast will begin at 6:15 p.m., while Sunday's is slated for 12:15 p.m.. Live webcasts of the games will also be available online at, or get live, up-to-the-minute stats online with gametracker.

Friday - May 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday - May 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Sunday - May 6 - 12:30 p.m.

Packard Stadium - Tempe, Ariz.

Pitching Matchup:
ASU - RHP Brady Rodgers
Utah - RHP Brock Duke
ASU - RHP Trevor Williams
Utah - RHP Joe Pond
Utah - RHP Mitch Watrous

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: #23
Baseball America: #20
Collegiate Baseball: #28
Perfect Game: #20

Devils vs. Utah
The Sun Devils are 26-5 all-time against Utah, with ASU winning the last meeting between the two teams, 6-4, on March 8, 2003, at the Bob Schaefer Classic. The Devils swept the Utes in the past two three-game series' in 1999 (17-4, 3-0, 9-2) and 2000 (13-2, 11-6, 9-1) at Packard Stadium to open the respective seasons.

Pac-12 Pitcher Of The Week For April 23-29:
Right-hander Trevor Williams earned his team-leading eighth win of the season after throwing a complete game shutout on the road in a 2-0 win over Washington State. He walked none and struck out four on 101 pitches, including 78 strikes, and gave up no runs on seven hits in his second complete game of the year. He has not walked a batter in 25 consecutive innings dating back to April 6 against Oregon State and also pitched a complete game shutout with no walks in a 4-0 win over USC on April 14. Williams has thrown 11 2/3 scoreless innings in three career appearances against the Cougars.

Cory Hahn Nights:
Every Friday night, ASU's portion of the 50/50 raffle, which takes place at all Sun Devil baseball home games, is going to support Cory Hahn's fund. This started on April 23 against California and will continue through the end of the season. The Devils' next midweek game against Arizona on May 16 will be Cory Hahn Fund "Pass The Bucket" Night, where a volunteer will be present at every section passing buckets for donations to Cory's fund. The first "Pass The Bucket Night" took place on April 17 against Arizona and fans raised more than $4,000 for Cory and his family.

Up Next:
The Sun Devils make their way back to Eastern Washington for a three-game non-conference series with Gonzaga May 11-13. All three games will be broadcast live by Sun Devil Sports Network on The Fan AM 1060. The game on May 11 is set for 6 p.m., while the contest on May 12 will begin at 3 p.m. and the one on May 13 is slated for 1 p.m.

Facing His Former Team:
Head coach Tim Esmay was at the helm of the University of Utah from 1997 to 2004, and won a WAC title and WAC Coach of the Year honors in 1997. This is the first time coach Esmay will face his former team since he returned to Arizona State in 2004, first as an assistant coach and then as a head coach. In eight seasons, he compiled a 213-235-1 record, guided 18 of his players to go on to play professional baseball and had 27 players earn all-conference recognition during his tenure.

Making Them Earn It:
The Sun Devil pitching staff is first in the Pac-12 in walks allowed with 96 and is the only team in the conference to give up under 100 free passes (two teams are tied for second at 113). They are fifth in Div. I in walks allowed per nine innings at 2.26 and their strikeout-to-walk ratio is 17th-best in Div. I at 2.88. Right-handers Brady Rodgers and Trevor Williams have conceded a combined 23 walks and 135 hits in 162.1 innings this season, putting them at 28th (0.97) and 38th (0.98), respectively, in Div. I in WHIP.

Washington State Recap:
The Sun Devils won two-of-three on the road against Pac-12 foe Washington State. The Devils won 7-4 on Friday night behind a combined eight hits from the top of their order and right-hander Trevor Williams earned his team-leading eighth win of the season after throwing a complete game shutout in a 2-0 win on Saturday. ASU rallied from two runs down in the ninth inning before falling 7-6 on a walk-off single by the Cougars in Sunday's series finale. Andrew Aplin collected four hits over the weekend, including a home run, and drove in three RBI and scored five runs. Abe Ruiz also hit a home run and Deven Marrero led the team with five hits, including two doubles and a triple.

A Formidable One-Two Punch:
As of May 2, Abe Ruiz and Joey DeMichele ranked in the top 10 in the Pac-12 in slugging percentage, RBI and total bases. With a combined 102 hits, 76 RBI, 16 home runs and 186 total bases, the duo accounts for just under a third of the team's RBI and more than half of the team's home runs, and more than a fourth of the team's total bases and just under a fourth of the team's hits.

Welcome To Mr. Rodgers' Neighborhood:
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 19 earned runs and just 13 walks in 83.2 innings this season. He also went nine innings in an extra-innings contest against UCLA. He has a career ERA of 2.33 in 254.2 total innings and is currently second on the school's career "Best Earned Run Average" list, behind Floyd Bannister (74-76), who had a 1.88 ERA in 396.2 innings pitched.

Separating From The Pac (Individual):
Williams and Rodgers rank third and fourth, respectively, in the conference in ERA, with Williams at 1.94 and Rodgers at 2.04. Rodgers is also second in innings pitched at 83.2, while Williams is tied for first in wins with eight and runners picked off at four. Right-hander Jake Barrett is tied for first in games finished at 23 and tied for fourth in saves with seven.

Golden Spikes Watch List:
Brady Rodgers and Joey DeMichele were selected to USA Baseball's 2012 Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List. Three Arizona State student-athletes were named to the preseason watch list, including DeMichele, Rodgers and Deven Marrero. Marrero was named to the watch list in 2011 as well.

A Deep Staff:
Arizona State has used 15 pitchers through 43 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 11 have registered either a win or a loss.

Softball to finish home season with Senior Weekend

May 3, 2012

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The Arizona State softball team (42-5, 14-2 Pac-12) will wrap up its regular home season with a three-game series against Utah (26-23, 1-17 Pac-12) this weekend at Farrington Stadium.

The series, which begins Friday night at 7 p.m. and continues Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 12 p.m., will be the last for this year's senior class. Softball will honor the outgoing seniors following the conclusion of Sunday's contest.

2012 Seniors:
Nikole Afusia, BIS (sociology/social welfare)
Hillary Bach, MBA, undergraduate degree in business marketing 
Katelyn Boyd, family and human development
Laura Bradley, kinesiology
Talor Haro, BIS (communication and exercise wellness)
Annie Lockwood, special education and sociology
Christina Zambrana, physical education and sociology

The Sun Devils host Utah May 4-6 in the regular-season home series finale. Senior day is at noon on Sunday, come out and support your seniors in their final Pac-12 game! Live stats can be found on the ASU schedule page, here, live radio here.

ASU completed its fourth sweep of the season with three victories over the No. 11 Washington Huskies, which marks the most conference sweeps in a single season under head coach Clint Myers. Senior Katelyn Boyd became the all-time leader at ASU for RBI, with seven on the weekend thanks to a four-RBI grand slam and 232 in her career. Annie Lockwood had her own record-setting performance, moving into sixth place in the career RBI records with 164 after Sunday's 5-4 victory.

Utah got its first Pac-12 win this past weekend, with an 8-6 victory over Oregon State on Saturday. The Utes are led by sophomore infielder Taylor Austin, who has a .556 clip on the year, while the team is hitting a cumulative .288. The bullpen, which has a collective 3.82 ERA, is headed by Generra Nielson, who is throwing a 3.15 ERA going into the weekend.

Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidate Katelyn Boyd earned her second consecutive Pac-12 Player of the Week award, which marked her fourth in her career. Boyd recorded her second grand slam of the season, and went 3-for-4 on the weekend in total. She currently leads the team this season in hits (59), home runs (19), slugging percentage (.977), on-base percentage (.581) and runs scored (61).

The first 100 fans to come through the gates each day of the Utah series will receive a 2011 National Championship commemorative ticket autographed by the Sun Devil softball team.

The entire series versus Utah will be broadcasted on radio on the Blaze 1330 AM's UStream channel, here. Live stats and play-by-play will also be available on Gametracker, (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). All links can also be found in the sidebar on the Arizona State softball schedule page, which is found here.

The weekend of May 4-6 the softball team will have a table set up at Farrington Stadium to accept donations for Helen's Hope Chest throughout the weekend as the Sun Devils take on Utah in the season home finale. Senior designated player Nikole Afusia is an intern at Helen's Hope Chest - we invite you to learn more about this event here

Ten NCAA® softball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as finalists today for the 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Katelyn Boyd has been chosen as one of the 2012 finalist. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Vote for Katelyn at