February 24, 2008

Arizona State Beats Beavers 11-0

This isn't the game we were hoping for, but at the same time, Arizona State has showed this weekend that they are the No. 1 team in the country. The Sun Devils move to 3-0 with today's 11-0 win over the two-time defending national champs, as the Beavers head back to Corvallis at 1-2.

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57 for 75

Seth Blair started the game, he's No. 75 for Arizona State, and he's out of the game after not allowing a run in four innings while giving up three hits. Sometimes in these blowout games, they'll give him the win, we'll see.

Into the game is No. 57 Jason Franzbleau, a highly touted transfer from Winthrop. In two years with the Eagles, Franzbleau made 22 starts winning 12 games with an ERA of 3.20 ERA.

Blair finished striking out 2 strikeouts while walking none. He fared much better than his fellow freshman starter for Oregon State today, Greg Peavey who lasted just a third of an inning giving up 7 runs (4 ER).

We're in the top of the 5th inning, 11-0 ASU.

10 Spot

Things are getting out of hand here in Tempe, as Arizona State has scored 3 more runs here in the bottom of the third to go up 10-0. Freshman reliever Josh Osich is out, and is replaced by righty Josh Keller. Ike Davis knocked in a run in the inning, and Kiel Roling hit a 2-run double as well to increase the lead.

Keller actually had a part in that opening day no-hitter last year at Hawai'i-Hilo. That was a much better day than this one for OSU.

ASU Pouring It On

Things have only gone from worse to much worse for freshman Oregon State starter Greg Peavey. After giving up that leadoff home run, ASU has scored 6 more runs to take a 7-0 lead. Peavey lasted only a third of an inning in his college debut. Two errors certainly didn't help, as we'll have his final totals in a bit, but the biggest blow was a bases loaded double by SS Marcel Champagnie which made it 5-0 at the time.

Replacing Peavey is fellow freshman Josh Osich, a 6-foot-3 native of Boise, Idaho as the Beavers try to get out of the first inning trailing by no more than 7.

Wallace Rakes Again

Following yesterday's two home run, 7 RBI day, Brett Wallace just led off the bottom half of the first with a solo shot over the left centerfield fence. It was a laser beam that just cleared the fence. And it was great to see him go opposite field right into the wind. Yeah, he's good.

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Oregon State Takes On Arizona State

They meet every year in the Pac-10, and for the 2nd straight year, Pat Casey's Oregon State Beavers will take on Pat Murphy's Arizona State Sun Devils in a non-conference game early in the season. This is the final game of the 2008 DeMarini Invitational, as ASU looks to win the tournament that they have hosted hoping to go a perfect 3-0. The Beavers bounced back last night from an opening day loss to Vanderbilt, with a win over Miami (Ohio).

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Vandy's Turn To Escape

Already leading 3-0 and after a Tommy Nurre single with two outs, Chris Nadeau smacked a double down the rightfield line, and Miami head coach Dan Simonds sent Nurre around third. Dominic de la Osa's throw from right appeared to be late, with catcher Shea Robin getting the tag down after Nurre had touched home. But first base umpire, Dan Mascorro disagreed, and called him out. He was covering home on the play of course. Simonds came running down the line in protest, but to no avail. Although Mascorro did give him the whole time in between innings to say is spiel. So maybe he was safe. Either way, RedHawks still lead things 3-0 and are cruising behind big lefty Matt Erwood, who has continued the stretch of good pitching by Miami this weekend.

February 23, 2008

ASU Wins Big

TEMPE, Ariz. - It's hard sometimes for coaches to face one another when they're good friends. Just ask Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy, who had to face Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin on Saturday at the DeMarini Invitational.

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ASU-Vandy: Coach Erickson in the ASU dugout

After throwing out the first pitch today, Devils football coach Dennis Erickson stuck around to cheer the stitched-ballers on.


He must like what he sees 'coz right now it's a football-type score with Arizona State up 18-3.

ASU-Vandy: Jason Jarvis is playing... all those media outlets were wrong

Here's your proof people:

(Jason Jarvis getting congrats from 1st base coach Tim Esmay after walking)

And no, this wasn't an intersquad scrimmage. It's a real picture from a real game. He must've been cleared for eligibilty this morning.

ASU-Vandy: Here's Wallace trotting again

Brett Wallace in home run trot mode again after his second home run:

(Ummm... he's pretty good.)

Wallace's World

Brett Wallace has warmed up. In a big way. It took him a day, but he's shooting up everyone's Player of the Year standings today. After his grand slam earlier, ASU's lead off hitter just hit another bomb, that I don't think has landed yet, and may be in the way of the landing pattern of PHX. ASU has put a crooked number up for the fourth straight inning, and in the process, lead 16-2 in the bottom of the 6th.

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ASU-Vandy: Wallace slapping fives

... that swing became a grand slam over the right field wall. It led to this reception at home plate...

(Wallace's four-batter pretty much made today's game a boat race, staking the Sun Devils to an 8-0 lead at the time)

ASU-Vandy: Wallace slamming

I got to Packard Stadium just in time to snap this pic of Brett Wallace swinging at this Sean Bierman offering with the bases loaded in the 4th inning...


Wallace Gone Bombing

For the first time in two days, the ASU crowd is really alive. Brett Jacobson is out of the game here in the bottom of the fourth with nobody out, and the bases loaded, and the great Brett Wallace is at the plate.

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Ike Plates Two

Much like opening night, it took a little while for the ASU bats to get going, but here in the third, they finally woke up a bit. Ike Davis knocked in two runs with a one-out double into the right centerfield gap. After going 0-for-5 last night, that must've been a relief to Ike for that to be his first hit of the young season. 2-0 ASU here in the third.

Jacobson Off To Good Start

Here's a good way to start your day: Strikeout Brett Wallace, Strikeout Petey Paramore, and have your All-American shortstop Ryan Flaherty make a diving grab in the hole and gun out Ike Davis at first on a spectacular play. That's what Vandy starter Brett Jacobson can say about his first start of the season. We're through one here, no score. Vandy has a hit, while Mike Leake had to get around two Sun Devils errors as well to keep it that way.

Game of the Weekend

TEMPE, Ariz.- What a difference a day can make. A day after drizzle and 50 degree weather, we have gorgeous desert sunshine with a temperature of 64 degrees. The game of the weekend is about set to get underway, with Arizona State hosting Vanderbilt in Game Three of the DeMarini Invitational.

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February 22, 2008

ASU Rolling To First Win

As we play in the bottom of the 7th, ASU has added two more runs to take a commanding 6-0 lead against Miami. With temperatures falling to around 50, this game can't speed up fast enough.

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There's The O

Finally. Pat Murphy's bunch has put some hits on the board, and by some I mean two. With that, ASU now leads 3-0 after a Marcel Champagnie RBI double into the leftcenterfield gap. The night is over for Chris Niro, who got a nice hand from the Miami faithful that made the trip from Oxford. Giving up only two hits against that lineup is certainly something to be proud of.

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Freshman Retribution...Not

It's freshman retribution here in the desert. A half inning after freshman John Edgington dropped a fly ball in left for Miami, freshman Adam Eaton drilled a Josh Satow fastball off the top of the right centerfield fence for a triple. It's Miami's 2nd hit of the game, and first hit of Eaton's career. So then it came down to Edgington.

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No Score No More

It took a Ryan Sontag lazy fly to left with two runners on to plate the first run of the ball game. Freshman left fielder Jon Edginton dropped the ball after taking a tough route to the ball, as the wind was blowing it back towards the foul line. Tough one for Chris Niro who has pitched his heart out, and has yet to give up a hit, yet is trailing this game 1-0. That's baseball for ya. So as we head to the fifth, the Sun Devils have the first lead of the game.

No Score In The Desert

Yes that's right, Miami starter Chris Niro has actually held ASU hitless through his three innings of work, while ASU starter Josh Satow has allowed a hit so far to the RedHawks.

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Miami (Ohio) vs. Arizona State

Welcome back to Packard Stadium where Miami (Ohio) and Arizona State are just underway in the second game of the DeMarini Invitational. The RedHawks have the luxury of opening the season against three Top 15 teams, something that will certainly help them along the way.

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