Friday, February 22, 2008
Baseball Season Kicks Off
With 18 new players, the Sun Devil Baseball team embarks on the 2008 season by hosting the DeMarini Invitational this weekend at Packard Stadium in Tempe. Despite all of the newcomers, the Devils are ranked #1 in the country by Rivals.com and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Tonight, ASU hosts Miami of Ohio at 7pm. Saturday afternoon the Devils host Vanderbilt at 1pm and Sunday ASU will face two-time defending national champion Oregon State at 3pm.
While there are plenty of new faces on this squad, the returning players are outstanding. Brett Wallace, Josh Satow, Petey Paramore, Mike Leake, Kiel Roling, and Ike Davis have all been named to various preseaon All-American teams. The pitching rotation may be thinner this year going in, but the bats should be as big as ever. Returning Pac-10 Player of the Year and Pac-10 Triple Crown winner Brett Wallace leads the charge at the plate and will be moving across the field to play third base this season.
If you've never been to a Sun Devil baseball game, you have been missing out. With one of the nicest college stadiums in the nation and five national championships--third most by any team in the country--ASU went 35-3 last year at home.
If you can't make it out to Packard this weekend, tonight's game is covered on SunDevilSportsNetwork.com and the weekend games can be heard on 1440 AM.