Arizona State Club Baseball heads to Tucson this weekend as they participate in the second annual WildCat Desert Classic at Kino Sports Complex. This will be the first time ASU Division II team will participate in the tournament. Fellow participants in the tournament are as follows: ASU DI, Northern Arizona University, Grand Canyon University Purple & Black, University of Arizona Blue & Red, California Miramar LA, University of California Irvine, and Long Beach State University.
ASU will start the tournament Saturday morning facing off against UC Irvine in a 8am matchup. Immediately following the UCI game the Sun Devils will play GCU Purple at 10:30am. On Sunday the Devils again have to set their alarms as they play at 8am against Northern Arizona. The fourth game that will take place is based on seeding. With the number one and two seeds facing off for the championship.
- The Devils look to build off early season success as they are (8-1) on the year. Pitching has been the key component of success, but wins do not happen without clutch hitting and the Sun Devils have had plenty of key hits along with key defensive plays.
- The Sun Devils will leave town Friday and will stay the weekend in Tucson.
- For updates all tournament long follow the @ASUSDCB on twitter for scores, stats and notes
Notes on our opponents:
- ASU Division I: Coming off a fourth place showing in the Henderson tournament this past weekend in Nevada. Lost a close semifinal game to GCU and later losing to NAU in the third place game.
- NAU: Is coming off a third place showing at the Henderson tournament
- GCU: Is coming off winning the Henderson Tournament as they beat UCSD. Our former Division foe is now moving to Division I and we welcome GCU’s second team to our division this year.
- Arizona: Is hosting the tournament for the second time. They will carry two teams in the tournament.
- California Miramar LA: Is replacing Northridge in the WildCat Classic. CMU LA is coming off a year in which they went 15-2. CMU swept ASU DII last year and this past weekend we split the series 1-1 in two hard fought games.
- UCI: Is entering their second year as a member of NCBA. They look to build off the success of last year. ASU DII won the lone matchup early in the season last spring.
- Long Beach: In a hard fought series at Long Beach last spring season ASU DII took two of three in the series.
The Sun Devils hit the road for the first time this weekend traveling to Los Angeles to take on California Miramar Los Angeles and So Cal Premier. On Saturday the Devils lost a back and forth matchup that ended with a score of 5-3. The two teams exchanged leads until the top of the sixth when ASU took a 3-2 lead, but in the bottom half of the inning CMU was able to capitalize on walks and an error that lead to three runs.
Game 2 was a scoreless affair until the Sun Devils finally struck for three runs and behind a stellar performance from starter Connor Crabtree and the rest of the pitching staff managed to shut the door the second game and win 3-0. Alex Craig got the save.
Sunday’s matchup faced us against So. Cal Premier. The Devils struck early and never looked back. Taking the lead, expanding it and winning the ball game 8-4 (but not before I gave up a massive homer).
The Sun Devils are 8-1 on the fall year and look to continue their early success and momentum into tournament play this weekend in Tucson.
- ASU once again proved why they are number one in innovation by electing to move the bullpen bench from the sun into the shade. When asked about the move CMU’s left fielder was quoted as saying “That shit was crazy!”
- ASU once again returned to Bass Pro Shop and the tradition was continued by purchasing hats.
- We somehow managed to squeeze twenty individuals in one house by sleeping three in a single bed, a blow up mattress that did not work, and two individuals sleeping outside on a trampoline.
The Sun Devils are headed to Los Angeles this weekend to take on California Miramar University- Los Angeles as they hit the road for the first time. The Devils will take on CMU in a Saturday double header at East Los Angeles College. First pitch of game one will start at 9:00 am with the second game of the double header starting approximately thirty minutes after the conclusion of game one.
The Devils have started the fall season 6-0 as they have swept both weekends against GCU and Cal State Fullerton. The Sun Devils are off to a good start this year hitting a combined .265 with an OBP of nearly four hundred at .398. Unlike years prior the Devils are doing a better job defensively with a field percentage of .936 and eleven errors total, but 7 of those errors came in game two of the double header against CSUF. The real strength of the Sun Devils undoubtedly has been the combined efforts of the pitching staff. With a combined team ERA of 1.50, forty-eight strikeouts to nineteen walks, and have only given up twenty-one hits in forty-two innings to go along with a WHIP of .952.
Last year the Devils scheduled a very last second series against CMU-LA last year in the first series of the fall season. The Devils were swept in the Double Header against a well coached and disciplined CMU team. CMU finished with a 15-2 record during the 2016 spring season.
In honor of this trip the Devils might have to make a spiritual building trip to Bass Pro Shops to worship the Baseball Gods and purchase more neon colored hats.
*The Devils might have a single game Sunday that starts at 9am, but that is to be determined and we are awaiting word from their head coach. This game will take place in Upland, California.
Tomorrow, Wednesday August 17 ASU will be putting on a club fair (Passport) on their Tempe campus. Our club team will be there from 6:30-9:00pm in the two bay gym near the indoor soccer court at table 39. Come by say hi and learn more about the team as well as tryouts.
In a few short months school will be starting back up along with it our fall season. We will be having tryouts for the 2016-2017 fall season and be playing games as an extended tryout for our spring season where we will play in a regular season of the NCBA with the hopes of going to Kansas for the NCBA World Series.
Arizona State University Division II Club Baseball team traveled to San Marcos this weekend to begin conference play. Your Sun Devils took two out of three in the series and are currently in first place in District standings.
In the first game of a double header on Saturday the Devils jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st thanks to a Home Run from Austin Somerville. San Marcos replied with a two run bottom of the first thanks to a two run Home Run. In the second inning the Devils managed to score two more runs, but again San Marcos responded with a run of their own. From the second inning on the game remained tied 3-3 and headed into extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth San Marcos managed to score a run winning game one with a score of 4-3.
After a lengthy delay waiting for umpires the Sun Devils trailed early thanks to a two run bottom of the 1st from San Marcos. In the top of the third the Devils finally broke through with a four run inning. Taking a 4-2 lead behind the pitching of Brad Crabtree. From the third inning on the Sun Devils were in control. Adding a run in the top of the 7th and winning with a final score of 5-2.
Game three again saw the Devils trail early. Down 2-0 after the 1st and 3-0 after four the Devils managed to tie the game with a three run top of the fifth. With the game tied 3-3 the Sun Devils managed to score runs in the 6th and 7th to take the lead and hold on to victory with the final score of 5-3 and taking the series 2-1.
Arizona State only needed the use of three pitchers. Brandon Smith, Brad Crabtree and Alex Craig threw 22 innings combined only giving up 9 runs combined.
ASU’s 3-5 hitters combined for 8 RBI’s in the three games.
Sun Devil defense only had two errors all weekend compared to the fall contest against San Marcos in which the Devils had 13 errors.
Arizona State’s next twelve games and next fifteen out of eighteen will all be home contest. With the lone away series against San Diego in April.
Sun Devils continue conference play this weekend as they take on GCU for a weekend series at Gene Autry.
After ASU takes on GCU the Sun Devils have a two weekend break as student athletes will have Spring Break off.
This weekend Arizona State will travel to California as they open up conference play against Cal State University San Marcos. The Sun Devils are heading into the weekend on a hot streak sweeping Weber St. this past weekend and taking two of three from Cal State Long Beach the weekend before. San Marcos opened up conference play last weekend taking two of three from previously ranked UC San Diego. San Marcos is currently first in the District VIII standings.
Games will be played at San Marcos High School. Game times are 10am and 1pm Saturday and 10am Sunday. Sun Devils have their last practice tonight preparing for the weekend contest before leaving Friday.
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