ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS NEWS

ASU can't hold late lead in loss to Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. -- The Arizona State baseball team took a 3-0 lead into the eighth inning, but was unable to hold on in a 4-3 series-opening loss to Stanford on Thursday night at Sunken Diamond. The Sun Devils (20-15, 9-7) scored two runs in the first and one in the fourth to jump out to a three-run advantage, and starting junior left-hander Brett Lilek threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU defense makes spring progress but has much rebuilding left

Probably more than anything else, Arizona State's spring practice was about determining exactly what it has to work with next season, particularly on defense, where nine starters graduated. The process wasn't always pretty, but the Sun Devils ended spring practice feeling a lot more confident about the defense than when they began. "I feel great about where we're...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Popescue throws no-hitter in ASU softball's win

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State's Mackenzie Popescue threw her third career no-hitter as the Sun Devils routed Southern Miss 8-0 in five innings Friday night at Farrington Stadium. Popescue, whose last no-hitter came against North Dakota in a five-inning win in 2013, is now 19-1 on the season. With the win, ASU improved to 40-7 on the year, while Southern Miss dropped to 22-26...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Late miscue costs Wildcats as Sun Devils take opener

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Sometimes in rivalry games it's best to expect the unexpected. Friday night was a perfect example as the Arizona State baseball team capitalized on a bizarre defensive miscue by Arizona to escape with a 2-1 victory in the opening game of a three-game conference series between the in-state rivals. Leading 1-0 in the seventh, the Wildcats brought in closer Bobby...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Escobedo strikes out 16 in Sun Devils' win

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Dallas Escobedo struck out 16, Cheyenne Coyle had three RBIs and the Arizona State softball team defeated Southern Miss 6-0 on Saturday. Escobedo's stikeout total tied her career high, with her dominant performance coming almost exactly one month after she recorded 16 strikeouts in a March 28 victory against Arizona. Escobedo (20-6) faced some difficulty early...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU softball finishes off sweep of Southern Miss

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona State softball team finished a series sweep of Southern Miss with a 5-0 win Sunday at Farrington Stadium. With the win, ASU improved to 42-7. Southern Miss dropped to 22-28 on the year. Pitcher Mackenzie Popescue (20-1) got the win in the circle for the Sun Devils, while Samantha Robles (6-13) was tabbed with the loss for the Golden Eagles. It was the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU's Escobedo among 10 finalists for Collegiate Player of the Year

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State pitcher Dallas Escobedo was selected Wednesday as one of 10 finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, as chosen by the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, May 27, just prior to the start of the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. Three finalists will...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU baseball powers past ninth-ranked Oregon

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona State baseball team used an early offensive outburst and another quality start from right-hander Darin Gillies to secure an 8-6 series-clinching win over No. 9 Oregon on Sunday at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils (26-21, 14-10) won their third three-game series over a team ranked in the top 15 for the first time in school history. They have 12 victories...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 11, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU softball to host NCAA tournament regional

The Arizona State softball team will make its 26th appearance in the NCAA tournament, hosting the Tempe Regional from May 16-18 as the No. 9 seed overall. All games in the Tempe Regional will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The Sun Devils will open the regional on Friday, May 16 against Ivy League champion Dartmouth at 3 p.m. PT at Farrington Stadium. The Tempe Regional field features...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Martinez, Stankiewicz Lead ASU baseball past UNLV

LAS VEGAS -- The Arizona State baseball team defeated UNLV 9-5 on Tuesday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium in Las Vegas behind six strong innings from freshman right-hander Seth Martinez and a career night at the plate for shortstop Drew Stankiewicz. Martinez (4-0) earned his fourth win of the season and second in the team's past two midweek games. He allowed just one run on three...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU run-rules Dartmouth in NCAA tournament opener

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona State softball team continued its winning postseason ways at home in the opening round of the Tempe Regional on Friday with a five-inning 8-0 win over Dartmouth. ASU, 45-10-1 this season and 31-3 in postseason home games since 2006, next will host Michigan on Saturday at 3 p.m. PT on ESPNU. ASU, seeded ninth overall in the tournament, scored six runs...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU softball eliminated from tournament by Michigan

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The ninth-seeded Arizona State softball team was eliminated from the NCAA tournament Sunday, as Michigan's Lyndsay Doyle robbed Amber Freeman of what looked to be a potential two-run walk-off home run to seal a come-from-behind 5-4 victory for the Wolverines in the winner-take-all finale of the Tempe Regional. "Obviously, it was a tough day for us.  The...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Michigan Softball Beats Arizona State On Incredible Walk-Off Catch

Michigan has eliminated Arizona State from the NCAAs in softball in each of the last two season’s. As much as last year’s loss to U-of-M must have stung, there’s no way it came anywhere as close to the one that happened last night. Down a run in the bottom of the seventh inning and with a runner on first, ASU’s Amber Freeman was inches away from hitting a walk-off homer...
Via Next Impulse Sports
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

'Fast Freddie' Williams, star ASU back in 1970s, dies

TEMPE, Ariz.--"Fast Freddie" Williams, a star running back on the 1975 Arizona State team that capped an unbeaten season with a program-defining win over Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl , died on Wednesday, May 14. Williams lettered in four seasons for Arizona State, playing for legendary coach Frank Kush from 1973 through '76. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU, Arizona tied for 6th at NCAA women's golf championship

TULSA, Okla. -- Arizona State and Arizona are tied for sixth place heading into Friday's final round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championship at Tulsa Country Club. Third-ranked Duke took over the team lead on Friday at 16-over-par 856, six shots ahead of No. 1 USC at 862. Seventh-ranked Oklahoma slipped to third place at 866. The two Arizona teams are 15 shots behind Duke...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU finishes 5th, Arizona 7th at women's golf championships

Arizona State finished fifth and Arizona finished tied for seventh as the NCAA women's golf championships concluded Friday in Tulsa, Okla., at the par-70 Tulsa Country Club. No. 3 Duke won the championship with a team score of 10-over 1,130. No. 1 USC finished second with a 12-over 1,132, and No. 2 UCLA rounded out the top three with a 25-over 1,145. Doris Chen of USC won the...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils get No. 2 seed in regional hosted by Cal Poly

The Arizona State baseball team has been selected as the No. 2 seed in the San Luis Obispo Regional hosted by Cal Poly. ASU will face No. 3 seed Pepperdine (39-16) at 1 p.m. on Friday. Cal Poly (45-10) will play Sacramento State (39-22) in the regional's other game on Friday at Baggett Stadium on the Cal Poly campus. The four-team, double-elimination regional will continue through...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU gives Graham $300K raise, extends contract through June 2019

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State and football coach Todd Graham have agreed to a one-year contract extension through June 30, 2019, according to Arizona Board of Regents Documents. The new extension, which requires approval by the Regents on June 6, will amend Graham's contract to raise his annual salary from $2.4 million to $2.7 million on July 1. Additionally, Graham's contract...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU gives Graham $300K raise, extends contract through June 2019

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State and football coach Todd Graham have agreed to a one-year contract extension through June 30, 2019, according to Arizona Board of Regents Documents. The new extension, which requires approval by the Regents on June 6, will amend Graham's contract to raise his annual salary from $2.4 million to $2.7 million on July 1. Additionally, Graham's contract...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU AD says naming rights deal 'certain' for Sun Devil Stadium

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The possibility of a naming rights deal for Sun Devil Stadium -- currently in the early stages of a large-scale renovation -- has been confirmed more than once in the past few months, but it appears now possibility has turned to inevitability. "There will certainly be a naming rights deal," Arizona State vice president for university athletics Ray Anderson...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU places 4 on All-Pac-12 baseball team

Four Arizona State players were among 32 first-team selections on the All-Pac-12 baseball team, as voted on by the conference's head coaches. ASU's first-teamers were sophomore starting pitchers Ryan Kellogg and Brett Lilek, junior first baseman Nate Causey and junior shortstop Drew Stankiewicz. Sophomore center fielder Johnny Sewald and sophomore right-handed reliever Ryan...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Sun Devils lose to Pepperdine in opener of baseball regional

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Second-seeded Arizona State suffered a 3-2 loss to No. 3 seed Pepperdine in the opening game of the San Luis Obispo Regional on May 30 at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, Calif. The Sun Devils lost starting pitcher Brett Lilek in the first inning when he was injured trying to cover first base on a fielder’s choice. Seth Martinez took over with two...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: ASU Coach Todd Graham Has Pitchfork Boots

This won’t come as a surprise considering Arizona State’s location, but head football coach Todd Graham has Sun Devils themed boots in his repertoire. Graham showed them off at this past weekend’s Devils’ Ball, which is an event thrown to celebrate ASU athletics at year’s end. The school tweeted a photo of his outfit. Coach Graham has his pitchfork boots on for Devils’...
Via College Spun
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

ASU baseball coach Esmay resigns

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State baseball coach Tim Esmay resigned Monday after leading the program for five seasons, an athletic department spokesman confirmed. Esmay, 49, had one year remaining on his contract and leaves his post with a 201-94-1 record. That included a disappointing 33-24 2014 season in which the Sun Devils were eliminated without a win in the NCAA regional. Esmay...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Interviews for ASU baseball coach underway

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A week after Arizona State baseball coach Tim Esmay's resignation, vice president for university athletics Ray Anderson has begun interviewing candidates to replace him, delivering on his promise to move quickly in his search. Anderson began interviewing candidates Monday and will continue through Wednesday before traveling to Pinetop for an alumni fundraising...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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