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5/27/2013 9:20:13 PM
Topic:
OSU vs ASU 2014

ASU74
ASU74
LSU_Blake wrote:
I would love to go out there and watch a game on the West Coast. Never been that way but always wanted to go, especially to that area. Unfortunately me and my family are doing the Disney World thing next year so I will be pretty much expended after that. You guys need to come out to the "BOX" and watch a game one day. I wish LSU would schedule some OSU's and ASU's in baseball early in the season. The last few years we have had Cal State Fullerton and the Washington Huskies come here so maybe it will happen.


The Houston Classic has been inviting one SEC and one Pac team for the last few years. Last year it was Texas A & M and Cal. I'd pull for LSU & ASU to come next year...it would be a blast!
5/28/2013 4:56:23 PM
Topic:
3 Pac-12 players named Golden Spikes semifinalists

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ASU74
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Three Pac-12 baseball players were named among 30 semifinalists for the 2013 Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced on Tuesday. The Golden Spikes Award recognizes the top amateur baseball player in the country.

Representing the Pac-12 Conference are the following student-athletes (in alphabetical order): Mark Appel, RHP, Sr., STAN; David Berg, RHP, So., UCLA, Jimmie Sherfy, RHP, Jr., ORE.

"USA Baseball congratulates each of the 30 student-athletes and their respective baseball programs," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. We wish all of the semifinalists the best of luck."

Appel, Stanford’s all-time strikeout leader (372), ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with a 2.12 ERA and boasts a .203 opposing batting average. He leads the Conference and ranks second in the nation with 130 punch outs. The All-American went 10-4 in 14 starts this season and tossed four complete games. He issued just 23 walks and allowed 17 extra-base hits in 106.1 innings this season.

Berg owns an NCAA-best 0.70 ERA. He is 6-0 in 41 appearances and has tallied 18 saves. He boasts a .190 opposing batting average and has notched 64 strikeouts versus seven walks.

Sherfy, who ranks second in the NCAA with 20 saves, owns Oregon’s top two single-season marks in the category--he had 19 saves in 2012. He boasts a 1.67 ERA in 36 appearances this season and has struck out 52 batters while walking 13. He has held opposing batters to a .216 average.

The list of 30 semifinalists will sent to a voting body consisting of past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.

Fan voting also will be a part of the Golden Spikes Award. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on Tuesday, May 28 on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of the selection process, all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of 30 names. On Tuesday, June 4, USA Baseball will announce the three finalists, and voting will once again commence that same day. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live on MLB Network for the third year in a row, with a live presentation scheduled during The Rundown on Friday, July 19.

Past Pac-12 winners include Trevor Bauer (UCLA, 2011), Tim Lincecum (Washington, 2006) and Terry Francona (Arizona, 1980).

For the complete list of 2013 Golden Spikes Award semifinalists, visit USABaseball.com.
5/28/2013 4:57:52 PM
Topic:
Pac-12 players of the week

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ASU74
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Arizona freshman shortstop Kevin Newman has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week and Stanford senior right-handed pitcher Mark Appel has been tabbed Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week for May 20-26, the Conference office announced Monday.

Newman capped a sensational freshman season by leading the Wildcats to a three-game sweep of USC. The Poway, Calif., native went 5-for-12 (.417) at the plate with five runs scored and nine runs batted for the series. He also walked once, was hit by a pitch, stole two bases and did not commit an error while racking up 18 assists on the weekend. In the series opener on Friday, Newman went 1-for-4 with two runs batted in before scoring the game-winning run after he was hit by a pitch to open the bottom of the 10th inning. On Saturday, Newman accounted for half of Arizona’s runs in an 18-4 win. He went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and collected a career-high six RBI. He closed the series on Sunday with a 1-for-3 day at the plate that included a double, a run scored and an RBI. Over the three games, Newman hit .800 (4-for-5) with runners in scoring position. Five of his nine runs batted in came with two outs. For the season, Newman batted .336 and ranked sixth in the league for base hits (73) and eighth in runs batted in (42).

This is Newman’s first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor and Arizona’s 60th all-time selection.

Appel racked up nine strikeouts in 8.0 innings of a 2-1 victory over UCLA on Friday night to become the Cardinal’s all-time strikeout leader (372). The Austin, Texas, native allowed three hits, issued a pair of walks and conceded one run in his final collegiate start and improved to 10-4 on the season. He set the tone early, needing just 10 pitches to strike out the side in the opening stanza, and never looked back. It was the 25th time in the last 29 starts the righty has lasted at least seven frames to move his career total to 377.2 innings pitched, good for fourth in program history. Appel leads the Pac-12 and ranks second in the nation with 130 punch outs, and his is 2.12 ERA ranks fourth in the Conference.

This is Appel’s third Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week nod of the season and the fifth of his career. Cardinal pitchers have won the award a league-best 80 times overall.

Also Nominated (Player): Nate Causey, ASU; J.J. Altobelli; ORE; Dylan Davis, OSU; Alex Blandino, STAN.

Also Nominated (Pitcher): Tyler Crawford, ARIZ; Tommy Thorpe, ORE; Andrew Moore, OSU.

2013 Pac-12 Players of the Week: Feb. 19 – Ryon Healy, Jr., 1B, ORE; Feb. 26 – Trever Allen, RS So., OF, ASU; March 5 – Michael Conforto, So., OF, OSU; March 12 – Tyler Smith, Sr., SS, OSU; March 19 – Michael Conforto, So., OF, OSU; March 26 – Dallas Carroll, Fr., 3B, UTAH; April 1 – Trent Gilbert, So., 2B, ARIZ; April 8 – RJ Ybarra, Fr., DH, ASU; April 15 – Scott Heineman; So., OF, ORE; April 22 – Brian Ragira, Jr., 1B, STAN; April 29 – Ryon Healy, Jr., 1B, ORE.; May 6 – Mitchell Tolman, Fr., 3B, ORE; May 13 – Greg Zebrack, RS Sr., OF, USC; May 20 – Michael Benjamin, Jr., 3B, ASU; May 27 – Kevin Newman, Fr., SS, ARIZ.

2013 Pac-12 Pitchers of the Week: Feb. 19 – James Farris, Jr., RHP, ARIZ; Feb. 26 – Matt Boyd, Sr., LHP, OSU; March 5 – Mark Appel, Sr., RHP, STAN; March 12 – Trevor Williams, Jr., RHP, ASU; March 19 – Matt Boyd, Jr., RHP, OSU; March 26 – Ryan Kellogg, Fr., LHP, ASU; April 1 – Cole Irvin, Fr., LHP, ORE; April 8 – Scott Simon, RS So., RHP, WSU; April 15 – Sean Silva; So., OF, USC; April 22 – David Berg, So., RHP, UCLA; April 29 – Nick Vander Tuig, Jr., RHP, UCLA; May 6 – Mark Appel, Sr., RHP, STAN; May 13 – Cole Irvin, Fr., LHP, ORE; May 20 – Andrew Moore, Fr., RHP, OSU; May 27 – Mark Appel, Sr., RHP, STAN.
5/28/2013 5:00:09 PM
Topic:
Four Pac-12 teams begin postseason run Friday

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ASU74
The NCAA selection committee gave Pac-12 baseball a huge boost by awarding Oregon the eighth and final national seed for the 2013 NCAA tournament. The Ducks join in-state rival No. 3 Oregon State as a team with a clear path to Omaha, provided they keep on winning. UCLA and Arizona State also qualified for the tournament, giving the Pac-12 four bids in this year’s event. UCLA will host its regional, while Arizona State will travel to Southern California to participate in a weekend hosted by powerhouse Cal State Fullerton. Here’s a postseason look at each qualifying Pac-12 team:
[Related: NCAA baseball championship bracket]
Oregon State (45-10, 24-6 Pac-12 Champions)
The Beavers never slumped in 2013, and their lethal versatility earned a Pac-12 championship, one clinched in walk-off fashion on the last day of the regular season. Pat Casey’s club, which won back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007, is again a popular pick to make noise in Omaha. Oregon State’s postseason journey begins Friday at 5 p.m. PT against fourth-seeded Texas-San Antonio. No. 2-seed Texas A&M and No. 3-seed UC Santa Barbara will also duke it out in the Corvallis regional.
Given Oregon State’s phenomenal pitching depth, this first postseason round is the Beavers’ to lose. All three of Casey’s regular season weekend starters sport earned run averages of 2.10 or lower, while nine Oregon State hurlers own clips at or under 2.82. That kind of pitching depth should shine in postseason play, especially in the unlikely scenario that UTSA trips up the Beavers early and forces them to win the regional by coming through the loser’s bracket.
Texas A&M (32-27, 13-16 SEC) hasn’t been great offensively this year, and they’ve especially struggled on the road (6-13). UCSB (34-23, 17-10 Big West) is solid but not spectacular in all phases of the game, while UTSA (35-23, 15-11 WAC) relies on offense: they feature two sluggers with double-digit home run totals, but only a 4.34 staff ERA.
[Related video: Oregon State edges the Cougs, wins the Pac-12 title]
Oregon (45-14, 22-8 Pac-12)
Entering Monday’s selection show, the Ducks were a lock to host a regional, but their selection as the eighth and final national seed surprised pundits. The seeding is a tremendous victory for the small ball-happy Ducks, whose road to Omaha goes exclusively through Eugene’s pitcher-friendly PK Park.
George Horton’s squad, though, will not enjoy a cakewalk through its own regional. No. 2-seeded Rice (41-17, 15-9 Conference USA) boasts a nasty pitching staff that has combined for a 2.72 ERA, while No. 3-seeded San Francisco laid claim to being the best team in the Bay Area in a season that saw road wins over Oregon State and Stanford. No. 4-seeded South Dakota State (35-22, 16-10 Summit League) rounds out the Eugene regional and will be Oregon’s first opponent at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Ducks’ 2.79 staff ERA sets them up for a potentially entertaining mound dual with Rice, but offensive execution will be key for an Oregon squad that relies on small ball galore. George Horton’s club has successfully sacrificed 92 times this season, by far the most in the Pac-12. And although Ryon Healy packs some offensive punch for the Quack Attack, the team is hitting only .260 on the season, so further situational precision will be absolutely necessary to derail a Rice team that is one good-looking No. 2 seed.
[Related video: Pac-12 coaches on confidence on the diamond]
UCLA (39-17, 21-9 Pac-12)
Much like Oregon, the Bruins are not a fearsome force offensively. UCLA earned its postseason hosting position through excellent pitching (2.79 staff ERA – same as the Ducks), conference-best defense (.980 fielding percentage), and situational offensive success that overcame a Pac-12-worst .249 team batting average.
The Baby Blue will host well-rounded No. 2 seed Cal Poly (39-17, 17-10 Big West), slugging No. 3-seeded San Diego (35-23, 15-9 WCC), and No. 4-seeded San Diego State (31-29, 15-15 Mountain West). For UCLA, all three potential matchups are scary because they all feature offensively capable ball clubs that can put the light-hitting Bruins into a major disadvantage with just one swing of the bat.
There will immediately be a lot of pressure on UCLA’s pitching staff when they face Tony Gwynn’s Aztecs to open play at 6 p.m. Friday. Red-hot San Diego State won four consecutive elimination games, including two in a row over heavily favored New Mexico, to take the Mountain West championship. Their freshman third baseman Tyler France, who finished 16-for-21 on the tournament, is on an otherworldly tear that has put the Aztecs’ earlier offensive struggles into the rearview mirror.
Cal Poly shows no definite weaknesses, while San Diego features tall slugger Kris Bryant (1.360 OPS), who has blasted 31 home runs on the season – a record in the new BBCOR bat era. The Torreros, though, struggle mightily on defense (.956 fielding percentage) compared to the other slick-fielding teams in this regional. This one is wide open.
[Related: Four Pac-12 teams receive bids for NCAA baseball championship]
Arizona State (35-20-1, 16-4 Pac-12)
The Sun Devils are back from NCAA postseason purgatory. The college baseball program with the most MLB pedigree earned a No. 2 seed in the Cal State Fullerton regional, where they’re confronted with a tough field that features the high-powered New Mexico offense and Columbia, the Ivy League champion.
The Sun Devils open at 4 p.m. Friday against the Lobos (37-20, 25-6 Mountain West), who boast the nation’s best offense. New Mexico leads the NCAA in multiple categories, including average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Their 52 home runs should provide for a nice power matchup with Arizona State, which led the Pac-12 with 45 taters this season.
Top-seeded Cal State Fullerton (48-8, 24-4 Big West) destroyed their conference this season and played well against tougher competition, too. Their 2.56 team ERA makes them the prohibitive favorite to win this regional, but the Sun Devils do have the offensive pop to make noise.
5/28/2013 7:03:31 PM
Topic:
DM, Regional picks?

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ASU74
borgguy wrote:
Florida Beaver wrote:
Yes. Most definitely add some SEC teams. Just not all of them. I'd be okay with just LSU and the hogs.



seconded: in deference to our adopted SEC brethren hogfan4life and LSU_Blake take the 4 pac12 teams and LSU and arkansas

i agree
5/28/2013 8:32:33 PM
Topic:
OSU vs ASU 2014

ASU74
ASU74
BeaverBob wrote:
Fred, a friend of mine just bought a house in Chandler for about 1/3 of what it would cost up here in the Portland area. He is trying to get me to buy a house in the same neighborhood. He is planning on eventually moving there, but will keep it as a place to escape during the winter months until he retires. How far is Tempe from Chandler?

I love the climate in the area except for the months of June through August.



Not far at all. Chandler was mostly farm land when I lived there in the 70's. WAY different now. Chandler would be a good investment. If you need a real estate agent, I can recommend one. PM me. I've been looking in Scottsdale. I've made 10 offers on homes there over the last 2 years. The last one in January. I made a cash offer for 25K over asking price & still did not get it. It was 5 miles to the nearest grocery store, not like it was in the CBD. Homes I passed on 2 years ago, I would make an offer on today!

Well so far it will be you, DM, and maybe FB, & myself at the series. It will be a blast!!

FYI
Drink one of the vintage St Pauli's before boarding the plane. If you can walk off the plane, I'll assist you in polishing off the remainder of the 6 Pac.
5/29/2013 9:56:58 AM
Topic:
Four Pac-12 teams begin postseason run Friday

ASU74
ASU74
beavos88 wrote:
ASU74, great reviews! You did this? You should start up your own pac-12 baseball website/board.



It WAS a copy/paste from the Pac 12 site...but THX anyway.....just trying to keep people informed.
5/29/2013 10:07:31 AM
Topic:
Combined Pac-12 and SEC Regional Predictions

ASU74
ASU74
  • Ark 3+
  • ASU 1-2
  • LSU 3-0
  • Ore 3+
  • OSU 3+
  • SCar 3+
  • UCLA 3+
  • 5/29/2013 12:43:04 PM
    Topic:
    Stupid conference tournaments screw it up again

    ASU74
    ASU74
    Hedegoba88 wrote:
    Exactly, I have always hated this about the NBA playoffs. Now that is exactly what the SEC is doing, letting 12 of the 14 teams into the Tournament. Why not stick with the top 8?!?!?


    IMHO
    For 1 stupid reason...and it is not for the benefit of the conference teams. It is all about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I really hope the Pac does not decide to do a tournament.

    Teams should be able to stand on their season resume, not backdoor their way into post season play.
    5/29/2013 1:03:00 PM
    Topic:
    Combined Pac-12 and SEC Regional Predictions

    ASU74
    ASU74
    LSU_Blake wrote:
    Who is gonna beat us river duck.


    Blake:
    I'd bet there is a banner of some type in the Tiger locker room saying something like..
    "Remember Stony Brook"
    After all it is baseball and ANYTHING can happen....that is why there are upsets!
    Best of luck to you guys.
    F
    5/29/2013 7:53:57 PM
    Topic:
    Pac 12 awards

    ASU74
    ASU74
    Congrads to all, & good luck in the draft for those who are eligable.Thumbs Up
    5/29/2013 7:59:26 PM
    Topic:
    ISR probabilities PAC12 AND SEC

    ASU74
    ASU74
    Anyone who wants to take all the stats & their prediction prowness.....I'll be in Vegas this weekend if anyone wants to put their money down...just let me know....& BTW if ya loose and are thinking of welching watch the movie Casino again.King-tron
    5/29/2013 8:09:34 PM
    Topic:
    Friday Starters

    ASU74
    ASU74
    Pitching off can sometimes be a trap. I would rather be the bear than the trap.
    5/29/2013 8:22:44 PM
    Topic:
    Civil War Wager!

    ASU74
    ASU74
    We are entering post reason play. The slate is clean for all the 64 teams. So far RD has lived up to his end of the wager with humility and diginity. How about Beaver Nation give RD a clean slate and deem the wager paid in full? Whatcha say?
    Feedback Requested
    5/30/2013 7:39:55 PM
    Topic:
    8 Pac-12 players-Louisville Slugger All-Americans

    ASU74
    ASU74
    By the Pac-12 Conference

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Eight Pac-12 baseball players have been named to the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American team, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper announced Thursday. Two players were selected to the first team, three were named to the second team and three landed on the third team. Oregon State and Arizona State led all Conference schools with two All-Americans apiece.

    Stanford senior RHP Mark Appel and UCLA sophomore RHP David Berg were first team selections. Berg, the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year, owns an NCAA-best 0.70 ERA. He is 6-0 in 41 appearances and has tallied 18 saves, while boasting a .190 opposing batting average. He is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes award and the Howser Trophy.

    Appel, the Cardinal’s all-time strikeout leader, has tallied 130 strikeouts this season to rank second in the NCAA. He owns the Conference’s fourth-lowest ERA (2.12) and has tossed four complete games. A 2012 Louisville Slugger first-teamer, Appel is also a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Howser Trophy.

    Arizona State freshman LHP Ryan Kellogg, Oregon State freshman RHP Andrew Moore and Oregon closer Jimmie Sherfy have been named to the second team. Kellogg went 11-0 in the regular season and sits at No. 3 on the Sun Devils’ single-season freshman wins list. He is one of just five pitchers in the NCAA to win at least 11 games without a loss.

    The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Moore is the only Conference hurler with 12 wins this season (ranks third nationally), and his 1.22 ERA and .193 opposing batting average rank second in the league. He has tossed three complete-game shutouts in 2013, the most by an OSU pitcher in more than a decade.

    Sherfy, who ranks second in the NCAA with 20 saves, owns Oregon’s top two single-season marks in the category--he had 19 saves in 2012. He boasts a 1.67 ERA in 36 appearances this season and has struck out 52 batters while walking 13. He was a third team selection in 2012.

    Oregon State senior LHP Matt Boyd, Arizona junior 3B Brandon Dixon, and Arizona State junior Michael Benjamin are third team honorees. Boyd, who went 10-3 during the regular season, ranks third in the Conference with a 2.09 ERA. Dixon (.369) won the league’s batting title, while Benjamin leads the Pac-12 in slugging percentage (.569), hits (81) and total bases (132).

    To view a complete list of 2013 Louisville Slugger All Americans, visit www.baseballnews.com
    5/31/2013 6:55:56 AM
    Topic:
    ****College postseason landing page****

    ASU74
    ASU74
    K
    Nicely done. Worth a read.
    Read Report
    6/2/2013 11:08:22 PM
    Topic:
    Enjoyed it!

    ASU74
    ASU74
    No need to be a stranger here just cuz your season is over. There is still entertainment to be had here.
    6/2/2013 11:15:27 PM
    Topic:
    Could be an UGLY last game for ASU this season

    ASU74
    ASU74
    http://www.thesundevils.com/gametracker/launch/gt_mbasebl.html?event=1258618&school=asu&sport=mbasebl&camefrom=&startschool=&

    Check out the play by play for 1st 2 innings.Duhh
    6/3/2013 4:25:28 PM
    Topic:
    Eugene Regional

    ASU74
    ASU74
    Riverduck wrote:
    Ok.. RD will be at the game tonight.. Pm me here if you want to talk PAC baseball. I will be the crazy guy with a hand crafted Oregon tie dye and green and yellow beard..


    RD
    Gotta see this...post a photo if ya dare
    F
    6/3/2013 4:26:20 PM
    Topic:
    Enjoyed it!

    ASU74
    ASU74
    hogfan4life wrote:
    I don't know Hedge, we lose our entire weekend pitching rotation. Next year will absolutely be a rebuild.


    It is not called rebuild...RELOAD!
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