Considering their team’s luck over the last few years, Arizona State baseball fans would probably rather see the Sun Devils play a super regional in Yankee Stadium than at Cal State Fullerton’s Goodwin Field.
They won’t get their wish though, thanks to the Titans’ 6-3 victory over Arizona in the Fullerton Regional championship game Monday night. Instead of playing a super-hyped super regional against rival Arizona that could have been played at Packard Stadium, ASU (37-22) will have to play the sixth-seeded Titans (45-16) on the field on which they have been eliminated from postseason play three of the last four years.
The three-game series will begin either Friday or Saturday with the winner advancing to the College World Series.
"We’ve got to face our demons," ASU coach Pat Murphy said when the tournament field was revealed last week. "They’ve beaten us and they’ve been better than us the last four or five years. There probably won’t be too many people giving us a chance if we get there."
Seven ASU players were named to the All-Pac-10 baseball academic team Monday. Juniors Travis Buck and Erik Averill were named to the first team and seniors Tuffy Gosewisch and Ty Marotz were named to the second team. Sophomores Seth Dhaenens and Joe Persichina and freshman Eric Williams were named honorable mention.
To qualify for the team, a player had to have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average and either be a starter or significant contributor.