Tempe, AZ – The Arizona State baseball team has performed to mixed reviews this season. On one hand, they lead the Pac-12 conference in hits (472), home runs (34) and slugging percentage (.453). They are also second in the conference with a .299 team batting average. On the other hand, their defense and fielding percentage ranks near the bottom of the conference. Sun Devil pitching falls somewhere in the middle with a team ERA of 3.94.
Those numbers are an interesting combination of stats that have allowed the Devils to beat some of the best teams in the nation, yet also blow some big leads and lose games because of poor defense and untimely errors.
As ASU baseball heads down the home stretch with 11 games left in the 2013 regular season, it’s hard to predict where the team will end up when it’s all said and done. The remaining games include road trips to Cal and Washington, and the Devils will host Texas Tech, Arizona and BYU at Packard Stadium.
Looking back at the season to this point, the inconsistent defense has been the achilles heel for the 2013 Sun Devils. If they are able to tighten things up in the field and reduce the amount of errors, this team has the potential to do some special things in the coming months.
Currently, ASU sits at fourth place in the conference behind Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA. At their current pace, they should remain as one of the top 5 teams in the conference and will keep post season play on the agenda. Anything less would be unacceptable for the Arizona State baseball program.
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