No. 1 With a Yawn

It’s springtime in the Valley, which means it’s Cactus League season. Uh, yeah. Of course.

Okay, let’s try this again.

It’s springtime in the Valley, which means that ASU Baseball is in full swing. Oh, yeah, you forgot about them? Uh, yeah.

Well, you damn well shouldn’t, because the squad -- which is traditionally treated like the Valley’s red-headed stepchild during the month of March -- is ranked No. 1 in the country by the USA TODAY/ESPN coaches’ preseason poll. Guess who’s tops in another NCAA poll? The University of Tucson Mildcats. Should be an interesting season, indeed.

The Sun Devils open their season by hosting the three-day DeMarini Invitational at Packard Stadium. The tourney features games against Miami (Ohio), Vanderbilt, and the two-time defending national champs of Oregon State.

Sun., Feb. 24, 3 p.m., 2008
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Chris Bowman