Top-Ranked Arizona State Baseball Set to Face Number-15 Arkansas; Winner Goes to Omaha

Looking to actually watch some decent baseball this weekend?

The D-Backs suck, but you're in luck -- the Arizona State baseball team, the number-one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, play a best-of-three series against 15th-ranked Arkansas this weekened at Packard Stadium in Tempe.

The winner of the series gets to travel to the most scared ground in college baseball: Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebradka, home of the College World Series.

The Sun Devils and Razorbacks are no strangers to each other, or the CWS, as both made it last season.

The teams split a two-game series in 2008 in Tempe, with Arkansas returning the favor a year later at home by sweeping ASU in two games. Overall, the teams are an even .500 (3-3) against each other.

The best-of-three series this weekend should be no different as both teams vie for a chance at glory in Omaha.

The series will be filled with numerous possible major league stars, as ASU had 10 players drafted earlier this week, while Arkansas had eight.

Although the series should be tightly contested, we expect the Sun Devils to prevail and move on.

The Sun Devils are a robust 38-3 at home this season and first-year manager Tim Esmay has made all the right moves in preparing ASU for the postseason.

Throw in the strong pitching of Seth Blair and Jordan Swagerty, along with the hot bats of Kole Calhoun, Zach MacPhee, and Riccio Torrez, and the Sun Devils will be just fine.

They may not sweep the Razorbacks, but expect ASU to win the series and book their ticket to Omaha.

For ticket information, click here.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Eric Smith
Contact: Eric Smith