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Five Things That Stood Out
1. Arizona State breaks out against Notre Dame
It’s just one weekend and we’ll see how the rest of the season transpires. But what a statement on Opening Weekend by Arizona State. The Sun Devils had some urgency in the offseason after missing the NCAA Tournament. And they showed that urgency in an absolute thrashing of Notre Dame this weekend. Not only did the Sun Devils sweep the Irish, they also scored 46 runs in three games with Spencer Torkelson, Carter Aldrete and others leading the charge. The Devils are going to hit, and it’s not crazy to say they might just have one of the nation’s premier offensive lineups. As for ASU’s pitching, there’s definitely some promise. Boyd Vander Kooi showed showed stuff on Saturday, while righty Alec Marsh struck out 10 Irish hitters in the season opener. Then, Sunday, hard-throwing RJ Dabovich allowed three runs in five innings, but also walked five batters. Many eyes will be on the Devils moving forward. This team has the look, or so it seems.
2. Super Regional Stetson off to tough start
The Hatters caught the nation’s attention last season by assembling a terrific regular season resume and making the Chapel Hill Super Regional. But if this weekend is any indication, it could be a challenging campaign for Steve Trimper’s club. Stetson went 0-3 this weekend with setbacks against Virginia Tech (5-0), Sam Houston State (4-3) and Manhattan (5-2). Offensively, the Hatters hit .167 as a team for the weekend with the lone bright spots being Austin Bogart (.500) and Baylen Sparks (.333). As for talented Stetson lefty Mitchell Senger, his start against Virginia Tech was a mixed bag of results. He struck out eight batters, but also walked five. Command was an issue, but he still found ways to get outs, as evidenced by the fact he allowed just one hit in 4.1 innings. Trimper’s club will have better days, but they took it on the chin to begin the season.
3. TCU’s offense looks much improved