Even after a disappointing end to the season, Arizona State baseball has some reasons to celebrate.
Hopes of the College World Series were dashed in late May when the Arizona State baseball team fell to rival Arizona 6-8 in the Pac-12 tournament.
Although they did not accomplish their goal of moving forward, individual Sun Devils were recently recognized for their accomplishments throughout the season.
Nate Baez – Infielder
- Pac-12 All-Conference First Team (Infielder)
- CBN Third Team All-American (2B)
- ABCA Second Team All-West Region (2B)
Jacob Tobia – Designated Hitter
- Pac-12 All-Conference First Team (DH)
- CBN Freshman All-American
Ryan Campos – Catcher
- Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention
- NCBWA Freshman All-American
Joe Lampe – Outfielder
- Perfect Game Third Team All-American
Fans are still frustrated with what they saw in Arizona State’s baseball season
Arizona State fans have certain expectations of their baseball program. One of the most historically successful teams in college baseball, ASU posted a disappointing 26-32 record in 2022.
Hopes were raised for a College World Series appearance after upsetting Oregon 4-2 in the Pac-12 tournament. Still, those hopes were ultimately dashed in the worst way possible by in-state rival Arizona.
The Sun Devils have only posted four losing records in their 63-year history; 1963, 2017, 2018, and 2022.
After heading the program during two of those losing seasons former head coach Tracy Smith was fired and replaced by Willie Bloomquist. As this is his first year at the top, Bloomquist will get another opportunity next season but expectations will be high and the results will have to be impressive to please a rabid fanbase so accustomed to success.
With all that said, it is crucial to recognize the accomplishments of Baez, Tobias, Campos, and Lampe and honor the hard work they put in this season. Congrats!