Williams pitches baseball past Long Beach State, 6-1

March 12, 2012

The 10th-ranked Arizona State baseball team closed out its three-game series against Long Beach State with a 6-1 win, March 11, at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. Right-hander Trevor Williams (4-0) recorded his team-leading fourth win of the season after going a career-long eight innings.

Williams allowed just one earned run on eight hits while striking out four, and did not give up a run after the first inning. Right-hander Jake Barrett closed out the ninth with a pair of strikeouts, including one for the final out. Download Full Image

The Sun Devils (10-4) scored two runs in the first, one in the third, one in the fifth and two in the ninth, with Abe Ruiz and Trever Allen each recording a pair of RBI to pace the team. Allen and Kasey Coffman led ASU offensively over the weekend with three RBI and four hits apiece.

Allen put the Devils on top, 2-0, in the first inning with a two-out, two-run single, scoring Andrew Aplin and Coffman, who reached base on a walk and a hit by pitch, respectively.

The Dirtbags (5-10) cut ASU's lead in half, 2-1, in the bottom of the first with an RBI single by Ino Patron.

ASU extended its lead to two in the third frame after Deven Marrero recorded a double, his second hit of the game, and stole third before a sacrifice fly by Ruiz brought him home to put the Devils up, 3-1.

Joey DeMichele knocked a stand-up triple to deep right field to lead off the fifth inning and scored the Devils' fourth run of the game on Ruiz's second RBI sacrifice fly of the game to give ASU a three-run advantage.

Marrero flashed his glove in the field in the bottom of the fifth, throwing out Matt Duffy at home with runners on second and third and one out to help the Devils escape a jam.

ASU tacked on a pair of insurance run in the top of the ninth on a triple by Aplin that brought pinch runner Tucker Esmay home from first and an RBI single by Coffman that scored Aplin.

The Devils knocked out LBSU starting left-hander Ryan Strufing (2-1) in the top of the third inning after he loaded the bases with two outs. He took his first loss of the season and finished with three earned runs on a trio of hits and struck out four in 2 2/3 innings.

The Sun Devils return to Tempe, Ariz., for a two-game midweek series against Utah Valley at Packard Stadium. First pitch for both games is set for 6:30 p.m. PT with Tim Healey and Seth Dhaenens on the call for the Sun Devil Sports Network.

Game Notes: Marrero collected his first double of the season in the third inning..the Devils converted a pair of double steals in the game, with Marrero a part of both...DeMichele has four triples already this season after recording seven in his first two seasons...Coffman recorded his team-leading ninth steal of the season in the ninth inning.

ASU students team with high school to help youngsters explore world of technology

March 12, 2012

More than 400 girls from Phoenix-area middle schools will delve into the realm of information technology on March 16 with the help of students from Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and Xavier College Preparatory school in Phoenix.

During Xavier’s fourth annual “Girls Have IT Day” more than 100 Xavier high school students, along with members of the ASU student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), will mentor the girls through use of exhibits, hand-on demonstrations and other learning activities related to information technology. Girls give bubble science demo Download Full Image

ASU SWE members are volunteering to help manage the event. They’ve also devised some of the demonstrations and helped to plan activities.

The event is one of several joint efforts by Xavier and ASU’s engineering schools to promote interest among young women in science, technology, engineering and math.

“This is part of a growing collaboration we’ve developed with Xavier over the past four years to help bolster the ranks of young women pursuing careers in these fields,” says Stephen Rippon, the assistant dean of Recruitment, Outreach and Student Engagement for ASU’s engineering schools.

Xavier students participate in a high school extension of ASU’s Engineering Projects in Community Service program and in various competitions designed to develop and test students’ science, math and computer skills.

Another joint effort educates high school teachers and counselors about engineering, and what ASU’s engineering schools have to offer undergraduate students.

The teachers act as liaisons between high school students and the university, and become part of a growing liaison network involving numerous high schools.

“We’re also developing a program in which Xavier graduates who are now studying engineering at ASU will mentor current Xavier students, and another program to offer opportunities for Xavier students to get involved in research activities at the university,” Rippon says.

"Xavier has built an interdisciplinary approach to science, technology, engineering, art and math learning that has inspired creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in our young women," says Principal Sister Joan Fitzgerald.

The high school offers accelerated learning programs in those subjects, as well as honors studies, clubs and honors societies, and advanced-placement courses. Xavier students are also offered dual-enrollment in community college courses.   

For more information, visit the Girl Have IT Day website.

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering