It was an up and down week for Sun Devil athletics. The most surprising news bit of the week came on Wednesday, when former ASU quarterback Andrew Walter announced his intention of running for Congress in 2014. Walter broke every single ASU career passing record while at school from 2001-2004. He also broke John Elway's 22-year old record for career passing touchdowns by a Pac-10 quarterback.
A big congratulations is in order to the ASU softball team, which advanced to its eighth consecutive Super Regional with a 3-0 record in the Tempe Regional. Dallas Escobedo allowed just four hits and zero earned runs in 21 innings pitched over the weekend.
Finally, the ASU baseball team dropped two of three to the rival Arizona Wildcats over the weekend. The Sun Devils had the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth innings on Sunday, but were unable to scratch across the game winning run. The Sun Devils fell to 14-12 in conference play and 34-17-1 overall on the season. Oh yeah, and those Wildcats also walked away with the Territorial Cup Series trophy.
Five stories to read from last week
Former ASU Quarterback Andrew Walter to Run for Congress: Andrew Walter lit up Pac-10 defenses from 2002-2004, and now the former ASU signal caller is trying his hand at politics. Walter will be running as a Republican from Arizona's ninth district.
Arizona State Football on the Move: With the ASU football team leaving Sun Devil stadium soon for renovations, Kerry Crowley makes the case for Chase Field as the home for the Sun Devils. Where would you like to see your Sun Devils play in 2015?
Amber Freeman Named 2013 Pac-12 Softball Player of the Year: Sun Devil catcher Amber Freeman was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year this week. Freeman is a sophomore from Lakewood, California, and hit .383 with 19 home runs and 60 runs batted in on the season.
Dallas Escobedo Throws No-Hitter in Regional Play: The stud ASU right-hander made history Friday night against San Jose State. Escobedo threw the first postseason no-hitter in ASU softball history.
Allen Darby named to LOTT Impact Player Watch List: Senior safety Allen Darby was added to the Lott IMPACT award watch list this week. The Lott IMPACT awards players who excell both inside the classroom and on the field. Darby is one of 42 players added to the list. Story from thesundevils.com
News and Notes
- A big congratulations to the three senior Sun Devil baseball players who were honored before Sunday's series finale against Arizona. Alex Blackford, Matthew Dunbar and Max Rossiter all graduated from Arizona State this May.
- The ASU men's golf team advanced to their 50th NCAA Finals with the help of a 5-under-65 by freshman Trey Kaahanui out of McClintock High School. The Sun Devils are joined by UCLA, UCF, Georgia and Texas A&M in the finals.
- Congratulations to current ASU Graduate Assistant Rudy Burgess and his fiancée for the birth of their son Maddox Tyrice Burgess. Maddox was born very early Friday morning, and ASU football head coach Todd Graham was present to greet the new mother and father.
Tweets of the Week
A notion held by most Sun Devil fans
I hate UofA. With every fiber of my being— Joey Palomarez (@ASUjoepa) May 19, 2013
Wise words to live by
I don't think anything will break a man down any more than the deep feeling of regret. And you can't fix that with words; only actions.— Josh Hubner (@JoshHubner) May 19, 2013
Space mountain line is sooooooo long— CBE (@CarlBradford52) May 17, 2013
Best of luck to Carrick Felix on his journey to the NBA
Update on @c_felix0 in Chicago for NBA Combine. Went out on his own last night, found a Lifetime Fitness & got shots up. No days off mindset— Eric Musselman (@EricPMusselman) May 16, 2013
We all have those days Omar
I've been so lazy this week after work.... Just want dinner to magically appear on my table. #WishfulThinkin— Omar C. Bolden (@Os_Island) May 16, 2013
Todd Graham Tweet of the Week
"The spirit of brotherhood recognizes of necessity both the need of self-help and also the need of helping others..." #SunDevilBrotherhood— Todd Graham(@CoachGrahamASU) May 15, 2013
Sun Devil in the White House?
Today I formally announce my candidacy for Congress in AZ-09. Please join us in our quest to take back Washington! andrewwalter2014.com— Andrew Walter (@AndrewWalterCD9) May 15, 2013
Better get on that Deantre
i havent seen Iron man 3 yet. boii been slackin on movie watchin.— Deantre lewis(@deantre_lewis) May 15, 2013
The journey to Pasadena begins
Packing up to show up in Tempe tomorrow after noon #ASU the summer Begins of hard work— Marcus Hardison (@13igDuke) May 18, 2013
How about football players showing support
Hahahaha can't nobody mess with @a_freeman9 !! The coldest softball player— Steffon Martin (@Steff_Made) May 18, 2013
Videos of the Week
Go inside the decision making process centering around the new Sparky. Well, the "old, new Sparky."
Congressional hopeful Andrew Walter breaks the Pac-10 passing touchdown record back in 2004
Vontaze Burfict destroying another human being