The road for Arizona State’s 2014-2015 baseball team ended at NCAA Regionals in back-to-back losses against Cal State Fullerton and Pepperdine with a final record of 35-23.
For 53 consecutive seasons, the Sun Devils have ended with a record of 30 wins or more, the most in college baseball; however, a national championship has eluded the team since 1981.
When one season ends, it means the next season is that much closer, even if that season is summer ball.
Eighteen ASU ball players competed in summer ball across the country.
Among the most prestigious of opportunities was Colby Woodmansee’s to play with the USA Baseball’s National Collegiate Team. Arizona State’s treasured shortstop played in five games for the team before suffering an elbow contusion from a pitch to his right elbow which ended his summer ball season.
Woodmansee also played in the Cape Cod League for the Orleans Firebirds at the start of the summer. In his 23 at bats, Woodmansee batted .348 for eight hits and three runs.
Infielder R.J. Ybarra was set to play for the Firebirds but opted out. In a last minute addition, Eder Erives took a swing at summer ball. As a rising junior, Erives made 18 appearances for Arizona State as a relief pitcher. The right-handed pitcher put the ball in motion through 18.1 innings and scooped up a 1.47 ERA in the process.
Around the rest of the Cape Cod League were three other sun devils. Ryan Lillard, Brian Serven, and Andrew Snow who saw their share of playing time in the Cape.
Lillard spent his time with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox, and Serven worked with the Bourne Braves. However, both were released during the month of July with little to no playing time.
The Falmouth Commodores activated Snow in mid-June. During the 19 games he played, Snow garnered three hits and three runs alongside two RBIs. During his freshman year with the Sun Devils, Snow broke out as the regular starter at second base and joined a distinct group of ASU freshman to hold a .300 batting average during their premiere season.
Jordan Aboites and Ryan Hingst called the Alaska Baseball league their home for the summer. Aboites notched 24.1 innings under his belt with a 2.58 ERA. Hingst threw 44 innings in nine games.
In the West Coast League, Grant Schneider and Regan Todd pitched for the Bellingham Bells.
Schneider only commanded three innings for the Sun Devils during his freshman season this past year. With the Bells, Schneider threw 31.2 innings with a 3.97 ERA.
Todd might seem like an unfamiliar name to the Sun Devil fan base and it should. Following a redshirt freshman season, Todd had the chance to pitch 38.1 innings in summer league under the Bells.
Up in the New England Collegiate League, Tucker Baca pitched seven innings in three games with the Newport Gulls before being released July 21.
Zach Cerbo played in the Coastal League under the Holly Springs Salamanders. Cerbo batted .287 as he started and played in 26 games.
Staying in the valley of the sun, Coltin Gerhart and Eric Melbostad played for the Lizards in the Arizona Collegiate League. The league wrapped up play July 17, and the Lizards claimed the league championship. During their run, Gerhart and Melbostad earned their fair share of playing.
Gerhart batted .375 and picked up ten runs during the 15 games he played in. Melbostad, on the other hand, played in 12 games with a 1.15 ERA. He led the team in strikeouts with 69.
David Greer had the chance to play with the Santa Barbara Foresters in the California Collegiate League. He swung for .373 in 100 plate appearances.
The Northwoods League, which hosted Hever Bueno and Andrew Shaps, is comprised of teams from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan and Ontario, Canada.
Bueno went 3-1 in the 18.1 innings he pitched for the Madison Mallards, but the team released him in mid-July.
Shaps has played 17 games with the Lakeshore Chinooks. In 17 games, Shaps batted .370 including five RBIs.
In order to be eligible for summer ball leagues, athletes must be NCAA eligible, and because NCAA athletes do not receive compensation, these Sun Devils were not paid a salary. Instead, they were paid with a summer of being able to improve up on their skills and work on the road to Omaha next season.