The standards of the baseball program are very high at Arizona State, where former Utah coach Tim Esmay has resigned after five seasons in charge of the Sun Devils.
ASU was invited to the NCAA Tournament last month, but lost two games in region play at San Luis Obispo, California.
Esmay, 49, had one year remaining on his contract. He took over the program as interim coach in 2010 and was named the Pac-10 coach of the year. The Sun Devils went 33-24 this season, giving Esmay a record of 201-94-1 at the school.
Esmay left Utah in 2004 after eight seasons as head coach, becoming an ASU assistant. He posted a 213-235-1 record with the Utes, winning a division title in the Western Athletic Conference in his first season of 1997.<