Arizona State Baseball Notebook

May 13, 2002

Current 2002 Record: 28-18 (10-8 Pac-10, 4th place)
Record Entering Week: 27-16 (9-6 Pac-10)
Record Last Week: 1-2 (1-2 Pac-10)
Current Streak: Lost 1

Last Week's Results (1-2 at No. 7 Stanford):
Friday (April 26) - 5-3 loss at #7 Stanford
Saturday (May 11) - 10-2 win at #7 Stanford
Sunday (May 12) - 3-1 loss at #7 Stanford

This Week's Games:
Tuesday, May 14 - Portland, 6 p.m. (Hohokam Park; Mesa, Ariz.)
Wednesday, May 15 - Portland, 6 p.m. (Hohokam Park; Mesa, Ariz.)
Friday, May 17 - USC, 6 p.m. (Hohokam Park; Mesa, Ariz.)
Saturday, May 18 - USC, 6 p.m. (Hohokam Park, Mesa, Ariz.)
Sunday, May 19 - USC, 1 p.m. (Hohokam Park; Mesa, Ariz.)

Pitcher of the Week Nominee:
Mike Esposito, So., RHP, Las Vegas, Nev.
Sophomore RHP Mike Esposito improved to 8-5 on the season with fivescoreless innings in Saturday's 10-2 win over No. 7 Stanford. Espositostruck out five and walked four while limiting the Cardinal bats to onlythree hits in his 98-pitch outing. Esposito is now 14-7 in his ASU careerand currently is ranked in the top five in the Pac-10 with 87 strikeouts in87.0 innings pitched.

Offensive Player of the Week Nominee:
Jeff Larish, Fr., 3B, Tempe, Ariz.
True freshman third baseman Jeff Larish had a big weekend, going 5-for-12(.417) with a triple, home run and six RBI in the three-game series againstNo. 7 Stanford. Larish was 2-for-4 in the series opener, accounting for allthree of ASU's runs in a 5-3 loss, hitting a connecting on a three-run homerun in the top of the sixth inning. He added two more hits in ASU's 10-2win Saturday, including a two-run single in the five-run first inning and aRBI triple later in the game. For the year the freshman is now fourth onthe team in hitting at .346 (28x81) with two doubles, three triples, twohome runs and 19 RBI. In Pac-10 play the former 32nd round draft choice ofthe Chicago Cubs is hitting at a .306 clip.

Notes on ASU Baseball:
ASU dropped two of three to No. 7 Stanford last weekend, losing the twogames by a combined four runs... the Devils out-hit the Cardinal 30-24 in theseries and were impressive with a 3.60 team ERA against the Pac-10'sleading hitting team... ASU is now 6-7 against teams ranked in at least oneof the three college polls... ASU scored in all three games, extending itsNCAA consecutive games scoring streak to 421 games... the one run scored inSunday's series finale marked only the 13th time during the streak in whichthe Devils have scored only one run... sophomore Mike Esposito improved to8-5 with his five-innings of scoreless baseball in Saturday's 10-2 victory...the Devils ended a seven-game losing streak at Sunken Diamond with the 10-2win, but have still dropped eight of the last nine on The Farm... thefive-run first inning in Saturday's game tied a season high for runs in theframe... ASU is now 20-5 when they score in its first at-bat... ASU improved to6-1 in the second game of a three-game series after opening with a loss inthe series opener... ASU is now 8-11 on the year on the road, but finishedthe Pac-10 road schedule with a winning 7-5 mark... freshman Jeff Larish hada big weekend, going 5-for-12 (.417) with a triple, home run and six RBI...senior second baseman Sergio Garcia has started four straight games and hada big day Sunday with three hits and his first home run as a Sun Devil...Garcia, a transfer from the University of Oklahoma, is hitting .315 (23x73)in 37 games (20 starts)... sophomore reliever Ryan Schroyer picked up hisfifth save of the year in his four-inning relief appearance in Saturday'swin... Schroyer now has three wins and two saves in his last five reliefappearances.

A Young Team Gets Even Younger:
The Sun Devils continue to battle adversity of several roster changes thathave left an already young team younger as they head toward a run for theNCAA Tournament. ASU was without leading hitter Andre Ethier (.362/3 HR/42RBI) who is currently out with a broken left thumb. Ethier could be backfor the final regular season series of the year against Oregon State.Ethier is ASU's leading hitter in Pac-10 play with a .397 batting average(23x58). ASU was also without senior center fielder Jon Sheaffer (.364/19RBI), junior infielder Dennis Wyrick (.371 career hitter in Pac-10 play)and senior reserve center fielder Doug Schutt. All three were indefinitelysuspended from the team for violation of team rules on a recent road tripto Notre Dame. In addition, freshman pitcher Miguel Sanchez (1-0, 2.38 ERA)had to undergo Tommy John surgery and has since left the program. In all,ASU was without 28% of its entire team hit total (133 of 478) last weekenddespite losing two of three games by a combined four runs against No. 7Stanford.

Upcoming Pac-10 Games (Week of May 13-20)

Mon., May 13
WASHINGTON STATE at Lewis-Clark State, 6 p.m.

Tue., May 14
STANFORD at Nevada, 2 p.m.
UC Riverside at UCLA, 6 p.m.
Gonzaga at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.
Portland at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at San Jose State, 7 p.m.

Wed., May 15
Cal State Fullerton at USC, 6 p.m.
Gonzaga at WASHINGTON, 6:30 p.m.
Portland at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m.

Fri., May 17
*WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 3 p.m.
*STANFORD at UCLA, 6 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
*USC at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m.

Sat., May 18
*WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
*STANFORD at UCLA, 1 p.m.
*WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
*USC at ARIZONA STATE, 6 p.m.

Sun., May 19
*WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA, 1 p.m.
*USC at ARIZONA STATE, 1 p.m.
*WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE, 1 p.m.
*STANFORD at UCLA, 1 p.m.

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