Baseball Continues Impressive 475 Game Scoring Streak Eight Years Later
April 8, 2003
By Brian Gomez, TheSunDevils.com
The Arizona State Sun Devils not only marked a win Monday night that gavethem confidence heading into this weekend's three-game series at California,but they also celebrated a pair of anniversaries that speak volumes abouttheir illustrious baseball history.
In a 10-2 victory over Grand Canyon, the No. 7-ranked Sun Devils extendedtheir NCAA-record scoring streak to 475 games on the eight-year anniversaryof the last time they were shutout. The remarkable accomplishment coincidedwith the 29th anniversary of ASU's first game at Packard Stadium.
'I don't even think about it,' Sun Devil head coach Pat Murphy said of histeam's scoring streak. 'It's not an issue and it's not something that comesinto our heads. We just play the game.'
'I didn't know it was that many games, but I knew we had the longest streak,'ASU sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia said. 'We don't really think about it.We're just trying to score more runs than them and we hope to get a win outof every game.'
The last time the Sun Devils scored only one run was on May 12, 2002 whenthey fell 3-1 at Stanford. The Sun Devils have plated one run 12 times sincethey suffered a 9-0 loss at then-No. 16 Southern California in 1995.
'I was just a youngster playing Little League,' Pedroia said of the last timeASU was shutout. 'I had never even seen a college baseball game. Actually, Ihadn't even been to a pro baseball game.'
ASU's win marked its third on the anniversary of its scoring streak. Theother two victories came over Pac-10 foes Oregon State (2000) and WashingtonState (2002). In 2001, the Sun Devils sustained a 5-1 loss at then-No. 12 USCon the six-year anniversary of their scoring streak.
During the current eight-year streak, ASU's hitters have faced severalformidable pitchers, including Barry Zito (USC), Mark Prior (USC) and KirkSaarloos (Cal State Fullerton). The Sun Devils have accumulated a 314-160-1record during that span.
ASU has kept its scoring streak intact while playing at Packard Stadium andHoHoKam Park, its home during the 2002 season when its on-campus facilityunderwent a $1 million renovation. The Sun Devils have experienced greatsuccess at Packard, going 810-233-1 over the last 29 years.
Since moving to Packard from Phoenix Municipal Stadium and Sun Devil Field, and vaious other valley ball fields, the Sun Devils have won a pair of national championships (1977 and 1981). They also have made 20 appearances in the NCAA Regional.
Many of ASU's players say they take pride in helping establish a home-fieldadvantage that is matched by few teams across the nation. With names such asReggie Jackson and Barry Bonds occupying placards beyond the right-fieldfence, it's hard not to have confidence when playing at Packard Stadium.
'You always take pride when you play at home and you want to give the homefans a good show,' said Sun Devil sophomore catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, who went3-for-3 Monday with two RBIs. ' I try not to think about the past players allthe time. I try to focus on each day as it comes.'
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