2003 Season Review
Sept. 26, 2003
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The Sun Devils finished the 2003 season with a 54-14 record and were second in the Pac-10 behind Stanford with a 16-8 record... earned final season national rankings of No. 7 (Baseball America, NCBWA), No. 9 (ESPN/Sports Weekly) and No. 10 (Collegiate Baseball)... ASU has now been ranked in the national polls for 78 consecutive weeks dating back to the start of the 2000 season... the national top 10 ranking marks the second highest final ranking during the Pat Murphy era (2nd in 1998) and is the fourth time in the last seven years ASU has finished in the top 12 in the nation... scoring in all 68 games in 2003, the Sun Devils extended their NCAA record consecutive games scoring streak to 501 games... the record, which includes a 335-168-1 record, dates back to April 7, 1995... the Devils connected on 14 grand slams to break the NCAA record of 12 previously set by Oklahoma State in 1996... the Devils opened the season with the best start in ASU history at 28-1 and earned the national No. 1 ranking by Collegiate Baseball and by ESPN/Sports Weekly... the 54 wins are the most by an ASU squad since the 1988 season (60 wins)... ASU was the only team in the NCAA to rank in the top 10 in the four major statistical categories... the Devils were second in batting average (.347), second in scoring (10.03 runs per game), eighth in pitching (3.32 ERA) and ninth in fielding (.973 FLD%)... the Devils also led the Pac-10 in both hitting and pitching, and finished second in fielding... the 3.32 ERA was the best by an ASU pitching staff since 1976 (3.26) and also the best during ASU's 25 years in Pac-10 play... it marked the third lowest ERA during the aluminum bat era (1974-P) and the first time ASU finished a season with an ERA under 4.00 since 1990... the staff combined for 10 shutouts, marking the fifth best effort in ASU history and the most since the 1976 pitching staff had 11 shutouts... three times during the season the Devils held a Pac-10 opponent to under four runs in a three-game series (Cal, Arizona, WSU)... prior to 2003, ASU had held a Pac-10 opponent under five runs in a series only twice dating back to 1979... the offense was equally impressive as the pitching, hitting .347 for the third best season batting average in school history... ASU also ranked third in the record books in runs scored (682), sixth in hits (858), fifth in doubles (160), first in grand slams (14), second in RBI (630) and third in walks (406)... ASU scored 10 or more runs in 35 of their 68 games (52%) and 20 or more runs in three games... ASU's 10.03 run per game average ranks fourth in the single-season record books... the Devils also had the knack for the big inning, scoring five or more runs in 36 different innings... the squad also tallied four innings of 10 or more runs, including a pair of 12-run innings against Washington State (4/27) and New Mexico State (5/30)... ASU hit 80 home runs during the season (1.18 per game), nine more than the 71 combined home runs from 2001 (33) and 2002 (38)... the Sun Devils had all but one regular player hit over .300 during the course of the season... sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia was named a first-team All-American by nearly every publication after hitting .404 (120-for-297) with 83 runs scored and 52 RBI... he was also named Pac-10 co-Player of the Year with Stanford's Ryan Garko... Pedroia became only the 16th players in ASU history to hit over .400 in a season and his 120 hits rank fourth in the record books... he broke the ASU and Pac-10 record with 34 doubles and led the team with 41 multi-hit games and recorded four separate hitting streaks of 10 or more games... he was also the only player to start in all 68 games and maintained a .975 fielding percentage, not making an error over his last 26 games... sophomore first baseman Jeff Larish hit .372 (87-for-234) with 18 doubles, two triples and led the team with 18 home runs... Larish set the single-season record with four grand slams and ranks fifth with his 95 RBI... he recorded 78 walks (second most in ASU history) and led the team with a .697 slugging percentage... in addition, Larish tied the ASU single-game records with four doubles (Arizona; 5/25) and nine RBI (SDSU; 1/26)... Larish was named first-team All-Pac-10 and earned several All-America honors... junior designated hitter Jeremy West ended his career with a 24-game hitting streak intact and was the second leading hitter on the team at .381 (77-for-202)... West belted 17 home runs and had 71 RBI while earning first-team ABCA All-America horrors... West ended his career tied for eighth with 36 home runs, 10th with 176 RBI and fifth with a .647 slugging percentage... junior outfielder Andre Ethier ended his career with a 23-game hitting streak and was third on the team in hitting at .377 (98-for-260)... Ethier, who was the second-round draft choice of the Oakland Athletics, hit eight of his 10 home runs during his hitting streak... junior closer Ryan Schroyer led the team with a 1.53 ERA giving up just eight earned runs in 47 innings (30 appearances)... Schroyer was 5-2 with nine saves and earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors... he is tied for third with 17 career saves... senior right-handers Ben Thurmond and Jered Liebeck each finished the season with perfect 8-0 records and classmate Beau Vaughan led the team with 10 wins... outfielder Travis Buck (.326-4 HR-46 RBI) and left-handed pitcher Erik Averill (8-2, 3.66 ERA) were named freshman All-American... ASU led all Division I schools when 12 Sun Devils were taken in the annual MLB amateur draft, with eight being selected in the first 15 rounds... Pedroia, Larish and Buck were all selected for the USA Baseball National Team Trials, with Larish and Pedroia making the 20-man roster and helped Team USA win a silver medal in the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Consecutive Games Scoring Streak Reaches 501:
The Arizona State baseball program has now scored in an NCAA record 501 consecutive games dating back to the 1995 season. The Devils made history on April 7, 2001 when they scored at least one run in their 350th consecutive game. The Devils broke the 12-year-old NCAA record in a 5-1 loss to USC exactly six years to the day when they were last shut out. ASU was shut out 9-0 in that game on April 7, 1995 at Dedeaux Field. The Devils celebrated the eighth anniversary of the start of the streak in 2003 with a 10-2 win over Grand Canyon on April 7. The one run scored in a pair of games to Cal State Fullerton in the Super Regional marked only the 15th and 16th times during the streak that ASU has scored only one run. Coastal Carolina previously held the NCAA record at 349 games set from 1983-1989. ASU also had a stretch of 278 games without being shut out from 1990 to 1994, meaning the program has only been shutout in three games dating back to the 1990 season. ASU is a combined 333-167-1 during the streak. Notable pitchers the Devils have faced during the streak include Jeremy Guthrie (Stanford), Barry Zito (USC), Kirk Saarloos (CS Fullerton), Jason Young (Stanford), Ben Diggins (Arizona), Adam Johnson (CS Fullerton), Ryan Drese (Cal), Jeff Weaver (Fresno State), Chad Hutchinson (Stanford), Abe Alvarez and Adam Pettyjohn (Fresno State).
Arizona State finished the 2003 season with a 54-14 record and earned a consensus top 10 ranking in all four national polls. ASU ranked as high as No. 7 by Baseball America, and also ended the year ranked No. 10 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 9 by Sports Weekly. Ranked as high as No. 8 in the preseason polls, the Devils spent virtually the entire season in the top 10 and for two weeks manned the top spot in two of the three national rankings, marking the first time being No. 1 since heading into the 1993 College World Series. ASU has been ranked for 78 consecutive national polls dating back to the start of the 2000 season. Arizona State also earned a preseason No. 9 ranking by Sports Weekly/ESPN, No .10 by NCBWA and No. 12 ranking by Collegiate Baseball. The No. 8 preseason ranking is the highest by an ASU squad since opening the 2001 season as the consensus No. 6 team in the nation.
Sun Devils Reach 50-Win Mark in Regular Season:
With the 15-2 victory over Arizona to clinch the series sweep during the las weekend of the 2003 regular season, ASU recorded its 50th. The 2003 squad became just the fifth team in ASU history to win at least 50 regular season games. The other years were 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1982, 1984 and 1988. After going 3-0 in the regional last weekend, ASU's 54 wins are the most by a Sun Devil squad since the 1988 edition of Sun Devil baseball went 60-13. The 2003 season marks the 16th time in program history with 50 or more wins in a season.
Sun Devils Set NCAA Single-Season Grand Slam Record:
ASU ended the regular season in grand fashion vs. Arizona (5/25), hitting two grand slams to set the NCAA record for grand slams in a season with their 13th and 14th of the year. The Devils broke the old record set by Oklahoma State in 1996 with 12. After hitting only one grand slam all of last year, the Sun Devils have gone on a binge this year hitting 14 in 2003. Sophomore first baseman Jeff Larish broke the single-season school record by hitting his fourth grand slam vs. UCLA (4/19). Larish broke the old record of three set by Dave Hudgens in 1977. Steve Garrabrants and Jeremy West each have three slams, Rod Allen has two (both pinch-hit grand slams) and freshmen Ryan Bosch and Travis Buck each have one.
Dustin Pedroia (co-Player of the Year)
Jeff Larish (1st)
Ryan Schroyer (1st)
Steve Garrabrants (1st)
Ryan Schroyer (1st)
Travis Buck (honorable mention)
Tuffy Gosewisch (honorable mention)
Jered Liebeck (honorable mention)
Frank Mesa (honorable mention)
Ben Thurmond (honorable mention)
Nick Walsh (honorable mention)
Jeremy West (honorable mention)
Sports Weekly/ESPN All-American:
Dustin Pedroia (1st)
A Record Breaking Season:
In addition to finishing in the top 10 in the NCAA in the four major statistical categories, the 2003 season also brought about a number of entries into the single-season record books. The 2003 team ranked third in runs scored (682), sixth in hits (858), fifth in doubles (160), second in RBI (630), third in walks (406), tied for third in batting average (.347), fifth in pitching shutouts (10) and third in ERA during the aluminum bat era (3.32). The 54 wins are the most by a Sun Devil squad since the 1988 team finished with 60 victories. ASU also set an NCAA record with 14 grand slams and extended its NCAA record consecutive games scoring streak to 501 games (dating back to April 7, 1995). Individually, several Sun Devils also had record-breaking seasons. Shortstop Dustin Pedroia became only the 22nd player with 100 hits and the 16th player to hit .400. He ranks fourth all-time with his 120 hits and 15th by hitting .404. He set an ASU and Pac-10 record with 34 doubles. First baseman Jeff Larish broke into the record books in several categories, including ranking fifth with 95 RBI and second with 78 walks. He broke the school record with four grand slams and tied the single-game records with nine RBI and four doubles. Designated hitter Jeremy West also tied the single-game records with nine RBI and three home runs.
Pedroia and Larish Named All-American:
The 2003 season was an All-American year for ASU sophomores Jeff Larish and Dustin Pedroia. Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, CollegeBaseballInsider.com, ABCA and USA Today/Sports Weekly named sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia a first-team All-American. He was also named the NCBWA District VIII Player of the Year and Pedroia also earned second-team All-America honors from Baseball America. Larish earned second-team honors from Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America, and third-team honors from the ABCA and NCBWA. Southern second baseman Rickie Weeks, a teammate of Pedroia's on the 2002 USA Baseball National Team, was named the consensus National College Player of the Year. Pedroia (Woodland, Calif.) added to his postseason honors after being named the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year. The sophomore shortstop finished the year hitting .404 (120-for-297) with 34 doubles, four home runs and 52 RBI. Larish hit .372 (87-for-234) with 18 home runs and a Pac-10 best 95 RBI. The First-Team All-Pac-10 selection became only the second Sun Devil to join the 70-70 (RBI-BB) club with 95 RBI and 78 walks.
Devils Lead All Colleges in MLB Draft:
The Sun Devils had a record 12 players selected in the Major League Draft and had two more players sign free agent contracts. ASU led all major colleges with its 12 selections during the two-day, 50-round draft, setting a record during the Pat Murphy era (1995-P).
|Andre Ethier, OF||Oakland A's||2nd||62|
|Beau Vaughan, RHP||Boston Red Sox||3rd||84|
|Jeremy West, C/DH||Boston Red Sox||7th||204|
|Steve Garrabrants, 2B||Arizona Diamondbacks||9th||279|
|Ryan Schroyer, RHP||Minnesota Twins||11th||328|
|Bryce Kartler, LHP||New York Yankees||11th||334|
|Robbie McClellan, RHP||Kansas City Royals||12th||342|
|Ben Thurmond, RHP||San Francisco Giants||15th||453|
|Mark Sopko, RHP||Toronto Blue Jays||21st||620|
|Rod Allen, OF||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||22nd||638|
|Dennis Wyrick, 3B||Baltimore Orioles||23rd||674|
|Mike Guerrer||Arizona Diamondbacks||42nd||1266|
Two More Sun Devils Make MLB Debut:
Former Arizona State pitcher Jon Switzer (1999-2001) and outfielder Jeff Duncan (1999-2000) made their major league debuts during the 2003 season, becoming the 78 and 79th Sun Devils to wear a MLB uniform. Switzer and Duncan are among eight former Sun Devils who have played in the major leagues at one point this season: Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants), Willie Bloomquist (Seattle Mariners), Duncan (New York Mets), Paul Lo Duca (Los Angeles Dodgers), Sean Lowe (Kansas City Royals), Gabe Molina (St. Louis Cardinals), Switzer (Tampa Bay Devil Rays) and Fernando Viï¿½a (St. Louis Cardinals).
Larish and Pedroia Bring Home Silver For Team USA:
Arizona State baseball players Jeff Larish and Dustin Pedroia completed a successful summer season with the USA Baseball National Team helping the Red, White and Blue to a silver medal in the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Team USA lost to Cuba 3-1 in the gold medal game to end the summer season with a National Team record 27-2 record (.931). Pedroia (Woodland, Calif.) and Larish (Tempe, Ariz.) become the ninth and 10th selections from Arizona State to represent the Red, White and Blue of USA Baseball. ASU has now had seven selections to Team USA since 1998, including Pedroia who repeated as a member of Team USA after also playing on the team in 2002. Pedroia was second on Team USA with 30 hits. He finished the summer hitting .294 (30-for-102) with 22 runs scored, five doubles, one home run and 12 RBI. Pedroia's stellar defense gained several standing ovations and earned him a place on the Pan Am Games All-Tournament team. In 28 games with Team USA, Pedroia made only one error in 106 total chances (.991 FLD%). Larish started all 29 games for Team USA, leading the team with 23 RBI and his eight home runs were the most by a Team USA player since they started using wood bats. Larish finished the summer hitting .255 (26-for-102) with three doubles and one triple. During one stretch of games against teams from the Great Lakes Collegiate League, Larish hit home runs in five straight games to rank second in the USA Baseball record books.
ASU in NCAA National Rankings:
The Arizona State Baseball team dominated the final release of the NCAA statistics as the only team in the nation (283 Division I teams) to rank in the top 10 in the four major statistical categories. ASU, who finished the season ranked No. 7 in the nation (Baseball America) with a 54-14 record, placed second in batting average (.347), second in scoring (10.03 runs per game), eighth in pitching (3.32 ERA) and ninth in fielding (.973 FLD%). In addition, the Sun Devils also ranked fourth in win-loss percentage (.794), fifth in slugging percentage (.529) and 28th in home runs per game (1.18). ASU also broke the NCAA record with 14 grand slams and extended its NCAA record consecutive games scoring streak to 501 games. Individually the Sun Devils also had several players rank nationally. Sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia led the nation with 34 doubles (0.50 per game) and was also 31st with a .404 batting average and fourth in toughest to strikeout. Sophomore first baseman Jeff Larish led the nation in walks (1.20 per game), was sixth with 1.46 RBI per game (95 total) and 18th in runs scored per game (1.23).
|Team Stats||Rank||Actual||National Leader||Actual|
|Batting Average||2||0.347||Southern U.||0.351|
|Earned Run Average||8||3.32||Va. Commonwealth||2.54|
|Fielding Percentage||9||0.973||Long Beach St.||0.98|
|Scoring (283 ranked)||2||10.0||Southern U.||10.2|
|Home Runs Per Game||28||1.18||New Mexico St.||1.75|
|Triples Per Game||29||0.37||Arizona||0.86|
|Doubles Per Game||14||2.35||New Mexico||2.87|
|Slugging Percentage||5||0.529||Southern U.||0.572|
|Stolen Bases||137||1.09||Jackson St.||3.35|
|Double Plays Per Game||45||0.97||Southern Ill.||1.31|
|WL Pct||4||0.794||Southern U.||0.863|
|Individual Stats||Player||Rank||Actual||National Leader|
|Batting Average||Dustin Pedroia||31||.404||Rickie Weeks, So.U (.479)|
|HR Per Game||Jeff Larish||51||0.28||Billy Becher, NMSU (0.52)|
|RBI Per Game||Jeff Larish||6||1.46||Billy Becher, NMSU (1.93)|
|Doubles Per Game||Dustin Pedroia||1||0.5||Dustin Pedroia, ASU (0.50)|
|Toughest to strikeout||Dustin Pedroia||4||22.8||Matt Rogelstad, Ark.St. (41.6)|
|Runs Per Game||Jeff Larish||18||1.23||Rickie Weeks, So.U (1.63)|
|Slugging Percentage||Jeff Larish||38||.697||Rickie Weeks, So.U (.933)|
|Walks||Jeff Larish||1||1.2||Jeff Larish, ASU (1.2)|
|ERA||Ben Thurmond||62||2.73||Tom Mastny, Furman (1.09)|
|Victories||Beau Vaughan||25||10.0||Jeff Niemann, Rice (17.0)|
|K's Per Nine Innings||Beau Vaughan||31||10.2||Ryan Wagner, Houston (16.8)|
Seven Sun Devils Named To Tempe Regional All-Tournament Team:
Seven Arizona State players were named to the All-Tournament Team after the Devils completed a three-game sweep at the regional held at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Tuffy Gosewisch (C), Dennis Wyrick (3B), Dustin Pedroia (SS), Andre Ethier (OF), Beau Vaughan (P), Ben Thurmond (P) and Jeremy West (DH) were all voted on to the team by represented media at the tournament. Pedroia was 8-for-16 (.500) in the regional and played flawless defense and was named the Regional Most Outstanding Player.
ASU Dominates Regional At Tempe Diablo:
The Sun Devils dominated Central Connecticut State, New Mexico State and UNLV during the NCAA Regional at Tempe Diablo Stadium by outscoring the three teams 45-3. The 42 run margin of victory included a 14-2 win over CCSU, a 15-0 blanking of New Mexico State and brought home the regional championship with a 16-1 victory over UNLV. ASU hit at an impressive .387 clip in the regional and pitched for a 0.67 ERA in the three games.
Larish Becomes Second Sun Devil To Join 70-70 Club:
Sophomore first baseman Jeff Larish led the Pac-10 with 95 RBI and also ranked first in the nation with 78 walks. Larish's amazing season also included 18 doubles and 18 home runs, while hitting .372 (87-for-234). Even more amazing is that Larish became only the second player in ASU Baseball history to join the 70-70 (RBI-BB) club. Former Sun Devil and major leaguer Alvin Davis, who played first base for the Sun Devils from 1979-82, is the only other member of that club after recording 91 RBI and a single-season school record 87 walks in 1982. Larish ranks fifth in the ASU single-season record books with his 95 RBI.
A Record Setting Season For Jeff Larish:
Jeff Larish has rewritten the ASU record books several times this year with countless memorable performances. Larish broke the ASU single-season record with four grand slams, tied the ASU single-game records with nine RBI (SDSU; 1/26) and four doubles (Arizona; 5/25) and with 78 walks ranks in the ASU single-season record books. He has also belted 18 home runs and his 95 RBI led the Pac-10 and ranked fifth in the ASU single-season record books.
Pedroia Sets School and Pac-10 Doubles Record:
Sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia set the ASU and Pac-10 single-season record with 34 doubles in 2003. He tied the record of 30 set by Chris Bando in 1978 in the series opener vs. OSU (5/12) and broke the record with a first-inning double against Washington (5/13). Pedroia broke the Pac-10 record of 31 set by Washington State's Mike Kinkade in 1994 vs. Washington (5/18) with a shot down the left field line. Pedroia led the NCAA with 0.50 doubles per game and was only two doubles off the NCAA record of 36.
|ASU Single Season Doubles:||Pac-10 Single-Season Doubles|
|1. Dustin Pedroia, 2003||34||1. Dustin Pedroia, ASU (2003)||34|
|2. Chris Bando, 1978||30||2. Mike Kinkade, WSU (1994)||31|
|3. Antone Williamson, 1993||29|
|Steve Willis, 1988||29||NCAA Single-Season Doubles (last):|
|5. Clay Westlake, 1976||26||1. Brad Hawpe, LSU (2000)||36|
Pedroia Joins .400 and 100 Hit Club:
Sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia joined a pair of elite clubs during his memorable 2003 season. Pedroia became only the 16th player to hit over .400 in a season dating back to the start of varsity baseball at ASU in 1959. With 120 hits, Pedroia also became only the 22nd player to join the 100-hit club. His 120 hits, which included a Pac-10 record 34 doubles and was highlighted by 41 multi-hit games, ranked as fourth most in ASU single-season history. Pedroia will enter his junior season with 202 career hits and a .379 career batting average.
Pedroia Earns Co-Pac-10 Player of the Year:
Sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia was named the Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year with Stanford senior catcher Ryan Garko. Pedroia finished the year leading the team in hitting at .404 (120-for-297), while setting the Pac-10 record with 34 doubles. With his selection Pedroia becomes the 10th Sun Devil to earn the Pac-10 Player of the Year award. Since the Pac-10 North and South divisions joined in 1999, ASU has had a player win the POY award in all but one season (1999: Willie Bloomquist; 2000: Casey Myers; 2001: Casey Myers; 2003: Dustin Pedroia).
Ethier, Schroyer, Larish and Garrabrants Named first-Team All-Pac-10:
Four Sun Devils earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors and seven more earned honorable mention status. Andre Ethier (Jr., OF), Steve Garrabrants (Jr., 2B), Ryan Schroyer (RHP, Jr.) and Jeff Larish (So., 1B) were the four ASU selections. Ethier was named for the second straight year. Arizona and Stanford also had four players selected to the first team. In addition, seven Sun Devils were named to the honorable mention All-Pac-10 team. Ben Thurmond (Sr., RHP), Jeremy West (Jr., DH), Travis Buck (Fr., OF), Jered Liebeck (RHP, Sr.), Frank Mesa (So., INF), Nick Walsh (Jr., UTL) and Tuffy Gosewisch (So., C) were all named honorable mention All-Pac-10 selections.
Buck and Averill Earn Freshman All-America Honors:
Left-handed pitcher Erik Averill and outfielder Travis Buck continued the tradition of placing Sun Devils on the various freshman All-America teams. Averill and Buck were both second-team selections by Baseball America and first-team selections by Collegiate Baseball. Averill ended his freshman season with an 8-2 record and a 3.66 ERA. He struck out 61 in 86.0 innings, including a career high eight against Cal State Fullerton in the Super Regionals. Buck hit .326 (78-for-239) with 13 doubles, four home runs and 46 RBI. He became the first freshman in Pac-10 Baseball history to hit for the cycle when he went 5-for-5 against Southern Utah (3/7).
A Clean Sweep of the Wildcats:
The Sun Devils continued their dominance over their rivals to the South, the Arizona Wildcats, by sweeping a three-game series to end the 2003 regular season. The Devils recorded the sweep in dominating fashion, outscoring Arizona 36-4 in the three games. The Devils opened the series with a 5-2 win on Friday night scoring three in the bottom of the eighth to break a 2-2 tie. ASU then pounded UA over the next two games, winning 16-0 on Saturday and completed the sweep with a 15-2 victory on Sunday. For the series the Sun Devils hit .380 with eight doubles, seven home runs and recorded 78 total bases. The pitching was just as dominant with a 1.33 team ERA and for the third time in Pac-10 play held an opponent to under four runs in a series. Andre Ethier earned Pac-10 Player of the Week after hitting .500 (6-for-12) with three home runs in the series. Sophomore Jeff Larish also caught fire going 8-for-11 (.727) in the rivalry series to raise his season average from .358 to .377.
Pitching Staff Dominates in 2003:
Arizona State has always been known as an offensive team, often ranking amongst the top teams in the nation in batting and runs scored. 2003 was no exception, but the pitching also decided to join the hitting in 2003. ASU's pitchers, led by pitching coach Chris Sinacori, led the Pac-10 with a 3.32 ERA, ranking eighth in the NCAA. Senior starting pitchers Ben Thurmond (2.73) and Jered Liebeck (2.88) finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the Pac-10 in ERA and senior Beau Vaughan was second in the league with 105 strikeouts. The 3.32 ERA marks the first time since 1990 that an ASU pitching staff has finished a season under a 4.00 ERA and is the lowest since the 1976 Sun Devil hurlers posted a 3.26 ERA. In fact, since the NCAA adopted the designated hitter and aluminum bats in 1974, the 3.32 ERA is the third lowest.
A Note About Shutouts:
Beau Vaughan, Robbie McClellan, Bryce Kartler, Ryan Schroyer and Carlos Arguello combined for ASU's 10th shutout of the season in a 15-0 win over New Mexico State in the NCAA Regionals at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The 10 shutouts are the most by an ASU squad since recording 11 in 1976 and the fifth most in ASU history. The previous most by a Pat Murphy coached squad was six in 1999. The Devils had recorded only six shutouts combined between 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Comparing 2003 to 1981:
Arizona State put together an amazing season in 2003 leading the Pac-10 and amongst the NCAA leaders in pitching (3.32 ERA), hitting (.347), fielding (.973) and averaged 10.03 runs per game. ASU's fifth and last national championship came in 1981 with a Sun Devil squad that is arguably the best to take the field in program history. The 1981 squad set school records in home runs (110), runs (694) and batting average (.356). Star performers on the 1981 club included Pac-10 Player of the Year Mike Sodders (.424, 22 HR), Alvin Davis (.395, 20 2B) and Kevin Romine (.410, 12 HR, 20 2B). Here is a comparison look at the two squads:
Andre Ethier Named Pac-10 and National Player of the Week:
For consecutive weeks to end the 2003 regular season, an Arizona State baseball player was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week. Junior outfielder Andre Ethier earned the weekly Pac-10 honor and was also named the Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week after hitting four home runs and compiling a .471 batting average in ASU's four games against Washington and Arizona (5/19-5/25). Ethier, from Phoenix, Ariz., went 8-for-17 (.471) with six runs scored, two doubles, two triples, four home runs and eight RBI during the four-game stretch, including a three-game sweep over instate rival, Arizona. In the four games he compiled a 1.529 slugging percentage while the Sun Devils went 3-1 to reach the 50-win mark on the season (50-12). The Pac-10 Player of the Week honor was the second for Ethier in his career and the 71st selection all-time for Arizona State. Arizona State had four players for five total selections as the weekly player of the week honor in 2003. Jeremy West earned the honor twice, while Dustin Pedroia, Travis Buck and Ethier all earned one weekly award. West, senior right-handed pitcher Jered Liebeck and Ethier have all earned Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week honors. Ethier finished his ASU career hitting .377 (98-for-260) with 13 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 68 RBI. Drafted in the second round by the Oakland Athletics, Ethier ended the year with a 23-game hitting streak. During the streak, which is listed as one of the top 10 longest in ASU history, Ethier combined to go 44-for-99 (.444) with eight home runs and 31 RBI.
West Ends Career With a Bang:
Junior designed hitter Jeremy West ended his ASU career with a bang, hitting .381 (77-for-22) with 17 home runs and 71 RBI. He was named a first-team All-American by the ABCA and an honorable mention selection by CollegeBaseballInsider.com. He was the seventh round selection of the Boston Red Sox and began his professional career with the Lowell Spinners in the New York-Penn League. West finished the season with a 24-game hitting streak, marking the sixth longest streak in ASU history. During the streak West combined to go 46-for-98 (.469) with eight home runs and 38 of his 71 RBI (54%). He was named to the Tempe Regional All-Tournament Team hitting .600 (9-for-15) with seven RBI. Over the last 37 games of the season, West raised his season average from .280 to .381, combining to go 57-for-130 (.438) with 50 RBI. He recorded a record-breaking weekend vs. Washington State (4/25-27) in which he earned his fourth career Pac-10 Player of the Week award. In the three-game set vs. the Cougars, West combined to go 9-for-16 (.562) with five home runs, seven runs scored and 13 RBI. He homered in all three games (extending his consecutive games homer streak vs. WSU to six games), including hitting a walk-off two-run homer in the 10th inning in Saturday's 5-3 victory and belting an ASU single-game record tying three on Sunday. Going 5-for-7 in the series finale, West tied the single-game home run mark with a two-run, three-run and grand slam home run and also equaled the school record with nine RBI. For the season, West finished second on the team with 17 home runs and ranked 53rd in the NCAA with 0.27 home runs per game. He had three multi-home run games, and with 36 career homers tied for 8th in the ASU career record books. His .647 career slugging percentage also ranks fifth and his 176 RBI are tied for ninth in ASU history.
|Best Slugging Percentage (min. 250 at-bats)|
|1.||Mitch Jones (1999-2000)||109||405||141||296||.731|
|2.||Bob Horner (1976-78)||186||683||262||492||.720|
|3.||Rick Morris (1985-86)||126||477||178||325||.681|
|4.||Roger Schmuck (1970-71)||112||420||160||273||.650|
|5.||Jeremy West (2001-03)||168||550||194||356||.647|
|ASU Career Home Runs||ASU Career RBI|
|1.||Bob Horner (1976-78)||56||1.||Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99)||283|
|2.||Mike Kelly (1989-91)||46||2.||Casey Myers (1998-2001)||275|
|3.||Barry Bonds (1983-85)||45||3.||Clay Westlake (1973-76)||250|
|4.||Dan Rumsey (1986-89)||44||4.||Bob Horner (1976-78)||229|
|5.||Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99)||40||5.||Alvin Davis (1979-82)||200|
|6.||Casey Myers (1998-2001)||39||6.||Mike Kelly (1989-91)||194|
|7.||Mitch Jones (1999-2000)||38||Ken Landreaux (1974-76)||194|
|8.||Jeremy West (2001-03)||36||8.||Alan Bannister (1970-72)||177|
|Ted Dyson (1983-87)||36||9.||Willie Bloomquist (1997-99)||176|
|Mike Sodders (1980-81)||36||Jeremy West (2001-03)||176|
Arizona State finished the year with a 54-14 record and lost consecutive games only two times in 2003. Of the Devils 14 setbacks, five were by one run and eight by three or less runs. ASU's eight Pac-10 setbacks came by way of four one-run games and two, two-run contests. Additionally, ASU proved to be a strong bounce-back team going 11-2 after a loss.
Scoring at Will:
Arizona State finished the season ranked second in the NCAA averaging 10.03 runs per game and scored 10 or more runs in 35 of its 68 games (51%). The Devils have also scored 20 or more runs in three games this season and as a team are also ranked second in the nation (first in Pac-10) hitting .347. The 10.03 runs per game average are the fourth best during 45 years of ASU varsity baseball history. With 35 games of scoring 10 or more runs, ASU trailed only the 1981 Sun Devils (36) for the most games with double-digits in runs scored since ASU joined the Pac-10 in 1979.
Twice during the 2003 season a pair of Sun Devils tied the ASU single-season record with nine RBI in a single game. Sophomore Jeff Larish was the first to do it in a 24-9 win over San Diego State (1/26). Larish accomplished the nine RBI with a two-run single, two-run home run, a grand slam home run and a bases loaded walk. Junior Jeremy West also had nine RBI in his record setting game vs. Washington State (4/27), in which he went 5-for-7 with three home runs. West recorded his nine RBI with a two-run homer, a three-run homer and a grand slam. The only other Sun Devil to record nine RBI in a game was Tommy Adams on May 2, 1990 vs. UNLV.
Larish Breaks Single-Season Record With Four Grand Slams:
With his fourth grand slam of the season in the eighth inning of ASU's 17-1 blowout of UCLA on April 19, sophomore Jeff Larish broke the single-season record for grand slams. Dave Hudgens set the previous record of three in 1977. ASU also broke the single-season NCAA record with 14 grand slams. Here is a look at Larish's four grand slams this year:
|GS||HR #||Game #||Date||Opponent||Pitcher||Inning|
|1.||5||9||Jan. 26||San Diego State||Coon||4|
|2.||8||21||Feb. 22||Notre Dame||Ogilvie||5|
|3.||9||23||Feb. 28||Penn State||Stidfole||4|
Home Run Notes:
The Sun Devils finished the 2003 season with 80 home runs, doubling their entire season total from both 2001 and 2002. In fact, the season total of 80 in 2003 is more than both 2001 (33) and 2002 (38) combined. ASU has hit 56 of those home runs at Packard Stadium and 24 in its 31 road or neutral site games. Of the 37 games played at Packard Stadium the Devils hit at least one home run in 27 games. A total of 12 different players hit at least one home run and nine players had two or more home runs. Sophomore first baseman Jeff Larish led the team with 18 home runs, while junior designated hitter Jeremy West had 17. The Devils homered in 43 of their 68 games (66%), including 23 multi-home run games. The Devils also recorded an NCAA record 14 grand slams with Larish (4), Steve Garrabrants (3), Jeremy West (3), Rod Allen (2) and freshmen Ryan Bosch and Travis Buck all leaving the yard with the bases loaded to tie the NCAA record. ASU had only one grand slam in 2002 and four in 2001. ASU's home run breakdown includes 22 solo shots, 29 two-run homers, 15 three-run home runs and 14 grand slams to account for 25% of the total run production in 2003 (166 runs). Listed below are ASU's home run totals since the NCAA adopted the current bat rules for the 1999 season.
|Year||Games||HR||HR Per Game|
Production at First Base:
The first base position proved to be ASU's big run producer this year with Jeff Larish, Mike Guerrero and Jeremy West combining to torture opposing teams. In ASU's 68 games, Larish has played in 61 games, Guerrero in 14 games and West in two games at first base. The trio has combined to go 104-for-261 (.398) with 27 doubles, 20 home runs and 106 RBI.
About the 19-Game Winning Streak:
After starting the year 9-0, ASU suffered its first setback with an 11-5 loss at nationally ranked Long Beach State on Jan. 31. After that loss, ASU went on a 19-game winning streak combining to go 13-0 in February and won the first six games in March before losing 6-5 to No. 30 Oklahoma (3/14). The 19-game winning streak is the longest by an ASU squad since the 1990 team won 23 straight games. Dustin Pedroia led ASU during the streak hitting .432 (35-for-81) with 11 of his Pac-10 leading 28 doubles. As a team the Sun Devils hit at a .344 clip and pitched for an impressive 2.56 ERA.
Sun Devils Record Best Start in School History:
Arizona State's 28-1 start to the season goes down in the record books as the best start in school history. The 28-1 record includes an 11-game winning streak to start the season before a loss at nationally ranked Long Beach State (Jan. 31) and a 19-game win streak up until suffering a 6-5 loss to Oklahoma (3/14). During the 28-1 start to the season ASU's pitchers posted an impressive 3.11 ERA and the hitters combined for a .360 team batting average. Here is a look at ASU's best starts in school history:
Ethier and West End Careers With Record Hitting Streaks:
Arizona State juniors Andre Ethier and Jeremy West ended their respective careers with a bang, each notching memorable hitting streaks. West extended his streak to 24 games in the season finale and Ethier ended with a 23-game streak. Each are among the top 10 longest hitting streak in ASU Baseball history, with West's tying for the sixth longest. Here is a look at how each player did during their hitting streaks:
|Player||Current Streak||Statistics During Streak|
|Jeremy West||24 Games||.469, 46-for-98, 26 R, 38 RBI, 6 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR|
|Andre Ethier||23 Games||.444, 44-for-99, 32 R, 31 RBI, 4 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR|
Thurmond and Liebeck Lead Pac-10 in ERA:
Senior right-handed pitchers Ben Thurmond and Jered Liebeck finished No. 1 and No. 2 in the Pac-10 in ERA (with pitching minimums). Thurmond, a senior transfer from Winthrop, finished the year 8-0 with a 2.73 ERA. He struck out 58 and gave up 24 earned runs in 79.0 innings. Thurmond ended his brief ASU career picking up the win in the Super Regional against Cal State Fullerton and was drafted in the 15th round by the San Francisco Giants. Liebeck was also 8-0 during his senior year with a 2.88 ERA. He struck out 54 and gave up 25 earned runs in his 21 appearances (78.0 IP).
The Big Inning:
The Sun Devils were a scoring machine in 2003 finishing second in the NCAA by averaging 10.04 runs per game. ASU also proved to be an explosive team at the plate, recording 160 big innings (2 or more runs). The team has also recorded 36 innings when they score five or more runs and have scored over 10 runs in an inning four times. ASU's biggest run production in a single frame was 12 in the opening game vs. Washington State (4/25) and 12 in the ninth inning vs. NMSU (5/31). ASU has also produced a pair of first innings with 10 or more runs (Arizona; 5/24, WSU; 4/27).
ASU recorded a Pac-10 best 160 doubles in 2003 (2.35 per game average) to rank fifth in ASU single-season history. Sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia led the NCAA with a school and Pac-10 record 34 doubles. Junior Jeff Larish was second on the team with 18 after recording a record-tying four vs. Arizona (5/25). The team record for doubles in a season is 185 set in 1988, while the individual season record was previously 30 by Chris Bando in 1978.
ASU Single-Season Doubles:
Pedroia Named To Initial Watch List For Golden Spikes Award:
Arizona State sophomore shortstop Dustin Pedroia was included among 25 players named to the initial watch list for the 2003 Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the nation's top amateur baseball player. The 2002 Team USA member was one of only two Pac-10 players to be named to the initial watch list (Carlos Quentin, Stanford). The five finalists were named this week without Pedroia making the final cut. Arizona State has a long tradition of Golden Spikes Award winners as three past Sun Devils have won the award. Bob Horner (1978), Oddibe McDowell (1984) and Mike Kelly (1991) have all won the award. Only Florida State and Cal State Fullerton have matched ASU's legacy also with three winners of the annual Golden Spikes Award.
National Players of the Week:
Three Sun Devils have earned national player of the week honors this year. Senior RHP Jered Liebeck earned national acclaim after his complete-game, three-hit shutout against nationally ranked Long Beach State on Feb. 1. He was named the Collegiate Baseball and NCBWA pitcher of the week for his performance. Junior designated hitter Jeremy West earned Pac-10 Player of the Week and Collegiate Baseball and CollegeBaseballInsider.com national player of the week after hitting five home runs in three games against Washington State (4/25-27). Junior Andre Ethier is the latest to add his name to the list earning Pac-10 and Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week honors (5/26). Freshman Travis Buck also earned CBI's western regional player of the week honor after his impressive series vs. USC (3/28-30).
Travis Buck Hits For The Cycle:
Freshman outfielder Travis Buck went 5-for-5 with even RBI and hit for the cycle in ASU's 19-0 win over Southern Utah (3/7). He became only the seventh Sun Devil in recorded history to record the elusive cycle and became the first freshman in Pac-10 history to hit for the cycle. Buck capped his perfect night with a grand slam home run as part of an eight-run sixth inning to become ASU's first player to hit for the cycle since Mitch Jones on May 21, 2000 at Arizona. Buck, ASU's normal starting left fielder who was making only his second start in right field, had a single in the first, a double in the third and a triple in the fifth before connecting on his second home run of the year for the cycle. He also added a run-scoring single in the fourth and tied a career high with two stolen bases. Buck was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 8-for-11 (.727) vs. USC. He was named a freshman All-American by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. He finished his freshman season hitting .326 (78-for-239) with 13 doubles and four home runs. Below is a list of ASU player who have hit for the cycle:
|Travis Buck||March 7, 2003 vs. Southern Utah|
|Mitch Jones||May 21, 2000 vs. Arizona|
|Dan McKinley||April 1, 1997 vs. Grand Canyon|
|Antone Williamson||May 27, 1993 vs. George Mason|
|Kevin Higgins||May 1, 1988 vs. UCLA|
|Todd Brown||March 18, 1984 vs. USC|
|Paul Ray Powell||March 21, 1969 vs. Michigan|
Murphy's Teams Know How To Score:
A true icon of the Pat Murphy system is scoring runs. The Sun Devils have done plenty of that since he arrived in 1995. ASU has led the NCAA in scoring in two of the last five years, averaging 11.32 runs per game in 1999 and 10.97 runs per game in 2000. The Devils paced the Pac-10 in 2001 and 2003, hitting at a .327 clip in 2001 and a .347 mark in 2003. ASU finished second in the nation in 2003 averaging 10.03 runs per game. ASU also led the nation in batting average with a team total of .356 in 1999 and fell just percentage points shy of matching that feat a second year in a row in 2000 with a .346 mark, trailing Stony Brook by one point. During Pat Murphy's nine seasons at ASU, the Sun Devils have been a scoring machine with 4,981 runs in 539 games. During that stretch ASU has averaging 9.24 runs per game and scored in an NCAA record 501 consecutive games. The Devils are hitting at an overall .331 clip during the Pat Murphy era. ASU led the Pac-10 in hitting again in 2003 at .347 and averaged 10.03 runs per game (with 35 games with 10 or more runs). Below is an offensive team breakdown of Murphy's ASU teams:
ASU Mixes Things Up:
After mixing and matching for 41 different starting batting lineups in 58 games in 2002, head coach Pat Murphy continued with the trend by keeping the lineup fresh in 2003. In the 68 games in 2003, the Devils mixed and matched for 57 different batting lineups and 34 different positional lineups. The most common batting lineup, which was used six times, had the following players batting in order: Pedroia (SS), Walsh (LF), Ethier (CF), Larish (1B), West (DH), Buck (RF), Mesa (3B), Garrabrants (2B), Gosewisch (C)
An Early Season Opener:
The Jan. 16 season opener at Hawaii-Hilo was the second earliest start in ASU Baseball history and the earliest start by any collegiate team in 2003. The Devils opened the 1999 season at home with a game at Packard Stadium against the University of Utah on Jan. 15. Arizona State's previous earliest start before 1999 was a Jan. 19 home contest against Grand Canyon (W, 12-2) in 1990. With the 9-0 blanking of UHH on 1/16, ASU is now 25-2 in season-opening games (dating back to 1977) and head coach Pat Murphy is 8-1 in season-openers at ASU (15-1 at D1).
How They Have Finished:
Arizona State has finished five seasons ranked in the top 10 in the final Collegiate Baseball national poll since 1990, ranking 7th of all college baseball programs. The schools with the most Top 10 Collegiate Baseball finishes are listed below:
|1. Florida State||13|
|6. Cal State Fullerton||7|
|7. Oklahoma State||5|
|7. Wichita State||5|
|7. Arizona State||5|
Success in the Classroom As Well As On The Field:
ASU has long enjoyed much success on the diamond, and with 18 College World Series appearances, it is known as one of the gems of college baseball. But academics, as well as on-field talent, has shown its true colors in the storied program. Pat Murphy's Sun Devil squads have produced four Academic All-Americans over the past five years (Willie Bloomquist, Mark Ernster, Jeff Phelps, Casey Myers), including Myers being named the Academic All-American for college baseball in 2000 and 2001. The four players honored as First-Team Academic All-Americans is the second most by any college baseball program in the nation since 1995. Tuffy Gosewisch, Bryce Kartler and Nick Walsh all earned All-Pac-10 Academic Honorable Mention honors in 2003.
ASU Owns Pac-10 Player of the Year Award:
Since the old Pac-10 North (formerly Washington State, Washington, Oregon State, Portland State) and the Six-Pac joined to form the unified Pac-10 baseball conference in 1999, Arizona State has enjoyed much success with a combined 74-46 record in league play. Even more impressive is that in four of the five years a Sun Devil has won the annual Pac-10 Player of the Year award. Willie Bloomquist won the inaugural award in 1999, while Casey Myers took home the hardware in 2000 and 2001 to become only fourth player in Pac-10 history to win the award twice in a career. Dustin Pedroia shared the Pac-10 Player of the Year award with Stanford senior catcher Ryan Garko. In all, ASU has won 10 Pac-10 Player of the Year Awards dating back to 1978 (Myers (2), Bloomquist, Dustin Pedroia, Jacob Cruz, Paul Lo Duca, Linty Ingram, Oddibe McDowell, Alvin Davis, Mike Sodders) and two Pac-10 Pitchers of the Year (Noah Peery and Marc Barcelo).
Hitting For The Cycle... in the First Inning:
In what may be one of the rarest feats of Arizona State baseball history, the Devils led off the Feb. 9, 2002 game vs. Tennessee in grand fashion with the first four hitters combining to hit for the cycle in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Steve Garrabrants led off the game with a first-pitch home run, then Dustin Pedroia followed with a double, then Rod Allen singled and to cap off the amazing event, Jeremy West tripled to give ASU the early 2-0 lead. ASU also accomplished the rarity in the 10-run first inning against Washington State (4/27) in 2003 when the first five batters (Pedroia, 3B; Walsh, 1B; Larish, 2B; West HR) combined to hit for the cycle.
Why Not #9 Murphy:
Most who are close to the ASU Baseball program know what the No. 9 means to head coach Pat Murphy. Often his slogan to 'Play all 9 Innings', Murphy and No. 9 are synonymous with each other... until last year. In a preseason meeting with team, Murphy gave a speech on how you have to be able to give up anything for the team. In this case, he even offered up his prize No. 9, knowing no one would take it. That is, until ASU's Steve Garrabrants raised his hand and said, I'll take it, and with that, the leader of the Devils is willing to give up anything for the team and will wear No. 7 again this year.
Home Sweet Home:
ASU returned to Packard Stadium in 2003 after playing in Mesa (Hohokam Park) in 2002. The Devils recorded their 800th career victory at Packard Stadium (3/1 vs. PSU) and have an all-time 818-235-1 dating back to 1974. ASU played 40 of its 62 regular-season games in the state of Arizona and 37 at Packard Stadium. After going 29-10 in designated home games last year, the Devils were 30-7 at Packard Stadium this year now have a combined 163-50-1 (.764) home record in the last five years dating back to 1998. ASU is hitting .354 with 56 home runs in 37 home games and pitching for a 3.27 team ERA on the mound.
Arizona State at Packard Stadium (1998-2003):
ASU And Team USA Connections:
Arizona State baseball has had a long-standing tradition of sending players to play for the USA National team during the summers. In a recent poll distributed by USA Baseball, ASU ranked No. 11 as a supplier to the National Team. With the selections of Jeff Larish and Dustin Pedroia to the 2003 team, ASU has now had nine players and 10 total selections don the Red, White and Blue for Team USA since 1984. The first Sun Devil on Team USA was Oddibe McDowell in the 1984 Olympics played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Jim Austin played for Team USA in 1990 and ASU has had seven more players play with Team USA in the last six years. 1999 Pac-10 Player of the Year Willie Bloomquist played in the summer of 1998, 2000-2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year Casey Myers played in the summer of 2000 and was also a member of the Team USA Junior National Team before arriving at ASU in 1998. Current Tampa Bay Devil Ray prospect Jon Switzer was also a member of the 2000 National Team and Mike Esposito was 3-1 with a 1.56 ERA in the summer of 2001. Pedroia played for the National Team in 2002 and is the first Sun Devil to repeat n the national team. Pedroia, Travis Buck and Larish were nvited to USA Baseball National Team Trials in June in Tucson, Ariz.
Golden Spikes Common At Arizona State:
While Rickie Weeks of Southern was the recipient of the 2003 Golden Spikes award as the nation's top amateur baseball player, it should be noted that three Arizona State players have won the award. In addition to ASU, only Cal State Fullerton and Florida State have won three Golden Spikes Awards. Bob Horner, who was a standout at ASU from 1976-78, won the inaugural award in 1978. Oddibe McDowell, who was a member of the first Team USA baseball team to compete in an Olympics, won the award in 1984. Mike Kelly, who ranks second in ASU history with 46 home runs from 1989-91, won the award in 1991. In all, 12 players that have worn the Maroon and Gold have been named a Player of the Year for college baseball. Dustin Pedroia was one of 25 players named to the initial watch list for the 2003 award.
ASU Leader of the Pac When It Comes to Player of the Week:
Arizona State has amassed 46 Pac-10 Pitchers of the Week and 71 Players of the Week since 1981. That total leads all Pac-10 member schools. Senior RHP Jered Liebeck became the first Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after his complete-game, three-hit shutout of Long Beach State (2/1) and Ryan Schroyer earned his first award on Feb. 25. Junior Jeremy West joined Schroyer as ASU swept the weekly awards on Feb. 25. Andre Ethier (May 26), Travis Buck (Apr. 1) and Dustin Pedroia (May 19) joined West (Feb. 25, Apr. 28) as Pac-10 Players of the Week. Ethier and West (twice) were named Pac-10 Players of the Week in 2002, while Robbie McClellan and Mike Esposito earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors last year.
Arizona State in Postseason Play:
The Sun Devil baseball program has created a dynasty in college baseball that has been matched by few. With 18 appearances in the College World Series, ASU ranks fifth for the most trips to Omaha. Arizona State has now advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 27 of the program's 45 varsity seasons (dating back to 1959), amassing an incredible 128-53 (.707) record. ASU's five National Championships rank as the second most of any NCAA school. In addition to ASU's five national championships, the Sun Devils have also turned in five second-place teams and three third-place finishes. Arizona State is 19-12 in the NCAA Tournament under ninth-year head coach Pat Murphy. In addition to advancing four straight years, ASU has been left out of the tournament only once (1999) in the last seven years and played for the national championship in 1998.
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