Baseball Recruiting Class Ranked No. 2 Nationally By Collegiate Baseball

Oct. 8, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- The Arizona State baseball team's class of newcomers for the 2005 season has been ranked as the No. 2 class in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's annual ranking of the nation's top recruiting classes.

The Sun Devil recruiting class consists of 15 newcomers, including 12 freshmen, two junior college transfers and one senior transfer. LSU earned the top billing in the annual survey, while Texas (No. 3), Oklahoma State (No. 4) and Tulane (No. 5) rounded out the top five. Pac-10 member schools Arizona (No. 6), Stanford (No. 11), USC (No. 20) and Washington (No. 34) were also among the top 40 in the nation.

'This class is full of character and has a tremendous amount of talent,' said 10th year assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Jay J. Sferra. 'I am confident a lot of the guys will make an immediate impact, but two or three years down the road I think you will see just how good this class is when most or all of them have contributed to this program in one way or another.'

The class includes several marquee freshmen, including Sferra's son, outfielder J.J. Sferra (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe HS), shortstop Andrew Romine (Lake Forest, Calif./Trabuco Hills HS), infielder Vinny Biancamano (Glendale, Ariz./Cactus HS), two-way player Seth Garrison (Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS), LHP Josh Satow (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain HS), infielder Willy Fox (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), infielder Eric Sogard (Phoenix, Ariz./Thunderbird HS), infielder Greg Bordes (Mesa, Ariz./Dobson HS), LHP Keith Christensen (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xaverian HS), catcher Austin Stockfisch (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), outfielder DJ Butler (Benicia, Calif./Benicia HS) and LHP Drew Bowman (Morrison, Colo./Dakota Ridge HS).

Romine is the son of former major leaguer and ASU All-American Kevin Romine. Kevin was a two-time All-American for the Sun Devils from 1981-82 and is ASU's career batting average leader at .408 (223-for-547). The elder Romine played seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

Junior college transfers Kevin Dryanski (Hutchinson CC/Phoenix, Ariz.) and Tony Barnette (Central Arizona/Federal Way, Wash.) are both right-handed pitchers who are expected to step right in and contribute on the ASU pitching staff. Senior infielder Joey Hooft (Reno, Nev.) transfers in from the University of Miami (Fla.) where he played in two College World Series for the Hurricanes.

The 2005 class continues a strong tradition of top ranked recruiting classes as Collegiate Baseball has ranked ASU in the top 15 in the nation seven straight seasons and in the top 10 in six of the last 10 years.

'This class deserves some recognition because they are a special group of young men,' said 11th year head coach Pat Murphy. 'Now they all face the daily challenges of being a student-athlete and playing in one of the premier college baseball programs in the nation. I think the fans will enjoy watching these players in the upcoming season and down the road.'

2005 Arizona State Baseball Newcomers:

























































































































# Name Pos. B-T Hgt. Wgt. Cl./Exp. Hometown (High School/Last School)
2Sferra, J.J.OFL/L5-11150Fr./HSPhoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe)
5Hooft, JoeyINFR/R5-10175Sr./TRReno, Nev. (Galena/Univ. of Miami)
7Biancamano, VinnyINFR/R6-0180Fr./HSGlendale, Ariz. (Cactus)
12Romine, AndrewSSB/R6-2170Fr./HSLake Forest, Calif. (Trabuco Hills)
13Stockfisch, AustinCB/R6-1165Fr./HSScottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain)
16Bordes, GregINFR/R5-9150Fr./HSMesa, Ariz. (Dobson)
17Garrison, SethRHP/IFB/R6-3185Fr./HSCoppell, Texas (Coppell)
18Fox, WillyINFR/R5-11192Fr./HSScottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain)
20Christensen, KeithLHPL/L6-0174Fr./HSBrooklyn, N.Y. (Xaverian)
28Sogard, EricINFL/R5-9172Fr./HSPhoenix, Ariz. (Thunderbird)
30Bowman, DrewLHPB/L6-3180Fr./HSMorrison, Colo. (Dakota Ridge)
31Dryanski, KevinRHPR/R6-1224Jr./TRPhoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe/Hutchinson CC)
36Butler, DJOFL/R6-0195Fr./HSBenicia, Calif. (Benicia)
41Satow, JoshLHPL/L5-9160Fr./HSScottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain)
50Barnette, TonyRHPR/R6-2175Jr./TRFederal Way, Wash. (Jefferson/Central Arizona)

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top Recruiting Classes:



Collegiate Baseball's 2004 Recruiting Results

(As of Sept. 30, 2004)

Rank Team


Recruits


Frosh


JC


Tran.

1. LSU

11

7

2

2

2. Arizona State

15

12

2

1

3. Texas

11

8

2

1

4. Oklahoma St.

23

4

17

2

5. Tulane

12

9

1

2

6. Arizona

10

8

1

1

7. Miami, Fla.

11

8

2

1

8. Pepperdine

15

12

3

0

9. South Carolina

15

7

8

0

10. Oklahoma

22

11

10

1

11. Stanford

7

7

0

0

12. Clemson

15

8

5

2

13. Rice

22

17

5

0

14. Texas A&M

12

9

1

2

15. Cal. St. Fullerton

11

8

3

0

16. Nebraska

21

15

5

1

17. Fresno St.

19

14

4

1

18. North Carolina

13

13

0

0

19. Vanderbilt

11

10

0

1

20. Southern California

13

11

2

0

21. North Carolina St.

13

9

2

2

22. Florida

12

11

1

0

23. Alabama

16

11

4

1

24. Florida St.

16

11

5

0

Tennessee

7

6

1

0

25. Kentucky

21

13

7

1

26. Texas Christian

18

11

4

3

27. Long Beach St.

16

7

7

2

29. East Carolina

8

7

1

0

30. Georgia Tech.

9

9

0

0

31. Mississippi

13

8

5

0

32. Virginia

13

10

2

1

33. Mississippi St.

7

6

1

0

34. Washington

17

15

1

1

35. Arkansas

20

14

4

2

36. Wichita St.

10

9

0

1

37. Notre Dame

6

6

0

0

38. Houston

22

19

3

0

39. Nevada

13

8

3

2

40. Auburn

10

5

3

2


Other Top Recruiting Classes: College of Charleston, Elon, High Point, Georgia, Iowa, Pittsburgh, San Jose St., South Florida, Loyola Marymount, Kent St., Minnesota, Michigan, Oregon St., Santa Clara, Louisiana-Lafayette, Central Michigan, Louisville, St. John's, Texas Tech, UCLA, California, N.C. Wilmington, Ohio St., Oral Roberts, Illinois, U.C. Riverside, Florida Atlantic, Stetson, Villanova, South Alabama, West Virginia, Central Florida, James Madison, Lamar, Louisiana-Monroe, Northern Illinois, Ohio, U.C. Irvine, N.C. Charlotte, Creighton, N.C. Greensboro, Southern Mississippi, Baylor, Southern, Arkansas-Little Rock.

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