Travis Buck And Jason Urquidez Named Preseason All-Americans
Nov. 18, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State junior outfielder Travis Buck and senior right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez have been named to the second-team of the 2005 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-American Team.
Buck (Richland, Wash.) and Urquidez (Simi Valley, Calif.) are coming off strong seasons in 2004 in which they were both named First-Team All-Pac-10. The selections mark the third straight year ASU has had at least one player on the NCBWA Preseason All-America squad.
Buck, a two-year starter in the Sun Devil outfield, hit .373 (84-for-225) while leading the team with nine home runs, 59 RBI and 13 stolen bases. He is a .349 (162-for-464) career hitter with 13 home runs and 104 RBI. He was named a First-Team Summer All-American by Baseball America after hitting .412 (28-for-68) with a .512 on-base percentage for the USA Baseball National Team. Buck helped lead Team USA to a gold medal performance in the FISU II World University Baseball Championship in Tainan City, Taiwan. Heading into the 2005 season, Buck is listed by Baseball America as the No. 18 overall prospect for the annual June MLB Amateur Draft.
Urquidez returns for his senior season after leading the Pac-10 in victories last season with a 12-3 record. After transferring from Central Arizona College, Urquidez went 12-3 with a 3.41 ERA and led the team with 94 strikeouts in 97.2 innings. He is one of only eight pitchers to return for the 2005 season with 12 or more victories. The right-hander was drafted in the 11th round by the Cincinnati Reds, but opted to return for his senior season.
Arizona State (41-18, 13-11 Pac-10 in 2004) opens the 2005 season Jan. 28-30 against perennial national power Long Beach State. ASU's schedule includes 28 games against teams that played in the 2004 NCAA Tournament and 35 games against teams that have competed in the Field of 64 in the last two seasons. The schedule also includes schools that have combined for 27 national championships and seven games against teams that played in the 2004 College World Series.
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