Baseball Opens 2005 Season Saturday With Annual Alumni Game

Jan. 20, 2005

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    TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- The ninth-ranked Arizona State baseball team kicks off the 2005 season this weekend with the annual Alumni Weekend, featuring a golf tournament Friday (Jan. 21) and the Alumni game Saturday (Jan. 22) at 1 p.m. at Packard Stadium. The Devils officially open the 2005 campaign next weekend with a three-game series against perennial national power Long Beach State, Jan. 28-30.

    ASU head coach Pat Murphy has announced that junior left-hander Brett Bordes (Mesa, Ariz.) will start the game for the varsity squad and will pitch two or three innings. The 11th-year skipper also expects senior preseason All-American Jason Urquidez (Simi Valley, Calif.) and junior college transfer Tony Barnette (Federal Way, Wash.) to see action in the game.

    The alumni game, which features free admission and parking for fans at Packard Stadium, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Several recent and past alumni are tentatively scheduled to play in the game, including several recent Devils that are playing professional baseball. Highlighting the alumni roster are current minor leaguers Jeremy West (Boston Red Sox), Chris Duffy (Pittsburgh Pirates), Andrew Beinbrink (Texas Rangers) and Steve Garrabrants (Arizona Diamondbacks). Several other former Sun Devils, including major leaguer Willie Bloomquist (Seattle Mariners), Dustin Pedroia (Boston Red Sox), Andre Ethier (Oakland A's) and Beau Vaughan (Boston Red Sox) will also be in attendance at the game, but will not play.

    Former big leaguers Kevin Romine (1981-82) and Mike Benjamin (1986-87) are also scheduled to play in the annual contest. Romine, ASU's career batting average record holder at .408, will play against his son Andrew, a freshman shortstop for the Sun Devils. Continuing the family affair with be Chip Gosewisch (1995-98) playing against his brother Tuffy (senior starting catcher).

    Legendary Sun Devils that are participating in the golf tournament and also expected to be in attendance at the Alumni game include Tommy Adams (1989-91), Eddie Bane (1971-73), Floyd Bannister (1974-76), Hubie Brooks (1977-79), Larry Gura (1967-69), Bob Horner (1976-78), Anthony Manahan (1988-90), Casey Myers (1998-2001), Jeff Pentland (1966-68), Ken Phelps (1975-76), Sterling Slaughter (1961-63), Kaipo Spenser (1994-96), Clay Westlake (1973-76) and Antone Williamson (1992-94).

    The 2005 Sun Devils enter the season ranked in three of the preseason polls, including top 10 rankings by Baseball America (#9) and ESPN/Sports Weekly (#9). ASU features 15 returning letterwinners, including preseason All-Americans Travis Buck, Jason Urquidez and Jeff Larish. ASU's rigorous 2005 schedule includes 23 games against eight teams ranked in the Sports Weekly/ESPN preseason top 25, including 14 of the first 25 against ranked opponents.

    The alumni game is free admission, but fans interested in season or individual game tickets can call the ASU ticket office at (480) 727-0000. Information on season ticket packages will also be available at the front gates of Packard Stadium prior to the start of the Alumni game.

    --Sun Devil Baseball--
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