Baseball Opens Season With 13-0 Victory In Alumni Game
Jan. 22, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Junior preseason All-American Travis Buck went 3-for-4 and four pitchers combined to lead the No. 9 Arizona State Sun Devils to a 13-0 exhibition win over a group of former Sun Devils in the annual Alumni game held Saturday afternoon at Packard Stadium.
Buck (Richland, Wash.) doubled and had two singled to lead the varsity squad to the commanding victory. Sophomore first baseman Joe Persichina (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) added two hits and four RBI and redshirt freshman outfielder Rocky Laguna (Yuma, Ariz.) hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat as a Sun Devil.
Junior left-hander Brett Bordes (Mesa, Ariz.) started on the mound and gave up one hit and struck out two in three innings to record the victory. Senior preseason All-American Jason Urquidez (Simi Valley, Calif.) added four strikeouts in three shutout innings and sophomore right-hander Pat Bresnehan (Sherborn, Mass.) struck out two in his only inning of work. Junior college transfer Tony Barnette (Federal Way, Wash.) struck out five of his six batters faced in two perfect frames.
The Alumni team featured several former major leaguers and current minor league players. Pittsburgh Pirate top prospect Chris Duffy (2001) and Boston Red Sox farmhand Jeremy West (2001-03) each went 1-for-3. Infielder Anthony Manahan (1988-90) added a double. Also playing in the game were former major leaguers Kevin Romine (1981-82), Ken Phelps (1975-76) and Mike Benjamin (1986-87).
The Sun Devils officially open the 2005 season next weekend (Jan. 28-30) against No. 14 Long Beach State. Game times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The Friday and Sunday games will be broadcast live over the radio on KDUS 1060 AM.