Baseball Hosts Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament This Weekend
Feb. 1, 2005
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New Mexico State (0-0, 0-0 Sun Belt)
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Friday, Feb 4, 2005, 7 p.m. - Packard Stadium; Tempe, Ariz.
Jason Conner, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Erik Averill, LHP (0-1, 6.75 ERA)
Gonzaga (0-0, 0-0 WCC)
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Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, 1 p.m. - Packard Stadium; Tempe, Ariz.
Jay Bryner, LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Jason Urquidez, RHP (0-0, 9.00 ERA)
Oregon State (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10)
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Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, 2 p.m. - Packard Stadium; Tempe, Ariz.
Anton Maxwell, LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Brett Bordes, LHP (0-1, 0.00 ERA)
New Mexico State (0-0, 0-0 Sun Belt)
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Monday, Feb 7, 2005, 6 p.m. - Packard Stadium; Tempe, Ariz.
Tyler Sturdevant, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Ty Marotz, RHP (0-0, 3.38 ERA)
What's On Tap:
The Arizona State Sun Devils (1-2, 0-0 Pac-10) looks to get back to their winning ways this weekend when they host New Mexico State, Gonzaga and Oregon State for the Bob Schaefer Memorial Baseball Tournament at Packard Stadium (Feb. 3-7). ASU opens tournament play Friday night against New Mexico State (7 p.m.) and will also play Gonzaga (Feb. 5, 1 p.m.), Oregon State (Feb. 6, 2 p.m.) and a second game against New Mexico State on Monday at 6 p.m. The game against Oregon State is considered a non-conference game and does not count against the Pac-10 standings. Below is the complete tournament schedule starting with Thursday's Oregon State vs. New Mexico State contest at 6 p.m.:
Day Opponent TimeFeb. 3 New Mexico State vs. Oregon State 6 p.m.Feb. 4 Oregon State vs. Gonzaga 1 p.m.Feb. 4 New Mexico State vs. Arizona State 7 p.m.Feb. 5 Gonzaga vs. Arizona State 1 p.m.Feb. 5 Oregon State vs. New Mexico State 7 p.m.Feb. 6 Gonzaga vs. New Mexico State 10 a.m.Feb. 6 Oregon State vs. Arizona State 2 p.m.Feb. 7 New Mexico State vs. Arizona State 6 p.m.
The Friday and Sunday games against New Mexico State and Oregon State will be broadcast live in the Phoenix area on KDUS 1060 AM. Tim Healey and Bob Eger will call all the action from the Packard Stadium press box. Both games will also be available on the internet at www.TheSunDevils.com. All 56 games this season will be able to be followed via LiveStats on ASU's official athletic website.
* Travis Buck, Colin Curtis and Joey Hooft all recorded at least one hit in every game vs. Long Beach State.* Colin Curtis (4 gms), Zechry Zinicola (3 gms) and Joey Hooft (4 gms) have hitting streaks carrying over from 2004.* Freshman J.J. Sferra had the game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning in Saturday's 8-6 win over #14 LBSU.* Of ASU's 56 games this season, 28 will be played against teams that played in the 2004 NCAA Tournament (50%).* 14 of ASU's first 25 games come against teams ranked in the Sports Weekly/ESPN preseason top 25.* ASU is ranked No. 9 (Baseball America), No. 9 (Sports Weekly/ESPN) and No. 11 (Collegiate Baseball).* The Devils are one of only six schools in the nation to have five players active who were drafted in 2004.* ASU has been ranked in 98 consecutive national polls dating back to the start of the 2000 season.* Senior RHP Jason Urquidez is one of only eight pitchers in the NCAA to return 12 or more wins from last season* Senior Jeff Larish needs just eight more HR and eight more RBI to crack the ASU career top 10.* ASU has hit over .300 in 33 of 46 varsity seasons, including a string of 17 straight, and has hit .331 under Murphy.* Buck, Urquidez, Larish mark the fifth straight year ASU has had players selected as preseason All-Americans.* Senior Tuffy Gosewisch will become the only the second player in ASU history to start three seasons at catcher.* ASU's 29 scheduled home games at Packard Stadium are the fewest since 1998 (28).
Recapping Last Weekend:
The Sun Devils dropped only their third season opener dating back to 1977 with a 7-3 loss to Long Beach State. After winning the middle game 8-6, LBSU came back to win the rubber match with a 11-1 victory Sunday to take the series. The Dirtbags outscored the Sun Devils 24-12 and out-hit ASU .336-.298. ASU's starting pitchers combined to go 0-2 with a 5.54 ERA and the bullpen went 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA. The pitching staff had a good strikeout-walk ratio on the weekend with 31 strikeouts and only seven walks, but did hit eight batters. Senior transfer Joey Hooft led the offense going 6-for-10 (.600) with one RBI and one stolen base. Sophomore left fielder Colin Curtis (5-for-11) and junior right fielder Travis Buck (5-for-12) also recorded at least one hit in every game vs. the 49ers. Curtis led the team with four RBI, including a two-run triple on opening night.
Following the weekend tournament, Arizona State will leave the friendly confines of Packard Stadium and play the next eight games on the road. The Devils will participate in the third annual Coca-Cola Surprise Spring Training Classic held at the Surprise Recreation Campus in Surprise, Ariz. The Devils will play Gonzaga, Oklahoma and South Alabama in the four-team tournament held at the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. Following the three games in Surprise, ASU will play Arizona in Tucson (Feb. 15), then take on No. 1 Tulane in a three-game series in New Orleans (Feb. 18-20) and then return to play another non-conference game against Arizona (Feb. 23) in Tucson. The Sun Devils will return to Packard Stadium Feb. 25-27 to play a three-game series against nationally ranked Baylor.
Arizona State opens the 2005 season ranked in the top 12 in the nation in all three preseason polls. The Sun Devils are currently ranked No. 9 by Baseball America, No. 9 by the NCBWA, No. 9 by Sports Weekly/ESPN and No. 11 by Collegiate Baseball. ASU extends a streak of being ranked for 98 consecutive weeks in the national polls dating back to the start of the 2000 season. ASU finished the 2004 season with a 41-18 record and ranked 20th in the Sports Weekly/ESPN poll. A new poll will be released next Monday (Feb. 7).
The Sun Devils feature a trio of preseason All-Americans in 2005. Senior third baseman Jeff Larish, junior right fielder Travis Buck and senior right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez all earned national preseason honors from various publications. Buck, who hit .373 with nine home runs and 58 RBI last season, earned first-team honors from Baseball America, second-team from NCBWA and third-team from Collegiate Baseball. Buck was also named to the initial watch list for the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year award. Larish was a third-team selection by Baseball America and Urquidez was named second-team by the NCBWA and third-team by Collegiate Baseball.
Buck and Larish Named Preseason All-Pac-10 by Baseball America:
Arizona State had a pair of players named to the annual preseason All-Pac-10 team as selected by Baseball America. Junior right fielder Travis Buck (OF) and senior third baseman Jeff Larish (DH) both were named to the squad. In addition, Larish was voted as having the 'best strike zone discipline' and Buck was voted as having the 'best outfield arm' and as being the 'best all-around athlete' in the league. Buck was also named the Pac-10's No. 3 prospect for the 2005 MLB Draft. Other preseason honors handed out to the Devils by Baseball America included shortstop Andrew Romine being named the Pac-10's No. 2 top newcomer and sophomore closer Zechry Zinicola recognized as having the league's best fastball.
Following the season-opening series against Long Beach State, five Sun Devils have hitting streaks of two or more games. Three of the players (Joey Hooft, Colin Curtis, Zechry Zinicola) have hitting streaks that carry over from the end of the 2004 season. Hooft, a senior transfer from the University of Miami (Fla.) started his ASU career going 6-for-10 (.600) last weekend against Long Beach State and has a current four-game hitting streak if you count his last game as a Hurricane. Hooft went 1-for-2 in a 15-11 loss to South Carolina in the College World Series. Here is a look at ASU players with current hitting streaks:
Player Current Streak Statistics During StreakColin Curtis 4 Games .533, 8-for-15, R, 3B, 4 RBI (including 3-for-4 in 2004)Joey Hooft 4 Games .583, 7-for-12, 2 R, 2B, RBI (including 1-for-2 in 2004)Zechry Zinicola 3 Games .400, 4-for-10, R, 2 2B, RBI (including 1-for-2 in 2004)Travis Buck 3 Games .417, 5-for-12, R, 2B, SBAndrew Romine 2 Games .286, 2-for-7, R, 3B
Welcome To the Show:
A total of 10 players made their ASU debuts last weekend in the series against Long Beach State. Four newcomers were in the starting lineup on opening day, including Joey Hooft (DH), Andrew Romine (SS), J.J. Sferra (CF) and Vinny Biancamano (2B). Willy Fox, Rocky Laguna and Jeff Landry recorded their first at-bats as a Sun Devil and Kevin Dryanski (RHP), Tony Barnette (RHP) and Seth Garrison (RHP) all made their debuts in the maroon and gold. The Sun Devil roster consists of 17 of 30 active players that had never seen action before this season.
The All-Time Series:
Arizona State owns an all-time 67-12 record against the three teams competing in the Bob Schaefer Memorial Baseball Tournament this weekend at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils are 9-0 against Gonzaga, 28-10 against Oregon State and 30-2 against New Mexico State. ASU has faced Gonzaga in three of the last four years, including twice each in 2003 and 2004. The Sun Devils won all three games against New Mexico State last season, outscoring the Aggies 37-9. ASU is also 28-10 all-time against Pac-10 foe Oregon State, including winning 10 of the last 11 games.
ASU is an Offensive Powerhouse:
Arizona State is coming off a 41-18 season in 2004 in which they led the Pac-10 and ranked 12th in the nation in hitting with a .325 team batting average. ASU has led the Pac-10 in hitting in five of the last six seasons and ranked in the top 20 in the nation in five of the last six years. In 47 seasons of varsity baseball dating back to 1959, Arizona State has combined to hit .315 with 31,389 hits and 2,859 home runs.
Tough Schedule Awaits Sun Devils in 2005:
After having the top-rated non-conference schedule in the nation last season, the Sun Devil baseball program has set another challenging slate for the 2005 season. ASU's rigorous 2005 schedule includes 23 games against eight teams ranked in the Sports Weekly/ESPN preseason top 25. The Sun Devils will play two games against No. 4 LSU (Mar. 11, 13), three games against No. 5 Tulane (Feb. 18-20), three against No. 6 Stanford (Apr. 15-17), one against No. 11 North Carolina (Mar. 4), five against in-state rival Arizona (Feb. 18, Feb. 23, May 14-16), three at No. 12 Washington (May 20-22), a season-opening three-game series against No. 16 Long Beach State (Jan. 28-30) and three games against No. 21 Baylor (Feb. 25-27). Fourteen of ASU's first 25 games are against teams ranked in the top 25. ASU is also scheduled to play 24 games against teams ranked in the Baseball America preseason top 40 and 24 games against teams listed in the Collegiate Baseball top 40. In addition, ASU will be playing 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.
What Returns in 2005:
The Sun Devils return 15 letterwinners from last season after posting the fourth 40-win season during the Pat Murphy era. In addition, seven position players with 25 or more starts and seven pitchers with 20 or more innings pitched are back on the diamond for the 2005 season. Led by 58 RBI from junior outfielder Travis Buck and 49 each from seniors Jeff Larish (3B) and Tuffy Gosewisch (C), ASU returns 62% of its run production (RBI) from last season. Jason Urquidez logged a team-high 97.2 innings pitched after going 12-3 with a 3.41 ERA and is part of a pitching staff that returns 69% of its innings pitched. ASU also returns 27 of 50 home runs (54%) and 34 of 56 stolen bases (61%).
Sun Devils Picked To Finish Second and Third in Pac-10:
The Sun Devils enter the season as the preseason pick to finish third in the Pac-10 in a poll of the league coaches. Stanford was picked first, while Washington, ASU, Arizona and USC round out the top five. ASU was also picked to finish second by Collegiate Baseball and third by Baseball America. Here is a look at the three preseason Pac-10 baseball polls:
Pac-10 Poll (Coaches) Collegiate Baseball Baseball America1. Stanford 1. Stanford 1. Stanford2. Washington 2. Arizona State 2. Washington3. Arizona State 3. Arizona 3. Arizona State Arizona 4. Washington 4. Arizona5. USC 5. USC 5. USC6. Oregon State 6. UCLA 6. UCLA7. California 7. California 7. California8. UCLA 8. Oregon State 8. Oregon State9. WSU 9. WSU 9. WSU
Buck Named Summer All-American:
Junior right fielder Travis Buck was named a first-team Summer All-American by Baseball America after hitting .412 (28-for-68) with six multi-hit games, two home runs and 14 RBI. He was a big part of Team USA's impressive end-of-the-summer run that saw the Red, White and Blue win the gold medal at the FISU World University Baseball Championship in Tainan, Taiwan. Buck became the seventh Sun Devil since 1998 to play on the USA Baseball National Team.
Five Sun Devils Ranked Among Nation's Top 50:
Five Arizona State Sun Devils have been ranked among the nation's top 50 of their class in the 2005 Baseball America College Baseball Preview. In the Freshmen Fab 50, shortstop Andrew Romine (#3) and outfielder J.J. Sferra (#33) were both ranked. Left fielder Colin Curtis ranked No. 26 among the sophomores and right fielder Travis Buck was listed No. 13 amongst the star-studded junior class. Seniors Jeff Larish (#1) and Jason Urquidez (#6) were ranked among the top 10 seniors in the nation.
Buck Ready For Big Junior Year:
Junior outfielder Travis Buck started his 2005 season with a bang last weekend going 5-for-12 (.417) with a double and a stolen base. He was named a consensus preseason All-American, including being a first-team pick by Baseball America. After a stellar summer with the USA Baseball National Team in which he hit .412, Buck is projected as a first-round draft pick and is listed as the No. 18 prospect (No. 15 college prospect) for the 2005 MLB Draft. The Richland, Wash., native is a career .351 (167-for-476) hitter with 13 home runs, 104 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He has recorded at least one hit in 97 of 128 games played (76%) and has 46 multi-hit games and 47 career extra base hits (30 2B, 4 3B, 13 HR) for a .513 slugging percentage. He was named a first-team All-Pac-10 selection last year after hitting .373 (84-for-225) with 58 RBI and nine HR.
Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT2003.... .326 66-65 239 59 78 13 3 4 46 35 28 12-142004.... .373 59-59 225 64 84 16 1 9 58 41 34 13-162005.... .417 3-3 12 1 5 1 0 0 0 2 3 1-1TOTAL... .351 128-127 476 124 167 30 4 13 104 78 65 26-31
Larish Looking For More Big Numbers:
Third baseman Jeff Larish entered the 2004 season as a projected first-round draft pick, but after battling high expectations and some injuries during the season, he has returned to ASU for his senior season. He went 2-for-12 (.167) with a pair of doubles in ASU's season-opening series against Long Beach State. He decided to return to school after turning down a reported six-figure signing bonus after being drafted in the 13th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 156 career games, Larish is a career .334 hitter (204-for-611) with 28 home runs and 168 RBI. He needs just eight more RBI and eight more home runs to enter the top 10 in the ASU career record books in both categories. He is coming off a disappointing season in which he hit .308 with seven home runs and 49 RBI and is looking to return to his sophomore season form in which he was named a first-team All-American after hitting .372 (87-for-234) with 80 runs, 18 doubles, 18 home runs, 95 RBI and 78 walks. Larish was also a first-team Summer All-American in 2003 after leading the USA Baseball National Team to a silver medal in the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and led Team USA with 23 RBI and eight home runs.
Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT2002.... .328 34-33 128 31 42 4 3 3 24 29 19 0-12003.... .372 65-64 234 80 87 18 2 18 95 78 42 3-52004.... .308 57-57 237 46 73 17 0 7 49 35 50 3-72005.... .167 3-3 12 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 5 0-0TOTAL... .334 159-157 611 159 204 41 5 28 168 143 116 6-13
Just a Walk in the Park For Larish:
Senior third baseman Jeff Larish is fourth in ASU history with 143 career walks (see list on page 4) and has recorded at least one walk in 98 of 159 career games. His 78 walks in 2003 are second most in ASU single-season history and he is only the second player in school history to join the 70/70 (RBI/BB) club in a season. Former major leaguer Alvin Davis recorded 87 walks and 91 RBI in 1982 and holds the school record with 207 career walks. Additionally, the third-team preseason All-American (Collegiate Baseball/Baseball America) has recorded 35 career multi-walk games, 61 multi-hit games, 44 multi-RBI contests and 72 career extra base hits for a .555 slugging percentage. In 159 career games, he has recorded a hit in 78% of his games played (124 of 159).
Urquidez Among Top Returning Pitchers in NCAA:
Senior RHP Jason Urquidez is one of only eight pitchers in the NCAA to return 12 or more wins from last season. Urquidez earned first-team All-Pac-10 and honorable mention CollegeBaseballInsider.com All-America honors last season while leading the league with 12 wins. He went 12-3 with a 3.41 ERA and struck out a team-high 94 batters in 97.2 innings. The Central Arizona College transfer was also a workhorse for the Sun Devils, lasting five or more innings in 12 of his 17 starts. He earned national acclaim and a spot on the Clemens Award Watch List after posting a complete-game, three-hit victory over defending national champion Rice on Feb. 22, 2004. He out-dueled eventual first-round draft pick Jeff Niemann and was named the Pac-10 and National Pitcher of the Week. Urquidez was selected as a preseason All-American by the NCBWA (2nd team) and Collegiate Baseball (3rd team) and is listed as the No. 6 senior in the nation by Baseball America. Below is a look at the top returning pitchers for 2005:
Ricky Romero, Jr., Cal State Fullerton
Dennis Bigley, Sr., Oral Roberts
Aaron Rawl, Sr., South Carolina
Cesar Carrillo, Jr., Miami
Rowdy Hardy, Sr., Austin Peay State
Jason Urquidez, Sr., Arizona State
Ronald Hill, Sr., UNC Wilmington
Cesar Ramos, Jr., Long Beach State
Year ERA W-L App GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO2004.... 3.41 12-3 19 17 1 0/1 0 97.2 90 40 37 47 942005.... 9.00 0-0 1 1 0 0/0 0 5.0 10 5 5 1 4TOTAL... 3.68 12-3 20 18 1 0/1 0 102.2 100 45 42 48 98
Tuffy Keeps Getting Tougher:
Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch will join former Sun Devil Don Wakamatsu (1982-85) as the only other full-time, three-year starter at the catching position in school history. Gosewisch has started 106 games over the last three seasons and has combined to go 117-for-345 (.339). He also started 12 games as a freshman in 2002, but struggled at the plate going 1-for-29. The 2004 Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year semifinalist is a career .316 hitter with four home runs, 92 RBI and a .992 fielding percentage. Here is a look at Tuffy's progression at the plate in games started during his Sun Devil career:
2002: 12 games started (1-for-29, .034)2003: 45 games started (45-for-136, .331)2004: 58 games started (67-for-196, .342)
Arizona State is one of only six schools in the nation to have five players active in 2005 that were selected in the 2004 MLB Draft. Along with ASU, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas are the other five schools to have five draftees from 2004. Right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez (11th; Devil Rays), 3B Jeff Larish (13th; Dodgers), LHP Drew Bowman (21st; Brewers), INF Vinny Biancamano (35th; Royals) and SS Andrew Romine (36th; Phillies) were all selected in last June's MLB Amateur draft. In all, 10 Sun Devils on the current roster have been drafted, including Larish and Urquidez being selected twice.
It's All About Family For Romine, Gosewisch, Bordes and Sferra:
Father/son combinations and brothers have played a unique part of the storied history of Arizona State Baseball. In all, four father/son combinations have played at Arizona State including current freshman shortstop Andrew Romine and his father, Kevin. Kevin Romine played at ASU from 1981-82 and later went on to play seven years with the Boston Red Sox. He holds the ASU career batting average record hitting .408 (223-for-547) and helped lead ASU to the 1981 National Championship. Assistant coach Jay J. Sferra will also get the chance to coach his son, freshman outfielder J.J. Sferra. Father Eddie Bane (1971-73) and son Jaymie Bane (1997), Casey Myers (1998-2001) and his father Clint Myers (1971-73) and Brian Berger (2000) and his father Bill Berger (1970-73) round out the four father/son combos to don the Sun Devil uniform. Nine sets of brothers have graced the ASU rosters through the years, including senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch and his brother Chip (1996-99) and junior pitcher Brett Bordes and his freshman brother Greg. The other brother combinations include Chris (1975-78) and Sal (1964-65) Bando, Kevin (1978-81) and Pat (1980-82) Dukes, Byron (1979), Dale (1976-79) and Larry (1976-78) Eiler, Greg (1968) and Skip (1964) Hancock, Darrell (1974-77) and Dwayne (1979) Jackson, Jeff (1994) and Mike (1993) Rensmeyer, and John (1971-73) and Tom (1973-75) Sain. Of the nine sets of brothers, four sets played at least one year together at Arizona State.
From Batboy To Center Field:
Freshman outfielder J.J. Sferra is no stranger to the batters box at Packard Stadium, only in 2005 he will be hitting there, instead of picking up bats. The son of 10th-year assistant coach Jay Sferra, the younger Sferra spent several seasons in the late 90's as ASU's batboy, including duties at the 1998 College World Series. After a stellar prep career at Mountain Pointe High School, Sferra is set to begin his college career in 2005 and is slated to start in center field for the Sun Devils. He is listed at the No. 33 top incoming freshman in the nation by Baseball America. He started all three games last weekend against Long Beach State and hit .222 (2-for-9), including coming up with the game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning in Saturday's 8-6 victory.
Dominating the Arizona Baseball Rivalry:
Arizona and Arizona State are the only two Division I baseball programs in the state of Arizona and have met 408 times since 1907. While Arizona leads the overall rivalry 220-188, ASU leads the series 165-103 since the school officially adopted the program as a varsity sport in 1959. Additionally, ASU has dominated the rivalry in recent years, winning 16 of the last 20 (16-4) games since 2000. The Sun Devils won four of the five meetings in 2004 and seven of the last eight overall. ASU has also won six straight series over Arizona. Since head coach Pat Murphy took over the program in 1995, ASU is 34-16 (.680) and has never lost a season series to the Wildcats. The Devils are scheduled to face the Wildcats in a pair of non-conference games in Tucson (Feb. 15, Feb. 23) and a three-game conference series May 14-16 in Tempe.
Coaching Staff Additions:
11th year head coach Pat Murphy made a pair of additions to his coaching staff for the 2005 season. Former Sun Devil player and assistant coach Tim Esmay returned to his alma mater and will coach third base. He spent the last eight years as the head coach at the University of Utah. Esmay played for the Sun Devils in 1986-87 and also coached with the legendary Dr. Jim Brock. Former USC relief pitcher Jack Krawczyk will take over the pitching coach role after playing in the minor leagues since 1998. The Scottsdale native holds the NCAA single-season and career saves records and helped the Trojans win the 1998 National Championship with a victory over ASU. Jay J. Sferra returns for his 10th season with the program as the recruiting coordinator and outfield coach.
ASU in Postseason Play:
Arizona State has made 28 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and five straight from 2000-04. The Sun Devils have advanced to the postseason in seven of head coach Pat Murphy's 10 seasons in Tempe, including playing for the national championship in 1998. ASU has an all-time 129-55 record in the NCAA Tournament and has won five national championships to rank second among all NCAA schools (1965, 67, 69, 77, 81). The Devils have also made 18 trips to Omaha and the College World Series.
Lo Duca Added To ASU Wall of Distinction:
Former Arizona State catcher Paul Lo Duca became the 14th player to have his jersey honored on the outfield fence at Packard Stadium during a special pregame ceremony before ASU's season opener against nationally ranked Long Beach State. Lo Duca's #16 jersey was added to the outfield wall at Packard, recognizing him as one of the elite players to ever play in the program. His name and jersey number joins Bobby Winkles (#1), Reggie Jackson (#44), Oddibe McDowell (#0), Barry Bonds (#24), Sal Bando (#6), Bob Horner (#5), Dr. Jim Brock (#33), Floyd Bannister (#19), Rick Monday (#27), Larry Gura (#14), Alan Bannister (#7), Eddie Bane (#21) and Hubie Brooks (#14) on the outfield fence at Packard Stadium. Playing only one year at ASU, Lo Duca was named The Sporting News Player of the Year in 1993, setting school records with a .446 batting average and 129 hits. He was also named a finalist for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award and his 37-game hitting streak remains the second longest in school history. Additionally, the Glendale CC transfer is only one of 11 players in school history to hit over .400 and record over 100 hits in the same season.
The recruiting class that will debut on the diamond this season was recognized as the No. 2 class in the nation by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. ASU recruiting coordinator Jay J. Sferra has landed top 10 recruiting classes in each of the past seven seasons, including the upcoming 2006 class being lauded as one of the top classes in the nation. The group of players that recently signed NLI's with the Sun Devils include seven players ranked in Baseball America's top 70. Here is a look at the recruiting class that is set to debut on the diamond in 2006 with the Baseball America ranking (as of Feb. 1) in parenthesis:
Player Pos. Hometown SchoolMichael Bowden (19) RHP Aurora, Ill. Waubnosie HSIke Davis (15) LHP/1B Scottsdale, Ariz. Chaparral HSMatt Hall (45) INF Scottsdale, Ariz. Horizon HSJeff Lyman (34) RHP Alamo, Calif. Monte Vista HSMark Novak LHP Joliet, Ill. Parkland CollegePreston Paramore (30) C Allen, Texas Allen HSMark Pawelek (53) LHP Springville, Utah Springville HSCJ Retherford UTL Chandler, Ariz. Hamilton/South Mountain CCMatt Trink RHP Scottsdale, Ariz. Horizon HS/Yavapai CCJeff Urlaub LHP Scottsdale, Ariz. Horizon HSBrett Wallace (66) 3B Sonoma, Calif. Justin-Siena HSRyan Zimmerman RHP Hyrum, Utah Southern Utah/Salt Lake CC
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