Erik Averill Named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week
Feb. 7, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State University junior starting pitcher Erik Averill has been named the Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball co-National Player of the Week after his complete-game, 14-strikeout shutout over New Mexico State last Friday. He shared the award with Arizona pitcher John Meloan who struck out 12 and allowed only one hit in 7.2 innings against New Mexico.
Averill (Orange, Calif.) recorded a career-high 14 strikeouts in ASU's 12-0 victory over New Mexico State in ASU's opening game of the Bob Schaefer Memorial Baseball Tournament. The junior southpaw scattered seven hits (six singles) and did not allow a runner past second base while picking up his first win of the season and the 13th of his career. Of his 14 strikeouts, eight were looking, and he allowed only three fly balls.
The complete-game shutout was the first by a Sun Devil since Jered Liebeck (currently in the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system) shut down Long Beach State (3-0) during the record-breaking 2003 season (54-14 record). The 14 strikeouts are also the most by a Sun Devil since Mike Esposito had 17 against Washington in 2002. For the season, Averill is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA and has 20 strikeouts in 13.0 innings while not allowing a walk.
Averill becomes the eighth Sun Devil (sixth pitcher) since 2001 to earn national player of the week honors from Collegiate Baseball. Ironically, an ASU pitcher has also earned a National Player of the Week honor in each of the last five February's (Averill - 2005, Jason Urquidez - 2004, Liebeck - 2003, Ryan Schroyer - 2002, Jon Switzer - 2001).
ASU's Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball
National Players of the Week:2005: Erik Averill (Feb. 7)2004: Jason Urquidez (Feb. 23) Travis Buck (Mar. 1)2003: Jered Liebeck (Feb. 3) Jeremy West (April 28) Andre Ethier (May 26)2002: Ryan Schroyer (Feb. 4) Mike Esposito (Apr. 1)2001: Jon Switzer (Feb. 5)