No. 12 Sun Devils Cross The Valley For Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic In Surprise

Feb. 9, 2005

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    Arizona State (4-3, 0-0 Pac-10)
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    South Alabama (0-0, 0-0 Sun Belt)
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    Friday, Feb. 11, 2005, 7 p.m. - Surprise Stadium; Surprise, Ariz.

    Oklahoma (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)
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    Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005, 4 p.m. - Surprise Stadium; Surprise, Ariz.

    Gonzaga (1-2, 0-0 West Coast)
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    Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005, 3 p.m. - Surprise Stadium; Surprise, Ariz.

    What's On Tap:
    The Arizona State Sun Devils (4-3, 0-0 Pac-10), winners of three of their last four games, return to action this weekend with three games in the third annual Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic hosted by the City of Surprise, Ariz., at Surprise Stadium. ASU will play South Alabama (0-0), Oklahoma (0-0) and Gonzaga (1-2) in the three-team, six-game tournament. ASU is 5-1 all-time in the tournament that is played at the spring training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. The Sun Devils open tournament play this Friday at 7 p.m. against South Alabama. The tournament officially kicks off with Oklahoma playing Gonzaga at 3 p.m. For ticket information please call the City of Surprise ticket office at (623) 594-5600. The following is a complete tournament schedule:

    Friday, Feb. 11:Oklahoma vs. Gonzaga, 3 p.m.Arizona State vs. South Alabama, 7 p.m.

    Saturday, Feb. 12:Gonzaga vs. South Alabama, 12 p.m.Arizona State vs. Oklahoma, 4 p.m.

    Sunday, Feb. 13:South Alabama vs. Oklahoma, 11 a.m.Arizona State vs. Gonzaga, 3 p.m.

    Media Exposure:
    The Sunday game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs will be broadcast live in the Phoenix area on KDUS 1060 AM. Jeff Munn and Bob Eger will call all the action from the Surprise Stadium press box. The game will also be available on the internet at All 56 games this season will be able to be followed via LiveStats on ASU's official athletic website.

    Quick Hits:

    - ASU has a streak of 15 consecutive stolen bases and is 17-for-19 on the season. Eight players have at least on SB.- So. OF Colin Curtis has a hit in all seven games this year and leads the team with 10 RBI.- After seven games the Sun Devils have four triples. The 2004 squad had only seven triples in 59 games.- The Devils are averaging 7.29 runs per game and have scored in double digits in three of seven games.- Colin Curtis (8 games) and Zechry Zinicola (6 games) have hitting streaks carrying over from 2004.- ASU owns a 217-91-1 record for a .704 winning percentage this decade (2000-P).- 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.- 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 99 consecutive national polls dating back to the start of the 2000 season.- Senior 3B 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 is hitting .330 under Murphy.- Sr. Tuffy Gosewisch is only the second player in ASU history to start three seasons at catcher (Don Wakamatsu).- ASU's 29 scheduled home games at Packard Stadium are the fewest since 1998 (28).

    Recapping Last Weekend:
    The Sun Devils went 3-1 in the Bob Schaefer Memorial Baseball Tournament last weekend. ASU earned wins over New Mexico State (12-0), Gonzaga (10-8) and a second victory over NMSU (11-10). The only setback was a 12-6 loss to Oregon State in a game that did not count against the Pac-10 standings. As a team the Sun Devils combined to hit .347 while averaging 9.75 runs per game. Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch led the way hitting .444 (8-for-18) with four doubles, one home run and eight RBI. On the basepaths the Sun Devils were a perfect 15-for-15 stealing bases. The pitching staff was roughed up for a 6.00 ERA in the tournament, but received a stellar, complete-game, 14-strikeout performance from junior LHP Erik Averill in the tournament opener against New Mexico State. Sophomore reliever Pat Bresnehan also fared well tying a career high with seven strikeouts in 4.1 innings against Oregon State. The five-day, eight-game tournament featured Oregon State (3-1), Arizona State (3-1), Gonzaga (1-2) and New Mexico State (1-4) and was hosted by ASU at Packard Stadium. No tournament champion is declared, but Oregon State and ASU tied for the best record each with 3-1 marks.

    Five Sun Devils Named To Schaefer All-Tournament Team:
    The Arizona State Sun Devils finished a successful weekend in the Bob Schaefer Memorial Baseball Tournament with a 3-1 record and placed five players on the all-tournament team. Junior left-handed pitcher Erik Averill, sophomore outfielder Colin Curtis, freshman shortstop Andrew Romine, freshman center fielder J.J. Sferra and senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch were named to the 16-player all-tournament team. Averill landed a spot on the all-tournament team and was also named the National Pitcher of the Week by the NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball. The junior lefty struck out a career-high 14 in a complete-game shutout over New Mexico State (2/4). Curtis finished the four-game tournament hitting .389 (7-for-18) with two runs scored and was fifth among all players with six RBI. His run-scoring single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Sun Devils to a dramatic 11-10 victory over New Mexico State (2/7). Romine ranked 10th in the tournament with a .417 (5-for-12) batting average with a double, two runs scored, a pair of stolen bases and three RBI. Sferra was the catalyst for the Sun Devils throughout the tournament. The speedy center fielder hit .353 (6-for-17) with six runs scored, two doubles, a triple, three RBI and three stolen bases. He was a big part of the 11-10 come-from-behind victory over NMSU plating the tying run with a single in the ninth inning and then scored the game-winner after stealing second base. Gosewisch ranked fifth in the tournament hitting .444 (8-for-18) with three multi-hit games, four doubles, a home run and eight RBI.

    On the Road Again:
    The Sun Devils begin a stretch of games in which they will spend four of the next five weeks on the road. Following the third annual Surprise Spring Training Classic, ASU will play five consecutive road games at Arizona and top-ranked Tulane. The Sun Devils will travel to Tucson for a pair of non-conference games against rival Arizona Feb. 15 and Feb. 23, with a three-game series at Tulane (Feb. 18-20) sandwiched between. After a home series against nationally ranked Baylor (Feb. 25-27), ASU takes back to the road for the Keith LeClair Invitational hosted by East Carolina University (Mar. 4-6) and then two games each against LSU and Western Illinois (Mar. 11-13) in Baton Rouge, La.

    Pole Position:
    Arizona State dropped a few spots in the national polls after opening the season with top 10 rankings in three of the four national polls. ASU is currently ranked No. 12 (Baseball America), No. 13 (Sports Weekly/ESPN), No. 17 (NCBWA) and No. 18 (Collegiate Baseball). ASU extends a streak of being ranked for 99 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. The Devils have ranked in the top 12 in four of the last eight years.

    Averill Earns National Pitcher of the Week Honors:
    Arizona State junior left-handed pitcher Erik Averill was named the Pro-Line Cap National Pitcher of the Week after throwing a complete-game, 14-strikeout shutout against New Mexico State. The junior southpaw also earned national player of the week honors from Collegiate Baseball and with the NCBWA award is automatically added to the watch list for the Roger Clemens Award, given to the national collegiate pitcher of the year, sponsored by the Greater Houston Baseball Organization. Averill threw a complete-game shutout and collected a career-high 14 strikeouts in a 12-0 victory over New Mexico State. Averill scattered seven hits (six singles) and did not allow a runner past second base, while picking up his first win of the season and 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 beat Long Beach State in 2003 to earn National Pitcher of the Week honors. His 14 strikeouts also were 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 20 strikeouts in 13.0 innings, while not allowing a walk.

    ASU's Collegiate Baseball/NCBWA National Players of the Week (2001-05):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)

    ASU Pitchers of the Week Common in February:
    Erik 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, Jered Liebeck - 2003, Ryan Schroyer - 2002, Jon Switzer - 2001).

    Preseason All-Americans:
    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 second-team by the NCBWA and third-team by Collegiate Baseball.

    Hitting Streaks:
    Following the Bob Schaefer Memorial Baseball Tournament, six Sun Devils have hitting streaks of two or more games. Two of the players (Colin Curtis, Zechry Zinicola) have hitting streaks that carry over from the end of the 2004 season. Curtis has recorded at hit in all seven games this season and went 3-for-4 in the final game of the 2004 season against Cal State Fullerton. During the streak Curtis is hitting .455 (15-for-33) with 10 RBI. Here is a look at ASU players with current hitting streaks:

    Player              Current Streak        Statistics During StreakColin Curtis        8 Games               .455, 15-for-33, 3 R, 3B, 10 RBI (including 3-for-4 in 2004)Zechry Zinicola     6 Games               .333, 7-for-21, 4 R, 2 2B, 4 RBI (including 1-for-2 in 2004)Tuffy Gosewisch     5 Games               .455, 10-for-22, 4 R, 5 2B, 8 RBIJ.J. Sferra         4 Games               .353, 6-for-17, 6 R, 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 3 SBJeff Larish         2 Games               .250, 2-for-8, 3 R, 2BVinny Biancamano    2 Games               .800, 4-for-5, 4 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI

    Welcome To the Show:
    A total of 12 players have made their ASU debuts in the first seven games of the season. 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, DJ Butler 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 have never seen action before this season.

    A Nice Debut For Laguna:
    Redshirt freshman Rocky Laguna is off to a fast start in his collegiate career, hitting .444 (4-for-9) with a double and four RBI in limited action. The Yuma native is expected to see more action as ASU's designated hitter. Laguna made his first career start against New Mexico State (2/7) and responded by going 3-for-5 with four stolen bases. The four stolen bases tied the ASU single-game record.

    Team Speed:
    The Sun Devils are 17-for-19 on the season stealing bases, including a current streak of 15 consecutive stolen bases. Led by four from redshirt freshman Rocky Laguna and three from freshman J.J. Sferra, eight different Sun Devils have recorded a stolen base and six players have two or more stolen bases.

    Triple Your Pleasure:
    After seven games the Sun Devils already have four triples. J.J. Sferra, Andrew Romine, Jeff Larish and Colin Curtis have each recorded a three-bagger during the early part of the season. In 59 games last season, ASU had only seven triples, ranking 245th of 285 teams in the NCAA.

    The All-Time Series:
    Arizona State owns an all-time 54-19 record against the three teams competing in this weekend's tournament. After beating Gonzaga 10-8 last Saturday, ASU is now 10-0 all-time against the Bulldogs. The Sun Devils own a 44-19 all-time record against the University of Oklahoma and have won nine of the last 14 games over the last five seasons. The Friday night game will mark the first meeting between South Alabama and Arizona State.

    All-Time in Surprise:
    The Sun Devils own an all-time 5-1 record at Surprise Stadium after playing in each of the last two seasons in the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic. The Sun Devils swept through the tournament in 2003, defeating Gonzaga (8-4), Oklahoma State (7-3) and Oregon State (9-4). ASU won the first two games of last year's tournament over Cal State Northridge (1303 and Utah (11-0), before losing to Oklahoma (6-0). The loss to Oklahoma ended ASU's NCAA record consecutive games scoring streak at 506 games. Dustin Pedroia (SS) and Jason Urquidez (RHP) were each named to the all-tournament team last season and Steve Garrabrants (2B), Pedroia (SS), Rod Allen (OF) and Mark Sopko (RHP) earned all-tournament honors in the inaugural classic in 2003.

    Quick Hits... Part 2:

    ... The Sun Devils are 3-0 this season following a loss and 26-7 after a defeat in the last three seasons.... The Sun Devils are perfect this season when the starting pitcher goes 5 or more innings.... Erik Averill's ERA dropped from 6.75 to 2.08 with his complete-game shutout against NMSU.... In four of the seven games this season, ASU's starting pitchers have not walked a batter.... ASU has committed 15 errors in seven games and has three games with three or more errors (.946 FLD%).

    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.

    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 is off to a solid start to the 2005 season with hits in six of the seven games and is batting .321 (9-for-28) with seven runs scored, three doubles and a pair of stolen bases. After leading the team with 58 RBI last season, Buck has yet to record an RBI through seven games this season. 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. 14 college prospect) for the 2005 MLB Draft. The Richland, Wash., native is a career .348 (171-for-492) hitter with 13 home runs, 104 RBI and 27 stolen bases. He has recorded at least one hit in 100 of 132 games played (76%) and has 46 multi-hit games and 49 career extra base hits (32 2B, 4 3B, 13 HR) for a .508 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....  .321    7-7      28    7    9    3    0    0    0    4    8    2-2TOTAL...  .348  132-131   492  130  171   32    4   13  104   80   70   27-32

    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. After seven games Larish is hitting .286 (8-for-28) with three doubles, one triple and four RBI. 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 .335 hitter (210-for-627) with 28 home runs and 172 RBI. He needs just four 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....  .286    7-7      28    7    8    3    1    0    4    3   10    1-1TOTAL...  .335  163-161   627  164  210   42    6   28  172  145  121    7-14

    Just a Walk in the Park For Larish:
    Senior third baseman Jeff Larish is fourth in ASU history with 145 career walks (see list on page 4) and has recorded at least one walk in 100 of 163 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, 62 multi-hit games, 45 multi-RBI contests and 76 career extra base hits for a .555 slugging percentage. In 163 career games, he has recorded a hit in 78% of his games played (127 of 163).

    Urquidez Among Top Returning Pitchers in NCAA:
    Senior RHP Jason Urquidez is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in his two starts this season. He entered the year as 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 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 14 of his 19 career 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....  6.75   1-0     2   2   0   0/0     0  12.0   16   10    9    2    8TOTAL...  3.78  13-3    21  19   1   0/1     0 109.2  106   50   46   49  102

    Tuffy Keeps Getting Tougher:
    Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch joins 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 110 games behind hte plate over the last three seasons and has combined to go 123-for-363 (.339). The 2004 Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year semifinalist is a career .322 hitter with five home runs, 101 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)2005: 7 games started (11-for-31, .355)

    Curtis Coming of Age:
    Sophomore left fielder Colin Curtis is leading the team with a .414 (12-for-29) batting average and has a hit in all seven games this season. Curtis also leads the team with 10 RBI and has recorded four multi-hit and three multi-RBI games. He has also hit in the leadoff spot in all four of ASU's victories and came up with the game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 11-10 win over New Mexico State (2/7). Curtis was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 as a freshman last season after hitting .300 (57-for-190) with five home runs, 36 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

    Year       Avg   GP-GS     AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   BB   SO   SB-ATT2004....  .300   57-57    190   37   57   11    0    5   36   38   39   12-142005....  .414    7-7      29    3   12    0    1    0   10    5    3    2-2TOTAL...  .315   64-64    219   40   69   11    1    5   46   43   42   14-16

    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 31,441 hits and 2,860 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.

    Draft Dodgers:
    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.

    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

    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 has started all seven games this season and is hitting .308 (8-for-26) with two doubles, one triple, five RBI and three stolen bases. He drove in the game-winning run with a single in the eighth inning in the 8-6 victory over Long Beach State (1/29) and plated the tying run with two outs in Monday's dramatic 11-10 come-from-behind win over New Mexico State.

    Youth Up The Middle:
    In four of ASU's seven games this season head coach Pat Murphy has started a trio of freshman at shortstop (Andrew Romine), second base (Vinny Biancmano) and center field (J.J. Sferra).

    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.

    Recruiting Tidbits:
    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 top 100 ranking 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

    How 2005 Compares To Past Seasons:
    Here is a look at how ASU has fared in games 1-10 during the Murphy era (1995-P). The 4-3 start marks the first time since 1997 that the Devils have had three losses after seven games, but this season also marks what is believed to be the first time in school history the Devils have opened back-to-back seasons with a ranked opponent. After starting the `97 season 4-3, ASU went on to finish the season with a 39-22 record and came within one out of advancing to the College World Series.

    	Games	1995	1996	1997	1998	1999	2000	2001	2002	2003	2004	2005	1	1-0	1-0	1-0	1-0	1-0	1-0	0-1	1-0	1-0	1-0	0-1	2	2-0	2-0	2-0	2-0	2-0	2-0	1-1	2-0	2-0	2-0	1-1	3	3-0	3-0	2-1	3-0	3-0	3-0	2-1	3-0	3-0	3-0	1-2	4	4-0	4-0	2-2	4-0	4-0	4-0	3-1	4-0	4-0	4-0	2-2	5	5-0	5-0	3-2	5-0	5-0	5-0	4-1	5-0	5-0	5-0	3-2	6	5-1	5-1	3-3	6-0	6-0	6-0	5-1	6-0	6-0	5-1	3-3	7	6-1	6-1	4-3	7-0	7-0	7-0	6-1	7-0	7-0	6-1	4-3	8	7-1	7-1	5-3	8-0	8-0	7-1	7-1	7-1	8-0	6-2	--	9	8-1	8-1	5-4	8-1	9-0	8-1	8-1	7-2	9-0	7-2	--	10	8-2	8-2	6-4	8-2	10-0	8-2	9-1	7-3	9-1	8-2	--

    Murphy Picks Up ASU Win No. 400... and Keeps Going:
    Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy picked up his 400th career win as a Sun Devil with the 15-5 win over No. 2 Stanford during the 2004 regular season finale. It marked the second milestone victory for Murphy last season, as he gained his 700th career Division I victory with a 10-3 win over USC on April 2. Murphy owns a career 405-199-1 during his 10-plus seasons in Tempe and is averaging over 40 wins per season with an all-time 778-370-4 record in 21 seasons as a head coach. Murphy also has a 723-315-2 record in 18 seasons at the Division I level (7 at Notre Dame, 11 at ASU).

    Murphy's Teams Know How To Score:
    A true icon of the Pat Murphy system is scoring runs. The Sun Devils have done plenty of that since he arrived in 1995. ASU has led the NCAA in scoring in two of the last six years, averaging 11.32 runs per game in 1999, 10.97 runs per game in 2000 and finished second averaging 10.03 runs per game in 2003. During the Pat Murphy era (1995-P), the Sun Devils have been a trademark offensive program, averaging 9.09 runs per game and has scored in 602 of the 605 contests and posted an impressive 405-199-1 record. ASU has also led the Pac-10 in hitting in five of six seasons since the Pac-10 North and South combined in 1999. Below is an offensive breakdown of Murphy's ASU teams:

    Year	G	AB	R	H	HR	BA1995	55	1939	395	595	35	.3071996	56	2075	552	702	73	.3381997	61	2252	540	735	56	.3261998	64	2277	557	723	57	.3181999	60	2199	679	782	67	.3562000	59	2134	647	738	86	.3462001	58	2049	479	669	33	.3272002	58	1994	450	618	38	.3102003	68	2471	682	858	80	.3472004	59	2062	465	670	50	.3252005	7	254	51	83	1	.327Totals	605	21,706	5,497	7,173	576	.330

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