Four Sun Devils Named To Coca-Cola Classic All-Tournament Team

Feb. 14, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- After going 2-1 in the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic over the weekend in Surprise, Ariz., four Sun Devils were named to the all-tournament team.

Senior first baseman Jeff Larish, senior third baseman Joey Hooft, junior left-handed pitcher Erik Averill and sophomore second baseman Joe Persichina were each presented with a special crystal baseball commemorating their spot on the all-tournament team.

Larish (Tempe, Ariz.) hit .333 (4-for-12) with two home runs and six RBI while tying for the tournament lead with 10 total bases. His six RBI gave him 10 for the season and 178 in his career, moving into ninth place in the ASU record books. Larish hit is first two home runs of the season in consecutive games in Saturday's doubleheader sweep of South Alabama (7-2) and Oklahoma (7-5) and now has 30 career home runs.

Averill (Orange, Calif.) registered his second consecutive complete-game in picking up the win over South Alabama. The junior southpaw struck out eight and scattered five hits to improve to 2-1 on the season. In his last two starts he has struck out 22 and walked only one and for the season has a 1.64 ERA with only one walk in 22.0 innings pitched.

Hooft (Reno, Nev.) recorded at least one hit in all three games over the weekend to extend his hitting streak to four games. He finished hitting .364 (4-for-11) with three runs and one RBI in the tournament and leads the team hitting .368 (14-for-38) overall with eight runs, three doubles and a .429 on-base percentage.

Persichina (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) led the tournament in hitting, going 5-for-10 (.500). He recorded his first two multi-hit games of the year and has raised his batting average 209 points (from .083 to .292) with his current four-game hitting streak (6-for-12).

After going 3-1 last week, Sun Devils improved one spot to No. 11 in this week's Baseball America poll. ASU begins a stretch of nine straight games against ranked opponents tomorrow (Feb. 15) with a non-conference game against rival Arizona at 4 p.m. at Kindall Field at Sancet Park in Tucson. ASU will continue on the road this weekend with a three-game series against top-ranked Tulane (3-0) in New Orleans.

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