Baseball Faces Tough Road Games At Keith LeClair Classic

March 2, 2005

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    Arizona State (8-10, 0-0 Pac-10)
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    #4 North Carolina (9-0, 0-0 ACC)
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    Friday, March 4, 2005, 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT - Clark-LeClair Stadium; Greenville, N.C.
    Zechry Zinicola, RHP (2-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. Andrew Miller, LHP (3-0, 0.48 ERA

    East Carolina (5-3, 0-0 C-USA)
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    Saturday, March 5, 2005, 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT - Clark-LeClair Stadium; Greenville, N.C.
    Pat Bresnehan, RHP (0-1, 4.05 ERA) vs. Mike Flye, RHP (3-0, 1.69 ERA)

    Ohio State (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
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    Sunday, March 6, 2005, 10 a.m. ET/8 a.m. MT - Clark-LeClair Stadium; Greenville, N.C.
    Erik Averill, LHP (2-2, 3.66 ERA) vs. Dan DeLucia, LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

    The Sun Devils (8-10, 0-0 Pac-10) take back to the road this weekend to start a seven-game road trip with the Keith LeClair Classic hosted by East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. The Sun Devils are coming off a successful weekend in which they won two of three games against No. 8 Baylor. ASU continues its stretch of tough games with its ninth consecutive game against a top 10 opponent Friday night against No. 4 North Carolina (9-0). The Sun Devils will also take on tournament host East Carolina (5-3) on Saturday and Ohio State (1-1) on Sunday. The tournament, named after former East Carolina head coach Keith LeClair who is suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), also serves as the first game to be played at the newly remodeled Clark-LeClair Stadium on the ECU campus. Following the trip to Greenville, ASU will take back to the road for four games against Western Illinois and No. 2 LSU in Baton Rouge, La. (Mar. 11-13) at historic Alex Box Stadium.

    Media Exposure:
    None of the games this weekend will be broadcast over the radio, but can be followed through the live statistical GameTracker at ASU returns to the airwaves with all three games during the Oklahoma series (Mar. 18-20) broadcast locally on KDUS 1060 AM. ASU also makes its TV debut on AZ-TV Mar. 18-19 against Oklahoma. Every game this season will be able to be followed via GameTracker on the Internet.

    National Rankings:
    Despite doing 2-1 last weekend against No. 8 Baylor, the Sun Devils remain out of the national rankings, but did receive votes in the ESPN/Sports Weekly poll. The Sun Devils had a string of 100 straight weeks in the national rankings (dating back to the start of the 2000 season) snapped after being swept on the road by No. 1 Tulane. The Sun Devils are in the midst of a stretch of nine straight games against top 10 opponents, including Friday's tilt with No. 4 North Carolina (9-0). The Tar Heels are ranked No. 4 (Collegiate Baseball), No. 5 (NCBWA), No. 6 (Baseball America) and No. 10 (ESPN/Sports Weekly).

    Did You Know:
    The Sun Devils are a combined 13-3 against the three tournament opponents this weekend... the Sun Devils are 0-5 on Sunday's this year... ASU has played 11 of 18 games against nationally ranked opponents... ASU is in a stretch of nine straight games against ranked opponents and 15 of 18 games away from Packard Stadium... ASU leads the Pac-10 with 30 stolen bases... freshman Willy Fox has a home run in each of his three starts this season... senior Jason Urquidez has made the move to the bullpen where he is 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA (8.2 IP).

    Quick Hits:

    ... ASU has played 11 of 18 games against ranked opponents this season and is 3-8 in those games.... UNC's Andrew Miller (LHP) marks the sixth preseason All-American pitcher ASU will see in the first 19 games.... Friday's game vs. No. 4 North Carolina marks ASU's ninth straight vs. a top 10 opponent.... ASU's 11 games against ranked teams are more than any other team in the country at this point in the season.... 15 Sun Devils, including nine true freshman, have made their debuts in the Maroon and Gold this season.... Nine players have at least one SB and ASU leads the Pac-10 with 30 stolen bases (30-for-43).... After 18 games the Sun Devils have six triples. The 2004 squad had only seven triples in 59 games.... ASU owns a 221-98-1 record for a .692 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.... Senior Jeff Larish ranks seventh in the Pac-10 with 15 RBI and has 183 in his career to rank ninth in ASU history.... Sr. Tuffy Gosewisch is only the second player in ASU history to start three seasons at catcher (Don Wakamatsu).... Redshirt freshman Rocky Laguna tied the single-game record with four stolen bases against NMSU (2/7).... Travis Buck raised his batting average 61 points from .246 to .307 after going 8-for-14 (.571) vs. Baylor.... Sophomore RHP Zechry Zinicola is 0-1 with a 1.74 ERA in his two starts this season (10.1 IP, 2 ER, 10 K).... In 18 games this season ASU has used 15 different starting batting lineups and 11 different defensive lineups.... Sophomore left fielder Colin Curtis leads the team hitting .366 and has at least one hit in 15 of 18 games.... Senior 3B Joey Hooft strained his left hamstring against Arizona (2/23) and is listed as doubtful for this weekend.... Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch has thrown out 10 of 24 attempted base stealers this season (42%).

    Recapping Last Weekend:
    The Sun Devils earned an impressive series victory over then No. 8 Baylor winning two of the three games at Packard Stadium last weekend. Junior right fielder Travis Buck keyed ASU's series opening 5-3 victory with a grand slam home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. ASU clinched the series the next day exploding for season highs in hits (16) and runs (12) while defeating the Bears 12-4. Buck had another big game going 4-for-5 and freshman Willy Fox went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a home run. The Bears avoided the sweep winning Sunday's game 8-7 in 10 innings. ASU led 5-0 after two innings, but Baylor battled back to tie the game in the ninth inning and scored three runs in the top of the 10th. Buck led the Sun Devils hitting .571 (8-for-14) with six runs scored and six RBI. Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch also had a big weekend going 4-for-9 (.444) with four RBI. The Sun Devils combined to hit .303 in the series while averaging eight runs per game. The pitching staff combined for an impressive 2.57 ERA in the series with relievers Jason Urquidez and Brett Bordes earning wins.

    Put The Record Book Away:
    The Sun Devils snapped a school-record-tying six-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory to open the series against the No. 8 Baylor Bears last weekend. Five of the six losses came against teams ranked in the top 10 nationally, including a three-game sweep at the hands of No. 1 Tulane.

    A Good Omen:
    ASU last endured a six-game losing streak in 1998 and finished up strong winning 18 of its last 27 regular season games that season to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. After breezing through the regional at Wichita State, the Sun Devils advanced to the College World Series and played for the National Championship against USC.

    On the Road Again:
    ASU takes back to the road this weekend for three games in the Keith LeClair Classic in Greenville, N.C. It marks the second of three cross-country flights for the Sun Devils this season. ASU is in the midst of a stretch of games in which they will spend four of five weeks on the road -- a span of games that includes a pair of road trips of seven and eight games, respectively. Following the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic, ASU played five consecutive road games at Arizona and top-ranked Tulane. After a home series against nationally ranked Baylor (Feb. 25-27), ASU takes back to the road for the Keith LeClair Classic 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.

    Taking on the Tough Guys:
    Friday's matchup with No. 4 North Carolina will mark ASU's ninth consecutive game against a top 10 opponent. The Sun Devils have played 11 of their 18 games this season against ranked opponents, going 3-8 against what could be considered the toughest schedule in the nation. The Sun Devils are coming off a series victory over No. 8 Baylor and will face No. 2 LSU in a pair of games in Baton Rouge next weekend. Overall, 17 of ASU's first 31 games will come against a ranked opponent.

    Home vs. Away:
    The Sun Devils are 6-4 at Packard Stadium this season and just 2-6 on the road. Taking away a pair of neutral site wins at Surprise Stadium in the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic, the Sun Devils are 0-5 on the road. The proof is in the statistics as ASU is hitting .320 at Packard Stadium and only .250 on the road. ASU's pitching staff has also flourished in the friendly confines of Packard Stadium with a 4.85 ERA, while ASU's road ERA is 5.57.

    Pole Position:
    For the first time since the start of the 2000 season, Arizona State University does not own a spot in the national top 25 in any of the four major national polls. ASU's recent six-game losing streak dropped them from No. 11 in the Baseball America poll to completely out of the rankings. It brings an end to a streak of being ranked for 100 consecutive weeks in the national polls dating back to the start of the 2000 season.

    Buck Named Pac-10 Player of the Week:
    Junior right fielder Travis Buck has been named the Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 22-28. Buck emerged from his early-season slump with a torrid weekend at the plate against No. 8 Baylor. The preseason All-American torched the Bear pitching staff, hitting .571 (8-for-14) with six runs and six RBI as the Sun Devils took two of three in the series. Buck started the weekend going 2-for-4 and lifted the Devils to a 5-3 victory with a grand slam home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. He followed that performance going 4-for-5 on Saturday and 2-for-5 in the series finale. Overall, Buck is hitting .307 (23-for-75) with four doubles, one home run, 10 RBI and four stolen bases. He has recorded at least one hit in 14 of 18 games this season, including seven multi-hit games. The Player of the Week honor is the fourth for Buck, while it is the 75th such honor for Arizona State. He also won the award twice last season (Mar. 2, Mar. 9) and once during his freshman season (Apr. 1). With his outstanding week at the plate, Buck was also named to the College Baseball Foundation Honor Roll.

    Buck Prefers Hitting Second:
    In his three seasons as a Sun Devil, junior right fielder Travis Buck has enjoyed his most success while hitting in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. In 81 career games in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Buck is a career .407 (125-for-307) hitter with 98 runs scored, 11 home runs and 79 RBI. While hitting No. 2, Buck has accounted for 69% of his run production (79 of 114 RBI), 71% of his runs scored (98 of 139), 79% of his home runs (11 of 14) and 68% of his total hits (125 of 185). This season Buck is hitting .545 (12-for-22) with seven runs scored and six RBI in five games batting in the second spot. He has combined to hit just .208 (11-for-53) when batting either leadoff (.118, 2-for-17) or third (.250, 9-for-36). Overall, the preseason All-American is a career .343 hitter (185-for-539) with 139 runs scored, 14 home runs and 114 RBI.

    Averill Earns National Pitcher of the Week Honors:
    Arizona State junior left-handed pitcher Erik Averill is off to a fast start to the 2005 season and has been named to the initial watch list for the Roger Clemens National Pitcher of the Year Award. In five starts he is 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA and has a pair of complete-game victories to his credit. Averill ranks third in the Pac-10 with 33 strikeouts and is second with 32.0 innings pitched. He has also walked only three in his five appearances this season. He was named the Pro-Line Cap National Pitcher of the Week after throwing a complete-game, 14-strikeout shutout against New Mexico State (2/4) and backed that performance up with a complete-game, eight-strikeout win over South Alabama (2/12). The complete-game shutout against NMSU 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 were also the most by a Sun Devil since Mike Esposito had 17 against Washington in 2002. The back-to-back complete games marks a first for the Sun Devils since 2002 (Robbie McClellan).

    Averill Proves To Be Strikeout Machine Since Summer in the Cape:
    Adding in his stellar summer performance with the Orleans Cardinals in the prestigious Cape Cod League, junior LHP Erik Averill has registered 95 strikeouts and walked only 18 in the last 95.2 IP. Averill went 5-3 with one save and a 1.70 ERA in 10 games with Orleans and is off to a 2-2, 3.60 ERA start in five starts for the Sun Devils in 2005.

    Triple Your Pleasure:
    After 18 games the Sun Devils already have six triples to rank second in the Pac-10. J.J. Sferra, Rocky Laguna, Andrew Romine, Jeff Larish, Tuffy Gosewisch 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.

    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). Seventeen of ASU's first 31 games are against teams ranked that have been ranked in the national polls at some point this season. ASU will also 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.

    The All-Time Series vs. East Carolina:
    The Sun Devils are 3-0 all-time against East Carolina after sweeping the series last year at Packard Stadium in the only meetings between the two schools. ASU earned a come-from-behind 7-6 victory in the series opener (3/5) behind a two-run home run by Zechry Zinicola in the bottom of the eighth inning. The closely contested series also featured the Devils pulling out a pair of two-run wins in the final two games of the series. Sophomore Joe Persichina enjoyed success against the Pirate pitching staff, going 5-for-5 with two doubles and one RBI. ASU hit .326 (29-for-89) in the series last season and pitched for a 4.67 ERA. ECU is off to a 5-3 start this season and is riding a current four-game win streak. Through eight games ECU is hitting .348 and averaging 9.25 runs per game. The Pirates were 51-13 last season and lost in the Super Regionals at South Carolina.

    The All-Time Series vs. North Carolina:
    The Sun Devils and Tar Heels have met once before in a three-game series played at Tempe Diablo Stadium in 1984. ASU won two of the three games (6-4 & 9-6) and lost the middle game of the series (3-1). The series was played at the conclusion of the 1984 regular season (May 17-19) and was added to the schedule after a number of rainouts during the season. The series featured 11 eventual major league players, including seven Sun Devils. The 1984 Sun Devils featured Barry Bonds, Oddibe McDowell, Mike Devereaux, Don Wakamatsu, Luis Medina, Doug Henry and Shawn Gilbert, while UNC had three outstanding players in Scott Bankhead, B.J. Surhoff, Matt Merullo and Walt Weiss. The Tar Heels are off to a perfect 9-0 start this season and head into the Keith LeClair Invitational with a 0.75 team ERA. The sophomore duo of left-hander Andrew Miller (3-0, 0.48 ERA) and right-hander Daniel Bard (2-0, 0.82 ERA) is considered one of the best in the nation. UNC were 43-21 last season and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in six of the last seven years.

    The All-Time Series vs. Ohio State:
    Arizona State owns an all-time 8-2 record (.800) record against the Ohio State Buckeyes. ASU and OSU last met in 1994 in the MetroDome Tournament in Minneapolis, Minn., with the Sun Devils winning 9-6 in 10 innings. The first three meetings between the two schools came in the 1965 College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The Sun Devils beat the Buckeyes 9-4 in pool play and then lost 7-3 setting up the decisive national championship game on June 12, 1965. ASU won its first of eventual five national championships with a 2-1 victory over Ohio State. Rick Monday hit a solo home run in the first inning and Luis Lagunas knocked in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. Reliever Doug Nurenberg earned the save with three scoreless innings. Jim Merrick earned the win giving up three hits and one run in six innings. The championship victory was ASU's 54th win in the 62-game season, setting a national record at the time.

    Hitting Streaks:
    Three Sun Devils currently have hitting streaks of three or more games heading into Keith LeClair Classic this weekend in Greenville, N.C. Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch has ASU's longest streak going 6-for-13 (.462) over the last four games. Gosewisch has recorded at least one hit in 16 of 18 games this season. Here is a look at ASU players with current hitting streaks:

    Player              Current Streak      Statistics During StreakTuffy Gosewisch     4 Games             .462, 6-for-13, 3 R, 3B, 5 RBITravis Buck         3 Games             .571, 8-for-14, 6 R, HR, 6 RBIWilly Fox           3 Games             .364, 4-for-11, 3 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI

    Welcome To the Show:
    A total of 15 players have made their ASU debuts in the first 18 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). Freshman third baseman Eric Sogard made his debut in the Maroon and Gold last weekend, becoming the ninth true freshman have made it into a game this season. The Sun Devil roster consists of 18 of 30 active players that have never seen action before this season.

    Devils Facing Big League Arms:
    The Sun Devils will face off against North Carolina left-handed pitcher Andrew Miller (3-0, 0.48 ERA) Friday night. It will mark the sixth preseason All-American pitcher ASU will have faced this season. The Sun Devils have already faced Cesar Ramos (Long Beach State), Brian Bogusevic (Tulane), Micah Owings (Tulane), Neil Jamison (Long Beach State) and Mark McCormick (Baylor).

    Team Speed:
    The Sun Devils are 30-for-43 (70%) on the season stealing bases, including a streak of 17 consecutive that ended during the Coca-Cola Classic. Led by a Pac-10 leading six from senior Joey Hooft and five from redshirt freshman Rocky Laguna, nine different Sun Devils have recorded a stolen base and seven players have two or more steals. In 2004, ASU had only 56 total stolen bases and through 18 games had only 16 SB.

    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 409 times since 1907. While Arizona leads the overall rivalry 222-188, ASU leads the series 165-105 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 22 (16-6) games since 2000. The Sun Devils won four of the five meetings in 2004 and seven of the last 10 overall. Since head coach Pat Murphy took over the program in 1995, ASU is 34-18 (.654) and has never lost a season series to the Wildcats. ASU is 0-2 against Arizona in a pair of non-conference games this season and is schedule to face the Wildcats again in a three-game Pac-10 series May 14-16 in Tempe.

    Larish Moves Into Top 10 For Career RBI:
    Senior first baseman Jeff Larish is tied for second on the team with 15 RBI and ranks ninth in the ASU record books with 183 career RBI. Larish needs 11 more RBI to move into a tie for seventh in the record books with Mike Kelly (1989-91) and Ken Landreaux (1974-76). Four-year starter Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99) holds the school record with 283 career RBI. Larish also ranks fifth in the single-season record books with his 95 RBI as a sophomore. In 174 career games, Larish has recorded at least one RBI in 89 games (51%) and has 48 career multi-RBI games. The senior preseason All-American also leads the team with four home runs this season and has 32 in his career to move to within four of cracking the all-time top 10 in ASU history.

    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....  .292   18-18     72   14   21    6    1    4   15    8   15    1-1TOTAL...  .332  174-172   671  171  223   45    6   32  183  150  126    7-14

    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 has become a mainstay in center field for the Sun Devils. He is listed at the No. 33 top incoming freshman in the nation by Baseball America. He has started 16 of ASU's 18 games this season and is hitting .298 (17-for-57) with three doubles, one triple, six RBI and three stolen bases. He also leads ASU with five bunt base hits and three sacrifice bunts.

    Curtis Coming of Age:
    Sophomore left fielder Colin Curtis is leading the team with a .366 (26-for-71) batting average and has recorded at least one hit in 15 of 18 games. Curtis is also among the Pac-10 leaders with 15 RBI, 13 walks and four stolen bases. In addition, he has recorded a team-best eight multi-hit games and has four games with two or more RBI. He set a career-high with four hits in ASU's 7-6 loss in 14 innings to Arizona (2/15). Curtis 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....  .366   18-18     71   10   26    2    1    0   15   13    9    4-5TOTAL...  .318   75-75    261   47   83   13    1    5   51   51   48   16-19

    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 133 games behind the plate over the last three seasons and has combined to go 137-for-403 (.339). He has been ASU's most consistent hitter with hits in 16 of 18 games and leads the team with six multi-RBI games. The 2004 Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year semifinalist is a career .325 hitter with five home runs, 109 RBI and a .993 fielding percentage. A top candidate for the 2005 Bench Award, Gosewisch has been perfect behind the dish this year with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 160 total chances. He has gunned down 10 of 24 base stealers and has not allowed a passed ball. He has caught all but three innings this season and showed his true toughness last week when he played the next day after suffering a mild concussion and had several stitches after being hit in the head against Baylor (2/25). Here is a look at Tuffy's progression at the plate in games started during his Sun Devil career:

    Gosewisch as a Starting Catcher: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: 18 games started (25-for-71, .352)

    Year       Avg   GP-GS     AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   BB   SO   SB-ATT2002....  .128   30-12     39    6    5    0    0    0    2    4   12    0-02003....  .340   59-45    144   41   49    9    0    2   41   22   19    2-22004....  .342   59-58    199   36   68   14    1    2   49   31   37    0-22005....  .352   18-18     71    9   25    5    1    1   17    4   10    1-3TOTAL...  .325  166-133   453   92  147   28    2    5  109   61   78    3-7

    Just a Walk in the Park For Larish:
    Senior first baseman Jeff Larish is third in ASU history with 150 career walks (see list on page 4) and has recorded at least one walk in 104 of 174 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 36 career multi-walk games, 67 multi-hit games, 48 multi-RBI contests and 83 career extra base hits for a .560 slugging percentage. In 174 career games, he has recorded a hit in 78% of his games played (135 of 174). Larish jumped into the national spotlight during his sophomore season (2003) 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.

    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.

    Zinicola Proves Worth As Starting Pitcher:
    Sophomore right-hander Zechry Zinicola was recently named to the initial watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, but you probably won't see him as ASU's closer anymore. Zinicola has moved into the starting rotation and will likely be ASU's Friday night pitcher. In two starts this season he is 0-1 with a 1.74 ERA allowing only two earned runs in 10.1 innings. Overall he is 2-1 with one save and a 3.38 ERA. In six career starts, Zinicola is 1-1 with a 2.73 ERA with 23 strikeouts and only six walks in 26.1 IP.

    Team USA Connections:
    Junior right fielder Travis Buck will face one of his Team USA teammates this weekend when the Sun Devils play North Carolina. UNC sophomore right-handed pitcher Daniel Bard teamed with Buck on the Gold Medal winning USA Baseball National Team. 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. Of the 22 players on the 2004 National Team, Buck will play against nine of his summer teammates (Troy Tulowitzki, Jed Lowrie, John Mayberry Jr., Trevor Crowe, Mark Romanczuk, Ian Kennedy, Jeff Clement, Daniel Bard, Cesar Ramos.)

    Quick Hits... Part 2:

    ... The Sun Devils are 3-1 this season while wearing their home white uniforms and white shoes.... Jeff Larish is a career .360 hitter while playing first base and hitting .312 while playing 3B/LF/DH.... ASU is 0-5 on Sunday's this season, hitting only .222 and being out-scored 42-17.... If you took away the five Sunday losses, ASU is 8-5 and would be hitting .314 with a 4.78 ERA.... Colin Curtis leads the Pac-10 with 13 walks and is third with 26 hits.... The two complete games by Averill match or exceed the entire season totals from 2001 (1), 2003 (1) and 2004 (2).... Three ASU recruits (Ike Davis, Preston Paramore, Michael Bowden) were named preseason high school All-	Americans by Baseball America.... Willy Fox recorded a single vs. Baylor (2/26) in the 100,000th career at-bat in ASU varsity history (1959-P).

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Urquidez Among Top Returning Pitchers in NCAA:
    Senior RHP Jason Urquidez is 2-2 with a 5.52 ERA in eight appearances this season. He made his first four appearances as a starter, but has since moved to the bullpen where he has not given up an earned run in four outings (8.2 IP). 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. 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.

    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....  5.52   2-2     8   4   0   0/0     0  31.0   35   25   19   14   25TOTAL...  3.92  14-5    27  21   1   0/1     0 128.2  125   65   56   61  119

    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.

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