Arizona State Baseball Notebook

March 20, 2005

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Current 2005 Record: 16-12 (0-0 Pac-10)
Record Last Week: 3-0 (0-0 Pac-10)
Record Entering Week: 13-12 (0-0 Pac-10)
Current Streak: Won 3 (won 10 of last 14)
Overall Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 4-10
National Rankings (3/14): NR
BoydsWorld RPI: #36

Last Week's Results (vs. Oklahoma)
Friday (March 18) - 5-4 win over Oklahoma
Saturday (March 19) - 5-1 win over Oklahoma
Sunday (March 20) - 6-5 win over Oklahoma

Up Next - at USC Trojans
Thursday (Mar. 24) - at USC (6 p.m. -- Dedeaux Field -- Los Angeles, Calif.) -- KDUS 1060 AM
Friday (Mar. 25) - at USC (6 p.m. -- Dedeaux Field -- Los Angeles, Calif.) -- KDUS 1060 AM
Saturday (Mar. 26) - at USC (1 p.m. -- Dedeaux Field -- Los Angeles, Calif.) -- KDUS 1060 AM

Offensive Player of the Week Nominee:
Travis Buck, Jr., 3B, Richland, Wash.
Junior preseason All-American Travis Buck continued his recent tear at the plate going 7-for-13 (.538) in ASU's three-game sweep of the University of Oklahoma. Buck scored five of the Sun Devils' 16 runs over the weekend and also hit one double, one triple and his second home run of the season. The converted outfielder was also flawless in 14 chances at third base, including an ASU season high seven assists in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Sooners. Buck has hit safely in 12 of the last 13 games and leads the Sun Devils hitting .371 (46-for-124) with 31 runs, 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 21 RBI. He also leads the team with 14 multi-hit games and eight stolen bases. Over his last 13 games, Buck has recorded 10 multi-hit games and has raised his batting average 125 points from .246 to .371 by going 31-for-63 (.492).

Pitcher of the Week Nominee:
Erik Averill, Jr., LHP, Orange, Calif.
Junior left-handed pitcher Erik Averill recorded his third complete-game of the year giving up five singles and one unearned run in Saturday's 5-1 win over Oklahoma. Averill struck out seven and walked two while allowing only one fly ball in the game. In eight starts this season he is 5-2 with a team-leading 2.75 ERA and has struck out 47 and walked only 10 in 52.1 innings. Averill has lasted five or more innings in seven of his eight starts and has won each of his last three starts.

ASU Player Notes:
Senior Jeff Larish started all three games against Oklahoma in left field and continued his hot hitting at the plate going 4-for-8 (.500) in the series... Larish was walked six times in the series, including five times intentionally... he hit his team-leading 10th home run of the season with a walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Sun Devils to a 5-4 win in Friday's series opener... his 10 home runs rank second nationally behind New Mexico State's Mark Aranda... for the season Larish is hitting .324 (36-for-111) with 19 extra base hits (.685 SLG%) and leads the team with 29 RBI... the game-winning home run was the 38th of his career, moving him into a tie for seventh in the ASU career record books with Mitch Jones (1999-2000)... Larish also ranks second with 161 career walks, seventh with 197 RBI and 10th with 411 total bases... sophomore center fielder Colin Curtis hit .455 (5-for-11) against the Sooners and extended his hitting streak to seven games with at least one hit in each game of the series... Curtis has recorded at least one hit in 22 of 28 games this season and is batting .344 (11-for-32) during his current hitting streak... senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch hit his fifth home run of the season after entering the season with only four career home runs... Gosewisch is hitting .324 (34-for-105) and is still perfect behind the plate with no errors or passed balls in 243 chances and has thrown out 13 of 32 base stealers... senior infielder Joey Hooft returned to the lineup to make a pair of starts at second base after missing 11 games with a hamstring injury... the senior paid instant dividends going 3-for-5 (.600) with a double and four RBI against Oklahoma and is hitting .350 (21-for-60) in 17 games this season... junior left-handed relief pitcher Brett Bordes continued his dominance out of the bullpen with three more scoreless innings over the weekend... Bordes has not allowed a run in his last five outings (10.0 IP) and has a 0.68 ERA in his last seven appearances (13.1 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 9 K)... senior RHP Jason Urquidez scattered four hits in 3.1 scoreless innings over the weekend and picked up his first career save in Sunday's 6-5 victory over Oklahoma... Urquidez is 4-2 with a 5.53 ERA this season and is 3-1 with a 3.15 ERA in eight appearances (20.0 IP) as a reliever.

ASU Notes:
ASU's weekend sweep of Oklahoma improved the Sun Devils to 16-12 overall and have won 10 of the last 13 games... ASU is at the half point mark of the 2005 regular season (28 of 56)... the Sun Devils take back to the road this weekend with a Pac-10 season opening three-game series against USC at Dedeaux Field (Mar. 24-26)... ASU has played 15 of its last 21 games on the road and will play its first two conference series away from Packard Stadium... the Sun Devils are now 9-4 at Packard Stadium, 1-7 on the road and 6-1 while playing at a neutral site... ASU has already played half of its games against ranked opponents (14 of 28) and 11 of its 12 losses have come against teams that have appeared in the national rankings this season... with the series against the nationally ranked Trojans this weekend, the Sun Devils will have played 18 of their first 31 games against teams that have appeared in the polls... ASU is likely to face its eighth preseason All-American pitcher this season in Trojan ace Ian Kennedy... ASU wore the same uniform combination all weekend (white Devils jersey, white spikes) and are now 7-1 in the home white uniforms and 8-2 in white spikes this season... the team is expected to debut its road version (gray) of the popular `old school' look jersey this weekend at USC... ASU is 8-1 on Saturday's this season... after 28 games the team his hitting .300 (302-for-1006) with 56 doubles, 11 triples, 23 home runs and 51 stolen bases... the 11 triples are already four more than the entire season total from 2004 (59 games)... the pitching staff lowered its staff ERA 22 points from 5.12 to 4.90 after limiting Oklahoma to nine earned runs in the series (3.00 ERA)... the defense continues to improve and registered a .977 fielding percentage over the weekend... ASU was errorless in the field Sunday for the fourth time this season and raised the team fielding percentage from .950 to .954... the three complete games by Averill are more than the entire pitching staffs from 2004 (2), 2003 (1), 2001 (1) and 2000 (2).

Quoting T-Buck [junior Travis Buck talks about his move to third base and his recent success at the plate]'The move to third base is something that Coach Murphy came to me about and it is what is best for out team to get the best nine players out on the field. I am a baseball player and I just enjoy being out on the field, whether in the outfield or infield. To be honest, it's been really fun to get out there and relearn playing the infield like I did in high school. At the plate I've gotten back to just being myself up there. I was really tense early in the year and was pressing to try to do everything in one at-bat. It's nice to have guys like Tuffy (Gosewisch) and Jeff (Larish) around to get you through times like I had early in the season. We are starting to gel as a team and now it is time for the real season to start this week with the first Pac-10 series against USC.'

Recapping Last Week's Games (3-0):

SUN DEVILS 5, Oklahoma 4
March 18 at Packard Stadium

        1        2        3        4        5        6        7        8        9                 R        H        EOU      0        0        0        1        3        0        0        0        0        -        4        6        2ASU     0        2        1        1        0        0        0        0        1        -        5        10       1W: Urquidez (4-2); L: Brownell (0-1); S: NoneHR: Larish (10)Time: 3:17       Attendance: 3,516 Record: 14-12

HIGHLIGHTS: Jeff Larish hit a walk-off solo home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Sun Devils to a 5-4 victory over the University of Oklahoma Friday night in front of 3,516 fans at Winkles Field at Packard Stadium. Larish finished 2-for-3 with two walks and hit his NCAA leading 10th home run of the year to give the Sun Devils their eighth win in the last 11 games, improving to 14-12 overall. Jason Urquidez earned the win giving up two hits in 1.1 scoreless frames to improve to 4-2 on the season. Junior reliever Tony Barnett kept the Sun Devils in the game with four strikeouts in 2.2 scoreless frames. Larish notched his ninth multi-hit game of the year and was one of four Sun Devils to register a pair of hits in the victory. Junior preseason All-American Travis Buck continued his hot hitting going 2-for-5 with an RBI and center fielder Colin Curtis and first baseman Joe Persichina each had two hits.

SUN DEVILS 5, Oklahoma 1
March 19 at Packard Stadium

        1        2        3        4        5        6        7        8        9                 R        H        EOU      1        0        0        0        0        0        0        0        0        -        1        5        2ASU     0        3        1        0        0        0        1        0        x        -        5        6        2W: Averill (5-2); L: Sandoval (1-1); S: NoneHR: NoneTime: 2:36       Attendance: 2,915 Record: 15-12

HIGHLIGHTS: Erik Averill allowed one unearned run in his third complete game of the year to lead the Sun Devils to a 5-1 victory over Oklahoma. Averill scattered five hits (all singles) and had only one ball reach the outfield in his third complete-game effort of the season. He improved to 5-2 on the season by striking out seven and walking two while allowing only an unearned run in the top of the first inning. The junior lefty lowered his season ERA to 2.75. The Sun Devils out-hit OU 6-5 with junior third baseman Travis Buck and sophomore center fielder Colin Curtis each recording two hits. Buck went 2-for-4 with a triple and has now recorded at least one hit in 11 of his last 12 games. The converted outfielder was also flawless in the field with seven assists. OU junior RHP P.J. Sandoval suffered the loss.

SUN DEVILS 6, Oklahoma 5
March 20 at Packard Stadium

        1        2        3        4        5        6        7        8        9                 R        H        EOU      0        2        0        1        0        0        0        2        0        -        5        9        4ASU     1        0        0        1        1        0        3        0        x        -        6        9        0W: Barnette (2-1); L: McCutchen (1-2); S: Urquidez (1)HR: Gosewisch (5), Buck (2)Time: 3:28      Attendance: 3,375 Record: 16-12

HIGHLIGHTS: A bases loaded, three-run double by senior second baseman Joey Hooft that was lost in the sun by Oklahoma center fielder Jeff Scuderi led the Arizona State Sun Devils to a series sweeping 6-5 victory over the Sooners Sunday afternoon in front of 3,375 at Winkles Field at Packard Stadium. With the game tied at 3-3 and the bases loaded with two outs, Hooft lofted the first offering from reliever Daniel McCutchen to center field for what looked to be the third out of the inning. But, Scuderi seemed to lose track of the ball and it dropped to allow three runs to score. Oklahoma climbed to within one run with a two-run pinch-hit double from Kevin Smith in the eighth and then put the tying run aboard in the ninth, but senior closer Jason Urquidez picked off Russell Raley at first base to end the game. Urquidez nailed down his first career save giving up two hits in two scoreless innings to make a winner of junior right-handed reliever Tony Barnette. Third baseman Travis Buck led the Sun Devils at the plate going 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three runs scored.

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