Sun Devil Baseball Opens Pac-10 Play Against USC This Weekend
March 23, 2005
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Probable Pitching Rotation:
Mar. 24 at USC, 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT
ASU - Zechry Zinicola, RHP (2-2, 5.40 ERA)
USC - Ian Kennedy, RHP (2-1, 3.60 ERA)
Mar. 25 at USC, 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT
ASU - Erik Averill, LHP (4-2, 3.32 ERA)
USC - Brett Bannister, RHP (4-1, 3.90 ERA)
Mar. 26 at USC, 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT
ASU - Pat Bresnehan, RHP (1-2, 4.44 ERA)
USC - Zack Kalter, RHP (2-2, 1.88 ERA)
Series History vs. USC:
All-Time Record vs. USC:.........82-90ASU vs. USC (last 10 games):.....4-6ASU vs. USC (last 20 games):.....8-12ASU All-Time at Dedeaux Field:...28-47
ASU returns to the airwaves this weekend with all three games of the Pac-10 opening series against USC broadcast locally on KDUS 1060 AM with Tim Healey and Bob Eger calling all the action from the Dedeaux Field press box. All 24 Pac-10 games are scheduled to be broadcast on KDUS 1060 AM and also on the internet. Every game this season will be able to be followed via GameTracker on the Internet at www.thesundevils.com.
Junior Travis Buck has recorded at least one hit in 12 of his last 13 games and has 10 multi-hit games during that stretch of games... senior Jeff Larish ranks second in the NCAA and first in the Pac-10 with 10 home runs... the Sun Devils have won 10 of their last 13 games, including going 8-2 in the month of March... junior LHP Erik Averill has three complete games and leads the Pac-10 with 52.1 IP... the three games at USC will mark a string of 18 of the last 24 games the Sun Devils will play on the road... ASU head coach Pat Murphy needs 10 more wins to reach 800.
What's On Tap:
The Sun Devils (16-12, 0-0 Pac-10) take back to the road this weekend with a three-game series against USC (13-6, 0-0 Pac-10) to open the 2005 Pac-10 slate. ASU is coming off a weekend sweep of the Oklahoma Sooners and head into the conference opener having won 10 of its last 13 games. Tahe Sun Devils and Trojans will play an unconventional Thursday-Saturday series to accomodate the Easter weekend. The Devils were predicted to finish third in the conference standings by the Pac-10 coaches and by Baseball America, and second by Collegiate Baseball. USC leads the all-time series against ASU 90-82 and has won four of the six conference series since the Pac-10 joined the North and South divisions in 1999. Following the series at USC, ASU will return home for its final non-conference series of the year against Wright State (Apr. 1-3).
... ASU set a school record with 35 hits in the 30-13 win over Western Illinois (3/13). Travis Buck went 6-for-8.... 11 of ASU's 12 losses this season have come against teams that have appeared in the national rankings.... The Sun Devils are scheduled to face their eighth preseason All-American pitcher this weekend in Ian Kennedy.... ASU has played half of its schedule (14 of 28) against ranked teams and have No. 23/21 USC on tap this weekend.... ASU has been road warriors this season playing 18 of its first 31 games away from Packard Stadium.... 16 Sun Devils, including 10 true freshman, have made their debuts in the Maroon and Gold this season.... 12 players have at least one SB this season and ASU leads the Pac-10 with 51 stolen bases (51-for-69).... After 28 games the Sun Devils have 11 triples, surpassing the season total of seven triples in 59 games in 2004.... ASU owns a 229-100-1 record for a .695 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%).... Senior Jeff Larish ranks second the NCAA with 10 home runs and seventh in ASU history with 38 career homers.... Sr. Tuffy Gosewisch is only the second player in ASU history to start three seasons at catcher (Don Wakamatsu).... Travis Buck has raised his batting average 125 points (.246-.371) by going 31-for-63 (.492) over his last 13 games.... In 28 games this season ASU has used 23 different starting batting lineups and 18 different defensive lineups.... Joey Hooft returned to the lineup after sitting out 11 games with a hamstring injury and went 3-for-5 vs. Oklahoma.... Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch has thrown out 13 of 32 attempted base stealers this season (41%).... Freshman reserve catcher Austin Stockfisch has hits in four straight at-bats and is hitting .800 (4-for-5).... Jeff Larish recorded six walks last weekend and has 19 this year and 161 in his career. Four of the walks were IBB.... Colin Curtis has ASU's longest active hitting streak at seven games. Overall he is hitting .342 with 20 RBI.... Travis Buck was teammates on the USA Baseball National Team with USC's Jeff Clement and Ian Kennedy.
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