No. 24 Baseball Visits Bay Area For Three-Game Set With Cal
April 6, 2005
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Probable Pitching Rotation:
Apr. 8 at California, 2 p.m.
ASU - TBA
CAL - Eric Dworkis, RHP (3-4, 3.75 ERA)
Apr. 9 at California, 1 p.m.
ASU - TBA
CAL - Adam Gold, RHP (4-3, 5.59 ERA)
Apr. 10 at California, 1 p.m.
ASU - TBA
CAL - Michael Cooper, RHP (3-1, 2.91 ERA)
All-Time Series vs. California
All-Time Record vs. California:......92-52Last 10/20 Games vs. Cal:............6-4/14-6Since 1998 at Evans Diamond:.........9-2
The Sun Devils have moved back into the national polls at No. 24 (Baseball America), No. 25 (Sports Weekly/ESPN), No. 28 (Collegiate Baseball) and No. 29 (NCBWA). ASU has appeared in the national rankings in 102 of the last 107 weeks dating back to the start of the 2000 season. Cal is not currently ranked.
ASU returns to the airwaves this weekend with all three games of the Pac-10 series against California broadcast locally on KDUS 1060 AM with Tim Healey and Bob Eger calling all the action from the Evans Diamond 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.
After starting the season 6-9, the Sun Devils have turned it around and have won 15 of their last 19 games... ASU has played 19 of its 34 games this season against teams that have appeared in the national polls... Seth Dhaenens is hitting .455 (15-for-33) over his last 12 games to raise his batting average from .071 to .340 (269 points)... Jeff Larish ranks fifth in ASU history with 41 home runs and 204 RBI... the pitching staff has given up just five earned runs in the last five games to lower the team ERA from 5.06 to 4.45... head coach Pat Murphy needs five more wins for No. 800.
What's On Tap:
The Arizona State Sun Devils (21-13, 2-1 Pac-10) take back to the road this weekend and return to conference play with a three-game series at the University of California Golden Bears (21-12, 3-3 Pac-10). The series starts Friday at 2 p.m. at Evans Diamond and continues Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. The Sun Devils have won five straight games and 15 of their last 19 games to overcome a rough 6-9 start and reentered the national rankings at No. 24 (Baseball America) last week and No. 25 (Sports Weekly/ESPN) this week. The trip to the Bay Area continues a season-long trend that has seen the Sun Devils play 18 of their last 27 games away from Packard Stadium. Following ASU's second consecutive Pac-10 road series, the Devils will return home to face nationally ranked Stanford (Apr. 15-17) and UCLA (Apr. 22-24). The Sun Devils will play 21 of their final 22 regular season games against Pac-10 opponents.
... ASU set a school record with 35 hits in the 30-13 win over Western Illinois (3/13). Travis Buck went 6-for-8.... 12 of ASU's 13 losses this season have come against teams that have appeared in the national rankings.... The Sun Devils have faced eight preseason All-American pitchers this season.... ASU has played over half of its schedule (19 of 34) against teams that have been ranked at some point this season.... ASU has been road warriors this season playing 17 of its last 27 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 64 stolen bases (64-for-87).... After 34 games the Sun Devils have 14 triples, doubling the season total of seven triples in 59 games in 2004.... ASU owns a 234-101-1 record for a .698 winning percentage this decade (2000-P).... Senior Jeff Larish is tied for the NCAA lead with 13 home runs and ranks fifth in ASU career home runs and RBI.... Sr. RHP Jason Urquidez is 17-5 with a 3.85 ERA in 33 career pitching appearances (23 starts) as a Sun Devil.... Travis Buck leads the team with 16 multi-hit games and is hitting .351 (53-for-151) with 14 doubles and 23 RBI.... In 34 games this season ASU has used 26 different starting batting lineups and 21 different defensive lineups.... Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch has thrown out 14 of 35 attempted base stealers this season (40%).... Freshman reserve catcher Austin Stockfisch has hits in six straight at-bats and is hitting .857 (6-for-7).... Pat Bresnehan threw a complete-game four hitter against USC (3/25) to earn Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors.... Travis Buck (#17) and Jeff Larish (#40) are rated among the top 50 college prospects by Baseball America.... Brothers Brett (LHP) and Greg (C/INF) Bordes formed a unique battery in the ninth inning vs. Wright State (4/3).... The pitching staff has given up only one home run in the last nine games after giving up six vs. LSU (3/13).
Recapping Last Weekend:
The Sun Devils swept their last three-game non-conference series of the season against the Wright State Raiders. The Sun Devils won the three games by a combined score of 35-5, with wins of 13-1 (4/1), 11-3 (4/2) and 14-1 (4/3). The offense combined to go 44-for-113 (.389) and stole 11 bases. The pitching staff allowed only four earned runs in the series as 10 pitchers combined for a 1.33 ERA. All three starters (Erik Averill, Pat Bresnehan, Jason Urquidez) earned a win and the trio combined for a 1.93 ERA by giving up just three earned runs in 14.0 innings. Averaging almost 15 hits per game in the series, the offense was led by redshirt freshman right fielder Rocky Laguna. Laguna hit .700 (7-for-10) with six runs and seven RBI. Sophomore second baseman Seth Dhaenens also had a good weekend at the plate going 6-for-8 (.750) with four runs and four RBI. ASU also had its best defensive weekend of the season, combining to commit only two errors and for the first time this season posted back-to-back error-free contests (Saturday and Sunday).
The Five-Game Win Streak:
The Sun Devils enter the weekend series against the California Golden Bears with a season-high five-game win streak. Starting with the 17-1 thumping of USC (3/25), the Sun Devils have out-scored their opponent 57-7 during the win streak and are hitting .364 (71-for-195) with seven doubles, three triples and seven home runs. Sophomore second baseman Seth Dhaenens is hitting .643 (9-for-14) during the winning streak and Rocky Laguna (.556), J.J. Sferra (.471) and Tuffy Gosewisch (.435) are also hitting over .400. The pitching staff has combined to allow only five earned runs in the 46.0 innings of the win streak for a 0.98 ERA. Sophomore RHP Pat Bresnehan has won two of the five games, including posting a complete-game four-hitter vs. USC (3/25).
Batting Average Rising... ERA Falling:
Over the last 12 games the Arizona State offense has caught fire by hitting .364 (171-for-470) with 30 doubles, eight triples and 19 home runs. During that stretch of games ASU has raised its team batting average 32 points from .278 to its current mark of .310. The Sun Devils are currently tied for third in the Pac-10 in batting and by scoring in double digits in eight of their last 18 games rank second in the league in scoring (7.70 runs per game). The team batting race is also tight with Rocky Laguna (.356), Travis Buck (.351), Tuffy Gosewisch (.346), Seth Dhaenens (.340) and Colin Curtis (.338) all within 20 points of each other. The pitching staff has caught fire by giving up five earned runs over the last five games to lower the team ERA from 5.06 to its current mark of 4.45.
A Good Omen:
Through the halfway point of the 2005 season the Sun Devils were 16-12 (currently 21-13). The last time ASU was 16-12 after 28 games was in 1998 when the Sun Devils last advanced to the College World Series and played for the National Championship. In both 1998 and earlier this season, ASU tied a school record by losing six straight games. After enduring the six-game losing streak in 1998, ASU finished up strong winning 18 of its last 27 regular season games that season to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Following ASU's six-game losing streak this season, the Sun Devils have won 15 of their last 19 games.
ASU in the Pac-10:
The Sun Devils began their 27th season in the Conference of Champions with a series victory over USC at Dedeaux Field. The series victory snapped a streak of having lost the last two Pac-10 season opening series. ASU owns an all-time 429-315 (.577) record in Pac-10 play and has won six conference championships (last in 2000). Since the Pac-10 North and Pac-10 South joined in 1999, ASU is 89-58 (.605) in league play and 270-122-1 overall. In 11 seasons under head coach Pat Murphy the Sun Devils have won six of the conference opening series and own an all-time 150-116 (.564) record.
The Starting Pitchers:
Note... ASU has not set a starting rotation for this weekend, but the four main pitchers are featured below:
Erik Averill, Jr., LHP (Orange, Calif.)
Will be making his 10th start of the season this weekend if he gets the nod against California... leads the ASU pitching staff going 6-2 with a 3.03 ERA and has recorded 52 strikeouts and only 12 walks in 59.1 IP this season... ranks ninth in the Pac-10 with his 3.03 ERA, third in innings pitched (59.1), tied for first in wins (6) and seventh in strikeouts (52)... won his fourth straight decision last weekend with five shutout innings against Wright State (4/1)... in his previous start against Oklahoma (3/19) he recorded his third complete game of the year... he limited the Sooners to only five singles and one unearned run, while striking out seven... has lasted five or more innings in eight straight starts... earned Pro-Line/Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week honors after striking out career-high 14 batters in complete-game shutout over New Mexico State (2/4)... is 18-8 with a 4.02 ERA in 56 career pitching appearances (28 starts).
Pat Bresnehan, So., RHP (Sherborn, Mass.)
Heads into the weekend against Cal with consecutive wins against USC and Wright State... is 3-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 13 games (7 GS) this season... has struck out 42 batters (18 KL) in 43.1 innings... in his last start he gave up two runs and struck out seven in five inning in a win over Wright State... his seven strikeouts matched a career high (fourth time)... earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors after allowing only four hits and one unearned run in a complete-game victory over USC (3/25)... in seven starts this season is 3-2 with a 4.45 ERA... posted a 2.08 ERA in six relief appearances (13.0 IP)... is 6-4 with five saves and a 4.25 ERA in his career.
Jason Urquidez, Sr., RHP (Sherborn, Mass.)
Senior right-hander who is 5-2 with a 4.64 ERA in 14 games (6 starts) this season... ranks second on the team and 10th in the Pac-10 with 47 strikeouts in 54.1 innings... has made his last two appearances as a starter against USC (3/26) and Wright State (4/3), combining to allow only nine hits and two runs in 12.0 innings (1.50 ERA)... in six starts he is 2-1 with a 5.50 ERA and boasts a 3-1 record with one save and a 3.15 ERA in eight games out of the bullpen... allowed only one run in eight innings while recording no-decision at USC (3/26)... has won his last three decisions... leads the Pac-10 with two pickoffs... is 17-5 with a 3.85 ERA in 33 games (23 starts) in two seasons as a Sun Devil... named first-team All-Pac-10 and honorable mention All-America by CollegeBaseballInsider.com after going 12-3 with a 3.41 ERA in 2004... part of an elite class of eight returning pitchers in the NCAA to have recorded 12 or more wins last season.
Zechry Zinicola, So., RHP (San Bernadino, Calif.)
Hard-throwing sophomore right-hander who is 2-2 with two saves and a 4.75 ERA in 12 games (6 starts) this season... has struck out 31 and walked 19 in 36.0 innings... ranks 10th in the Pac-10 with a .234 opponents batting average... in six starts this season he is 0-2 with a 5.13 ERA... is 2-0 with a 3.72 ERA as a reliever, including three shutout innings in his last appearance on Sunday against Wright State... has lasted five or more innings in three of his six starts... ranks ninth in ASU history with 10 career saves... in 37 career pitching appearances (10 starts) is 6-4 with a 3.90 ERA... in 27 career relief appearances is 5-2 with a 3.42 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 50 innings... voted by Pac-10 coaches as having the best fastball in the league (Baseball America).
Larish Leads Pac-10 And NCAA in Home Runs:
Senior Jeff Larish hit his Pac-10 and NCAA leading 13th home run of the season in Sunday's 14-1 win over Wright State. Larish has hit eight home runs in his last 12 games, including a pair of multi-home run contests in back-to-back games against Western Illinois and a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Oklahoma (3/18). Larish is tied for the national lead with LSU's Ryan Patterson. Larish has hit his home runs in bunches this season, with eight of his 13 homers spread across only four days this season. He has three multi-homer games and also hit a home run in each half of a doubleheader against Oklahoma and South Alabama (2/12). Of his 13 home runs this season, he has hit six solo homers, three two-run shots and four three-run bombs. Eleven (11) of his 13 homers have also come on the road. Here is a look at the NCAA leaders in home runs as of April 4 (as reported by BoydsWorld.com):
Player School HRJeff Larish Arizona State 13Ryan Patterson LSU 13Mark Aranda New Mexico State 12Brandon Taylor BYU 11Antone Daley Prarie View A&M 11Alex Gordon Nebraska 11Matt Laporta Florida 11Derrick Smith Georgia Southern 11Mike Priest Campbell 11
Larish Climbs ASU Career Charts:
With his NCAA and Pac-10 leading 13 home runs, senior Jeff Larish ranks fifth in ASU history with 41 career home runs. His 41 home runs only three way from fourth place (Dan Rumsey, 1986-89) and four away from tying Barry Bonds (1983-85). Former major leaguer Bob Horner holds the all-time reocrd with 56 home runs. Larish's 204 RBI also rank fifth in the ASU record books and his 169 walks are second. Larish also ranks 10th in career at-bats (732), ninth in total bases (427) and is nearing the ASU career top 10 in runs scored (192) and hits (244). Through 34 games, Larish is hitting .316 (42-for-133) with 23 extra base hits for a .692 slugging percentage. He has been especially hot with hits in 10 of his last 13 games, going 19-for-49 (.388) to raise his batting average from .273 to .316 (43 points).
Quick Hits... Part 2:
... ASU played all 19 position players in the 13-1 win over Wright State to open the weekend sweep.... The Sun Devils recently went 5-1 against the Orange Bowl football teams, USC (2-1) and Oklahoma (3-0).... ASU is 10-3 when scoring in the first inning and has out-scored its opponent 70-30 in the first two innings.... The Devils have scored 120 of their 262 runs (46%) with two outs and have 102 two-out RBI.
Series History vs. California:
The Sun Devils lead the all-time series against the California Golden Bears 92-52 dating back to the first meeting in the early 1960's. Since 11th year head coach Pat Murphy took over the program in 1995, the Sun Devils are 28-13 against the Golden Bears, including a 13-6 record at Evans Diamond. ASU has had recent success in Berkeley, winning nine of the last 11 games at Evans Diamond dating back to 1998. California has won the last two series in Arizona, while ASU has won the last six series at Evans Diamond.
Gosewisch Among Nation's Elite Catchers:
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 149 games behind the plate over the last three seasons and has combined to go 158-for-465 (.340). This season he is third on the team hitting .346 (46-for-133) with five home runs and 39 RBI. He has been one of ASU's most consistent hitter with hits in 26 of 34 games and leads the team with 12 multi-RBI games. The 2004 Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year semifinalist and one of 37 players named to the 2005 Bench Award Watch List, is a career .326 hitter with nine home runs, 131 RBI and a .994 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 281 total chances. He has gunned down 14 of 35 base stealers and has not allowed a passed ball. He has caught all but 17 innings this season (out of 307.2) and showed his true 'tuffness' when he played the next day after suffering a mild concussion and had several stitches after being hit by a pitch 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: 34 games started (46-for-133, .346)
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.... .346 34-34 133 26 46 7 2 5 39 11 17 3-5TOTAL... .326 182-149 515 109 168 30 3 9 131 68 85 5-9
Buck Continues Hot Hitting:
Junior Travis Buck started the season slow hitting only .246 in the first 15 games, but has since heated up going 38-for-90 (.422) over the last 19 games. The Wallace Award and Baseball America Player of the Year candidate is second on the team hitting .351 (53-for-151) with 13 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 23 RBI. He also leads the team with 16 multi-hit games and ranks in the top 10 in the Pac-10 with nine stolen bases. His name also appears among the league leaders in runs (41, 2nd), doubles (13, 2nd), triples (3, 3rd) and total bases (78, 6th). With his outstanding week at the plate against Baylor (.571, 8-for-14, 6 H, 6 RBI, Buck was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week and was also named to the College Baseball Foundation Honor Roll. The Player of the Week honor was the fourth career award for Buck and the 75th such honor for Arizona State University. He also won the award twice last season (Mar. 2, Mar. 9) and once during his freshman season (Apr. 1).
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.... .351 34-34 151 41 53 13 3 2 23 13 22 9-14TOTAL... .350 159-158 615 164 215 42 7 15 127 89 84 34-44
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 97 career games in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Buck is a career .405 (155-for-383) hitter with 123 runs scored, 12 home runs and 92 RBI. While hitting No. 2, Buck has accounted for 72% of his run production (92 of 127 RBI), 75% of his runs scored (123 of 164), 80% of his home runs (12 of 15) and 72% of his total hits (155 of 215). This season Buck is hitting .429 (42-for-98) with 32 runs scored and 19 RBI in 21 games batting in the second spot. He has combined to hit just .208 (11-for-53) this season when batting either leadoff (.118, 2-for-17) or third (.250, 9-for-36). ASU is 16-5 when Buck hits in the No. 2 spot in the lineup this season. Overall, the preseason All-American is a career .350 hitter (215-for-615) with 164 runs, 15 home runs and 127 RBI.
Bresnehan Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week:
Arizona State University sophomore right-handed pitcher Pat Bresnehan was named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 22-28. Bresnehan threw a complete-game four-hitter to help lead the Sun Devils to a 17-1 victory over USC on Mar. 25. A day after six ASU pitchers combined for nine walks and three hit batters, Bresnehan got ASU back on the winning track and helped save the bullpen with his first career complete game. He did not allow an earned run and scattered four singles to pick up his second victory of the season. For the season, Bresnehan is 3-2 and is second on the team with a 3.74 ERA. The Pitcher of the Week honor is the first for Bresnehan and the 46th selection all-time for Arizona State. Current senior RHP Jason Urquidez also earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors last season.
Position Changes for Buck and Larish:
Junior preseason All-American Travis Buck was highly regarded as arguably the best outfielder in the Pac-10 and is predicted by several publications to be the highest drafted college outfielder in the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft. But, Buck won't be spending much time in the outfield as he has moved to third base. After starting the first 145 games of his ASU career in left or right field, Buck has made 12 of his last 13 starts at the hot corner. The former prep shortstop has also held his own, making only two errors and recorded an ASU single-game high with seven assists against Oklahoma (3/19). In 13 games as a third baseman, Buck is hitting .393 (22-for-56) with 18 runs, six doubles, three triples and 10 RBI. Senior Jeff Larish has also shown to be versatile in the field, starting games at three different positions (3B/1B/LF). In the 19-1 win over Western Illinois (3/12), Larish played four different positions -- 1B/SS/LF/CF. Larish has made 26 starts at first base, three at third base and five in left field. In eight games played in the outfield he is hitting .421 (8-for-19) and has recorded nine of his NCAA leading 13 home runs while playing first base. In 90 career games as a first baseman, Larish is hitting .355 (116-for-327) with 27 home runs and 118 RBI.
Buck and Larish Rated Among Top 50 College Prospects:
Junior 3B/OF Travis Buck and Senior 1B/OF Jeff Larish were both rated in the top 50 in Baseball America's annual midseason report rating the top college prospects for the upcoming MLB June Amateur Draft. Buck was ranked No. 17 and the No. 2 outfielder behind Winthrop's Daniel Carte. Larish was ranked No. 40 and is the top listed senior position player. Nebraska third baseman Alex Gordon, a teammate of Buck's on the 2004 USA Baseball National Team, was selected as the top college prospect.
The Sparkplug From Yuma:
Redshirt freshman right fielder Rocky Laguna sparked the Sun Devils to a series sweep of the Wright State hitting .700 (7-for-10). The Yuma native (Kofa HS) also scored six runs, stole four bases and drove in seven more while recording a .786 on-base percentage in the three-game series. He went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the series opener and followed that with a 2-for-2 performance and reached base safely in all five plate appearances on Saturday. He completed his weekend going 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI in Sunday's 14-1 victory. He also hit his first career home run with a three-run blast. With hits in all three games against Wright State, Laguna extended his career-high hitting streak to six games, hitting .500 (11-for-22) with eight runs and eight RBI. Overall, Laguna leads the Sun Devils hitting .356 (26-for-73) with seven doubles, two triples, one home run and 21 RBI. He is also 9-for-9 stealing bases and leads the team with a .473 on-base percentage. ASU is a perfect 9-0 this season when Laguna bats leadoff.
The Sun Devil pitching staff has registered four complete games this year with three coming from junior LHP Erik Averill and the most recent by sophomore RHP Pat Bresnehan. The four complete games are already more than the entire season totals from 2004 (2), 2003 (1), 2001 (1), 2000 (2) and 1996 (3).
Dhaenens Heating Up:
Sophomore second baseman Seth Dhaenens started the season on a 1-for-14 (.071) skid, including a streak of 13 straight at-bats without a hit. But, Dhaenens didn't give up and has turned his season upside down by hitting .455 (15-for-33) with 12 runs, two doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI (.568 on-base percentage) over his last 12 games. During that stretch he has raised his season batting average 269 points from .071 to .340. Overall, Dhaenens is hitting .340 (16-for-47) with 12 runs and 14 RBI. He is coming off a solid weekend against Wright State in which he went 6-for-8 (.750) with four RBI and four walks.
A Tough Slate For The Sun Devils:
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 has played 19 of its first 34 games against teams that have been ranked in the national polls at some point this season, including a streak of playing nine straight games against top 10 teams in late February/early March.
Seven Sun Devils currently have hitting streaks of two or more games heading into the weekend series at California. Redshirt freshman Rocky Laguna carries ASU's longest hitting streak at six games, going 11-for-22 (.500) with eight RBI during the streak. Freshman reserve catcher Austin Stockfisch has a current four-game streak and has hits in six consecutive at-bats. Sophomore Colin Curtis recently had his nine-game hitting streak snapped that stands as ASU's longest this season. Here is a look at ASU players with current hitting streaks:
Player Current Streak Statistics During StreakRocky Laguna 6 games .500, 11-for-22, 8 R, 3 2B, HR, 8 RBIJ.J. Sferra 5 games .471, 8-for-17, 4 R, 3 RBIAustin Stockfisch 4 games 1.000, 6-for-6, 2 R, RBIAndrew Romine 3 games .300, 3-for-10, 4 R, 3B, 4 RBIJoey Hooft 3 games .455, 5-for-11, 2 R, 3B, 4 RBISeth Dhaenens 3 games .750, 6-for-8, 4 R, HR, 4 RBIJeff Larish 2 games .429, 3-for-7, 4 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI
Welcome To the Show:
A total of 16 players have made their ASU debuts in the first 34 games of the season. Four newcomers were in the starting lineup on opening night against Long Beach State, including Joey Hooft (DH), Andrew Romine (SS), J.J. Sferra (CF) and Vinny Biancamano (2B). Freshman LHP Josh Satow made his debut in the Maroon and Gold against Western Illinois, becoming the 10th true freshman have made it into a game this season. ASU has now started six true freshman and two redshirt freshman position players this season. The Sun Devil roster consists of 18 of 30 active players that have never seen action before this season.
Triple Your Pleasure:
After 34 games the Sun Devils have 14 triples to rank second in the Pac-10 and have already surpassed the entire season total of seven from last season. Travis Buck ranks third in the league with three triples, while Rocky Laguna, Andrew Romine and Tuffy Gosewisch have a pair of triples to rank tied for eighth. J.J. Sferra, Jeff Larish, Joey Hooft, Colin Curtis and Joe Persichina have each recorded a three-bagger during the season. In 59 games last season, ASU had only seven triples, ranking 245th of 285 teams in the NCAA.
Devils Facing Big League Arms:
The Sun Devils faced USC right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy in the Pac-10 opener, marking the eighth preseason All-American pitcher ASU will face this season. In addition to Kennedy, who is listed by Baseball America as the No. 5 sophomore in the nation and was a third-team preseason All-America selection, the Sun Devils have already faced Cesar Ramos (Long Beach State), Brian Bogusevic (Tulane), Micah Owings (Tulane), Neil Jamison (Long Beach State), P.J. Walters (South Alabama), Mark McCormick (Baylor) and Andrew Miller (North Carolina). ASU also beat a pair of second-round (Trey Taylor) and third-round (Cory VanAllen) draft picks during the Baylor series.
The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 with 64 stolen bases and are 64-for-87 (74%) on the season. At one point early in the season the Sun Devils had a streak of 17 consecutive that ended during the Coca-Cola Classic. ASU has three of the top 10 base stealers in the Pac-10, with Travis Buck, Colin Curtis and Rocky Laguna all tied for seventh with nine stolen bases. Laguna tied the ASU single-game record with four stolen bases against New Mexico State (2/7) and added three more against Wright State (4/1). A total of 13 different Sun Devils have recorded a stolen base and 11 players have two or more steals. In 2004, ASU had only 56 total stolen bases in 59 games.
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