ASU Baseball Notebook (23-15, 6-3 Pac-10)

April 17, 2005

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Current 2005 Record: 23-15 (6-3 Pac-10)
Record Last Week: 3-0 (3-0 Pac-10)
Record Entering Week: 22-15 (3-3 Pac-10)
Current Streak: Won 3 (won 19 of last 25)
Overall Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 9-11National Rankings (4/11): NR
BoydsWorld RPI: #13

Last Week's Results (vs. Stanford)
Friday (April 15) - 9-2 win over #14 Stanford
Saturday (April 16) - 6-5 win over #14 Stanford
Sunday (April 17) - 10-9 win over #9 Stanford

Up Next - UCLA Bruins (8-24, 0-6 Pac-10)Friday (April 22) - UCLA (6:30 p.m. -- Packard Stadium -- Tempe, Ariz.) -- KDUS 1060 AM
Saturday (April 23) - UCLA (6:30 p.m. -- Packard Stadium -- Tempe, Ariz.) -- KDUS 1060 AM/AZ-TV
Sunday (April 24) - UCLA (1 p.m. -- Packard Stadium -- Tempe, Ariz.) -- KDUS 1060 AM

Offensive Player of the Week Candidate:
Travis Buck, Jr., OF, Richland, Wash.
Junior right fielder Travis Buck had another solid weekend at the plate and in the field helping the Sun Devils to a series sweep over nationally ranked Stanford. Buck hit .462 (6-for-13) with four runs scored, one double, one home run and six RBI. He also stole a base and recorded a 1269 OPS (slugging + on-base). Coming up clutch all weekend, Buck recorded multi-hit games in each victory over the Cardinal. He provided the heroics with a two-run, game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Saturday's 6-5 come-from-behind win and had a three-run double in Sunday's 10-9 win. After starting the season slow hitting only .246 in the first 15 games, Buck has since heated up going 49-for-116 (.422) over the last 25 games. Overall, Buck is second on the team hitting .362 (64-for-177) with 15 doubles, three home runs and 32 RBI. He leads the team with 21 multi-hit games and is hitting .375 (15-for-40) in nine Pac-10 games.

Pitcher of the Week Candidate:Erik Averill, Jr., LHP, Orange, Calif.
Junior starting pitcher Erik Averill turned in another solid performance on the mound in Friday's 9-2 win over No. 14 Stanford. The southpaw gave up two runs and five hits in 8.0 innings to pick up his seventh win of the season. He struck out five and walked one while winning his fifth straight decision. Averill also pitched a third of an inning in Sunday's series sweeping 10-9 victory, retiring preseason All-American Jed Lowrie with an infield pop up. For the season, Averill is 7-2 with a 2.95 ERA and has recorded 61 strikeouts in 73.1 IP. Opponents are hitting just .254 off him.

ASU Player Notes:
Junior Travis Buck recorded a pair of hits in each game vs. Stanford and leads the team with 21 multi-hit game this season (65 in his career)... the straight steal of home by Jeff Larish in Sunday's win over Stanford marked the first by a Sun Devil since Colin Curtis stole home vs. Lamar last season (Feb. 20, 2004)... sophomore second baseman Seth Dhaenens continued his hot hitting by going 5-for-12 (.417) in the Stanford series and is now hitting .446 (25-for-56) over his last 18 games to raise his season batting average from .071 to .371 (300 points)... Dhaenens has a current nine-game hitting streak in which he is hitting .516 (16-for-31) with eight RBI... senior first baseman Jeff Larish hit his Pac-10 leading 14th home run of the season on Friday... he ranks fifth in ASU history in both career home runs (42) and RBI (208)... Larish has hits in eight of his last 11 games (.325, 13-for-40) and is hitting .320 (49-for-153) with 27 extra base hits and 40 RBI... senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch hit .364 (4-for-11) vs. Stanford and leads the team with 44 RBI on the season... sophomore shortstop Joe Persichina nearly doubled his entire season RBI total with five in the weekend series vs. Stanford... he entered the series with only seven on the season... since moving to shortstop six games ago, Persichina has been perfect in the field in 28 total chances... senior RHP Ty Marotz pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Saturday's dramatic 6-5 win, earning his first career win as a Sun Devil... senior RHP Jason Urquidez pitched in a pair of games over the weekend, giving up four runs in a six-inning start (no-decision), and then came back the next day to throw 1.1 scoreless innings for his second save of the year... Urquidez is 5-3 on the year with a 4.76 ERA.

ASU Notes:
The Sun Devils went 3-0 over the weekend with a Pac-10 sweep of No. 14 Stanford... after starting the season 6-9, ASU has won 19 of its last 25 games... the Sun Devils are 9-11 against ranked opponents this season and have played 22 of their 40 games against teams that have appeared in the national polls this season... the Sun Devils will play back-to-back home series (UCLA this weekend) for the first time since starting the season with seven straight at Packard Stadium... ASU entered the weekend with the No. 3 SoS (strength of schedule) and No. 13 RPI by BoydsWorld.com... with the three-game sweep, Arizona State jumped ahead of Stanford in the all-time series, 81-80... Stanford had not been swept in 64 straight Pac-10 series dating back to 1997 when ASU swept a series at Sunken Diamond... ASU hit .314 (32-for-102) over the weekend and are hitting .310 on the season... the offense has caught fire by hitting .347 (234-for-675) over the last 18 games... the Sun Devils have played flawless defense in seven of the last 10 games (.987 FLD%) and have a .961 fielding percentage... the pitching staff has a 4.65 ERA after allowing 16 earned runs in 27.0 innings against Stanford (5.33 ERA)... ASU is averaging 7.6 runs per game and have scored in double digits in 10 of its last 24 games (13 times this season)... the Sun Devils are 13-2 when Rocky Laguna hits leadoff... ASU is also 10-1 when wearing their home white uniforms and 14-5 when wearing white spikes... when the starting pitcher goes five or more innings, ASU is 19-5 (.792)... ASU is 12-2 in Saturday games this season and are 17-4 when Travis Buck records a multi-hit game... 11th year head coach Pat Murphy is 799-382-4 in his collegiate career, needing just one more win to reach 800 for his career.

Quoting Murph [11th year head coach Pat Murphy talks about ASU's series sweep of the Stanford Cardinal]'It was a great weekend for Sun Devil Baseball! We started with a great pitching performance by Erik Averill to start of off with a win and then had two good come-from-behind wins that had a playoff-type atmosphere. Not many teams can say that they've swept a program Stanford and they are always a team that comes to the ballpark with a ton of talent and ready to play. I am proud of our guys for the way they battled and for the way they were relentless all weekend long. Travis Buck had one of those weekends where he came up big in every clutch situation. We had so many unsung heroes and when you add them all together it leads to a great weekend. We have a lot of work left to do and I can guarantee you UCLA will come in here next weekend ready to play us tough. There is no off weekend in the Pac-10, but we have played a tough non-conference schedule to get ready for these types of games.'

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

GAME 38
SUN DEVILS 9, #14 Stanford 2April 15 at Packard Stadium 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H ESTAN 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 2 5 0ASU 3 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 x - 9 12 0W: Averill (7-2); L: Romanczuk (5-4); S: NoneHR: Larish (14), Rapoport (2)Time: 2:38 Attendance: 2842 Record: 23-15

HIGHLIGHTS: Erik Averill scattered five hits in eight strong innings to lead the Sun Devils to a commanding 9-2 victory over No. 14 Stanford Friday evening in Pac-10 action at Winkles Field at Packard Stadium. Averill won his fifth straight decision to improve to 7-2 on the season. The southpaw struck out five and walked one while improving to 19-8 in his career. Senior first baseman Jeff Larish went 2-for-3 with three RBI and hit his Pac-10 leading 14th home run of the year to lead the Sun Devils at the plate. ASU out-hit Stanford 12-5 and were led by five players with multi-hit games. Right fielder Travis Buck (2-for-3, 2 R), catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (2-for-4, 2 2B), third baseman Joey Hooft (2-for-4) and second baseman Seth Dhaenens (2-for-4) all recorded two hits in the ASU victory.

GAME 39SUN DEVILS 6, #14 Stanford 5April 16 at Packard Stadium	1	2	3	4	5	6	7	8	9		R	H	ESTAN	0	0	1	0	0	1	2	1	0	-	5	9	0ASU	0	2	0	0	0	0	1	0	3	-	6	9	2W: Marotz (1-1); L: Holler (6-2); S: NoneHR: Buck (3)Time: 3:44	Attendance: 3337  Record: 24-15

HIGHLIGHTS: Shortstop Joe Persichina drew a bases loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap a three-run ninth inning to lead the Sun Devils to a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over the No. 14 Stanford Cardinal on Saturday night at Winkles Field at Packard Stadium. Junior preseason All-American Travis Buck hit a game-tying two-run home run earlier in the ninth inning to set up the game-winning rally. Trailing 5-3 heading into their last at-bat, the Devils mounted a rally that ended in the third walk-off win of the season. After designated hitter Rocky Laguna led off the ninth with a single to center field, Buck drove a 2-2 pitch from Stanford ace reliever Blake Holler onto Rural Road over the right field fence to tie the game. Holler got two quick outs, but then walked left fielder Colin Curtis and was removed from the game after surrendering an infield single to second baseman Seth Dhaenens (Chandler, Ariz.). Freshman Nolan Gallagher came out of the bullpen and walked Joey Hooft to load the bases and then forced home the game-winner by missing on four out of five pitches to Persichina. Senior right-handed pitcher Ty Marotz benefited from the ninth inning rally to pick up his first career win. Marotz gave up one hit and struck out two in a scoreless inning of work. Senior right-hander Jason Urquidez had his third straight solid start by allowing eight hits and four runs in six innings. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter to remain 5-3 on the season.

GAME 40SUN DEVILS 10, #14 Stanford 9April 17 at Packard Stadium	1	2	3	4	5	6	7	8	9		R	H	ESTAN	1	0	1	0	1	2	0	3	0	-	9	17	1ASU	0	0	3	0	0	7	0	0	x	-	10	11	0W: Barnette (3-1); L: Reynolds (0-2); S: Urquidez (2)HR: Rapoport (3)Time: 3:35	Attendance: 3,004  Record: 18-13

HIGHLIGHTS: Fueled by a three-run double off the bat of junior right fielder Travis Buck, Arizona State scored seven runs in the sixth inning and then held on for a series-sweeping 10-9 victory over No. 14 Stanford on a sunny Sunday afternoon in front of 3,004 fans at Winkles Field at Packard Stadium. The series sweep improved the Sun Devils to 25-15 overall and moved them into a tie for second in the Pac-10 at 6-3 with Oregon State and USC. After starting the season 6-9, ASU has won 19 of its last 25 games and are 9-11 against ranked opponents. Stanford had an amazing streak come to an end, suffering its first sweep in league play in 64 series dating back to 1997 when ASU also swept the Cardinal at Sunken Diamond. Stanford falls to 20-14 overall and 4-5 in league play. Buck finished a solid weekend at the plate going 2-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored. In the three-game series against the Cardinal, Buck combined to go 6-for-13 (.462) with six RBI. Dhaenens extended his career-high hitting streak to nine games with his eighth multi-hit game of the year, going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Sophomore center fielder Colin Curtis also went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Zinicola had two hits and scored a pair of runs. Junior reliever Tony Barnette earned the win giving up three hits and two runs in an inning of work and Urquidez notched his second save of the year with 1.1 scoreless frames.

Overall Statistics last week vs. Stanford (3-0):

Player AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB-ATT PO A E FLD%37 Zechry Zinicola.. .500 1-0 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 .500 0 0 0 0 .500 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 .000 4 Travis Buck...... .462 3-3 13 4 6 1 0 1 6 10 .769 0 1 3 0 .500 0 0 1-2 9 1 0 1.000 6 Seth Dhaenens.... .417 3-3 12 3 5 0 0 0 2 5 .417 2 0 2 1 .500 0 0 0-0 7 10 0 1.00039 Tuffy Gosewisch.. .364 3-3 11 2 4 2 0 0 2 6 .545 2 1 2 0 .500 0 0 0-1 21 3 1 .960 5 Joey Hooft....... .333 3-3 12 2 4 0 0 0 2 4 .333 2 0 1 0 .429 0 0 1-2 4 3 0 1.00011 Jeff Larish...... .333 3-3 9 4 3 1 0 1 3 7 .778 5 0 2 0 .571 0 0 1-1 24 1 0 1.000 9 Colin Curtis..... .273 3-3 11 3 3 1 0 0 2 4 .364 1 1 3 0 .385 0 1 2-2 7 0 0 1.00015 Joe Persichina... .200 3-3 10 1 2 0 1 0 5 4 .400 2 0 3 0 .333 0 0 1-1 4 5 0 1.00014 Rocky Laguna..... .167 3-3 12 4 2 1 0 0 0 3 .250 2 1 5 0 .333 0 0 0-0 2 1 0 1.000 2 J.J. Sferra...... .167 2-2 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 .167 1 0 0 0 .286 0 0 0-0 3 0 0 1.00018 Willy Fox........ .000 1-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 .00012 Andrew Romine.... .000 1-0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 .000Totals.............. .314 3-3 102 25 32 6 1 2 23 46 .451 17 4 22 1 .431 0 1 6-9 81 27 2 .982Opponents........... .298 3-3 104 16 31 6 0 2 14 43 .413 6 3 23 3 .354 0 2 3-5 74 32 1 .991

Player ERA W-L APP GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR AB B/Avg WP HBP BK SFA SHA47 Ty Marotz........ 0.00 1-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 4 .250 0 0 0 0 045 Erik Averill..... 2.16 1-0 2 1 0 0/0 0 8.1 5 2 2 1 5 2 0 1 29 .172 0 1 0 0 049 Brett Bordes..... 4.50 0-0 2 0 0 0/0 0 2.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 .167 0 0 0 0 134 Jason Urquidez... 4.91 0-0 2 1 0 0/0 1 7.1 9 4 4 0 9 1 0 0 29 .310 1 1 1 0 040 Pat Bresnehan.... 6.75 0-0 1 1 0 0/0 0 4.0 7 3 3 2 4 0 0 1 17 .412 0 0 0 0 037 Zechry Zinicola.. 12.00 0-0 3 0 0 0/0 0 3.0 5 4 4 1 3 2 0 0 14 .357 1 0 0 0 050 Tony Barnette.... 13.50 1-0 2 0 0 0/0 0 1.1 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 .600 0 1 0 0 1Totals.............. 5.33 3-0 3 3 0 0/0 1 27.0 31 16 16 6 23 6 0 2 104 .298 2 3 1 0 2Opponents........... 9.12 0-3 3 3 0 0/0 0 24.2 32 25 25 17 22 6 1 2 102 .314 2 4 1 0 1

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