ASU Slugger Jeff Larish Added To Wallace Award Watch List
April 18, 2005
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- With his Pac-10 leading 14 home runs, Arizona State senior first baseman Jeff Larish has been added to the 2005 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award watch list.
Larish (Tempe, Ariz.) joins teammate Travis Buck (Richland, Wash.) as part of an elite group of players that have been nominated for the College Baseball National Player of the Year Award that is sponsored by the College Baseball Foundation. The Wallace Watch will be trimmed to 12 semifinalists by Tuesday, May 22 and then will be narrowed down to three finalists following the NCAA Super Regionals.
Through 40 games of the 2005 season, Larish has been a big part of ASU's turnaround that has seen a 6-9 start turn into a No. 20 national ranking (ESPN/Sports Weekly) with a 25-15 overall record and a 6-3 mark in Pac-10 play. The senior first baseman leads the Pac-10 and ranks third in the NCAA with 14 home runs. Larish is also hitting .320 (49-for-153) with 12 doubles, 40 RBI, a .686 slugging percentage and a league-leading 34 walks.
Larish was recently ranked as the No. 40 college prospect for the 2005 MLB Draft and was named a third-team preseason All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. He is a career .334 hitter while ranking fifth in the ASU record books with 42 home runs and 208 RBI.