ASU Baseball Notebook (28-15 , 9-3 Pac-10)

April 24, 2005

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Current 2005 Record: 28-15 (9-3 Pac-10)
Record Last Week: 3-0 (3-0 Pac-10)
Record Entering Week: 25-15 (6-3 Pac-10)
Current Streak: Won 6 (won 12 of 14/22 of last 28)
Overall Record vs. Ranked Opponents: 9-11
National Rankings (4/17): #20 (SW), #21 (BA)
BoydsWorld RPI: #9

Last Week's Results (vs. UCLA)
Friday (April 22) - 12-5 win over UCLA
Saturday (April 23) - 16-2 win over UCLA
Sunday (April 24) - 10-8 win over UCLA

Up Next - at Oregon State (30-7, 9-3 Pac-10)
Friday (April 29) - at Oregon State (5 p.m. -- Goss Stadium at Coleman Field -- Corvallis, Ore.) -- KDUS 1060 AM
Saturday (April 30) - at Oregon State (1 p.m. -- Goss Stadium at Coleman Field -- Corvallis, Ore.) -- KDUS 1060 AM
Sunday (May 1) - at Oregon State (1 p.m. -- Goss Stadium at Coleman Field -- Corvallis, Ore.) -- KDUS 1060 AM

Offensive Player of the Week Candidate:
Travis Buck, Jr., OF, Richland, Wash.
Junior right fielder Travis Buck put together another impressive weekend to help the Sun Devils to their second consecutive Pac-10 sweep over the UCLA Bruins. The reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week hit .714 (10-for-14) with five runs, two doubles, three RBI and five stolen bases against the Bruins. He recorded a multi-hit game in each victory over UCLA and has a string of seven straight games with two or more hits. Over the last two weekends Buck is batting .581 (18-for-31) with nine runs, nine RBI, a .774 slugging percentage and seven stolen bases. After starting the season slowly at the plate hitting only .246 through the first 15 games, Buck has since heated up going 59-for-130 (.454) over the last 28 games. Overall, Buck is second on the team hitting .387 (74-for-191) with 17 doubles, three home runs, 15 stolen bases and 35 RBI. He leads the team with 24 multi-hit games and is hitting .463 (25-for-54) in 12 Pac-10 games. In 168 career games, Buck is hitting .360 (236-for-655) with 46 doubles and 40 stolen bases.

Pitcher of the Week Candidate:
Tony Barnette, Jr., RHP, Federal Way, Wash.
Junior relief pitcher Tony Barnette helped the Sun Devils to a series sweep of UCLA with two saves in the weekend series. The Central Arizona College transfer pitched three shutout innings in the series opening 12-5 victory, recording four strikeouts and allowing only one hit to earn his first career save. He also earned the save in Sunday's 10-8 win to secure the series sweep. Inheriting a bases loaded jam with two outs in the top of the ninth, Barnette came into the game and used only three pitches to strikeout Bruins shortstop Tommy Lansdon to end the game. For the season, Barnette has appeared in a Pac-10 leading 23 games and is 3-1 with two saves and a 7.08 ERA.

ASU Player Notes:
Junior Travis Buck has a current seven-game hitting streak in which he has two or more hits in each of the seven games... Buck is hitting .581 (18-for-31) during the hitting streak and leads the Sun Devils with 24 multi-hit games this season and 68 in his career... senior 1B Jeff Larish hit .333 (4-for-12) in the series vs. UCLA with five runs and five RBI... he hit his Pac-10 leading 15th home run of the season and the 43rd of his career... his 43 home runs and 213 RBI both rank fifth in ASU history... Larish has hits in 11 of his last 14 games (.327, 17-for-52) and overall is hitting .321 (53-for-165) with 29 extra base hits and 45 RBI... Larish recorded his 100th career extra base hit over the weekend (two-run double) and has a career .586 slugging percentage... sophomore second baseman Seth Dhaenens continued his hot hitting by going 6-for-11 (.545) with three RBI and four stolen bases in the Stanford series and is now hitting .463 (31-for-67) over his last 21 games to raise his season batting average from .071 to .395 (324 points)... Dhaenens has a current 12-game hitting streak in which he is hitting .524 (22-for-42) with 11 RBI... Dhaenens is hitting .455 (20-for-44) in Pac-10 play... senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch hit his sixth home run of the season and leads the team with 48 RBI... his six home runs are already two more than his previous career total of four and his 48 RBI are one away from his total of 49 from last season... freshman center fielder J.J. Sferra had a solid weekend against UCLA going 9-for-14 (.600) with four runs, four RBI and one stolen base... Sferra is hitting .432 (16-for-37) in 10 Pac-10 contests and leads the team with 11 bunt hits... freshman reserve catcher Austin Stockfisch continued his amazing season, recording a hit in his seventh straight at-bat with a run-scoring single on Saturday... the seven straight hits are tied for seventh in school history (school record is nine), but what is amazing about the streak is that it spans all the way back to Mar. 12... most records of this sort are back-to-back games... for the season, Stockfisch is hitting .875 (7-for-8) with two RBI and has reached back in all eight of his plate appearances... senior RHP Ty Marotz notched his second career win with a perfect inning in Friday's 12-5 and now has wins in back-to-back Pac-10 series... junior LHP Erik Averill was the victim of four unearned runs while recording a no-decision on Friday to keep his streak intact of five winning decisions... Averill is 7-2 with a 2.87 ERA in 78.1 IP this season (65 K, 14 BB)... senior RHP Jason Urquidez picked up his sixth win of the year and 18th of his career with six strong innings in Saturday's 16-2 win... junior LHP Brett Bordes has allowed only six ER in his last 23.2 IP (2.28 ERA in last 15 G)... Seth Dhaenens (12 games), Travis Buck (7 games), Joey Hooft (7 games), Tuffy Gosewisch (6 games), Austin Stockfisch (5 games), Jeff Larish (4 games), J.J. Sferra (3 games), Zechry Zinicola (2 games) and Willy Fox (2 games) will carry hitting streaks into the series against Oregon State.

ASU Notes:
The Sun Devils went 3-0 over the weekend with a Pac-10 sweep of UCLA... ASU is 28-15 overall and tied for second with Oregon State at 9-3 in Pac-10 play, one game behind league leader Arizona (10-2)... the 9-3 start in Pac-10 play ties ASU's best start since the Pac-10 joined the North and South Divisions in 1999... ASU was also 9-3 after 12 games when winning their last league title in 2000... the Devils have not recorded four straight home series sweeps over Oklahoma, Wright State, Stanford and UCLA for a 12-game win streak at Packard Stadium... after starting the season 6-9, ASU has won 22 of its last 28 games... ASU is in the midst of its second six-game win streak over the last month and have won 12 of the last 14 games... the Sun Devils are 9-11 against ranked opponents this season and have played 22 of their 43 games against teams that have appeared in the national polls this season... up next are three more games against ranked opponents in No. 9 Oregon State... ASU entered the weekend with the No. 2 SoS (strength of schedule) and No. 9 RPI by BoydsWorld.com... ASU hit .443 (51-for-115) over the weekend and are hitting .320 on the season and .347 in Pac-10 play... the offense has caught fire by hitting .357 (294-for-6824) with 24 home runs over the last 22 games... the hot streak over the last 22 games coincides with the offensive meeting several ASU hitters had with Barry Bonds... the Sun Devils have played flawless defense in eight of the last 13 games (.984 FLD%) and have an overall .962 fielding percentage... the pitching staff has a 4.58 ERA after allowing 11 earned runs in 27.0 innings against UCLA (3.67 ERA)... ASU has scored in double digits in four straight games and 16 on the year while averaging 7.95 runs per game... ASU's pinch-hitters had a good weekend going 6-for-7 (.857) with five RBI... the Devils' pinch-hitters entered the UCLA series hitting only .159 (11-for-69) prior to the series with the Bruins... head coach Pat Murphy recorded his 800th career victory in 21 seasons as a college head coach and is 802-382-4 in his collegiate career.

Quoting Murph [11th year head coach Pat Murphy talks about ASU's sweep of the UCLA Bruins and the upcoming showdown vs. OSU]
'It is tough to sweep any weekend in this conference, so it was a good accomplishment for this team. We still didn't play our best and have a lot to improve on, but to get wins when you are not at your best is the sign of a good time. We've been challenged by the best teams in the nation and were down at the beginning of the season and had a lot of people doubting us, but we've fought back and have put ourselves in position to do some great things. We had some great performances this weekend by Travis Buck, J.J. Sferra, Seth Dhaenens and Tuffy Gosewisch. Jeff Larish also did a great job of battling back from some tough at-bats and got a big home run on Sunday to give us the lead. We have a tough opponent coming up in Oregon State and it will be playoff-type baseball. They are hungry to win and have had a lot of success this year, so it will be a great challenge to go up to their ballpark and face some great pitching and an experienced team. We played the toughest schedule in nation to get ready for these type of games and I think our team will be up for the challenge.'

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

GAME 41

#20 SUN DEVILS 12, UCLA 5

April 22 at Packard Stadium	1	2	3	4	5	6	7	8	9		R	H	EUCLA	0	0	0	5	0	0	0	0	0	-	5	7	2ASU	0	0	2	0	0	6	1	3	x	-	12	17	2W: Marotz (2-1); L: Schroeder (1-4); S: Barnette (1)HR: Gosewisch (6), Jensen (2)Time: 3:29	Attendance: 2,543  Record: 26-15

HIGHLIGHTS: Arizona State junior right fielder Travis Buck and freshman center fielder J.J. Sferra each had three hits as the No. 20 Sun Devils earned a come-from-behind 12-5 victory over UCLA Friday evening in Pac-10 play at Winkles Field at Packard Stadium. With its 10th straight victory at Packard Stadium and 20th in the last 26 games, ASU improved to 26-15 overall and remain in a tie for second play with a 7-3 mark in league play. The victory also gave head coach Pat Murphy his 800th career victory. Senior right-hander Ty Marotz earned his second win in as many weekends with a perfect inning of work out of the bullpen. Junior right-hander Tony Barnette allowed just one hit in three scoreless innings to earn his first career save. All but one starting position player recorded a hit as the Sun Devils out-hit the Bruins 17-7. Buck continued his hot hitting by going 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI. Seth Dhaenens went 2-for-4 with two RBI to extend his hitting steak to 10 games. The bottom four hitters in the lineup (Dhaenens, Joey Hooft, Sferra, Romine) combined to go 9-for-17 with five RBI. Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch also belted his sixth home run of the year.

GAME 42

#20 SUN DEVILS 16, UCLA 2

April 23 at Packard Stadium	1	2	3	4	5	6	7	8	9		R	H	EUCLA	1	0	1	0	0	0	0	0	0	-	2	7	7ASU	4	0	0	0	2	1	2	7	x	-	16	18	0W: Urquidez (6-3); L: Beck (0-7); S: Bordes (2)HR: Jensen (3)Time: 3:45	Attendance: 2,687  Record: 27-15

HIGHLIGHTS: J.J. Sferra and junior right fielder Travis Buck each recorded four hits to lead the No. 20 Sun Devils to a commanding 16-2 victory over UCLA Saturday evening at Winkles Field at Packard Stadium. Buck went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and has now recorded six straight games with two or more hits. Sferra continued his torrid streak at the play, notching a career-high four hits (4-for-5) and also added two RBI. Sferra is batting .438 (14-for-32) in nine Pac-10 games. Senior right-hander Jason Urquidez scattered six hits and two runs in six innings to earn the win. He struck out five and walked three to improve to 6-3 this season and 18-6 in his career. Junior lefty Brett Bordes tossed three innings of near-perfect relief, giving up one hit and striking out four to earn his second save of the year.

GAME 43

#20 SUN DEVILS 10, UCLA 8

April 24 at Packard Stadium	1	2	3	4	5	6	7	8	9		R	H	EUCLA	0	0	0	1	0	5	0	0	2	-	8	11	3ASU	3	1	0	0	1	2	3	0	x	-	10	16	1W: Zinicola (3-2); L: Schroeder (1-5); S: Barnette (2)HR: Larish (15)Time: 3:53	Attendance: 2,259  Record: 28-15

HIGHLIGHTS: Jeff Larish hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning and the No. 21 Sun Devils held off a late UCLA rally in a 10-8 series-sweeping victory over the Bruins Sunday afternoon at Packard Stadium. Extending their winning streak to a season-high tying six games, the Sun Devils improved to 28-15 overall and remain in second place with a 9-3 record in Pac-10 play. The Sun Devils led early 5-1, but UCLA rallied for five runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 6-5 lead. After a walk to Travis Buck to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning, Larish hit his Pac-10 leading 15th home run of the season to give ASU the lead for good. The Devils added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh and then held off a late rally that saw the Bruins score a pair of runs on bases loaded walks from Zechry Zinicola. Inheriting a bases loaded jam, Tony Barnette needed only three pitches to strike out Tommy Lansdon to end the game and earn his second save of the weekend. ASU also stole a season high eight bases, ranking tied for fourth in the single-game record books. ASU out-hit the Bruins 16-11 and were led by multi-hit games from Buck (3-for-4), Colin Curtis (2-for-5, R, RBI), Larish (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI), Seth Dhaenens (2-for-4, R, 2 SB) and J.J. Sferra (2-for-5, R, 2 RBI, SB).

Overall Statistics last week vs. UCLA (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% 28 Eric Sogard...... 1.000   1-0      1   1   1   0   0   0   1    1 1.000   0   0   0   0 1.000   0   0   0-0      0   0   0  .00013 Austin Stockfisch 1.000   2-0      1   0   1   0   0   0   1    1 1.000   0   1   0   0 1.000   0   0   0-0      0   0   0  .000 4 Travis Buck......  .714   3-3     14   5  10   2   0   0   3   12  .857   2   0   1   0  .750   0   1   5-5      2   0   0 1.000 2 J.J. Sferra......  .600   3-3     15   4   9   1   0   0   4   10  .667   0   0   0   0  .600   0   0   1-1      4   0   0 1.00018 Willy Fox........  .600   2-0      5   1   3   0   0   0   3    3  .600   0   0   1   0  .600   0   0   0-0      0   0   0  .000 6 Seth Dhaenens....  .545   3-3     11   3   6   0   0   0   3    6  .545   2   1   3   0  .643   0   1   4-5      1  11   2  .85737 Zechry Zinicola..  .400   1-0      5   2   2   1   0   0   2    3  .600   0   0   0   0  .400   0   0   0-0      0   1   0 1.000 5 Joey Hooft.......  .364   3-3     11   4   4   1   0   0   5    5  .455   0   1   1   1  .357   2   0   0-0      0   6   1  .85711 Jeff Larish......  .333   3-3     12   5   4   1   0   1   5    8  .667   3   1   6   0  .500   0   0   0-0     31   3   0 1.00039 Tuffy Gosewisch..  .333   3-3     12   5   4   0   0   1   4    7  .583   2   1   3   0  .438   1   0   0-0     30   0   0 1.00012 Andrew Romine....  .333   3-2      6   2   2   0   0   0   1    2  .333   0   0   1   0  .333   0   1   2-2      8   5   0 1.000 7 Vinny Biancamano.  .333   2-0      3   1   1   0   0   0   0    1  .333   0   0   0   0  .333   0   0   0-0      0   0   0  .000 9 Colin Curtis.....  .250   3-3     12   4   3   1   0   0   2    4  .333   3   1   1   0  .438   0   0   1-1      1   0   0 1.00015 Joe Persichina...  .250   3-1      4   1   1   1   0   0   1    2  .500   0   0   1   1  .200   1   0   0-0      3   3   0 1.00014 Rocky Laguna.....  .000   1-1      3   0   0   0   0   0   0    0  .000   0   0   1   1  .000   0   0   0-0      0   0   0  .000Totals..............  .443   3-3    115  38  51   8   0   2  35   65  .565  12   6  19   3  .504   4   3  13-14    81  38   3  .975Opponents...........  .243   3-3    103  15  25   2   1   2  15   35  .340  10   2  28   4  .322   0   1   3-4     72  27  12  .892

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 SHA50 Tony Barnette.... 0.00 0-0 2 0 0 0/0 2 3.1 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 11 .091 0 0 0 0 049 Brett Bordes..... 0.00 0-0 1 0 0 0/0 1 3.0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 10 .100 0 0 0 0 047 Ty Marotz........ 0.00 1-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 .000 0 0 0 0 045 Erik Averill..... 1.80 0-0 1 1 0 0/0 0 5.0 6 5 1 1 4 1 0 1 20 .300 0 0 0 0 134 Jason Urquidez... 3.00 1-0 1 1 0 0/0 0 6.0 6 2 2 3 5 0 0 1 23 .261 0 0 0 0 037 Zechry Zinicola.. 6.00 1-0 1 0 0 0/0 0 3.0 1 2 2 5 3 0 0 0 9 .111 0 1 0 0 040 Pat Bresnehan.... 9.53 0-0 1 1 0 0/0 0 5.2 10 6 6 1 6 1 1 0 27 .370 0 1 0 0 0Totals.............. 3.67 3-0 3 3 0 0/0 3 27.0 25 15 11 10 28 2 1 2 103 .243 0 2 0 0 1Opponents........... 11.25 0-3 3 3 0 0/0 0 24.0 51 38 30 12 19 8 0 2 115 .443 2 6 0 4 3

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