Baseball Hosts Rival Wildcats In Key Three-Game Pac-10 Series

May 12, 2005

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    No. 7 Arizona Wildcats (32-15, 12-3 Pac-10)
    at
    No. 17 Arizona State (29-18, 10-5 Pac-10)

    Saturday, May 14 (6:30 p.m.)
    John Meloan, RHP (8-1, 3.60 ERA) vs. Erik Averill, LHP (7-3, 3.39 ERA)

    Sunday, May 15 (1 p.m.)
    Kevin Guyette, RHP (8-4, 3.58 ERA) vs. Jason Urquidez, RHP (7-3, 4.32 ERA)

    Monday, May 16 (6:30 p.m.)
    TBA vs. Brett Bordes, LHP (3-4, 3.81 ERA)


    All-Time Series vs. Arizona:All-Time Record vs. ARIZ (1907-P):......188-222Varsity History vs. ARIZ (1959-P):......165-105ASU vs. ARIZ (since 1995):..............34-18


    National Rankings:                        ASU     ArizonaBaseball America:.......18      9ESPN/Sports Weekly:.....24      9Collegiate Baseball:....17      7NCBWA:..................22      8BoydsWorld RPI:.........17      36BoydsWorld ISR:.........10      12BoydsWorld SoS:.........5       28


    Media Exposure:
    ASU returns to the airwaves this weekend with all three games of the Pac-10 series against Arizona broadcast locally on KDUS 1060 AM with Tim Healey and Bob Eger calling all the action from the Packard Stadium press box. The first two games of the series will be televised on AZ-TV with Doug Gerlach and Jeff Munn calling the action. Monday's game will air on FSN Arizona with Dave Sitton and Ken Phelps handling play-by-play duties. Every game this season will be able to be followed via GameTracker on the Internet at www.thesundevils.com.

    Television: AZ-TV - Saturday and Sunday only in local Arizona area (Doug Gerlach and Jeff Munn). FSN Arizona - Monday (Dave Sitton and Ken Phelps).
    Audio Broadcast: KDUS 1060 AM (Tim Healey and Bob Eger)
    Gametracker: Saturday | Sunday | Monday

    Fun Facts:
    After starting the season 6-9, the Sun Devils have turned it around and have won 23 of their last 32 games... ASU has played 25 of its 47 games this season against teams that have appeared in the national polls... Travis Buck leads the team and is third in the Pac-10 hitting .389... Buch has a current 11-game hitting streak in which he is batting .521... ASU is 18-5 at Packard Stadium this season, as opposed to 11-13 in away games... ASU has won seven of the last 10 vs. Arizona, but have lost three straight... Arizona has not won a season series over ASU since 1992.


    What's On Tap:
    The Arizona State Sun Devils (29-18, 10-5 Pac-10) face its biggest series of the year this weekend by hosting rival Arizona (32-15, 12-3 Pac-10) to a three-game series at Packard Stadium. Due to the conclusion of final exams, the series will be played Saturday through Monday. The Sun Devils are currently in third place, trailing the Wildcats by two games and the league-leading Beavers by two and a half games. ASU will play its final nine games of the 2005 regular season against Pac-10 opponents, including a pair of home series against Arizona this weekend and Washington State (May 27-29) to end the regular season. ASU will travel to Seattle next weekend to face the Huskies in its final road trip of the season. The NCAA Tournament Field of 64 will be announced on Monday, May 30, at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN.

    Quick Hits:

    ... Travis Buck has recorded two or more hits in 10 of his last 11 games and leads ASU with 27 multi-hit games.... Seth Dhaenens has raised his batting average 291 points .071 to .362 by going 33-for-80 in his last 25 games.... Travis Buck is hitting .521 over the last 11 games and .449 (66-for-147) over the last 32 games.... ASU has won 12 of its last 13 games at Packard Stadium and 14 of 16 dating back to early February.... Travis Buck won his fifth career Pac-10 POW award, the most ever by a Sun Devil position player.... ASU set a school record with 35 hits in the 30-13 win over Western Illinois (3/13). Travis Buck went 6-for-8.... Jr. LHP Erik Averill leads the pitching staff going 7-3 with a 3.39 ERA this season. He also has 3 CG.... 14 of ASU's 18 losses this season have come against teams that have appeared in the national rankings.... Arizona's John Meloan  marks the 11th preseason All-American pitcher Arizona State will face this season.... ASU has played over half of its schedule (25 of 47) against teams that have been ranked at some point this season.... ASU has been road warriors this season playing 24 of its last 40 games away from Packard Stadium.... 16 Sun Devils, including 10 true freshman, have made their debut in the Maroon and Gold this season.... ASU leads the Pac-10 with 94 stolen bases this season, including 17 from Travis Buck and 14 from Colin Curtis.... ASU has scored 169 of its 357 runs (47%) with two outs. Travis Buck leads the team with 22 two-out RBI.... ASU owns a 242-106-1 record for a .695 winning percentage this decade (2000-P).... Jeff Larish leads the Pac-10 with 16 home runs and ranks fourth in ASU history with 44 career homers.... ASU has won 16 of the last 22 games against Arizona, including seven of the last 10 meetings since 2003.... Freshman reserve catcher Austin Stockfisch had his string of consecutive hits stopped at eight against OSU.... Travis Buck and Jeff Larish have been named to the Golden Spikes Award initial watch list.... ASU ranks second hitting .333 in league games only and is tied for the Pac-10 lead with a .979 FLD%.

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