Arizona State Opens NCAA Tournament Play With East Carolina Friday
June 1, 2005
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PROJECTED STARTING PITCHERS:
June 3 vs. East Carolina, 7 p.m.ECU - T.J. Hose, RHP (7-3, 3.96 ERA)ASU - Jason Urquidez, RHP (8-4, 4.21 ERA)
ASU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
|All-Time Record in NCAA:||129-55|
|Last Year in NCAA:||1-2 (Fullerton Regional)|
|CWS Appearances (last):||18 (1998)|
|CWS Titles (last):||5 (1981)|
ASU VS. NCAA REGIONAL FIELD
|All-Time||vs. Tempe Regional Field:||58-13-1|
|vs. Coastal Carolina (48-14)||First Meeting|
|vs. East Carolina (35-24)||4-0|
|vs. UNLV (34-27)||54-13-1|
|vs. 64-Team NCAA Field in 2005:||18-16 (13 teams)|
The Sun Devils are ranked No. 20 by Collegiate Baseball, No. 22 by Baseball America, No. 23 by NCBWA and No. 24 by SportsWeekly/ESPN. ASU has appeared in the national rankings in 109 of the last 115 weeks dating back to the start of the 2000 season. No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina is ranked No. 24 by Collegiate Baseball.
All of ASU's games in the NCAA Tournament will be broadcast locally in the Phoenix area on KDUS 1060 AM. Tim Healey and Bob Eger will call all the action from the Packard Stadium Press Box. The games will also be available on the internet at www.TheSunDevils.com. Game recaps, notes, stats and quotes can be found on ASU's website at the conclusion of each regional game.
After starting the season 6-9, ASU turned its season around by going 28-13 over the final 41 games... ASU has advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight and eighth in the last nine seasons... the Devils played 34 of their 56 regular season games against teams that are part of the 64-team NCAA Tournament... ASU also played 31 of 56 games against teams that have been ranked at some point this season... Jr. OF/3B Travis Buck has recorded a hit in 19 of the last 20 games and leads the team batting .388... Sr. OF/1B Jeff Larish hit a Pac-10 leading 17 home runs and recently tied former Sun Devil Barry Bonds for third place in the ASU record books with his 45th career HR.
What's On Tap:
The Arizona State Sun Devils (34-22, 15-9 Pac-10) make their 29th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The Sun Devils were awarded a No. 2 seed and will host the four-team, double-elimination tournament at Packard Stadium this weekend, June 3-6. ASU will open tournament play with No. 3 East Carolina at 7 p.m. No. 1 Coastal Carolina will face No. 4 UNLV in the afternoon game at 2 p.m. The winner of the Tempe/ASU Regional will move on to play the winner of the Cal State Fullerton Regional in a best-of-three Super Regional to decide who advances to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
ASU in Postseason Play:
Arizona State will be making its 29th appearance in the NCAA Tournament this weekend, including a string of six straight and eight in the last nine years dating back to 1997. The Sun Devils have advanced to the postseason in eight of head coach Pat Murphy's 11 seasons in Tempe, including playing for the national championship in 1998. ASU has an all-time 129-55 record in the NCAA Tournament and has won five national championships to rank second among all NCAA schools (1965, 67, 69, 77, 81). ASU also leads the NCAA with five runner-up finishes and rank fifth with 18 trips to Omaha and the College World Series.
Recapping Last Weekend:
The Sun Devils closed out the regular season in fashion last weekend sweeping a three-game conference series from Washington State by a combined score of 31-10. The sweep marked ASU's third at home in Pac-10 play this season. Led by hot-hitting third baseman Travis Buck, ASU hit .364 in the series against the Cougars and stole 13 bases. Buck was 6-for-9 (.667) with seven runs scored, three doubles and four stolen bases. Freshman shortstop Andrew Romine (5-for-10), freshman designated hitter Willy Fox (5-for-11) and sophomore outfielder Colin Curtis (5-for-11) each added five hits apiece in the series. The pitching staff continued its recent success, allowing only eight earned runs for a 2.67 ERA in the series. Senior RHP Jason Urquidez worked seven strong innings and allowed only two runs in the series-opening 8-2 victory to earn his 20th career victory.
Pitching Prevails Gets Hot:
Over the last six games of the regular season against Washington and Washington State, the ASU pitching staff combined for an impressive 3.42 ERA. That includes a five-run ninth inning by UW on 5/21 that led to a heartbreaking 5-3 loss. Taking away that five-run frame, the pitching stats look even more impressive with only 15 earned runs allowed over the last 51.2 innings. Junior left-handed reliever Brett Bordes has pitched in five of the last six games and is 2-0 with a 1.12 ERA over his last eight innings.
Gosewisch Guns Them Down:
Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch started all 56 games behind the plate during the regular season and hasn't shown any signs of wearing down. Gosewisch heads into the postseason having thrown out seven of the last 10 attempted base stealers. For the season, the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year semifinalist (1 of 10) has thrown out 25 of 62 (40%) and has committed only two errors in 445 chances for a .996 FLD%. At the plate, Gosewisch is among the team leaders batting .313 (65-for-208) with six home runs and 57 RBI.
The Sun Devils are 34-22 heading into the postseason, but several of the losses have been close games. ASU has endured nine losses by two or less runs, including six one-run losses this season. In addition, the Devils have been the victim of three walk-off losses. Overall, 18 of ASU's 22 losses have come against teams that have been ranked at some point this season. Of ASU's four losses to Washington and Oregon State, three were by two or less runs.
The Sun Devils head into the postseason with a Pac-10 leading 116 stolen bases (116-for-159). The 116 stolen bases are the most by a Sun Devil squad since 1999 (130). Junior Travis Buck is second in the Pac-10 with 23 stolen bases and sophomore Colin Curtis ranks fifth with 17. Redshirt freshman Rocky 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, 11 players have two or more steals and six have recorded double-digits. Senior Jeff Larish recorded a straight steal of home vs. Stanford (4/17), marking the first steal of home since Colin Curtis swiped home plate in 2004 vs. Lamar. The Sun Devils also entered the record books with eight stolen bases against UCLA (4/24), tying for fourth in single-game history. ASU had only 56 total stolen bases in 59 games last season.
Team Awards Announced at Annual Banquet:
Several individual awards were passed out at the team's annual awards banquet held Tuesday night in the lobby of the Carson Student-Athlete Center. Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch was a near unanimous choice for the On Deck Circle MVP Award. Several players also shared awards, including Jason Urquidez and Erik Averill for Pitcher of the Year, Travis Buck and Jeff Larish for Offensive MVP and Gosewisch and Larish for Defensive MVP.
On Deck Circle MVP: Tuffy Gosewisch
Pitcher of the Year: Jason Urquidez/Erik Averill
Offensive MVP: Travis Buck/Jeff Larish
Defensive MVP: Tuffy Gosewisch/Jeff Larish
Developmental MVP: Rocky Laguna
Newcomer of the Year: Joey Hooft/Andrew Romine/J.J. Sferra
Mr. Fireman Award: Brett Bordes/Pat Bresnehan
Jim Henderson Courage Award: Colin Curtis
Jim Brock/Mr. Sun Devil Award: Seth Dhaenens
Bobby Winkles Award: Colin Curtis
The Tillman: Travis Buck
Buck and Larish Named To Golden Spikes Watch List:
Senior first baseman Jeff Larish and junior right fielder Travis Buck were among 40 college baseball players named to the initial watch list for the 2005 Golden Spikes Award presented by USA Baseball. The Golden Spikes Award is given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. Buck and Larish mark the third straight year that ASU has had a player named to the initial Golden Spikes Award watch list. Former All-American shortstop and current Boston Red Sox prospect Dustin Pedroia was named to the watch list in 2003 and 2004 and became ASU's seventh all-time Golden Spikes Award finalist last season. Arizona State has had three winners of the Golden Spikes Award. Bob Horner (1978), Oddibe McDowell (1984) and Mike Kelly (1991) all won the prestigious award during their Sun Devil careers. USA Baseball announced the five finalists for the award were Ryan Braun (Miami), Jeff Clement (USC), Trevor Crowe (Arizona), Alex Gordon (Nebraska) and Luke Hochevar (Tennessee). Buck and Larish were also named to the watch lists for the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award and the Xanthus Howser Trophy.
Gosewisch Named Bench Award Semi-Finalist:
Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch has been named a semifinalist for the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award. The award is presented annually at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet to the nation's top collegiate catcher. Gosewisch is one of 10 semifinalists up for the prestigious award, including Pac-10 catchers Nick Hundley (Arizona) and Jeff Clement (USC). Gosewisch was also a semi-finalist in 2004. The three finalists will be announced June 1, 2005 and will be invited to Wichita for the 8th annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 29, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Wichita. Legendary Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench will present the award to the recipient. Through 56 games against one of the toughest schedules in the nation, Gosewisch is fifth on the team batting .313 (65-for-108) with 11 doubles, six home runs and a team-leading 57 RBI. Defensively, he has started every game and has caught all but 28 innings. He has made only two errors in 445 chances for a .996 FLD% and has thrown out 25 of 62 attempted base stealers (40%).
Three Sun Devils Earn Academic Honors:
Arizona State University student-athletes Erik Averill, Travis Buck and Tuffy Gosewisch have been named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine District 8 All-Academic Baseball Team. Averill and Buck both garnered first-team honors and will advance to the national ballot, which will be released May 31. Gosewisch was named to the second team. Buck has a cumulative 3.31 GPA while pursuing a degree in management, Averill has a cumulative 3.52 GPA while advancing towards a degree in finance and Gosewisch earned second-team honors with a 3.21 GPA as a marketing major. Arizona State was the only school to have more than one first team selection. The baseball team was voted on by CoSIDA members from within the District 8 states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, and the province of British Columbia. The trio of academic awards marks the first time since 2001 that ASU has had representation on the District 8 team. Casey Myers, Jeff Phelps and Jon Switzer all earned academic all-district honors in 2001 and Myers was the two-time Academic All-American of the Year.
Larish Ties Bonds:
Senior Jeff Larish has made several dents in the ASU career record books... and he isn't done yet. Larish hit his Pac-10 leading 17th home run of the year on Saturday against Washington State, tying him for third in the ASU career record books with Barry Bonds. In four years in the Maroon and Gold, Larish has hit 45 home runs and is now only one away from the 46 career home runs hit by Mike Kelly (1989-91). Former major leaguer Bob Horner holds the all-time record with 56 home runs. The senior slugger has three multi-homer games this season and five in his career. Of his 17 home runs this season, he has hit six solo homers, five two-run shots and six three-run bombs. Twelve (12) of his 17 homers have also come on the road. Larish's 224 RBI rank fifth in the ASU record books and his 191 walks are second. Larish is also listed sixth in career at-bats (810), sixth in total bases (468), seventh in hits (367), eighth in runs scored (209) and 10th in doubles (54). Larish is hitting .308 (65-for-211) with 33 extra base hits for a .630 slugging percentage.
Career Home Runs:
|1.||Bob Horner (1976-78)||56|
|2.||Mike Kelly (1989-91)||46|
|3.||Jeff Larish (2002-P)||45|
|Barry Bonds (1983-85)||45|
|5.||Dan Rumsey (1986-89)||44|
|6.||Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99)||40|
|7.||Casey Myers (1998-2001)||39|
|8.||Mitch Jones (1999-2000)||38|
|9.||Jeremy West (2001-03)||36|
|Ted Dyson (1983-87)||36|
|Mike Sodders (1980-81)||36|
|1.||Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99)||283|
|2.||Casey Myers (1998-2001)||275|
|3.||Clay Westlake (1973-76)||250|
|4.||Bob Horner (1976-78)||229|
|5.||Jeff Larish (2002-P)||224|
|6.||Antone Williamson (1992-94)||203|
|7.||Alvin Davis (1979-82)||200|
|8.||Mike Kelly (1989-91)||194|
|Ken Landreaux (1974-76)||194|
|10.||Alan Bannister (1970-72)||177|
|1.||Clay Westlake (1973-76)||322|
|2.||Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99)||318|
|3.||Casey Myers (1998-2001)||313|
|4.||Dustin Pedroia (2002-04)||298|
|5.||Gary Atwell (1970-73)||286|
|6.||Mikel Moreno (1995-98)||277|
|7.||Jeff Larish (2002-P)||267|
|8.||Antone Williamson (1992-94)||264|
|9.||Bob Horner (1976-78)||262|
|Dan Rumsey (1986-89)||261|
Career Total Bases:
|1.||Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99)||547|
|2.||Clay Westlake (1973-76)||505|
|3.||Casey Myers (1998-2001)||494|
|4.||Bob Horner (1976-78)||492|
|5.||Dan Rumsey (1986-89)||469|
|6.||Jeff Larish (2002-P)||468|
|7.||Antone Williamson (1992-94)||443|
|8.||Mike Kelly (1989-91)||439|
|9.||Barry Bonds (1983-85)||438|
|10.||Dustin Pedroia (2002-04)||423|
|1.||Alvin Davis (1979-82)||207|
|2.||Jeff Larish (2002-P)||191|
|3.||Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99)||154|
|4.||Clay Westlake (1973-76)||148|
|5.||Doug Newstrom (1991-93)||131|
|1.||Alvin Davis (1982)||87|
|2.||Jeff Larish (2003)||78|
|3.||Doug Newstrom (1993)||71|
|4.||Doug Baker (1982)||70|
Arizona State Career Stats in NCAA Tournament:
Against the Regional Field:
The Sun Devils have combined to go 58-13-1 in 72 all-time meetings against teams competing in the Tempe Regional. ASU is 4-0 all-time against East Carolina, including earning a series sweep last season at Packard Stadium and winning 10-3 earlier this season in Greenville. The Sun Devils and Rebels have played 68 times, with ASU holding a 54-13-1 lead in the series. ASU and UNLV last met in the 2003 Regional held at Tempe Diablo Stadium with the Sun Devils winning 16-1 to advance to the Super Regional. ASU and Coastal Carolina will be playing for the first time. The Sun Devils played 34 of their 56 regular season games against 13 of the 64 teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament this season. ASU went 18-16 in those games.
Scouting Coastal Carolina:
The Chanticleers are the No. 1 seed in the Tempe Regional and enter postseason play with an overall 48-14 record. Coastal Carolina was the regular season Big South champion with a 21-3 record, but lost to Winthrop in the league tournament final. The offense has combined to hit .304 with 103 doubles, 10 triples, 42 home runs and has recorded 101 stolen bases. The pitching staff has a 3.84 ERA with 448 strikeouts and 242 walks in 548.0 IP. Opponents are batting .261 off the CCU pitching staff with 37 home runs. Two-way player Mike Costanzo was named a second-team All-American by Sports Weekly/ESPN. He leads the team hitting .388 (85-for-219) with 15 home runs and 61 RBI and as a closer is 8-1 with 13 saves and a 1.75 ERA in 34 appearances (51.1 IP).
Scouting East Carolina:
The Pirates make will be making their seventh straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and as the No. 3 seed will face off against the host No. 2 Sun Devils Friday night at 7 p.m. ECU is 35-24 overall and finished fourth in Conference USA with a 18-12 record. The Pirates are hitting .307 with 122 doubles, 18 triples, 58 home runs and have recorded 48 stolen bases. Senior outfielder Brian Cavanaugh leads the team hitting .379 (75-for-198) with seven home runs and was a first-team All-CUSA selection. The pitching staff has combined to post a 5.17 ERA and 372 strikeouts in 518.1 innings. Opponents are hitting .279 against the Pirates and averaging 5.8 runs per game. Sophomore Ricky Brooks leads the staff going 5-5 with a 3.75 ERA and pitched the first Conference USA nine-inning no-hitter earlier in the year against Memphis.
The Rebels, who are 34-27 overall and earned the Mountain West Conference's automatic bid by winning the league tournament this past Saturday with two wins over BYU, will be playing in their third-consecutive regional and 10th overall and will be the No. 4 seed in the double-elimination bracket. UNLV is hitting .311 with 154 doubles, 13 triples, 67 home runs and have stolen 31 bases. Senior outfielder JC Sibley, a transfer from Kansas, leads the Rebels hitting .383 with 12 doubles and 21 RBI. Sophomore catcher Justin Tellam leads the team with 16 home runs. Junior right-hander Matt Luca is the top starter going 5-6 with a 4.45 ERA. The pitching staff has posted a 5.33 ERA with opponents hitting .313 in 61 games this season.
The Bonds Factor:
Since several Sun Devil hitters met with former ASU All-American and seven-time National League MVP Barry Bonds, the team's offensive numbers have improved drastically. Bonds was on campus for a press conference honoring his former coach Dr. Jim Brock on Mar. 8, and stayed after to hang around the batting cage to offer his instruction. Since meeting with Bonds, who hit .347 as a Sun Devil with 45 career home runs from 1983-85, ASU is hitting .331 (415-for-1255) to raise the team batting average 33 points from .278 to .311 and is 23-12 during that stretch. The Devils have also hit 28 of the season total 39 home runs and combined for a .468 slugging percentage. Senior slugger Jeff Larish, who worked extensively with Bonds, is hitting .331 (42-for-127) with 12 of his Pac-10 leading 17 homers. Other hitters have also benefited since listening to arguably the greatest left-handed power hitter in MLB history, with Travis Buck (.431), Seth Dhaenens (.377), J.J. Sferra (.333), Rocky Laguna (.310) and Colin Curtis (.326) all hitting over .300 over the last 35 games.
Still Dominating the Arizona Baseball Rivalry:
Arizona and Arizona State are the only two Division I baseball programs in the state of Arizona and have met 413 times since 1907. While Arizona leads the overall rivalry 224-189, ASU leads the series 166-107 since the school officially adopted the program as a varsity sport in 1959. Additionally, ASU has dominated the rivalry in recent years, winning 17 of the last 25 (17-8) games since 2000. Arizona won four of the five games this season, marking the first time since 1992 that the Wildcats have won a season series over the Sun Devils since 1992. Since head coach Pat Murphy took over the program in 1995, ASU is 35-20 (.636).
Buck Continues Hot Hitting:
Junior Travis Buck (Richland, Wash.) started the season slow hitting only .246 in the first 15 games, but has since heated up going 79-for-181 (.436) over the final 41 games of the regular season. Buck has recorded at least one hit in 19 of the last 20 games and for the season has gone hitless in only nine games. He leads the team with 31 multi-hit games and has recorded two or more hits in 14 of the last 20 contests. The Golden Spikes, Wallace Award and Baseball America Player of the Year candidate leads the team hitting .388 (94-for-242) with 22 doubles, 67 runs scored, three triples, four home runs and 38 RBI. He also leads the team with 23 stolen bases to rank second in the Pac-10. Buck's name also appears among the league leaders in runs scored (67, 2nd), doubles (22, 3rd), triples (3, 6th), total bases (134, 4th), hits (94, 2nd) and batting average (.388, 3rd). In 181 career games as a Sun Devil, Buck has at least one hit in 141 games (78%) and has recorded 75 multi-hit games. He needs six more hits to become only the 21st player in ASU history to record 100 or more hits in a season. He is also vying to become only the 16th Sun Devil to hit over .400.
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 171 games behind the plate in his career and has combined to go 177-for-540 (.328) over the last three years. This season he is fifth on the team hitting .313 (65-for-208) with six home runs and ranks fifth in the Pac-10 with 57 RBI. He has been one of ASU's most consistent hitters this season with at least one hit in 40 of 56 games and leads the team with 17 multi-RBI games. Gosewisch was named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2005 Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year Award, an honor he also received last season. He is a career .317 hitter with 10 home runs, 149 RBI and owns an impressive .993 fielding percentage. Gosewisch has been nearly perfect behind the dish this year with only two errors (.996 fielding percentage) in 445 total chances. He has gunned down 25 of 62 base stealers and has allowed only one passed ball. He has caught all but 28 innings this season (out of 500.2) 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: 56 games started (65-for-208, .313)
Fox Likes Starting:
Arizona State freshman designated hitter Willy Fox has proved a point that he should be in the starting lineup. The freshman slugger is fourth on the team hitting .318 (28-for-88) with four home runs and 24 RBI. While Fox has started only 17 games, almost all of his offensive production has been in those games. As a starter, Fox is batting .381 (24-for-63) with all nine of his extra base hits and 21 of his 24 RBI. Off the bench, the Scottsdale native is hitting just .160 (4-for-25). Here is a look at Fox's season stats as a starter and reserve.
Buck Earns Fifth Career Pac-10 Player of the Week Award:
Arizona State junior outfielder Travis Buck was named the Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week for April 12-18. Buck helped lead the Sun Devils to a series sweep over nationally ranked Stanford by hitting .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 key three-run double in Sunday's 10-9 win to clinch the sweep. The Pac-10 award was Buck's second this season, also being honored after hitting .571 (8-for-14, 6 H, 6 RBI) against Baylor. The Player of the Week honor is the fifth of Buck's career and the 76th such honor for Arizona State since the Sun Devils joined the Pac-10 in 1979. Buck becomes the first position player in school history to earn five Pac-10 Player of the Week honors and is now one award away from the school record of six set by left-handed pitcher Sean Rees (1989-91). He also won the award twice last season (Mar. 2, Mar. 9) and once during his freshman season in 2003 (Apr. 1).
Most Pac-10 Weekly Awards in School History:
|Sean Rees, LHP (1989-91)||6|
|Travis Buck, OF (2003-P)||5|
|Jeremy West, 1B/DH (2001-03)||4|
|Antone Williamson, INF (1992-94)||4|
|Casey Myers, C (1998-2001)||3|
|Dan McKinley, OF (1995-97)||3|
|David Cassidy, LHP (1986-89)||3|
|Jon Switzer, LHP (1999-2001)||3|
|Mike Kelly, OF (1989-91)||3|
|Oddibe McDowell, OF (1983-84)||3|
|Oscar Rivas, LHP (1989)||3|
Triple Your Pleasure:
Through 56 games the Sun Devils have hit 16 triples to rank second in the Pac-10 and have more than doubled the entire season total of seven from last season. Travis Buck ranks third in the league with three triples, while Rocky Laguna, Andrew Romine, Joe Persichina and Tuffy Gosewisch each have a pair of triples to rank tied for ninth. In 59 games last season, ASU had only seven triples, ranking 245th out of 285 teams in the NCAA.
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 118 career games in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Buck is a career .416 (195-for-469) hitter with 149 runs scored, 14 home runs and 107 RBI. While hitting No. 2, Buck has accounted for 75% of his career run production (107 of 142 RBI), 78% of his runs scored (149 of 190), 82% of his home runs (14 of 17) and 76% of his total hits (195 of 256). This season Buck is hitting .446 (82-for-184) with 58 runs scored and 34 RBI in 42 games batting in the second spot. ASU is 29-13 this season when Buck hits No. 2 and 90-28 over the last three years. He has combined to hit just .257 (61-for-237) with three home runs and 35 RBI in 63 career games when not batting No. 2.
With the annual Major League Baseball Amateur Draft approaching on June 7, several current Sun Devils and possible future Sun Devils are expected to have their name called during the two-day, 50-round event. Baseball America recently rated junior outfielder Travis Buck as the No. 42 prospect and senior first baseman Jeff Larish as the No. 170 prospect. Buck (#2), Larish (#9) and senior RHP Jason Urquidez (#19) were also ranked among the top draft-eligible players from the state of Arizona. ASU's top-ranked recruiting class also featured several players rated among the top 200 in the nation, including LHP Mark Pawelek (#17), RHP Michael Bowden (#38), RHP Jeff Lyman (#86), 1B/LHP Ike Davis (#119) and 3B Brett Wallace (#192). Local prep standouts from 5A state champion Horizon, shortstop Matt Hall (#12) and LHP Jeff Urlaub (#22), were also rated among the top players in Arizona.
Bordes Proves Worth Out of Bullpen:
Junior LHP Brett Bordes has been most effective this season out of the bullpen going 5-1 with one save and a 2.87 ERA in 47.0 innings (26 appearances). As a starter, Bordes has struggled going 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA. The left-hander has been stellar over his last 22 relief appearances, going 5-1 with 1.80 ERA by giving up only seven earned runs in 35.0 innings. He has also allowed only 15 of 37 inherited runners to score this season. Heading into the postseason, Bordes has pitched in six of ASU's last seven games and currently ranks tied for ninth in the ASU single-season record books with 30 pitching appearances. Here is a look at the statistical comparison for Bordes as a starter and out of the bullpen:
ASU in the Pac-10:
The Sun Devils completed their 27th season in the Conference of Champions by finishing in a tie for third with the USC Trojans with a 15-9 record in league play. ASU owns an all-time 442-323 (.578) record in Pac-10 play dating back to the first season in 1979. ASU was previously affiliated with the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) were they combined to go 195-56 (.777) with 11 league championships from 1963-78. ASU has won six Pac-10 championships (last in 2000). Since the Pac-10 North and Pac-10 South joined in 1999, ASU is 102-66 (.607) in league play and 286-131-1 overall. In 11 seasons under head coach Pat Murphy the Sun Devils are 163-124 (.568) in Pac-10 play.
Curtis and Buck Have Speed To Burn:
Outfielders Colin Curtis and Travis Buck have combined for 40 of ASU's Pac-10 leading 116 stolen bases this season. Buck leads the team with 23, while Curtis is second with 17. The 40 combined stolen bases are the most by a pair of teammates since Jeff Duncan (23) and Jonah Martin (19) combined for 42 steals in 2000. It is also tied for the fourth most over the last 26 years dating back to 1990. Here is a look at some of ASU's deadliest speed combinations in school history:
|1984||66||Oddibe McDowell (36)/Barry Bonds (30)|
|1999||65||Willie Bloomquist (32)/Jay Sitzman (33)|
|1998||60||Willie Bloomquist (33)/Mikel Moreno (27)|
|1987||53||Mike Benjamin (30)/John Finn (23)|
|1988||45||John Finn (16)/Pat Listach (29)|
|2000||42||Jeff Duncan (23)/Jonah Martin (19)|
|1989||41||John Finn (23)/Mike Kelly (16)|
|2005||40||Travis Buck (23)/Colin Curtis (17)|
|1990||40||Fernando Vina (20)/Mike Kelly (20)|
Urquidez Finishing Strong:
Senior right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez is having a strong finish to the season and living up to his preseason billing as one of the top senior pitchers in the nation. Over his last eight starts, Urquidez is 4-1 with a 3.04 ERA, allowing 16 earned runs in 47.1 IP. For the season, Urquidez is 8-4 with a 4.21 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 191.2 IP. As a starter he has combined to go 5-2 with a 4.52 ERA and as a reliever is 3-2 with two saves and a 3.33 ERA (11 appearances). In nine Pac-10 appearances (seven starts), he was 3-2 with one save and a 3.23 ERA. In two seasons as a Sun Devil, the Central Arizona College transfer is 20-7 with a 3.80 ERA. He returned for his senior season after leading the Pac-10 with 12 wins last season and was a 11th round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds.
Averill Wins No. 20:
Junior right-handed pitcher Erik Averill won his 20th career game against Arizona (5/14). Averill is 20-10 with a 4.18 ERA in 66 career appearances (35 starts). The 20 career victories are the most by a Sun Devil since current Tampa Bay Devil Ray Jon Switzer went 23-13 from 1999-2001. In his 16 starts this season, Averill has lasted five or more innings 13 times and has notched three complete games. He is 8-4 with a team-leading 3.84 ERA and has recorded 77 strikeouts in 96.0 innings. As a starter he has posted a 3.46 ERA.
Dhaenens Turns Season Upside Down:
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. Dhaenens didn't give up and has turned his season upside down by hitting .381 (40-for-105) with 24 runs, four doubles, two home runs and 28 RBI over his last 32 games. During that stretch he has raised his season batting average 274 points from .071 to .345. Overall, Dhaenens is second on the team hitting .345 (41-for-119) with 24 runs and 28 RBI. The Professor (as known by his teammates) also ranked seventh in the league by hitting .372 (29-for-78) in Pac-10 play.
A Classy Gesture:
Prior to ASU's game against East Carolina (3/5), every player and coach of the Sun Devil baseball team made its way from the playing field to the press box to pay honor to former ECU coach Keith LeClair. The team came up to LeClair's special area in the press box to speak to the former ECU coach who is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. They presented LeClair and his family an Arizona State jersey signed by every member of the program and expressed their gratitude for being one of the first teams to play at the new stadium named in his honor (Clark-LeClair Stadium).
From Batboy To Center Field:
Freshman outfielder J.J. Sferra is no stranger to the batters box at Packard Stadium, only in 2005 he will be hitting there, instead of picking up bats. The son of 10th-year assistant coach Jay Sferra, the younger Sferra spent several seasons in the late 90's as ASU's batboy, including duties at the 1998 College World Series. After a stellar prep career at Mountain Pointe High School, Sferra has become a mainstay in center field for the Sun Devils. He entered the season listed at the No. 33 top incoming freshman in the nation by Baseball America. After his first 20 starts of the season Sferra was hitting just .263 and was benched for a few games. Sferra has responded by going 28-for-76 (.368) since returning to the starting lineup during the USC series. Overall, the freshman All-America candidate is seventh on the team hitting .310 (48-for-155) with 31 runs scored, four doubles, one triple and 17 RBI. Sferra was also among the team leaders hitting .349 (22-for-63) in 21 Pac-10 games. He leads the team with 15 bunt singles and also has seven sacrifice hits.
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 against USC (3/25). The four complete games are already more than the entire season totals from 2004 (2), 2003 (1), 2001 (1), 2000 (2) and 1996 (3).
Stockfisch Almost Perfect:
Freshman reserve catcher Austin Stockfisch hasn't seen a lot of action behind senior starter Tuffy Gosewisch, but he has made the most of his opportunities. The Desert Mountain product is hitting .563 (9-for-16) and at one point recorded a hit in eight consecutive at-bats. The eight straight hits are tied for third in the ASU record books and tied an ASU freshman record, last achieved by Richy Leon in 1995. The school record for consecutive hits is nine set by Mike Pagel in 1982 and Hubie Brooks in 1978. Stockfisch's eight consecutive hits came over a stretch of almost two months, starting with his first career hit against Western Illinois (3/12), and ending with single off Oregon State's Jonah Nickerson (5/1).
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 their first Pac-10 victory of the year with a commanding 17-1 win 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 3-4 with one save and a 5.57 ERA in 24 appearances (11 starts). The Pitcher of the Week honor was 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.
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.
Welcome To the Show:
A total of 17 players have made their ASU debuts this 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 Drew Bowman made his debut in the Maroon and Gold against Oregon State, becoming the 11th 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.
Romine Showing Big League Bloodlines:
Freshman shortstop Andrew Romine is living up to his preseason label as the No. 2 rated freshman in the country by Baseball America. Romine is batting .304 (48-for-158) with five doubles and 22 RBI. While a midseason slump saw his average dip to .266 and did not start six straight Pac-10 games vs. California and Stanford, Romine has responded by hitting .396 (19-for-48) over his last 14 starts. He finished Pac-10 play hitting .345 (20-for-58) and ranks third on the team with 14 stolen bases. His 14 steals place him fourth in the ASU freshman record books, two behind the 16 of record holders Barry Bonds (1983), Steve Garrabrants (2001) and Mike Kelly (1989). Romine is the son of former ASU All-American and Boston Red Sox Kevin Romine. Kevin is ASU's all-time hitting leader with a career .408 (223-for-547) batting average.
ASU Freshman Stolen Base Record:
|1.||Barry Bonds, 1983||16|
|Steve Garrabrants, 2001||16|
|Mike Kelly, 1989||16|
|4.||Andrew Romine, 2005||14|
|5.||Travis Buck, 2003||12|
|Colin Curtis, 2004||12|
Hitting Streaks:Six Sun Devils currently have hitting streaks of two or more games heading into the NCAA Regional. Sophomore outfielder Colin Curtis has a career-high 10-game hitting streak in which he is hitting .378 (14-for-37). Junior right fielder Travis Buck recently had his team-high 14-game hitting streak snapped, going 29-for-61 (.475) with 16 runs, and 11 RBI during the streak. Here is a look at ASU players with current hitting streaks:
|Player||Current Streak||Statistics During Streak|
|Colin Curtis||10 games||.378, 14-for-37, 8 R, 2 2B, 8 RBI|
|Travis Buck||5 games||.500, 9-for-18, 7 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 5 SB|
|Willy Fox||3 games||.455, 5-for-11, 4 R, 3B, 5 RBI|
|Andrew Romine||3 games||.500, 5-for-10, 5 R, 2B, 2 RBI|
|Zechry Zinicola||2 games||.333, 2-for-6, R, 2B|
|J.J. Sferra||2 games||.400, 2-for-5, 2 R|
Devils Facing Big League Arms:
The Sun Devils have faced 12 preseason All-American pitchers this season, most recently in Washington's Tim Lincecum. In addition to Lincecum, the Sun Devils have faced John Meloan (Arizona), Dallas Buck (Oregon State), Ian Kennedy (USC), Cesar Ramos (Long Beach State), Brian Bogusevic (Tulane), Micah Owings (Tulane), Neil Jamison (Long Beach State), P.J. Walters (South Alabama), Mark McCormick (Baylor), Mark Romanczuk (Stanford) 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. Coastal Carolina closer Mike Costanzo was recently named a second-team All-American by SportsWeekly/ESPN.
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 31 of its first 56 games against teams that have been ranked in the national polls at some point this season. ASU currently has the No. 27 RPI, No. 13 ISR and the No. 4 rated strength of schedule in the nation as computed on BoydsWorld.com. Here is a look at the games ASU has played against ranked opponents this season and their current records (through 5/29):
|Team||Games||Ranking vs. ASU||Current Ranking||Highest Ranking||Current Record|
|Tulane||3||#1 (BA/SW/CB)||#1 (CB/SW)||#1 (BA/CB)||50-9|
|North Carolina||1||#4 (CB)||#15 (SW)||#4 (CB)||40-17-1|
|LSU||2||#5 (CB/BA/SW)||#12 (SW)||#2 (BA)||38-20|
|Arizona||5||#7 (CB)/#8 (BA)||#7 (BA)||#6 (BA)||37-19|
|Baylor||3||#8 (BA)||#6 (CB)||#6 (CB)||44-18|
|Long Beach State||3||#14 (CB)||#12 (BA)||#9 (CB)||36-20|
|Oregon State||4||#6 (BA)||#2 (BA)||#2(BA)||41-9|
|USC||3||#21 (BA)||#18 (SW)||#18 (SW)||34-18|
|East Carolina||1||NR||NR||#25 (BA)||35-24|
Big League Devils:
Six Sun Devils, with two more on the disabled list, are currently on major league rosters. Former Sun Devil outfielder Chris Duffy made his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates, becoming the 81st Sun Devil to play in the major leagues, but is back in Triple-A. Willie Bloomquist (Seattle Mariners), Paul Lo Duca (Florida Marlins), Jon Switzer (Tampa Bay Devil Rays) and Jacob Cruz (Cincinnati Reds) have also played this season, while seven-time National League MVP Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) and Fernando Vina (Detroit Tigers) are both on the disabled list. In addition, two former Sun Devils, Don Wakamatsu (Texas Rangers) and Jeff Pentland (Kansas City Royals), are coaches in the big leagues. Several recent Devils are also climbing within the minor league ranks, including Dustin Pedroia (AA, Portland Sea Dogs), Andre Ethier (AA, Midland Rock Hounds), Mitch Jones (AAA, Columbus Clippers), Brooks Conrad (AAA, Round Rock Express) and Mike Esposito (AAA, Colorado Sky Sox). Through March 29, Pedroia is hitting .323 (51-for-158) with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 27 RBI.
Just a Walk in the Park For Larish:
Senior 1B Jeff Larish leads the Pac-10 with 49 walks, including 37 walks in the last 33 games (9 IBB). He also ranks second in ASU history with 191 career walks (see list on page 4) and has recorded at least one walk in 131 of 212 career games. His 78 walks in 2003 are second most in ASU single-season history and he is only the second player in school history to join the 70/70 (RBI/BB) club in a season. Former major leaguer Alvin Davis recorded 87 walks and 91 RBI in 1982 and holds the school record with 207 career walks. Additionally, the third-team preseason All-American (Collegiate Baseball/Baseball America) has recorded 47 career multi-walk games, 80 multi-hit games, 59 multi-RBI contests and 105 career extra base hits for a .578 slugging percentage. He has recorded a hit in 76% of his games played (161 of 212) and has five career multi-home run games (three this season). Larish jumped into the national spotlight during his sophomore season (2003) in which he was named a first-team All-American after hitting .372 (87-for-234) with 80 runs, 18 doubles, 18 home runs, 95 RBI and 78 walks. Larish was also a first-team Summer All-American in 2003 after leading the USA Baseball National Team to a silver medal in the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and led Team USA with 23 RBI and eight home runs.
Team USA Connections:
Junior right fielder Travis Buck faced another one of his Team USA teammates when Arizona outfielder Trevor Crowe came to Tempe for the three-game Pac-10 series. Buck was named a first-team Summer All-American by Baseball America after hitting .412 (28-for-68) with six multi-hit games, two home runs and 14 RBI. He was a big part of Team USA's impressive end-of-the-summer run that saw the Red, White and Blue win the gold medal at the FISU World University Baseball Championship in Tainan, Taiwan. He became the seventh Sun Devil since 1998 to play on the USA Baseball National Team. Of the 22 players on the 2004 National Team, Buck played against nine of his summer teammates (Troy Tulowitzki, Jed Lowrie, John Mayberry Jr., Trevor Crowe, Mark Romanczuk, Ian Kennedy, Jeff Clement, Daniel Bard, Cesar Ramos). Jeff Larish, a member of the 2003 National Team that won the silver medal at the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, also played against several of his former teammates from the 2003 summer, including Romanczuk, Clement and Washington shortstop Brent Lillibridge.
It's All About Family For Romine, Gosewisch, Bordes and Sferra:
Father/son combinations and brothers have played a unique part of the storied history of Arizona State Baseball. In all, four father/son combinations have played at Arizona State including current freshman shortstop Andrew Romine and his father, Kevin. Kevin Romine played at ASU from 1981-82 and later went on to play seven years with the Boston Red Sox. He holds the ASU career batting average record hitting .408 (223-for-547) and helped lead ASU to the 1981 National Championship. Assistant coach Jay J. Sferra will also get the chance to coach his son, freshman outfielder J.J. Sferra. Father Eddie Bane (1971-73) and son Jaymie Bane (1997), Casey Myers (1998-2001) and his father Clint Myers (1971-73) and Brian Berger (2000) and his father Bill Berger (1970-73) round out the four father/son combos to don the Sun Devil uniform. Nine sets of brothers have graced the ASU rosters through the years, including senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch and his brother Chip (1996-99) and junior pitcher Brett Bordes and his freshman brother Greg. The other brother combinations include Chris (1975-78) and Sal (1964-65) Bando, Kevin (1978-81) and Pat (1980-82) Dukes, Byron (1979), Dale (1976-79) and Larry (1976-78) Eiler, Greg (1968) and Skip (1964) Hancock, Darrell (1974-77) and Dwayne (1979) Jackson, Jeff (1994) and Mike (1993) Rensmeyer, and John (1971-73) and Tom (1973-75) Sain. Of the nine sets of brothers, four sets played at least one year together at Arizona State.
Zinicola Moves Into Seventh in Record Books For Career Saves:
Sophomore RHP Zechry Zinicola was named to the preseason NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List and leads the Sun Devils with four saves this season. Zinicola notched his fourth save of the year against Arizona (5/14) and 12th of his career to rank seventh place in the ASU record books. He is now just one save away from sixth place (Dave Graybill, 1982-84). Zinicola tied the ASU freshman record with eight saves last season and owns a career 6-3 record with a 4.18 ERA in 36 career relief appearances. Overall, he has pitched in 47 games in two years at ASU and is 7-5 with a 4.55 ERA. Here is a look at ASU's career saves leaders:
ASU Career Saves Leaders:
|1.||Doug Nurnberg (1965-67)||25|
|2.||Kevin Dukes (1978-81)||20|
|3.||Noah Peery (1993-94)||17|
|Ryan Schroyer (2001-03)||17|
|5.||Ryan Bradley (1995-97)||16|
|6.||Dave Graybill (1982-84)||13|
|7.||Zechry Zinicola (2004-P)||12|
|8.||Mitch Dean (1976-80)||11|
|9.||Eric Doble (1999-2001)||10|
Curtis Coming of Age:
Sophomore center fielder Colin Curtis has started all 56 games this season and is third on the team batting .332 (73-for-222). He has at least one hit in 44 of 56 games, including a current 10-game hitting streak. Curtis is also among the team leaders with 39 RBI, 36 walks and 17 stolen bases. In addition, Curtis has recorded 23 multi-hit games and has 10 games with two or more RBI. He set a career-high with four hits in ASU's 7-6 loss in 14 innings to Arizona (2/15) and also came up with the game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 11-10 win over New Mexico State (2/7). He was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 last season after hitting .300 (57-for-190) with five home runs, 36 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
A Record Breaking Ninth Inning:
The Sun Devils set or tied three school records during the amazing 15-run ninth inning in the 30-13 win over Western Illinois. ASU set a record by recording 16 hits in the inning and sent 21 batters to the plate in the frame. The 15 runs tied a school record, last achieved against Stanford in 1980, and the 16 hits bettered the old record of 12 set against California in 1997. ASU also tied a school record by recording eight consecutive hits in the inning. Travis Buck (single), Colin Curtis (double), Austin Stockfisch (single), Jeff Larish (home run), Willy Fox (double), Joe Persichina (double), Seth Dhaenens (home run) and Greg Bordes (double) to put their names aside a piece of Sun Devil Baseball history. Fox alone went 3-for-3 in the inning falling just a triple short of hitting for the cycle.
Lo Duca Added To ASU Wall of Distinction:
Former Arizona State catcher Paul Lo Duca became the 14th player to have his jersey honored on the outfield fence at Packard Stadium during a special pregame ceremony before ASU's season opener against nationally ranked Long Beach State. Lo Duca's #16 jersey was added to the outfield wall at Packard, recognizing him as one of the elite players to ever play in the program.
In addition to setting several records in the ninth inning against Western Illinois (3/13), ASU made several other entries into the record books. In addition to setting several offensive records, the 20-3 loss to LSU also made several entries in the pitching record section. Below are a listing of the record book entries from the weekend:
|Team Record Book Entries:
- Total Bases (57 to set school record)
- RBI (29 to rank tied for fourth)
- At-Bats (61 to rank second)
- Runs (30 to tie for fourth)
- Most Runs, One Inning (tied school record with 15 in 9th vs. WIU)
- Most Hits, One Inning (16 to set school record in 9th vs. WIU)
- Hits (35 to set school record vs. WIU)
- Consecutive Hits (8 vs. WIU to tie school record)
- Doubles (7 vs. WIU to tie for ninth)
- Largest Losing Margin (17 runs to LSU to tie for fourth)
- Most Runs Allowed (20 to tie for seventh)
- Most Runs Allowed, One Inning (12 in 4th vs. LSU to tie for third)
- Most Hits Allowed, One Inning (9 in 4th vs. LSU to ranks sixth)
|Individual Record Book Entries:
- At-bats (8 by Colin Curtis and Travis Buck to rank second)
- Hits (6 by Travis Buck to tie for second)
- Runs (6 by Jeff Larish to tie the school record)
- Runs (5 by Willy Fox to tie for fourth)
- Triples (2 by Travis Buck to tie for fourth)
How 2005 Compares To Past Seasons:
Here is a look at how ASU has fared in games 50-60 during the Murphy era (1995-P):
Arizona State is one of only six schools in the nation to have five players active in 2005 that were selected in the 2004 MLB Draft. Along with ASU, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas are the other five schools to have five draftees from 2004. Right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez (11th; Devil Rays), 3B Jeff Larish (13th; Dodgers), LHP Drew Bowman (21st; Brewers), INF Vinny Biancamano (35th; Royals) and SS Andrew Romine (36th; Phillies) were all selected in last June's MLB Amateur draft. In all, 11 Sun Devils on the current roster have been drafted, including Larish and Urquidez being selected twice.
The recruiting class that will debut on the diamond this season was recognized as the No. 2 class in the nation by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. ASU recruiting coordinator Jay J. Sferra has landed top 10 recruiting classes in each of the past seven seasons, including the upcoming 2006 class being lauded as one of the top classes in the nation. The group of players that recently signed NLI's with the Sun Devils include seven players ranked in Baseball America's top 70. Here is a look at the recruiting class that is set to debut on the diamond in 2006 with the top 100 ranking in parenthesis:
|Michael Bowden (19)||RHP||Aurora, Ill.||Waubnosie HS|
|Ike Davis (15)||LHP/1B||Scottsdale, Ariz.||Chaparral HS|
|Matt Hall (45)||INF||Scottsdale, Ariz.||Horizon HS|
|Jeff Lyman (34)||RHP||Alamo, Calif.||Monte Vista HS|
|Mark Novak||LHP||Joliet, Ill.||Parkland College|
|Preston Paramore (30)||C||Allen, Texas||Allen HS|
|Mark Pawelek (53)||LHP||Springville, Utah||Springville HS|
|CJ Retherford||UTL||Chandler, Ariz.||Hamilton/South Mountain CC|
|Matt Trink||RHP||Scottsdale, Ariz.||Horizon HS/Yavapai CC|
|Jeff Urlaub||LHP||Scottsdale, Ariz.||Horizon HS|
|Brett Wallace (66)||3B||Sonoma, Calif.||Justin-Siena HS|
|Ryan Zimmerman||RHP||Hyrum, Utah||Southern Utah/Salt Lake CC|
Travis Buck Hits For The Cycle:
As a freshman, current junior right fielder Travis Buck went 5-for-5 with seven RBI and hit for the cycle in ASU's 19-0 win over Southern Utah (3/7/03). He became only the seventh Sun Devil in recorded history to record the elusive cycle and became the first freshman in Pac-10 history to hit for the cycle. Buck capped his perfect night with a grand slam home run as part of an eight-run sixth inning to become ASU's first player to hit for the cycle since Mitch Jones on May 21, 2000 at Arizona. Buck, who was making only his second start in right field, had a single in the first, a double in the third and a triple in the fifth before connecting on his second home run of the year for the cycle. He was named a freshman All-American by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. He finished his freshman season hitting .326 (78-for-239) with 13 doubles and four home runs. Below is a list of ASU players who have hit for the cycle:
|Travis Buck||March 7, 2003 vs. Southern Utah|
|Mitch Jones||May 21, 2000 vs. Arizona|
|Dan McKinley||April 1, 1997 vs. Grand Canyon|
|Antone Williamson||May 27, 1993 vs. George Mason|
|Kevin Higgins||May 1, 1988 vs. UCLA|
|Todd Brown||March 18, 1984 vs. USC|
|Paul Ray Powell||March 21, 1969 vs. Michigan|
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