Next Stop... Omaha
June 15, 2005
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All-Time Record in NCAA (Years): 134-56 (29)
CWS Appearances (previous): 19th (1998)
CWS Titles (last): 5 (1981)
CWS Runner-Up: 5
CWS Third-Place: 4
CWS Record: 55-30 (.647)
ASU vs. CWS TEAMS:
Oregon State: 29-12
The Sun Devils are ranked No. 8 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball, and No. 11 by Baseball America and No. 17 by the NCBWA. ASU is also listed No. 24 in the ESPN/Sports Weekly poll that has not been updated since the end of the regular season. ASU has appeared in the national rankings in 111 of the last 117 weeks dating back to the start of the 2000 season.
All of ASU's games in the College World Series will be broadcast locally in the Phoenix area on KDUS 1060 AM. Tim Healey and Bob Eger will call all the action from the Rosenblatt Stadium Press Box. The games will also be available on the internet at www.TheSunDevils.com. All games of the CWS will be broadcast in high definition on ESPN or ESPN2. Check your local listings for specifics.
After starting the year 6-9, ASU turned its season around by going 33-14 over the last 47 games... ASU has advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year and eighth time in the last nine seasons and the College World Series for the 19th time in school history and the first time since 1998... ASU has played 36 of 62 games against teams that have been ranked at some point this season... Jeff Larish became only the 12th player in school history to hit 20 home runs in a season and ranks second in ASU history with 48 career homers... Travis Buck is only the 21st player in school history to record 100 hits in a season... ASU is the only No. 2 seed to advance to the CWS... ASU's 19th CWS appearance ranks tied for fourth with Oklahoma State... Tuffy Gosewisch is hitting .500 (12-for-24) with 14 RBI in the 2005 postseason.
What's On Tap:
The Arizona State Sun Devils (39-23, 15-9 Pac-10, 5-1 NCAA) have advanced to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., for the 19th time in school history and the first time since 1998. The Sun Devils eliminated defending national champion Cal State Fullerton last weekend in a best-of-three Super Regional at Goodwin Field in Fullerton, Calif. ASU is the only No. 2 seed to advance to the CWS and will take on national No. 3 seed Nebraska on Friday at 6 p.m. CT at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. ASU enters the College World Series after winning nine of its last 10 games.
ASU in Postseason Play:
Arizona State is making its 29th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its 19th in the College World Series. The 19 appearances are tied for fourth with Oklahoma State for the most trips to Omaha. ASU's postseason run includes a string of six straight years in the Field of 64 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 an appearance in the national championship game in 1998. ASU has an all-time 134-56 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. ASU's regional championship two weeks ago was the 14th in school history and the first achieved at Packard Stadium since 1993.
Recapping the Tempe Regional:
The Sun Devils claimed an impressive three-game sweep in the NCAA Tempe Regional June 3-5 with wins over East Carolina (9-6) and two wins over top-seeded Coastal Carolina (11-3, 9-5). ASU outscored its opponent 29-14 in the three games and combined to hit at a .380 (41-for-108) clip. The pitching staff used only six pitchers throughout the weekend and posted a 3.33 ERA giving up only 10 earned runs in 27.0 innings.
Super Regional Champions:
Arizona State punched its ticket for Omaha and the College World Series by taking two of three games from defending national champion and No. 6 national seed Cal State Fullerton. The Sun Devils lost the first game, 3-2, on a controversial balk call on an intentional walk in the bottom of the ninth inning, but rebounded to win the next two games, 6-2 and 9-8. Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch led ASU during the Super Regional, going 6-for-12 (.500) with four RBI. He was 5-for-5 with three RBI in the deciding third game. Senior right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez turned in a dominating performance in two appearances, allowing only one run and five hits in 11.1 innings (0.79 ERA).
The Sun Devils advanced to the College World Series in dramatic fashion with a come-from-behind 9-8 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the Super Regional final. The Sun Devils trailed 7-2 after four innings but scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth to pull even. Sophomore infielder Joe Persichina then blasted his second home run of the season in the seventh inning to put ASU up 8-7 and a J.J. Sferra groundout plated a much-needed insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. After CSF led off the ninth with a solo home run, junior LHP Brett Bordes retired the next three batters to seal the victory and send ASU to Omaha for the 19th time in school history. The five-run comeback was ASU's biggest comeback victory of the season.
Urquidez Dominates Super Regional:
Senior right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez turned in a pair of dominating performances in the Super Regional against Cal State Fullerton. In two games, Urquidez allowed only five hits and one run in 11.1 innings for a 0.79 ERA. He struck out nine and held the Titans to a .128 batting average. He recorded a no-decision in Friday's opener by allowing only one run in 7.2 innings and left the game with ASU leading 2-1. On only one day's rest after throwing 109 pitches on Friday, he came back on Sunday to earn the win, tossing 3.2 scoreless innings in ASU's 9-8 come-from-behind victory. In three appearances in the 2005 NCAA Tournament he is 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA. Over his last five games, he is 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA, allowing only four earned runs in 30.2 IP.
Hooft is Mr. Omaha:
Senior infielder Joey Hooft will be making his third trip to the College World Series. The senior transfer played in the 2003 and 2004 CWS with the University of Miami (Fla.).
Five Sun Devils Named to All-Regional Team:
Led by Co-Most Outstanding Players Erik Averill (LHP) and Tuffy Gosewisch (C), five Sun Devils were named to the NCAA Tempe Regional All-Tournament Team, held June 3-5 at Packard Stadium (Coastal Carolina, ASU, East Carolina, UNLV). In addition to Averill and Gosewisch, outfielders Colin Curtis and J.J. Sferra, and first baseman Jeff Larish were named to the 11-player team. Averill threw a complete game and struck out eight against Coastal Carolina to advance ASU to the Regional Championship. Gosewisch hit .500 (6-for-12) with four doubles and 10 RBI, including a career-high seven RBI against Coastal. Larish was 6-for-11 (.545) with two home runs, Sferra hit a blistering .538 (7-for-13) and Curtis was 6-for-11 (.545) with six runs scored and one home run.
Gosewisch Guns Them Down:
Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch started all 62 games behind the plate this season and hasn't shown any signs of wearing down. Gosewisch heads into the College World Series having thrown out seven of the last 12 attempted base stealers. Cal State Fullerton did not attempt to run on him last weekend in the Super Regionals. For the season, the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year semifinalist (1 of 10) has thrown out 25 of 64 (39%) and has committed only two errors in 497 chances for a .996 FLD%. At the plate, Gosewisch is among the team offensive leaders batting .332 (77-for-232) with six home runs and 71 RBI.
Tuffy is Clutch:
In six postseason games, senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch is hitting .500 (12-for-24) with five doubles and 14 RBI. He went 5-for-5 with three RBI in the Super Regional finale, including drilling a bases loaded single to plate a pair of runs to tie the game at 7-7, bringing ASU all the way back from a 7-2 deficit. In the postseason, Gosewisch is also batting .692 (9-for-13) with runners in scoring position and is 2-for-2 with the bases loaded. For the season, Gosewisch is hitting .400 (38-for-95) with runners in scoring position and is a career .514 (19-for-37) hitter with the bases loaded.
Larish Leading Off:
It is not often that you see a leadoff hitter leading the league in home runs, but for the last nine games that is exactly what the Sun Devils have featured. Senior 1B/OF Jeff Larish has hit leadoff in each of the last nine games, leading ASU to a 9-1 record during that stretch. Larish is hitting .316 (74-for-234) with 20 home runs on the season, and is batting .324 (11-for-34) with 16 runs scored, four home runs, 13 RBI and a .467 on-base percentage in the nine games in the leadoff spot. He has also stolen three of his 11 bases and has combined for a .735 slugging percentage during that stretch of games as a leadoff hitter.
Devils Saving the Best For Last:
The Sun Devils head into the College World Series winners of nine of the last 10 games and recently had a season-high seven-game winning streak. ASU had a pair of six-game win streaks during the season, but never reached the seven-win plateau. During the current hot stretch of nine wins in the last 10 games, ASU is batting .319 (108-for-339) with 19 doubles and eight home runs. Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch is hitting .455 (15-for-33) over that stretch with six doubles and 19 RBI. The pitching staff has caught fire to post an impressive 2.93 ERA over the last 10 games, with Jason Urquidez going 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA. Junior LHP Brett Bordes has pitched in eight of the 10 games and has posted 2-1 record with a 3.18 ERA and two saves during that stretch. Junior LHP Erik Averill is also 2-0 with a 3.05 ERA.
Seven Devils Selected in MLB Draft:
Led by first-round draft pick Travis Buck, seven Sun Devils were selected in the first 24 rounds of the annual MLB Amateur Draft. Buck was the 36th overall selection and was a supplemental pick by the Oakland Athletics. He becomes ASU's 22nd all-time first-round pick and the first since Ryan Mills in 1998. Senior first baseman Jeff Larish (5th round, Tigers), senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (11th round Phillies), senior right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez (17th round, Diamondbacks), junior LHP Erik Averill (20th round, Tigers), senior infielder Joey Hooft (20th round, Rangers) and junior LHP Brett Bordes (24th round, Tigers) were also selected. In addition, nine of ASU's 12 players that have signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) heard their names called during the first 42 rounds.
|Mark Pawelek, LHP*||Chicago Cubs||1st||20|
|Travis Buck, OF||Oakland A's||1st (sup)||36|
|Michael Bowden, RHP*||Boston Red Sox||1st (sup)||47|
|Jeff Lyman, RHP*||Atlanta Braves||2nd||77|
|Jeff Larish, 1B||Detroit Tigers||5th||150|
|Matt Hall, INF*||Los Angeles Angels||8th||253|
|Tuffy Gosewisch, C||Philadelphia Phillies||11th||337|
|Ryan Zimmerman, RHP*||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||12th||358|
|Jason Urquidez, RHP||Arizona Diamondbacks||17th||501|
|Ike Davis, 1B/LHP*||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||19th||568|
|Erik Averill, LHP||Detroit Tigers||20th||600|
|Joey Hooft, INF||Texas Rangers||20th||609|
|Preston Paramore, C*||New York Mets||22nd||659|
|Brett Bordes, LHP||Detroit Tigers||24th||720|
|Jeff Urlaub, LHP*||Tampa Bay Devil Rays||26th||778|
|Brett Wallace, 3B/1B*||Toronto Blue Jays||42nd||1256|
* ASU NLI
The Sun Devil pitching staff has registered five complete games this year with four coming from junior LHP Erik Averill and one by sophomore RHP Pat Bresnehan against USC (3/25). The five complete games are more than the entire season totals from 2004 (2), 2003 (1), 2001 (1), 2000 (2) and 1996 (3). Averill's four complete games are the most by a Sun Devil since Will Waldrip also had four in 1999.
Arizona State Career Stats in NCAA Tournament:
*Hooft's stats do not include three postseasons with the University of Miami (Fla.)
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.
The Sun Devils head into the College World Series with a Pac-10-leading 125 stolen bases (125-for-169). The 125 stolen bases are the most by a Sun Devil squad since 1999 (130). Junior Travis Buck is second in the Pac-10 with 26 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.
Bordes Closes Out Regional and Super Regional:
Junior left-handed pitcher Brett Bordes has four saves this season and five in his career, but the two most recent saves couldn't have come in bigger situations. He was on the mound to finish both the regional and super regional-clinching victories over Coastal Carolina (6/5) and Cal State Fullerton (6/12).
Buck and Larish Named First-Team All-Pac-10:
Arizona State Baseball players Travis Buck and Jeff Larish were selected to the 2005 All-Pac-10 Team and nine other Sun Devils picked up honorable mention all-conference honors. Junior starting pitcher Erik Averill (Orange, Calif.), sophomore relief pitcher Pat Bresnehan (Sherborn, Mass.), junior relief pitcher Brett Bordes (Mesa, Ariz.), sophomore outfielder Colin Curtis (Issaquah, Wash.), sophomore second baseman Seth Dhaenens (Chandler, Ariz.), senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (Scottsdale, Ariz.), freshman shortstop Andrew Romine (Lake Forest, Calif.), freshman center fielder J.J. Sferra (Phoenix, Ariz.) and senior starting pitcher Jason Urquidez (Simi Valley, Calif.) were all named All-Pac-10 honorable mention. Buck was named first-team All-Pac-10 for the second straight year and Larish was named first-team for the second time in his career, having been a first-team selection in 2003 and an honorable mention in 2004.
Team Awards Announced at Annual Banquet:
Several individual awards were passed out at the team's annual awards banquet held Tuesday, May 30. 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
Seven Sun Devils Earn Pac-10 Academic Honors:
Arizona State juniors Travis Buck and Erik Averill headlined a list of seven Sun Devil baseball players who were named to the 2005 All-Pac-10 Baseball Academic team. A student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and either be a starter or significant contributor. Arizona State's seven selections included two on the first team (Averill, Buck), two on the second team (Tuffy Gosewisch, Ty Marotz) and three honorable mention selections (Seth Dhaenens, Joe Persichina, Eric Williams). The seven selections are tied for the most among Pac-10 member schools and the most by an ASU baseball squad since having six in 2002. Buck and Averill were also both named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 team and Gosewisch was a second-team selection.
Back-to-Back 10-Win Seasons:
Senior right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez joined elite company by becoming only the seventh pitcher in ASU history to record back-to-back 10-win seasons. He is the first to win 10 in two straight seasons since Linty Ingram in 1987 (10-5) and 1988 (17-5). Urquidez was 12-3 in 2004 and is currently 10-4 heading into the College World Series. In two seasons in the Maroon and Gold, he is 22-7 with a 3.57 ERA. He has recorded 186 strikeouts in 209.0 innings (45 appearances, 31 starts). Below is a look at ASU's back-to-back 10-game winners:
10-game winners in back-to-back seasons
Jason Urquidez -- 2004 (12-3), 2005 (10-4)
Linty Ingram -- 1987 (10-5), 1988 (17-5)
Kendall Carter -- 1983 (12-2), 1984 (10-2)
Floyd Bannister -- 1975 (15-4), 1976 (19-2)
Eddie Bane -- 1971 (11-2), 1972 (14-1), (15-1)
Craig Swan -- 1971 (14-4), 1972 (16-1)
Jeff Pentland -- 1966 (10-3), 1967 (14-5)
A Pair of 10-Game Winners:
Junior left-hander Erik Averill and senior right-hander Jason Urquidez have combined for 20 wins this season, joining an elite list of Sun Devil teammates to each have 10 wins in a season. Dating back to 1959, this marks only the 16th season in which ASU has had a pair of 10-game winners take the mound. The most recent before Averill and Urquidez being Noah Peery (11-2) and Kaipo Spenser (10-0) in 1994. In addition to having identical 10-4 records this season, each have 22 wins in their careers. Averill is 10-4 with a 3.59 ERA this season and 22-10 with a 4.06 ERA in 68 career appearances (37 starts). Urquidez is 10-4 with a 3.72 ERA this season and is 22-7 with a 3.57 ERA over the last two years (45 appearances, 31 starts). Here is a look at ASU's 10-win teammates dating back to 1984:
Two 10-game winners in same season:
2005 -- Erik Averill (10-4), Jason Urquidez (10-4)
1994 -- Noah Peery (11-2), Kaipo Spenser (10-0)
1993 -- Marc Barcelo (12-4), Dax Winslett (10-5)
1990 -- Sean Rees (13-3), Kip Yaughn (11-5), Todd Douma (16-3)
1988 -- Rusty Kilgo (12-3, Linty Ingram (17-5)
1984 -- Mike Thorpe (13-2), Doug Henry (11-2), Dave Graybill (10-0), Kendall Carter (10-2)
Triple Your Pleasure:
Through 62 games heading into the College World Series, the Sun Devils have hit 17 triples to rank second in the Pac-10 and have more than doubled the entire season total of seven from last season. Travis Buck and Andrew Romine rank third in the league with three triples each, while Rocky Laguna, Joe Persichina and Tuffy Gosewisch each have a pair of triples. In 59 games last season, ASU had only seven triples, ranking 245th out of 285 teams in the NCAA. The 17 triples are the most by ASU since hitting 25 in 2003.
Buck Earns Pair of All-America Awards:
Arizona State junior 3B/OF Travis Buck has been named a second-team All-American by the NCBWA and a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Buck (Richland, Wash.) leads the Sun Devils in several offensive categories heading into the College World Series. Buck has started all 62 games this season with 20 starts at third base, 40 in right field and two in center field. The two-time, first-team All-Pac-10 selection ranks third in the league hitting .384 (103-for-268) with 23 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 40 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He is only the 21st player and 23rd occurrence to record 100 hits in a season in ASU history and just the fourth player to record 100 hits, 20 doubles and 20 stolen bases in a single season.
Gosewisch Named Bench Award Semifinalist:
Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch was 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 semifinalist in 2004. Hundley, Clement and Taylor Teagarden (Texas) were announced as the three finalists. Through 62 games against one of the toughest schedules in the nation, Gosewisch is tied for second on the team, batting .332 (77-for-232) with 16 doubles, six home runs and a team-leading 71 RBI. He was named the Co-Most Outstanding Player in the Tempe Regional, hitting .500 (6-for-12) with four doubles and 10 RBI. In six NCAA Tournament games, he is batting .500 (12-for-24) with 14 RBI. Defensively, he has started every game and has caught all but 28 innings. He has made only two errors in 497 chances for a .996 FLD% and has thrown out 25 of 64 attempted base stealers (39%).
Larish Trails Only Horner For ASU Career Home Run Record:
Jeff Larish has made several dents in the ASU career record books with a banner senior season. Larish hit his Pac-10 leading 20th home run of the year in the Super Regional against Cal State Fullerton. He has hit 48 career home runs to rank second in ASU history. He was tied for third with Barry Bonds, but in two swings of the bat in the regional opener he tied and passed Mike Kelly for second place. In four years in the Maroon and Gold, Larish has hit 48 home runs and now only trails former major leaguer Bob Horner who holds the all-time record with 56 home runs. The senior slugger has four multi-homer games this season and six in his career. Of his 20 home runs this season, he has hit eight solo homers, five two-run shots and seven three-run bombs. Thirteen (13) of his 20 homers have also come on the road. He is only the 12th Sun Devil in school history to hit 20 home runs in a season. Larish's 231 RBI rank fourth in the ASU record books and his 194 walks are second. Larish is also listed fifth in career at-bats (833), fifth in total bases (487), seventh in hits (276), fourth in runs scored (222) and 10th in doubles (54). Larish is hitting .316 (74-for-234) this season and is a career .331 (276-for-833) hitter with 109 career extra base hits (.585 SLG%). In 19 career postseason games he is hitting .324 (24-for-74) with six home runs and 18 RBI.
Career Home Runs:
|1.||Bob Horner (1976-78)||56|
|2.||Jeff Larish (2002-P)||48|
|3.||Mike Kelly (1989-91)||46|
|4.||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.||Jeff Larish (2002-P)||231|
|Bob Horner (1976-78)||229|
|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)||276|
|8.||Travis Buck (2003-P)||265|
|9.||Antone Williamson (1992-94)||264|
|10.||Bob Horner (1976-78)||262|
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.||Jeff Larish (2002-P)||487|
|6.||Dan Rumsey (1986-89)||469|
|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)||194|
|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|
The Barry 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 .329 (483-for-1466) to raise the team batting average 34 points from .278 to .312 and is 28-13 during that stretch. The Devils have also hit 35 of the season total 46 home runs and combined for a .469 slugging percentage. Senior slugger Jeff Larish, who worked extensively with Bonds, is hitting .340 (51-for-150) with 15 of his Pac-10 leading 20 homers. Other hitters have also benefited since listening to arguably the greatest left-handed power hitter in MLB history, with Travis Buck (.419), Seth Dhaenens (.354), J.J. Sferra (.333), and Colin Curtis (.327) all hitting over .300 over the last 41 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).
Devils Facing Big League Arms:
The Sun Devils faced their 13th preseason All-American pitcher of the season last Friday in Cal State Fullerton's LHP Ricky Romero. Romero was the first pitcher selected in the 2005 MLB Draft, going sixth overall to the Toronto Blue Jays. In addition to facing Romero, the Sun Devils have already faced Tim Lincecum (Washington), 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. The College World Series will feature several more All-American pitchers, including Luke Hochevar (Tennessee), J. Brent Cox (Texas) and Buck (Oregon State).
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 88-for-207 (.425) over the last 47 games. Buck has recorded at least one hit in 24 of the last 26 games and for the season has gone hitless in only 10 games. He leads the team with 34 multi-hit games and has recorded two or more hits in 17 of the last 26 contests. The Golden Spikes, Wallace Award and Baseball America Player of the Year candidate leads the team hitting .384 (103-for-268) with 23 doubles, 78 runs scored, three triples, five home runs and 40 RBI. He also leads the team with 26 stolen bases to rank second in the Pac-10. In 187 career games as a Sun Devil, Buck has at least one hit in 146 games (78%) and has recorded 78 multi-hit games. He recently became only the 21st player in ASU history to record 100 hits in a season and is also vying to become just the 16th Sun Devil to hit over .400. He currently ranks eighth in ASU history with 265 career hits and is ninth with 201 runs scored. He became ASU's 22nd all-time first-round draft pick when he was selected 36th in the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft by the Oakland A's.
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 177 games behind the plate in his career and has combined to go 189-for-564 (.335) over the last three years. This season he is tied for second on the team hitting .332 (77-for-232) with six home runs and ranks second in the Pac-10 with 71 RBI. He has been one of ASU's most consistent hitters this season with at least one hit in 45 of 62 games and leads the team with 20 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 .324 (199-for-614) hitter with 10 home runs, 162 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 497 total chances. He has gunned down 25 of 64 base stealers and has allowed only one passed ball. He has caught all but 28 innings this season (out of 553.2) 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: 62 games started (77-for-232, .332)
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).
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 291-132-1 overall. In 11 seasons under head coach Pat Murphy the Sun Devils are 163-124 (.568) in Pac-10 play.
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 124 career games in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Buck is a career .412 (204-for-495) hitter with 160 runs scored, 15 home runs and 109 RBI. While hitting No. 2, Buck has accounted for 76% of his career run production (109 of 144 RBI), 80% of his runs scored (160 of 201), 83% of his home runs (15 of 18) and 77% of his total hits (204 of 265). This season Buck is hitting .433 (91-for-210) with 69 runs scored and 36 RBI in 48 games batting in the second spot. ASU is 34-14 this season when Buck hits No. 2 and 95-29 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.
Buck Ninth in Career Hits and Fourth Member of 100-20-20 Club:
With nine hits in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, Travis Buck has reached a number of milestones. He became only the 21st player (23rd occurrence) in school history to record 100 hits in a season. He also moved into eighth place in the career record books with 265 hits and is ninth with 201 runs scored. His 103 hits this season are currently ranked 18th in single-season ASU history. He also became just the fourth person to ever record 100 hits, 20 doubles and 20 steals in a single season. Here is a look at the three other members of the 100 hits, 20 steals and 20 doubles club:
Bordes Dominates Out of Bullpen:
Junior LHP Brett Bordes has been most effective this season out of the bullpen going 5-2 with four saves and a 3.23 ERA in 53.0 innings (31 appearances). As a starter, Bordes has struggled going 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA. The left-hander has been stellar over his last 27 relief appearances, going 5-2 with four saves and a 2.41 ERA by giving up only 11 earned runs in 41.0 innings. He has also allowed only 15 of 41 inherited runners to score this season. Heading into the College World Series, Bordes has pitched in 11 of ASU's last 13 games and currently ranks tied for third in the ASU single-season record books with 35 pitching appearances. He is also fourth with 75 career pitching appearances. Here is a look at the statistical comparison for Bordes as a starter and out of the bullpen this season and ASU's single-season and career pitching appearances records:
ASU Single-Season Pitching Appearances:
|1.||Noah Peery, 1994||39|
|2.||Chuck Crumpton, 1998||36|
|3.||Brett Bordes, 2005||35|
|Ryan Bradley, 1997||35|
|5.||Ryan Bradley, 1996||34|
|>||Kevin Dukes, 1981||34|
|7.||Dave Graybill, 1984||33|
|8.||Rusty Kilgo, 1988||31|
|>||Linty Ingram, 1987||31|
|10.||Ryan Schroyer, 2003||30|
ASU Career Pitching Appearances:
|1.||Kendall Carter, 1981-84||102|
|2.||Ryan Bradley, 1995-97||99|
|3.||Kevin Dukes, 1978-81||82|
|4.||Brett Bordes, 2003-P||75|
|5.||David Cassidy, 1986-89||74|
|Ken Hansen, 1968-71||74|
|7.||Jim Crawford, 1969-72||73|
Curtis and Buck Have Speed To Burn:
Outfielders Colin Curtis and Travis Buck have combined for 43 of ASU's Pac-10 leading 125 stolen bases this season. Buck leads the team with 26, while Curtis is second with 17. The 43 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 third 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)|
|2005||43||Travis Buck (26)/Colin Curtis (17)|
|2000||42||Jeff Duncan (23)/Jonah Martin (19)|
|1989||41||John Finn (23)/Mike Kelly (16)|
|1990||40||Fernando Vina (20)/Mike Kelly (20)|
A Classy Gesture:
Prior to ASU's game against East Carolina (3/5), every player and coach of the Sun Devil baseball team made their 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).
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 10 nine starts, Urquidez is 5-1 with a 2.66 ERA, allowing 18 earned runs in 61.0 IP. For the season, Urquidez is 10-4 with a 3.72 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 111.1 IP. As a starter he has combined to go 6-2 with a 4.00 ERA and as a reliever is 4-2 with two saves and a 2.89 ERA (12 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 22-7 with a 3.57 ERA. He returned for his senior season after leading the Pac-10 with 12 wins last season and was an 11th round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds. He was selected in the 17th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2005 MLB Draft.
Averill Wins No. 10 of 2005 and No. 22 of Career:
Junior right-handed pitcher Erik Averill won his 22nd career game by allowing only one run in 7.2 innings in the Super Regional against Cal State Fullerton (6/11). That came after a complete-game gem over No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina in the second game of the NCAA Tempe Regional. Averill is 22-10 with a 4.06 ERA in 68 career appearances (37 starts). The 22 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 18 starts this season, Averill has lasted five or more innings 15 times and has notched four complete games. He is 10-4 with a team-leading 3.59 ERA and has recorded 89 strikeouts in 112.2 innings. As a starter he has posted a 3.26 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 .357 (45-for-126) with 26 runs, four doubles, two home runs and 29 RBI over his last 38 games. During that stretch he has raised his season batting average 258 points from .071 to .329. Overall, Dhaenens is fourth on the team hitting .329 (46-for-140) with 26 runs and 29 RBI. The Professor (as known by his teammates) also ranked seventh in the league by hitting .372 (29-for-78) in Pac-10 play.
From Batboy To Center Field:
Freshman outfielder J.J. Sferra is no stranger to the batter's box at Packard Stadium, only in 2005 he has hit 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 36-for-100 (.360) since returning to the starting lineup during the USC series (late March). Overall, the honorable mention freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball) is sixth on the team hitting .313 (56-for-179) with 35 runs scored, five doubles, one triple and 18 RBI. Sferra was also among the team leaders in Pac-10 games hitting .349 (22-for-63). He leads the team with 15 bunt singles and also has seven sacrifice hits. He was named to the Tempe Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .538 (7-for-13) with four runs scored and two stolen bases.
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 a 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 4-4 with one save and a 5.38 ERA in 25 appearances (11 starts). The Pitcher of the Week honor was the first for Bresnehan and the 46th selection all-time for Arizona State.
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 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 freshmen and two redshirt freshmen position players this season. The Sun Devil roster consists of 18 of 30 active players that have not seen action before this season.
Curtis Coming of Age:
Sophomore center fielder Colin Curtis has started all 62 games this season and is tied for second on the team batting .332 (80-for-241). He has at least one hit in 48 of 62 games, including a recent 13-game hitting streak that was snapped during the Super Regional. Curtis is also among the team leaders with 42 RBI, 41 walks and 17 stolen bases. In addition, Curtis has recorded 25 multi-hit games and has 11 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 to the Tempe Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .545 (6-for-11) with six runs scored and three RBI. His three-run home run in the Regional Final against Coastal Carolina (6/5) gave ASU the lead for good. Curtis is a two-time All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection.
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 (55-for-181) with five doubles, three triples, one home run and 23 RBI. While a midseason slump saw his average dip to .266 and he did not start six straight Pac-10 games vs. California and Stanford, Romine has responded by hitting .366 (26-for-71) over his last 20 starts. He is hitting .304 (7-for-23) in six NCAA Tournament games. 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|
Four Sun Devils currently have hitting streaks of two or more games heading into the College World Series. Sophomore outfielder Colin Curtis recently had a career-high 13-game hitting streak snapped in which he hit .417 (20-for-48). Junior right fielder Travis Buck also had his team-high 14-game hitting streak snapped late in the season, but has recorded at least one hit in 24 of the last 26 games. Here is a look at ASU players with current hitting streaks:
|Player||Current Streak||Statistics During Streak|
|Tuffy Gosewisch||2 games||.750, 6-for-8, 2 R, 2B, 4 RBI|
|Jeff Larish||2 games||.333, 3-for-9, 4 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI|
|Andrew Romine||2 games||.500, 4-for-8, 2 R, 3B, HR, RBI|
|Zechry Zinicola||2 games||.500, 4-for-8, 2B, 3 RBI|
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 36 of its first 62 games against teams that have been ranked in the national polls at some point this season. ASU ended the regular season with the No. 27 RPI, No. 13 ISR and the No. 4 rated strength of schedule in the nation as computed on BoydsWorld.com.
|Team||Games||Ranking vs. ASU||Current Ranking||Highest Ranking||Current Record|
|Tulane||3||#1 (BA/SW/CB)||#1 (CB/SW)||#1 (BA/CB)||55-10|
|North Carolina||1||#4 (CB)||#21 (CB)||#4 (CB)||41-19-1|
|LSU||2||#5 (CB/BA/SW)||#18 (BA)||#2 (BA)||40-22|
|Arizona||5||#7 (CB)/#8 (BA)||#12 (BA)||#6 (BA)||39-21|
|Baylor||3||#8 (BA)||#4 (BA)||#4 (BA)||44-22|
|Long Beach State||3||#14 (CB)||#18 (CB)||#9 (CB)||37-22|
|Oregon State||4||#6 (BA)||#2 (BA)||#2(BA)||46-10|
|USC||3||#21 (BA)||#17 (BA)||#15 (NCBWA)||41-22|
|East Carolina||2||NR||NR||#25 (BA)||35-26|
|Coastal Carolina||2||#24 (NCBWA)||#23 (BA)||#23 (BA)||50-16|
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).
Just a Walk in the Park For Larish:
Senior 1B Jeff Larish leads the Pac-10 with 51 walks, including 39 walks in the last 36 games (9 IBB). He also ranks second in ASU history with 193 career walks (see list on page 4) and has recorded at least one walk in 133 of 215 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, 83 multi-hit games, 61 multi-RBI contests and 107 career extra base hits for a .585 slugging percentage. He has recorded a hit in 76% of his games played (164 of 215) and has six career multi-home run games (four 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 will see several of his Team USA teammates from last summer this weekend at the College World Series. Drew Stubbs, J. Brent Cox and Taylor Teagarden from Texas, Luke Hochevar from Tennessee and Alex Gordon from Nebraska teamed with Buck on Team USA to win the gold medal at the FISU World University Baseball Championship in Tainan, Taiwan. 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. 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 will play against 10 of his summer teammates this season (Ricky Romero, 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 37 career relief appearances. Overall, he has pitched in 49 games in two years at ASU and is 7-5 with a 4.62 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|
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.
Paul 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.
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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