Buck Named NCBWA Second-Team All-American
June 17, 2005
OMAHA, Neb. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State junior outfielder Travis Buck has been named a second-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. In addition, center fielder J.J. Sferra, designated hitter Willy Fox and shortstop Andrew Romine were named honorable mention Freshman All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Buck (Richland, Wash.) is leads ASU in several offensive categories heading into the College World Series. He is hitting .384 (103-for-268) with 23 doubles, five home runs, 40 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He has recorded at least one hit in 52 of 62 games this season, including 24 of the last 26, and has a team-high 24 multi-hit games. He became only the 21st player in ASU history to record 100 hits in a season and the fourth player to have at least 100 hits, 20 doubles and 20 steals in the same season. The two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection also earned third-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and was a first-round draft pick (36th overall) by the Oakland Athletics.
Sferra (Phoenix, Ariz.) earned Freshman All-America honors with a stellar year at the plate and in the field. He heads into the CWS hitting .313 (56-for-179) while starting 51 games. He leads the team with 15 bunt hits and over the last 31 games is hitting .360 (36-for-100). He was named to the Tempe Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .538 (7-for-13) and overall is hitting .333 (8-for-24) in the postseason.
Romine (Lake Forest, Calif.) stared 54 games at shortstop and has lived up to his billing as one of the top freshman in the nation. Romine heads into the College World Series hitting .304 (55-for181) with five doubles, three triples and one home run. He has recorded 13 multi-hit games and has at least one hit in 35 of 55 games played. He is hitting .367 (26-for-71) over the last 20 games heading into the CWS and is batting .304 during the postseason. He was named ASU's co-Newcomer of the Year with Sferra and ranks fourth the freshman record books with 14 stolen bases.
Fox (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is hitting .288 (30-for-104) with four home runs and 27 RBI while seeing action in 43 games this season. He has started 22 games (all at DH) and is hitting .333 (26-for-78) in those games.