Baseball Recruiting Class Ranked Second In Baseball America Dandy Dozen

Oct. 12, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.thesundevils.com) -- Arizona State's baseball recruiting class for the upcoming season has been ranked as the second-best class in the nation in Baseball America's annual Dandy Dozen, the publication announced Wednesday morning from Durham, N.C.

ASU's recruiting classes, led by recruiting coordinator Jay J. Sferra, have been ranked in the Dandy Dozen each of the past six years and in the top three four of the last six years. ASU is coming off a third-place finish at the 2005 College World Series and has been ranked in the top 12 in the nation in five of the last nine years. The 2006 class continues a strong tradition of top ranked recruiting classes, as Collegiate Baseball has ranked ASU in the top 15 in the nation eight straight seasons and in the top 10 in eight of the last 11 years.

The recruiting class consists of 13 newcomers, including six freshmen, four junior college transfers and three four-year transfers. Vanderbilt earned the top billing in the annual survey, while Texas, Sough Carolina, UCLA, Tennessee, LSU, Virginia, Stanford, Auburn, Ole Miss and San Diego were also listed (in order) in the top 12.

The class includes several marquee freshmen, including five that were selected in the 2005 MLB Draft. The freshmen include 3B/SS Matt Hall (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon HS), LHP/OF Ike Davis (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS), catcher Preston Paramore (Allen, Texas/Allen HS), LHP Jeff Urlaub (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon HS), 1B Brett Wallace (Sonoma, Calif./Justin-Siena HS) and RHP Jake Borup (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View HS). Hall was selected in the 8th round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, while Davis (19th/Devil Rays), Paramore (22nd/Mets), Urlaub (26th/Devil Rays) and Wallace (42nd/Blue Jays) were also taken in the 2005 MLB Draft.

The four junior college transfers include 3B/RHP CJ Retherford (Chandler, Ariz./South Mountain CC/Hamilton HS), RHP Matt Trink (Scottsdale, Ariz./Yavapai College/Horizon HS), RHP Brett Bruneel (Stockton, Calif./San Joaquin Delta College/Bear Creek HS) and INF Todd Wells (Claremont, Calif./Chaffey College/Claremont HS). Retherford and Trink are former Arizona prep standouts who squared off on the mound in the 2003 5A Championship Game at Tempe's Diablo Stadium.

OF/LHP Ryan Sontag (Monroe, Mich./Michigan State), RHP Brady Martinez (Carbon, Utah/Utah) and 1B/C Ben Bando (Solon, Ohio/The Master's) all transfer in from four-years schools. Sontag was the 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year after hitting .349 (52-for-149) for the Spartans. Martinez returns from a two-year mission in the Dominican Republic and was 4-3 with seven saves in 2003 for the University of Utah. Bando is the son of former ASU All-American catcher and major leaguer Chris Bando.

Arizona State opens the 2006 season at home January 27 against Cal State Northridge. The complete 2006 schedule will be released on www.TheSunDevils.com in mid-October.

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