No. 11 Baseball Travels To The Big Easy For Showdown With No. 1 Tulane

Feb. 16, 2005

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    #11 Arizona State (6-5, 0-0 Pac-10)
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    #1 Tulane (4-0, 0-0 Conference USA)
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    Friday, Feb. 18, 2005, 6:30 p.m. - Turchin Stadium; New Orleans, La.
    Jason Urquidez, RHP (1-0, 6.75 ERA) vs. Brian Bogusevic, LHP (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

    Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, 2 p.m. - Zephyr Stadium; New Orleans, La.
    Erik Averill, LHP (2-1, 1.64 ERA) vs. Micah Owings, RHP (1-0, 2.57 ERA)

    Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, 1 p.m. - Turchin Stadium; New Orleans, La.
    TBA vs. J.R. Crowel, LHP (1-0, 4.50 ERA)

    What's On Tap:The No. 11 Sun Devils (6-5, 0-0 Pac-10) continue a stretch of five straight road games and nine consecutive games against top 10 opponents this weekend with a three-game series against No. 1 Tulane (4-0). The Green Wave are off to a perfect start with wins over Southeast Missouri State and McNeese State. The first and third games of the series will be played at Turchin Stadium on the Tulane campus, while Saturday's 2 p.m. game will be held at Zephyr Stadium, the home of the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs (Houston Astros affiliate). Following the weekend slate against the Green Wave, ASU will head back to Tucson for a non-conference tilt at Arizona (Feb. 23), then Sun Devils return home to face No. 8 Baylor (3-0) in a three-game series at Packard Stadium (Feb. 25-27). In addition to holding the No.1 spot in Baseball America's rankings, Tulane is also ranked No. 4 (Collegiate Baseball) and No. 5 (Sports Weekly/ESPN).

    Did You Know:
    ASU is 6-5 after 11 games for the first time since 1997... three of ASU's four losses have come on Sundays when they are averaging just over two runs per games... Jr. LHP Erik Averill has given up only one walk in 22.0 IP this year... ASU is 6-1 when the starting pitcher goes five or more innings and 3-1 following a loss... sophomore Colin Curtis leads the Sun Devil offense hitting .391 (18-for-46) and has at least one hit in nine of 11 games... Sr. catcher Tuffy Gosewisch has a current career-high nine-game hitting streak in which he is hitting .368.

    Media Exposure:
    The three-game series against Tulane will not be broadcast in the Phoenix area, but fans can listen to all the games via Tulane's broadcast on ASU returns to the airwaves for the Feb. 23 game against Arizona with Trey Bender and Bob Eger calling all the action on KDUS 1060 AM. All 56 games this season will be able to be followed via LiveStats on ASU's official athletic website.

    Quick Hits:

    ... ASU has been ranked in 100 consecutive national polls dating back to the start of the 2000 season.... In 8.1 innings over the weekend, relievers Brett Bordes and Tony Barnette combined to not allow a run.... The starting pitching has been solid with a 3.57 ERA and 55 strikeouts and only nine walks in 63.0 IP.... So. LHP Erik Averill has thrown consecutive complete games and has 22 K's in the last 18.0 IP.... Eight players have at least one SB and the team is 23-for-31 on the season. At one point ASU had 17 straight SB.... Sophomore left fielder Colin Curtis has a hit in 9 of 11 games and leads the team with 12 RBI and a .391 BA.... After 11 games the Sun Devils have four triples. The 2004 squad had only seven triples in 59 games.... ASU owns a 219-93-1 record for a .701 winning percentage this decade (2000-P).... Of ASU's 56 games this season, 28 will be played against teams that played in the 2004 NCAA Tournament (50%).... 14 of ASU's first 25 games come against teams ranked in the Sports Weekly/ESPN preseason top 25.... The Devils are one of only six schools in the nation to have five players active who were drafted in 2004.... Senior 3B Jeff Larish has 10 RBI this season and ranks ninth in school history with 178 career RBI.... Sr. Tuffy Gosewisch is only the second player in ASU history to start three seasons at catcher (Don Wakamatsu).... Redshirt freshman Rocky Laguna tied the single-game record with four stolen bases against NMSU (2/7).... Led by four from freshman OF J.J. Sferra, ASU has seven bunt base hits this season.... Fr. SS  Andrew Romine has three or more assists in five of the last six games and has 32 straight flawless chances.... Sr. Joey Hooft is second on the team hitting .372 and is tied for the team lead with five stolen bases.... LHP Erik Averill and RHP Jason Urquidez have been named to the Clemens Award Watch List.

    Bordes Family Reunion:
    It will be a family reunion of sorts for the Bordes Brothers (Brett and Greg) this weekend when the Sun Devils play a three-game series at top-ranked Tulane. Brett is a junior left-handed pitcher who is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA this season and Greg is a freshman infielder who has seen action in one game. They will have over 50 family and friends at the series this weekend as they have several relatives from New Orleans. Their father, Charlie, was a standout baseball player at De La Salle High School and is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. Charlie went on to play college baseball at Southwestern Louisiana (currently Louisiana-Lafayette) and was voted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 1998 with former major leaguer Ron Guidry.

    Last Time Out:
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    Arizona junior first baseman Jordan Brown hit a two-out, two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 14th inning to give the No. 9 Wildcats a dramatic 7-6 victory over No. 12 Arizona State Tuesday night in non-conference action at Kindall Field at Sancet Park. The Sun Devils pulled ahead with a two-out, bases loaded walk to sophomore Joe Persichina in the top of the 14th before the Wildcats staged the two-out rally. Senior right fielder Jeff Van Houten laced a single up the middle and Brown followed drilling a 2-1 fastball from ASU senior reliever Ty Marotz over the right field fence for the game to give UA the victory. Marotz took the loss for the Sun Devils to fall to 0-1 on the year. The heart-breaking loss spoiled a pair of solid pitching performances from junior right-hander Tony Barnette and sophomore right-hander Pat Bresnehan. Making his first career start, Barnette scattered five hits and two runs in 5.1 innings. Bresnehan tied a career high with seven strikeouts in the longest outing of his career (5.1 IP). Sophomore left fielder Colin Curtis led ASU at the plate going 4-for-6 with one run and one RBI. Senior third baseman Joey Hooft (Reno, Nev.) recorded his sixth multi-hit game of the year going 2-for-5 with two RBI. Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (Scottsdale, Ariz.) went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to a career-high nine games.

    Four Sun Devils Named To Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic All-Tournament Team:
    After going 2-1 in the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic over the weekend in Surprise, Ariz., four Sun Devils were named to the all-tournament team. Jeff Larish (1B), Joey Hooft (3B), Erik Averill (LHP) and Joe Persichina (2B) were each presented with a special crystal baseball commemorating their spot on the all-tournament team. Larish hit .333 (4-for-12) with two home runs and six RBI while tying for the tournament lead with 10 total bases. His six RBI gave him 10 for the season and 178 in his career, moving into ninth place in the ASU record books. Averill registered his second consecutive complete-game in picking up the win over South Alabama. The junior southpaw struck out eight and scattered five hits to improve to 2-1 on the season. Hooft recorded at least one hit in all three games over the weekend to extend his hitting streak to four games. He finished hitting .364 (4-for-11) with three runs and one RBI in the tournament and is second on the team hitting .372 (16-for-43) overall with eight runs, three doubles and a .429 on-base percentage. Persichina led the tournament in hitting, going 5-for-10 (.500). He recorded his first two multi-hit games of the year and has raised his batting average 209 points (from .083 to .292).

    On the Road Again:
    The Sun Devils are in the midst of a stretch of games in which they will spend four of five weeks on the road. Following the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic, ASU will play five consecutive road games at Arizona and top-ranked Tulane. The Sun Devils will travel to Tucson for a pair of non-conference games against rival Arizona Feb. 15 (7-6 loss) and Feb. 23, with a three-game series at Tulane (Feb. 18-20) sandwiched between. After a home series against nationally ranked Baylor (Feb. 25-27), ASU takes back to the road for the Keith LeClair Invitational hosted by East Carolina University (Mar. 4-6) and then two games each against LSU and Western Illinois (Mar. 11-13) in Baton Rouge, La.

    Starting Pitching Proves To Be Difference Maker:
    In each of ASU's six wins this season, the starting pitcher has gone five or more innings. Overall the starting pitchers have combined to go 3-4 with a 3.57 ERA. They have a solid K/BB ratio with only nine walks and 55 strikeouts in 63.0 innings pitched this year. Junior Erik Averill leads the staff with a 2-1 record and a 1.64 ERA.Over the last four games, ASU's starters have combined to go 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA giving up only six earned runs in 24.0 innings. The Sun Devils have also had six different pitchers make a start on the mound this season. Junior college transfer Tony Barnette made his ASU starting debut Tuesday against Arizona and allowed only one earned run and five hits in 5.1 innings.

    Pole Position:
    After going 3-1 last week, Arizona State improved one spot from No. 12 to No. 11 in the Baseball America top 25 poll. ASU is also ranked No. 15 (NCBWA), No. 18 (Sports Weekly/ESPN) and No. 23 (Collegiate Baseball). ASU extends a streak of being ranked for 100 consecutive weeks in the national polls dating back to the start of the 2000 season. ASU finished the 2004 season with a 41-18 record and ranked 20th in the Sports Weekly/ESPN poll. The Devils have ranked in the top 12 in four of the last eight years.

    Averill Earns National Pitcher of the Week Honors:
    Arizona State junior left-handed pitcher Erik Averill is off to a fast start to the 2005 season and has been named to the initial watch list for the Roger Clemens National Pitcher of the Year Award. He is 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA and is coming off back-to-back complete-game victories. He was named the Pro-Line Cap National Pitcher of the Week after throwing a complete-game, 14-strikeout shutout against New Mexico State (2/4) and backed that performance up with a complete-game, eight-strikeout win over South Alabama (2/12). The complete-game shutout against NMSU was the first by a Sun Devil since Jered Liebeck beat Long Beach State in 2003 to earn National Pitcher of the Week honors. His 14 strikeouts also were the most by a Sun Devil since Mike Esposito had 17 against Washington in 2002. The back-to-back complete games marks a first for the Sun Devils since 2002 (Robbie McClellan). For the season, Averill is 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 28 strikeouts and only one walk in 22.0 innings.

    ASU's Collegiate Baseball/NCBWA National Players of the Week (2001-05):2005: Erik Averill (Feb. 7)2004: Jason Urquidez (Feb. 23)      Travis Buck (Mar. 1)2003: Jered Liebeck (Feb. 3)      Jeremy West (April 28)      Andre Ethier (May 26)2002: Ryan Schroyer (Feb. 4)      Mike Esposito (Apr. 1)2001: Jon Switzer (Feb. 5)

    Averill Proves To Be Strikeout Machine Since Summer in the Cape:
    Adding in his stellar summer performance with the Orleans Cardinals in the prestigious Cape Cod League, junior LHP Erik Averill has registered 90 strikeouts and walked only 16 in the last 85.2 IP. Averill went 5-3 with one save and a 1.70 ERA in 10 games with Orleans and is off to a 2-1, 1.65 start in three games for the Sun Devils in 2005. Including the summer, Averill is 7-4 with a 1.68 ERA in his last 13 games.

    ASU Pitchers of the Week Common in February:
    Erik Averill becomes the eighth Sun Devil (sixth pitcher) since 2001 to earn national player of the week honors from Collegiate Baseball. Ironically, an ASU pitcher has also earned a National Player of the Week honor in each of the last five February's (Averill - 2005, Jason Urquidez - 2004, Jered Liebeck - 2003, Ryan Schroyer - 2002, Jon Switzer - 2001).

    Averill And Urquidez Named To Clemens Award Watch List:
    Erik Averill and Jason Urquidez are among 42 pitchers who have been named to the initial watch list for the Roger Clemens Award, which is presented to the nation's top collegiate pitcher at the conclusion of the 2005 season. Averill was added to the list after his dominating 14-strikeout, complete-game shutout over New Mexico State (2/4) that earned him NCBWA and Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week honors. For the season, he is 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 28 strikeout and only one walk in 22.0 IP. Urquidez was named to the watch list for the second consecutive year after also being nominated during his junior season in which he led Pac-10 with 12 victories (12-3, 3.41 ERA). The senior right-hander is 1-0 this season and has compiled a 13-3 career record with a 3.91 ERA in his two seasons in the Maroon and Gold.

    Streaking Devils:
    Two Sun Devils currently have hitting streaks of four or more games heading into the weekend series against top-ranked Tulane. Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch currently has a career-high nine-game streak in which he is hitting .368 (14-for-38) with five doubles and nine RBI. Senior third baseman Joey Hooft also has his a four-game streak in which he is 8-for-21 (.381) with three doubles and five RBI. Here is a look at ASU players with current hitting streaks:

    Player                Current Streak     Statistics During StreakTuffy Gosewisch       9 Games            .368, 14-for-38, 5 R, 5 2B, 9 RBIJoey Hooft            5 Games            .381, 8-for-21, 4 R, 3 2B, 5 RBI

    Welcome To the Show:
    A total of 13 players have made their ASU debuts in the first 11 games of the season. Four newcomers were in the starting lineup on opening day, including Joey Hooft (DH), Andrew Romine (SS), J.J. Sferra (CF) and Vinny Biancamano (2B). Willy Fox, Rocky Laguna, DJ Butler and Jeff Landry recorded their first at-bats as a Sun Devil and Kevin Dryanski (RHP), Tony Barnette (RHP) and Seth Garrison (RHP) all made their debuts in the maroon and gold. Greg Bordes and Eric Williams have also seen duty as a pinch-runner. The Sun Devil roster consists of 18 of 30 active players that have never seen action before this season.

    Team Speed:
    The Sun Devils are 30-for-31 (74%) on the season stealing bases, including a streak of 17 consecutive that ended during the Coca-Cola Classic. Led by five from redshirt freshman Rocky Laguna and senior Joey Hooft, eight different Sun Devils have recorded a stolen base and six players have two or more stolen bases. In 59 games last season, ASU had only 56 stolen bases and through 11 games had only 11 SB.

    The All-Time Series vs. Tulane:
    Game 1: Tulane 5, ASU 3 | Game 2: ASU 11, Tulane 3 | Game 3: ASU 5, Tulane 1
    After winning two of three games last season against Tulane, Arizona State owns a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series. Before last season's three-game series at Packard Stadium (Mar. 12-14), the Sun Devils and Green Wave last met in a 9-2 ASU victory in 1974. After dropping the series opener to the Green Wave 5-3, ASU came back to win the next two games by scores of 11-3 and 5-1. All-American shortstop Dustin Pedroia led the offense hitting .545 (6-for-11) with two doubles, one home run and six RBI in the series. Current Sun Devils Jason Urquidez (1-0, 1.59 ERA) and Erik Averill (1-0, 1.29 ERA) both experienced success against Tulane last season.

    Team USA Ties:
    Arizona State senior first baseman Jeff Larish and junior right fielder Travis Buck will see a pair of familiar faces in the opposing dugout this weekend. Larish was a member of the 2003 USA Baseball National Team that won a silver medal in the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was teammates with Tulane RHP/1B Micah Owings, who was then a freshman at Georgia Tech. Buck was a key member of the 2004 National Team that won a gold medal in the FISU World University Baseball Championships and was teammates for a few games with Green Wave two-way player Brian Bogusevic.

    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 409 times since 1907. While Arizona leads the overall rivalry 221-188, ASU leads the series 165-104 since the school officially adopted the program as a varsity sport in 1959. Additionally, ASU has dominated the rivalry in recent years, winning 16 of the last 21 (16-5) games since 2000. The Sun Devils won four of the five meetings in 2004 and seven of the last nine overall. ASU has also won six straight series over Arizona. Since head coach Pat Murphy took over the program in 1995, ASU is 34-17 (.667) and has never lost a season series to the Wildcats. The Devils are scheduled to face the Wildcats in one more non-conference game in Tucson (Feb. 23) and a three-game Pac-10 series May 14-16 in Tempe.

    Larish Moves Into Top 10 For Career RBI:
    Junior first baseman Jeff Larish recorded six RBI in the Coca-Cola Spring Training Classic to move into the ASU career top 10 with 178. Larish went 4-for-12 (.333) over the weekend with his first two home runs of the year. With his season-high tying four against Oklahoma (2/12), Larish cracked the ASU career top 10. Larish has recorded 47 career multi-RBI games and has recorded at least one RBI in 85 of 166 career games. His two home runs give him 30 for his career, only six off the ASU career top 10 in that category. He also ranks fourth with 146 career walks.

    Curtis Coming of Age:
    Sophomore left fielder Colin Curtis is leading the team with a .391 (18-for-46) batting average and has recorded at least one hit in nine of 11 games and an RBI in eight games. Curtis also leads the team with 12 RBI, 18 hits, nine walks and is second with four stolen bases. In addition, he has recorded six multi-hit and three multi-RBI games. He has also hit in the leadoff spot in all six of ASU's victories and 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). Curtis was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 as a freshman last season after hitting .300 (57-for-190) with five home runs, 36 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

    Year       Avg   GP-GS     AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   BB   SO   SB-ATT2004....  .300   57-57    190   37   57   11    0    5   36   38   39   12-142005....  .391   11-11     46    6   18    1    1    0   12    9    6    4-5TOTAL...  .318   68-68    236   43   75   12    1    5   48   47   45   16-19

    Bresnehan Off To Another Quick Start:
    Sophomore right-handed reliever Pat Bresnehan has experienced a hot start in each of his two seasons in the Maroon and Gold. Bresnehan is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in five games this season, recording 18 strikeouts in 12.0 innings and limiting opposing hitters to a .239 batting average. He is coming off a dominating performance against Arizona in which he tied his career high with seven strikeouts in the longest outing of his career (5.1 IP). As a freshman, Bresnehan ended the season with a 3-2 record, five saves and a 4.79 ERA, but it was his hot start that earned him honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors. In his first 10 appearances he was 3-0 with five saves and a 1.37 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 19.2 IP. Over his last 13 outings (21.2 IP), Bresnehan posted an 0-3 record with a 7.89 ERA.

    Triple Your Pleasure:
    After 11 games the Sun Devils already have four triples. J.J. Sferra, Andrew Romine, Jeff Larish and Colin Curtis have each recorded a three-bagger during the early part of the season. In 59 games last season, ASU had only seven triples, ranking 245th of 285 teams in the NCAA.

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