Trio Of Sun Devils Earn Academic Awards

May 12, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. ( -- 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.

Buck (Richland, Wash.) has a cumulative 3.31 GPA while pursuing a degree in management. The junior All-American right fielder leads the Sun Devils and ranks third in the Pac-10 hitting .389 (81-for-208) with 57 runs, 18 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 36 RBI and 17 stolen bases. The three-year starter is a career .362 hitter and was a member of the 2004 USA Baseball National Team that won a gold medal in the FISU World University Baseball Championships in Tainan, Taiwan.

Averill (Orange, Calif.) has a cumulative 3.52 GPA while advancing towards a degree in finance. The junior left-handed pitcher has been ASU's ace throughout the 2005 season, going 7-3 with a 3.39 ERA. He has compiled three complete games this season and has lasted five or more innings in 11 of his 13 starts. As a starting pitcher this season, Averill is 7-3 with a 2.92 ERA.

Gosewisch (Scottsdale, Ariz.) earned second-team honors with a 3.21 GPA as a marketing major. A two-time All-Pac-10 Academic selection, Gosewisch has started the last three seasons at catcher for the Sun Devils. He is hitting .328 (60-for-183) with six home runs and leads the team with 49 RBI.

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 All-Academic 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.

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