Feb. 3, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State's senior right-handed pitcher Jered Liebeck has been named the Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week after his complete-game three-hit shut over No. 13 Long Beach State.
Liebeck (Glendale) faced only 28 batters in his first career complete game to lead the Devils to a 3-0 win in the second game of ASU's eventual 2-1 series win over the 49ers. The senior allowed only one hit past the fourth inning and had only one Dirtbag reach second base. Before issuing his only walk of the game to leadoff the ninth inning, Liebeck had retired 10 straight batters. For the season he is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 20.0 innings on the mound.
The Sun Devils are off to an 11-1 start and moved up three spots in the first poll of the 2003 season from No. 12 to No. 9. Arizona State is also ranked No. 8 by Baseball America, No. 9 by Sports Weekly/ESPN, and No. 10 by NCBWA.
Arizona State has now won Collegiate Baseball's National Pitcher of the Week award in the same week (Feb. 3-6) three years in a row. Current Tampa Bay Devil Ray prospect Jon Switzer won the award in 2001 after striking out 13 batters in five innings vs. Southern Utah. Current ASU closer Ryan Schroyer received the honor last year after striking out 11 batters in 6.2 innings vs. the same Southern Utah club.
After playing nine of its first 12 games on the road to open the 2003 season, the Sun Devils return to Packard Stadium this weekend for a three-game series with BYU (1-2). The non-conference series start Thursday(7 p.m.) and continues Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m.).