April 11, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State sophomores Jeremy West and Andre Ethier have been named to Baseball America's Midseason All-America team. The duo have helped lead the 16th-ranked Sun Devils to a 22-12 record through ASU's first 34 games of the 2002 season and are currently in third place in the Pac-10 with a 6-3 record.
West, a sophomore first baseman from Las Vegas, leads the Sun Devils in nearly every offensive category and is coming off a solid weekend in which he was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week. West hit a home run in each of ASU's three games over the weekend at Washington State and now has a team-leading 11 home runs on the year. With 17 career home runs he already has the sixth most by a freshman/sophomore in ASU baseball history. He has been swinging an exceptionally hot bat as of late with five home runs in the last seven games and over the last 10 games is hitting .429 (18x42) with seven doubles, five home runs and 16 RBI. West leads the Pac-10 in runs scored (38), doubles (15), slugging percentage (.808) and RBI (46). He is second with 11 home runs and tied for 10th with a .376 batting average. He also leads the team with 29 extra base hits, 17 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games. He is currently ranked 23rd in the NCAA with 1.39 RBI per game and has tabbed at least one RBI in 23 of his 33 games played this year (70%).
Ethier, a sophomore transfer from Chandler-Gilbert Community College, leads the team in hitting through 34 games with a .381 (48x126) batting average. He is fifth in the Pac-10 in batting, sixth with 34 runs scored, 5th in hits (48), and fourth with his .471 on-base percentage. Ethier has 13 multi-hit games on the year, six of which have been three-hit affairs and one a four-hit game. He also has recorded at least one hit in 26 of his 34 games played this year and is second on the team with 16 extra base hits. He is coming off a career game at the in the series final at Washington State. Ethier was 3-for-4 with five runs scored, five RBI and two home runs. He is one of only two Devils to start all 34 games for the Sun Devils, with 33 coming in right field and one start coming at first base.
The Sun Devils travel to Los Angeles this weekend for a three-game Pac-10 series vs. UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Devils and the Bruins will clash Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.). ASU will be going for its eighth consecutive Pac-10 series victory dating back to last year. All three games can be heard live over the radio in the Phoenix area on XTRA 910 AM or worldwide via the internet at www.TheSunDevils.com.