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No. 10 Baseball Opens 2004 Season This Weekend Against No. 18 Florida State
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Release: 02/02/2004
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Feb. 2, 2004

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    Probable Starting Pitchers:
    Feb. 6 vs. FSU, 7 p.m. MST
    FSU - Hunter Jones, LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
    ASU - Jeff Mousser, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

    Feb. 7 vs. FSU, 1 p.m. MST
    FSU - Eddie Cannon, RHP (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
    ASU - Brett Bordes, LHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

    Feb. 8 vs. FSU, 1 p.m. MST
    FSU - Mark Sauls, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
    ASU - Jason Urquidez, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

    National Rankings:
    Arizona State (0-0) is ranked in all four national preseason polls. ASU ranks as high as No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball, and also No. 10 (Sports Weekly), No. 11 (NCBWA) and No. 18 (Baseball America). The Sun Devils have now been ranked in the national polls for 79 consecutive polls. FSU (2-0) is ranked No. 22-18-24 (BA-SW-CB).

    Media Exposure:
    All three games of the Florida State-Arizona State baseball series will be broadcast on the radio and over the internet. Fans can listen to the games in the Phoenix area and around the world online at Friday and Saturday's games can be heard on KDUS 1060 AM, and Sunday's game on 1440 AM (Arizona Gold)... Jeff Munn and Bob Eger will call the first two games of the series, with Trey Bender taking over duties for the Sunday game. All three games will also be feature live statistical feeds via GameTracker:

    Friday's GameTracker
    Saturday's GameTracker
    Sunday's GameTracker

    Did You Know:
    The Feb. 6 start to the 2004 season is the latest start for a Sun Devil team since 1978 when ASU played a three-game series against Cal State Northridge Feb. 11-13. Dating back to 1977, ASU is 25-2 in season openers. ASU has swept the first three games of the season in eight of Pat Murphy's nine seasons.

    Let The Games Begin:
    The No. 10 Arizona State Sun Devils open the 2004 season this weekend with a three-game series against No. 18 Florida State. The Feb. 6 start is the latest start to a season since 1978 when the Devils opened on Feb. 11 against Cal State Northridge. The three-game set against FSU also marks the first time during the Pat Murphy era that ASU will open a season against a ranked opponent.

    Welcome Back:
    While some familiar faces return in 2004, the Sun Devils feature a pretty young team for the upcoming season. ASU returns only 10 letterwinners and will have to replace a majority of the pitching staff that led the Pac-10 with a 3.32 staff ERA in 2003. While the pitching staff features only two players with any innings pitched in the program, seven top position players return from last year, in addition to Ryan McKenna and Nick Cadena rejoining the team after redshirt seasons. ASU led all colleges with 12 draft picks last June and will have to rely heavily on 21 newcomers. Of the three scheduled starters this weekend (Jeff Mousser, Brett Bordes, Jason Urquidez), none have made a start in a Sun Devil uniform.

    Consecutive Games Scoring Streak Reaches 501:
    The Arizona State baseball program has scored in an NCAA record 501 consecutive games dating back to the 1995 season. The Devils made history on April 7, 2001 when they scored at least one run in their 350th consecutive game. The Devils broke the 12-year-old NCAA record in a 5-1 loss to USC exactly six years to the day when they were last shut out. ASU was shut out 9-0 in that game on April 7, 1995 at Dedeaux Field. The one run scored in a pair of games to Cal State Fullerton in the Super Regional last season marked only the 15th and 16th times during the streak that ASU has scored only one run. Coastal Carolina previously held the NCAA record at 349 games set from 1983-1989. ASU also had a stretch of 278 games without being shut out from 1990 to 1994, meaning the program has only been shutout in three games dating back to the 1990 season. ASU is a combined 333-167-1 during the streak and has combined to score 4,707 runs (9.4 average). Notable pitchers the Devils have faced during the streak include Mark Prior (USC), Jeremy Guthrie (Stanford), Barry Zito (USC), Kirk Saarloos (CS Fullerton), Jason Young (Stanford), Ben Diggins (Arizona), Adam Johnson (CS Fullerton), Ryan Drese (Cal), Jeff Weaver (Fresno State), Chad Hutchinson (Stanford), Abe Alvarez and Adam Pettyjohn (Fresno State).

    NCAA Record Consecutive Game Scoring Streaks:
    Arizona State	501 	April 7, 1995 - Present
    Coastal Carolina	349	April 16, 1983 - April 10, 1989
    Wichita State	332	March 13, 1996 - Feb. 23, 2001
    Nebraska	  331	May 3, 1998 - June 1, 2003
    Florida State	326	April 29, 1984 - Feb. 25, 1989
    Poll Mechanics:
    The Sun Devils enter the 2004 season ranked in all four of the national preseason polls. Topping out at No. 7 in the annual Collegiate Baseball preseason top 40, the Devils also earned preseason rankings of No. 10 (Sports Weekly/ESPN), No. 11 (NCBWA) and No. 18 (Baseball America). ASU finished the 2003 season with a 54-14 record and earned a consensus top 10 ranking in all four national polls. ASU ranked as high as No. 7 by Baseball America, and also ended the year ranked No. 10 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 9 by Sports Weekly. ASU has been ranked in 79 consecutive national polls dating back to the start of the 2000 season. The No. 7 preseason ranking is the highest by an ASU squad since opening the 2001 season as the consensus No. 6 team in the nation.

    Preseason All-Americans:
    Sun Devil juniors Dustin Pedroia and Jeff Larish earned preseason All-America honors from every publication. Pedroia earned first-team honors from the NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball,, and was a third-team pick by Baseball America. He was also selected as the preseason pick for Pac-10 Player of the Year by Baseball America. Larish, who moves to the outfield for the 2004 season, was a first-team pick by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America,, and was a second-team pick by the NCBWA. Larish was also selected as the preseason College Baseball Player of the Year by Street & Smith's. Here is a look at ASU's preseason awards sheet:

    Baseball America Preseason All-Americans:
    Jeff Larish - 1st team
    Dustin Pedroia - 3rd team

    Baseball America Preseason All-Pac-10: Dustin Pedroia - Shortstop (Player of the Year) Jeff Larish - Outfield Jason Urquidez - Relief Pitcher

    Baseball America Top Pac-10 Newcomers: Colin Curtis - No. 4

    Baseball America Top Pac-10 Prospects: Jeff Larish - No. 1 Dustin Pedroia - No. 6

    Baseball America Best Tools: Dustin Pedroia - Best Defensive Shortstop (NCAA) Dustin Pedroia - Best Defensive Shorstop (Pac-10) Erik Averill - Best Control

    Baseball America Top Transfers: Jeff Mousser - No. 12

    Baseball America's Fab 50 By Class: Freshman: Colin Curtis - No. 10 Pat Bresnehan - No. 27 Zechry Zinicola - No. 30

    Sophomores: Travis Buck - No. 30

    Juniors: Jeff Larish - No. 4 Dustin Pedroia - No. 36

    Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-Americans: Jeff Larish - 1st team Dustin Pedroia - 1st team

    NCBWA Preseason All-Americans: Jeff Larish - 2nd team Dustin Pedroia - 1st team All-Americans: Jeff Larish - 1st team Dustin Pedroia - 1st team

    Street & Smith's College Baseball Preview: Jeff Larish - Preseason Player of the Year

    Sun Devils Picked To Finish Second in Pac-10:
    The Sun Devils enter the season as the preseason pick to finish second in the Pac-10 in a poll of the league coaches. Stanford was picked first, while Arizona, USC and Washington round out the top five. ASU was also picked to finish second by Collegiate Baseball and third by Baseball America. Here is a look at the three preseason Pac-10 baseball polls:
    Pac-10 Poll (Coaches):
    1.	Stanford
    2. 	Arizona State
    3.	Arizona
    4.	USC
    5.	Washington
    6.	California
    7.	UCLA
    8.	Oregon State
    9.	Washington State

    Pac-10 Poll (Baseball America): 1. Stanford* 2. Arizona* 3. Arizona State* 4. California* 5. USC* 6. Washington* 7. UCLA 8. Oregon State 9. Washington State *predicted to make NCAA Tournament.

    Pac-10 Poll (Collegiate Baseball): 1. Stanford 2. Arizona State 3. USC 4. Arizona 5. Washington 6. UCLA 7. California 8. Oregon State 9. Washington State

    One Tough Schedule:
    The Sun Devils are set to take on a brutally tough 56-game regular season schedule that opens this weekend with a three-game series against No. 18 Florida State. ASU is scheduled to play 24 games against teams that are listed in Baseball America's preseason top 25 and another 15 games against teams that are listed in the top 50. The Devils will also play 54% (30 of 56) of their games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year and 71% (40 of 56) against teams that have advanced to the postseason in either of the last two years. ASU finished the 2003 season with a 54-14 record and an overall RPI ranked 12th in the nation. The 2004 schedule features six schools that are picked to finish first in their respective conferences: Stanford (Pac-10), Rice (WAC), Wichita State (Missouri Valley Conference), Oral Roberts (Mid-Continent), Tulane (Conference USA), Lamar (Southland).

    ASU Is 25-2 In Season Openers Since 1977:
    Arizona State owns an all-time 25-2 record in season openers dating back to the 1977 season when accurate season records are available. The Sun Devils open the 2004 season on Feb. 6 against nationally ranked Florida State, marking the latest start to a season since opening Feb. 11, 1978 against Cal State Northridge. Dating back to 1977, ASU has opened a season in the month of January 18 different times, including all but one season under current head coach Pat Murphy. Murphy is 8-1 all-time in Tempe in season openers, combining to outscore the opponent 93-28 in those games. In his 16 years as a head coach at the Division I level (9 at ASU, 7 at Notre Dame), Murphy has lost only one game (2001 to Texas-Arlington). One of his season openers actually came against ASU when the Irish defeated the Sun Devils 11-4 in 1993.

    Feb. 16, 1977	Azusa Pacific	W, 12-7
    Feb. 11, 1978	CS Northridge	W, 22-8
    Feb. 4, 1979	CS Dominguez Hills	W, 5-2
    Feb. 4, 1980	Azusa Pacific	W, 8-4
    Feb. 2, 1981	Long Beach State	W, 6-4
    Feb. 1, 1982	Chico State	W, 12-7
    Jan. 31, 1983	CS Los Angeles	W, 7-4
    Feb. 1, 1984	CS Los Angeles	W, 8-3
    Jan. 31, 1985	UC Santa Barbara	W, 9-8
    Jan. 31, 1986	Cal Poly Pomona	W, 10-7
    Jan. 31, 1987	San Francisco	W, 20-1
    Jan. 21, 1988	UC Santa Barbara	W, 4-3
    Jan. 27, 1989	UC Riverside	W, 4-1
    Jan. 19, 1990	Grand Canyon	W, 12-2
    Jan. 25, 1991	Long Beach State	W, 5-4
    Feb. 1, 1992	Texas Tech	W, 4-3
    Jan. 28, 1993	at Hawaii	L, 4-9
    Jan. 27, 1994	New Mexico State	W, 11-2
    Jan. 27, 1995	Duke	W, 7-0
    Feb. 2, 1996	Loyola Marymount	W, 19-7
    Jan. 24, 1997	UC Santa Barbara	W, 5-2
    Jan. 22, 1998	CS Northridge	W, 7-3
    Jan. 15, 1999	Utah	W, 17-4
    Jan. 21, 2000	Utah	W, 13-2
    Jan. 26, 2001	Texas-Arlington	L, 3-5
    Jan. 31, 2002	Oregon State	W, 13-5
    Jan. 16, 2003	at Hawaii-Hilo	W, 9-0
    A Record Breaking Season... 2003 in Review:
    In addition to finishing in the top 10 in the NCAA in the four major statistical categories, the 2003 season also brought about a number of entries into the single-season record books. The 2003 team ranked third in runs scored (682), sixth in hits (858), fifth in doubles (160), second in RBI (630), third in walks (406), tied for third in batting average (.347), fifth in pitching shutouts (10) and third in ERA during the aluminum bat era (3.32). The 54 wins are the most by a Sun Devil squad since the 1988 team finished with 60 victories. ASU also set an NCAA record with 14 grand slams and extended its NCAA record consecutive games scoring streak to 501 games (dating back to April 7, 1995). Individually, several Sun Devils also had record-breaking seasons. Shortstop Dustin Pedroia became only the 22nd player with 100 hits and the 16th player to hit .400. He ranks fourth all-time with his 120 hits and 15th by hitting .404. He set an ASU and Pac-10 record with 34 doubles. First baseman Jeff Larish broke into the record books in several categories, including ranking fifth with 95 RBI and second with 78 walks. He broke the school record with four grand slams and tied the single-game records with nine RBI and four doubles. Jeremy West also tied the single-game records with nine RBI and three home runs.
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