Feb. 25, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State junior starting pitcher Jason Urquidez earned a clean sweep of the national college baseball player of the week awards, earning three more awards after his complete-game victory over No. 1 Rice last Sunday.
Urquidez earned national POW honors from Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, Sports Weekly and CollegeBaseballInsider.com. He was also named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after his complete-game three-hitter against No. 1 and defending national champion Rice Owls at Reckling Park in Houston.
Urquidez, a junior college transfer from Central Arizona, limited the top-ranked Owls to only one run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking only one. He gave up his only run in his 138-pitch effort with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning. With his third victory of the year, Urquidez went head-to-head with and beat the nation's top pitching prospect in Rice ace Jeff Niemann. Niemann recorded his first loss since late in the 2002 season after going 17-0 as a sophomore in 2003.
For the season, the Simi Valley, Calif., native is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA. He has allowed only 12 hits and struck out a team-leading 23 in 20.0 IP. The honor marks the fourth straight year ASU has won a national pitcher of the week award in the month of February. He became ASU's 47th all-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week.
After a 4-0 victory over Arizona on Tuesday, Urquidez and the Sun Devils (9-2) continue a stretch of 25 consecutive home games this weekend with a three-game series against the University of Connecticut (Feb. 27-29, 7 p.m., 1 p.m., 1 p.m.). Urquidez is scheduled to make his next start in the series finale on Sunday against UConn.
Transactions: Arizona State junior RHP named Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, ESPN/Sports Weekly, College Baseball Insider.com National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week.