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2005 Arizona State Baseball Season in Review
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Release: 08/10/2005
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Aug. 10, 2005

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  • 2005 Season Statistics and Results
  • Sun Devils in the Pros (2005)
  • 2005 Award Candidates
  • 2005 ASU Baseball Media Guide
  • 2005 Fan's Guide
  • 2005 ASU Baseball Outlook
  • 2005 Schedule
  • 2005 Roster
  • 2005 Quick Facts
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    2005 College World Series Links:

  • ASU College World Series Media Guide
  • College World Series Central
  • College World Series Bracket
  • NCAA Tournament Field of 64
  • Tempe-Fullerton Super Regional Bracket
  • College World Series of Omaha
  • NCAASports.com - Baseball

    College Baseball Links:

  • Baseball America Top 25
  • Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25
  • Collegiate Baseball Top 30
  • Pac-10 Baseball
  • 2005 Pac-10 Baseball Media Guide (PDF)
  • NCAA Baseball Statistics
  • BoydsWorld College Baseball Ratings
  • CollegeSports.com College Baseball

    2005 Record Breakdown:

    Overall Record

    42-25 (.627)

    Home Record

    25-7

    Away/Neutral Record

    17-18

    Pac-10 Record (Finish)

    15-9 (3rd)

    Home Record

    10-2

    Away Record

    5-7

    1-Run Games

    10-7

    Extra Innings

    3-2

    Day Games/Night Games

    22-14/20-11

    Avg. Home Attendance (32 games)

    2,654


    National Rankings:
    Bolstered by a strong postseason run and a third-place finish in the College World Series, the 2005 Arizona State baseball team recorded a top-six ranking in all four of the college baseball national polls. ASU finished the season ranked as high as No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA, No. 5 by SportsWeekly/ESPN and No. 6 by Baseball America. The consensus top-six national ranking gives Arizona State its fifth top 12 finish (according to Baseball America) during the 11 seasons under current head coach Pat Murphy. ASU also finished in the top 12 in the nation in 1997 (#11), 1998 (#2), 2000 (#12), 2003 (#7) and 2005 (#6). ASU has now appeared in the national rankings in 112 of the last 118 polls dating back to the start of the 2000 season.

    Week-by-Week National Rankings:

     

    BA

    SW

    CB

    NCBWA

    PS

    9

    9

    11

    9

    2/7

    12

    13

    18

    17

    2/14

    11

    18

    23

    15

    2/21

    NR

    RV

    NR

    RV

    2/28

    NR

    RV

    NR

    RV

    3/7

    NR

    RV

    NR

    RV

    3/14

    NR

    RV

    NR

    RV

    3/21

    NR

    RV

    NR

    RV

    3/28

    24

    RV

    30

    28

    4/4

    24

    25

    28

    29

    4/11

    NR

    RV

    NR

    RV

    4/18

    21

    20

    22

    22

    4/25

    17

    20

    17

    20

    5/2

    18

    22

    17

    21

    5/9

    18

    24

    17

    22

    5/16

    17

    22

    18

    20

    5/23

    25

    RV

    22

    23

    5/30

    22

    24

    20

    23

    6/7

    17

    ---

    17

    17

    6/14

    11

    ---

    8

    ---

    Final

    6

    5

    3

    3

    Fun Facts:
    ASU started the season on a slow note winning just six of its first 15 and 13 of the first 25 games to start the season... the Devils responded from a school-record-tying six-game losing streak to go 36-16 (.692) over the final 52 games of the season... ASU won 12 of its final 15 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year and eighth time in the last nine seasons... ASU appeared in the College World Series for the 19th time in school history and the first time since 1998... in 19 trips to Omaha, ASU has won five national championships, finished runner-up five times and also finished third five times... ASU played 41 of 67 games against teams that were ranked at some point during the season... Jeff Larish became only the 12th player in school history to hit 20 home runs in a season and tied for fourth in the NCAA with 23 home runs... Larish finished his career ranked second in ASU history with 51 career homers... Travis Buck became only the 21st player in school history to record 100 hits in a season and tied for ninth with 110 hits... Larish, Buck, Colin Curtis and Joey Hooft were named to the College World Series All-Tournament team... ASU was 5-1 in elimination games in the 2005 NCAA Tournament... Sr. RHP Jason Urquidez became only the seventh Sun Devil to record back-to-back 10-win seasons... Jr. LHP

    Season Recap:
    The Sun Devils completed the 2005 season with a 42-25 record and finished third in the College World Series... ASU finished tied for third in the Pac-10 with a 15-9 record... ASU ended the season ranked No. 3 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association... ASU was a consensus top six pick to end the year, also being ranked No. 5 by ESPN/Sports Weekly and No. 6 by Baseball America... the top-six national rankings give Arizona State its fifth top 12 finish (according to Baseball America) during the 11 seasons under Murphy... ASU finished the season with the No. 4 strength of schedule in the nation as rated by Boydsworld.com... the Sun Devils played 41 of their 67 games against teams that were ranked at some point during the 2005 season... ASU's remarkable run to a third-place finish in the College World Series came after starting the year 6-9 (went 36-16 over the rest of the season)... ASU advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year and the eighth time in the last nine years (29th time in school history)... earning a No. 2 seed, ASU hosted a regional at Packard Stadium and swept through the bracket earning wins over No. 3 East Carolina and a pair of wins over No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina... advancing to the Super Regionals for the second time in the last three years, ASU eliminated nemesis and defending national champion Cal State Fullerton to advance to the College World Series for the 19th time in school history... at the CWS, the Sun Devils dropped the opener to Nebraska 5-3, but rebounded with three elimination game victories over Tennessee (4-2), Nebraska (8-7) and Florida (6-1)... the Gators ended ASU's season one game short of the Championship Series... four Sun Devils (Jeff Larish, Colin Curtis, Travis Buck, Joey Hooft) were named to the College World Series All-Tournament team... Larish tied an ASU and CWS single-game record when he blasted three solo home runs against Nebraska (6/21)... his three homers went to all three fields (left, right, center) and his third home run came with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at 7-7... only J.D. Drew (Florida State, 1995) and Edmund Muth (Stanford, 2000) had previously hit three home runs in a single CWS game... Larish finished his senior season leading the Pac-10 and ranking fourth in the NCAA with 23 home runs... his 23 homers are tied for third in the ASU single-season record books and his 51 career home runs are second most in school history... Larish earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors and was named to the ABCA All-West Region team... in addition to leading the league with 23 home runs, he was also first with 58 walks and second with 170 total bases and a .680 slugging percentage... junior right fielder Travis Buck had one of the best individual offensive seasons in recent history, hitting .382 (110-for-288) with 24 doubles, six home runs, 43 RBI and 27 stolen bases... his 110 hits are ninth most in the ASU single-season record books and he became only the fourth player in school history to record at least 100 hits, 20 doubles and 20 stolen bases in the same season... Buck earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors and was also a second-team All-American as selected by the NCBWA... Buck became ASU's 22nd all-time first-round draft pick when he was selected 36th overall by the Oakland A's in the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft... Buck, a member of the 2004 USA Baseball National Team, won a pair of Pac-10 Player of the Week awards to set an ASU position player record with five career POW awards... he led the Pac-10 in stolen bases (27) and hits (110)... sophomore outfielder Colin Curtis hit .342 (89-for-260) and earned spots on the All-Regional and All-CWS team by hitting .400 (16-for-40) during the NCAA Tournament... Curtis was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 and was invited to the USA Baseball National Team Trials in Raleigh, N.C... senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch was one of 10 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year award and finished the season hitting .321 (81-for-252) with 17 doubles, six home runs and led the team with 74 RBI... Gosewisch started all 67 games behind the plate and became only the second three-year starting catcher in school history... he was drafted in the 11th round by the Philadelphia Phillies... freshman position players J.J. Sferra (CF), Andrew Romine (SS) and Willy Fox (DH) all earned honorable mention Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball... junior LHP Erik Averill and senior RHP Jason Urquidez led the pitching staff accounting for half of ASU's 42 wins... the duo were named ASU co-Pitcher of the Year and became 16th pair of teammates to each record 10 wins in a season... Averill went 11-4 with a 3.39 ERA and recorded five complete games... he struck out 99 batters in a Pac-10 high 127.1 innings and walked only 30... he earned national pitcher of the week honors after a 14-strikeout, complete-game win over New Mexico State (4/4)... he also had a pair of complete-game victories in the NCAA Tournament over Coastal Carolina (6/4) and Florida (6/22)... Urquidez went 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA while making 29 pitching appearances (17 starts) and logging 121.1 innings... he struck out 98 and held opponents to a .249 batting average... he became only the seventh pitcher in ASU history to record back-to-back 10-win seasons and finished his career 22-7... junior left-hander Brett Bordes led the Pac-10 with 38 pitching appearances, ranking second in ASU single-season history... he went 5-7 with four saves, including clinching the regional and super regionals with saves... drafted in the 24th round by the Detroit Tigers, Bordes has 78 career pitching appearances to rank fourth in school history and would be a lock to break the record (102 set by Kendall Carter) if he returned for his senior season in 2006... as a team, ASU ranked third in the Pac-10 hitting .310 and averaged 7.18 runs per game... they led the league and ranked 24th in the NCAA with 128 stolen bases (5th most in school history).

    2005 Pac-10 Standings

    Team

    Pac-10

    Overall

    Oregon State

    19-5

    46-12

    Arizona

    17-7

    39-21

    Arizona State

    15-9

    42-25

    USC

    15-9

    41-22

    California

    13-11

    34-12

    Stanford

    12-12

    34-25

    Washington

    12-12

    33-22

    UCLA

    4-20

    15-41

    Washington State

    1-23

    21-36

    Quick Hits:

    ... In 19 trips to Omaha and the College World Series, ASU has finished first 5 times, second 5 times and third 5 times.
    ... Senior RHP Jason Urquidez became only the seventh pitcher in school history to record back-to-back 10-win seasons.
    ... Erik Averill and Jason Urquidez each had 10 wins, marking the 16th season in which ASU has had two 10-game winners.
    ... Jeff Larish, Travis Buck, Joey Hooft and Colin Curtis were named to the College World Series All-Tournament team.
    ... ASU played over half of its schedule (41 of 67) against teams that were ranked at some point in 2005.
    ... Travis Buck paced ASU hitting .382 and became only the 21st player in school history to record 100 hits in a season.
    ... The Sun Devils played 34 of their 56 regular-season games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
    ... Jeff Larish hit 23 home runs to rank fourth in the nation and his 51 career home runs are second most in ASU history.
    ... Travis Buck recorded a hit in 28 of the last 31 games of the season and 56 of 67 on the season. He also had 35 multi-hit games.
    ... Junior LHP Erik Averill led the pitching staff going 11-3 with a 3.39 ERA and had a Pac-10 best five complete games.
    ... ASU set a school record with 35 hits in the 30-13 win over Western Illinois (3/13). Travis Buck went 6-for-8.
    ... ASU's games against Florida (6/22-6/23) marked the latest games played in ASU Baseball history.
    ... Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch led the team with 74 RBI and on defense made only two errors in 538 chances (.996 FLD%).
    ... In 32 home games, ASU averaged 2,654 fans to rank No. 1 on the West Coast.
    ... 21 of ASU's 25 losses came against teams that appeared in the national rankings at some point in 2005.
    ... The Sun Devils led the Pac-10 with 128 stolen bases - most by an ASU squad since 130 in 1999 - and fifth most in ASU history.
    ... In addition to facing a tough schedule in 2005, ASU also faced 13 preseason All-American pitchers.
    ... Junior LHP Brett Bordes made 38 appearances in 2005 (4 starts, 34 relief) to rank second in the ASU record books.
    ... The Sun Devils played more road games (35) than home games (32) during the 2005 season.
    ... 16 Sun Devils, including 10 true freshmen, made their debut in the Maroon and Gold in 2005.
    ... Senior Tuffy Gosewisch was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year Award.
    ... The Sun Devils were 25-7 in home games in 2005 and own an all-time 868-251-1 record at Packard Stadium.
    ... Head coach Pat Murphy penciled in  54 different starting batting lineups, including eight leadoff hitters.
    ... Shortstop Andrew Romine finished the season ranked fourth in the ASU freshman record books with 14 stolen bases.
    ... ASU owns a 255-113-1 record for a .692 winning percentage this decade (2000-P).
    ... Travis Buck was selected 36th overall in the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft, becoming ASU's 22nd first-round pick.
    ... Erik Averill and Tuffy Gosewisch were named co-Most Outstanding Players of the NCAA Tempe Regional.
    ... Travis Buck became just the fourth player in ASU history to record 100 hits, 20 doubles and 20 steals in a season.
    ... Seven Sun Devils were selected in the first 24 rounds of the 2005 MLB Draft.

    ASU in Postseason Play:
    Arizona State made its 29th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 19th in the College World Series. The 19 appearances are tied for fourth with Oklahoma State for the most trips to Omaha. ASU's postseason run includes a string of six straight years in the Field of 64 and eight in the last nine years dating back to 1997. The Sun Devils have advanced to the postseason in eight of head coach Pat Murphy's 11 seasons in Tempe, including an appearance in the national championship game in 1998. ASU has an all-time 137-58 record in the NCAA Tournament and has won five national championships to rank second among all NCAA schools (1965, 67, 69, 77, 81). ASU also leads the NCAA with five runner-up finishes. ASU's regional championship was the 14th in school history and the first achieved at Packard Stadium since 1993.

    ASU's Postseason History:

    NCAA Appearances

    29

    All-Time NCAA Record

    137-58

    Regional Appearances

    22

    Regional Titles

    14

    Record in Regionals

    64-22

    Record in Super Regionals

    3-3

    District 7 Appearances

    6

    District 7 Titles

    6

    Record in District 7

    12-1

    CWS Appearances

    19

    CWS Titles

    5

    CWS Runners-up

    5

    CWS Third-Place Finishes

    5

    Record at CWS

    58-32 (.644)

    Winning in Omaha:
    Arizona State is playing in its 19th College World Series (fourth most in NCAA history) and have won two or more games in all but three of those appearances. The exceptions are 1-2 in the first appearance in 1964, and 0-2 showings in 1987 and 1993. ASU now owns an all-time 57-31 record in CWS play, trailing only Texas (77) and USC (74) for most wins in Omaha. ASU owns an all-time 58-31 (.652) record in the College World Series and has won five national championships, placed second five times and also earned five third-place trophies.

    Four Sun Devils Named to College World Series All-Tournament Team:
    Four Arizona State players earned a spot on the 2005 College World Series All-Tournament team after the Sun Devils remarkable third-place finish in the CWS last week in Omaha, Neb. Senior first baseman Jeff Larish, senior second baseman Joey Hooft, sophomore left fielder Colin Curtis and junior right fielder Travis Buck were all named to the 11-player team. National champion Texas, who went 5-0 in the CWS to win their sixth national championship in school history, were also named to the team, including most outstanding player third baseman David Maroul. Nebraska second baseman Andy Gerch was the only non-ASU or Texas player to make the team. In 19 trips to the College World Series, 58 Sun Devils have now earned All-CWS honors. Larish hit .438 (7-for-16) during the series, including historic three-home run game against Nebraska to tie a single-game College World Series record. He also added two doubles and drove in four runs for a 1.125 slugging percentage during the five-game span. Hooft shook off a rough 2-for-16 (.125) performance in the regionals and super regionals and had an outstanding CWS by going 8-for-19 (.421) with four runs, two doubles and two RBI. In three career trips to Omaha (two prior with the University of Miami), Hooft hit .400 (12-for-30) in his CWS career. Buck went 7-for-20 (.350) in five CWS starts with one double, one home run and three RBI. Curtis caught fire to go 8-for-11 (.727) over the final three games of the series and finished the trip to Omaha leading ASU in hitting at .474 (9-for-19) with two doubles and three RBI.

    Larish Hits the Trifecta:
    Senior first baseman Jeff Larish tied an ASU and College World Series record with three home runs in the dramatic 8-7 victory over Nebraska (6/21). Even more impressive was that the three home runs went to all three field (1st inning - left field; 3rd inning - right field; 9th inning - center field). It was Larish's fifth multi-homer game of the season and the seventh of his career. Larish's two-out, ninth-inning drive over the center-field wall off Husker closer Brett Jensen made him only the third player in CWS history to hit three homers in a single game, matching the record set by Florida State's J.D. Drew in 1995 and tied by Stanford's Edmund Muth in 2000. It is the first such performance recorded by a winning team in an elimination game. His three homers gave him 23 on the season, tying for third in the single-season ASU record book. He finished his career with 51 home runs to rank second in ASU history behind the 56 hit by Bob Horner. He also became the ninth Sun Devil to hit three in a single game, most recently by Jeremy West in 2003.

    The Comeback:
    The Sun Devils advanced to the College World Series in dramatic fashion with a come-from-behind 9-8 victory over Cal State Fullerton in the Super Regional final. The Sun Devils trailed 7-2 after four innings but scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth to pull even. Sophomore infielder Joe Persichina then blasted his second home run of the season in the seventh inning to put ASU up 8-7 and a J.J. Sferra groundout plated a much-needed insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. After CSF led off the ninth with a solo home run, junior LHP Brett Bordes retired the next three batters to seal the victory and send ASU to Omaha for the 19th time in school history. The five-run comeback was ASU's biggest comeback victory of the season.

    The Comeback -- Part II:
    In one of the wildest and most dramatic games in College World Series history, freshman center fielder J.J. Sferra drove in the game-winning run on a bloop single in the bottom of the 11th inning to give ASU a 8-7 victory over Nebraska in an elimination game. Leading 5-3 after eight innings, Nebraska scored four runs in the top of the ninth, including a three-run home run by Andy Gerch, to take a 7-5 lead. ASU scored a run on a double-play fly ball by Joe Persichina to cut the lead to 7-6 and then Jeff Larish hit his third home run of the game to push the game into extra innings. After two shutout innings by Zechry Zinicola, Sferra plated Joey Hooft with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th.

    Hooft is Mr. Omaha:
    Senior infielder Joey Hooft made his third trip to the College World Series in 2005. The senior transfer also played in the 2003 and 2004 CWS with the University of Miami (Fla.). Hooft entered the CWS hitting only .125 (2-for-16) in the NCAA Tournament, but, Hooft caught fire while making his third trip to Omaha. He finished the 2005 CWS hitting .421 (8-for-19) and was a career .400 hitter (12-for-30) in Omaha. Hooft scored the game-winning run on J.J. Sferra's single to right field in the bottom of the 11th inning in the dramatic 8-7 win over Nebraska (6/21).

    Flashing the Leather at the CWS:
    In five College World Series games, the Sun Devil defense combined to make only two errors for a stellar .989 fielding percentage. ASU did not make an error over the final three CWS games. The Devils entered the CWS with a .963 FLD%, but with the solid defensive play in the CWS raised the mark to .965. Overall, ASU played error-free baseball in 20 games,

    Five Sun Devils Named to All-Regional Team:
    Led by Co-Most Outstanding Players Erik Averill (LHP) and Tuffy Gosewisch (C), five Sun Devils were named to the NCAA Tempe Regional All-Tournament Team. In addition to Averill and Gosewisch, outfielders Colin Curtis and J.J. Sferra, and first baseman Jeff Larish were named to the 11-player team. Averill threw a complete game and struck out eight against Coastal Carolina to advance ASU to the Regional Championship. Gosewisch hit .500 (6-for-12) with four doubles and 10 RBI, including a career-high seven RBI against Coastal. Larish was 6-for-11 (.545) with two home runs, Sferra hit a blistering .538 (7-for-13) and Curtis was 6-for-11 (.545) with six runs scored and one home run.

    Seven Devils Selected in MLB Draft:
    Led by first-round draft pick Travis Buck, seven Sun Devils were selected in the first 24 rounds of the annual MLB Amateur Draft. Buck was the 36th overall selection and was a supplemental pick by the Oakland Athletics. He becomes ASU's 22nd all-time first-round pick and the first since Ryan Mills in 1998. Senior first baseman Jeff Larish (5th round, Tigers), senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (11th round Phillies), senior right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez (17th round, Diamondbacks), junior LHP Erik Averill (20th round, Tigers), senior infielder Joey Hooft (20th round, Rangers) and junior LHP Brett Bordes (24th round, Tigers) were also selected. In addition, nine of ASU's 12 players that signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) heard their names called during the first 42 rounds.

    Player

    Team

    Round

    Overall Selection

    Mark Pawelek, LHP*

    Chicago Cubs

    1st

    20

    Travis Buck, OF

    Oakland A's

    1st (sup)

    36

    Michael Bowden, RHP*

    Boston Red Sox

    1st (sup)

    47

    Jeff Lyman, RHP*

    Atlanta Braves

    2nd

    77

    Jeff Larish, 1B

    Detroit Tigers

    5th

    150

    Matt Hall, INF*

    Los Angeles Angels

    8th

    253

    Tuffy Gosewisch, C

    Philadelphia Phillies

    11th

    337

    Ryan Zimmerman, RHP*

    Tampa Bay Devil Rays

    12th

    358

    Jason Urquidez, RHP

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    17th

    501

    Ike Davis, 1B/LHP*

    Tampa Bay Devil Rays

    19th

    568

    Erik Averill, LHP

    Detroit Tigers

    20th

    600

    Joey Hooft, INF

    Texas Rangers

    20th

    609

    Preston Paramore, C*

    New York Mets

    22nd

    659

    Brett Bordes, LHP

    Detroit Tigers

    24th

    720

    Jeff Urlaub, LHP*

    Tampa Bay Devil Rays

    26th

    778

    Brett Wallace, 3B/1B*

    Toronto Blue Jays

    42nd

    1256

    * ASU NLI signee

    Buck Earns Pair of All-America Awards:
    Arizona State junior 3B/OF Travis Buck has been named a second-team All-American by the NCBWA and a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Buck (Richland, Wash.) led the Sun Devils in several offensive categories during ASU's amazing College World Series season. Buck started all 67 games in 2005 with 20 starts at third base, 45 in right field and two in center field. The two-time, first-team All-Pac-10 selection led the team and ranked fourth in the Pac-10 hitting .382 (110-for-288) with 24 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 43 RBI and 27 stolen bases. He is only the 21st player and 23rd occurrence to record 100 hits in a season in ASU history and just the fourth player to record 100 hits, 20 doubles and 20 stolen bases in a single season.

    Team Awards Announced at Annual Banquet:
    Several individual awards were passed out at the team's annual awards banquet held Tuesday, May 30. Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch was a near unanimous choice for the On Deck Circle MVP Award. Several players also shared awards, including Jason Urquidez and Erik Averill for Pitcher of the Year, Travis Buck and Jeff Larish for Offensive MVP and Gosewisch and Larish for Defensive MVP.

    On Deck Circle MVP: Tuffy Gosewisch
    Pitcher of the Year: Jason Urquidez/Erik Averill
    Offensive MVP: Travis Buck/Jeff Larish
    Defensive MVP: Tuffy Gosewisch/Jeff Larish
    Developmental MVP: Rocky Laguna
    Newcomer of the Year: Joey Hooft/Andrew Romine/J.J. Sferra
    Mr. Fireman Award: Brett Bordes/Pat Bresnehan
    Jim Henderson Courage Award: Colin Curtis
    Jim Brock/Mr. Sun Devil Award: Seth Dhaenens
    Bobby Winkles Award: Colin Curtis
    The Tillman: Travis Buck

    Buck and Larish Named First-Team All-Pac-10:
    Arizona State Baseball players Travis Buck and Jeff Larish were selected to the 2005 All-Pac-10 Team and nine other Sun Devils picked up honorable mention all-conference honors. Junior starting pitcher Erik Averill (Orange, Calif.), sophomore relief pitcher Pat Bresnehan (Sherborn, Mass.), junior relief pitcher Brett Bordes (Mesa, Ariz.), sophomore outfielder Colin Curtis (Issaquah, Wash.), sophomore second baseman Seth Dhaenens (Chandler, Ariz.), senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (Scottsdale, Ariz.), freshman shortstop Andrew Romine (Lake Forest, Calif.), freshman center fielder J.J. Sferra (Phoenix, Ariz.) and senior starting pitcher Jason Urquidez (Simi Valley, Calif.) were all named All-Pac-10 honorable mention. Buck was named first-team All-Pac-10 for the second straight year and Larish was named first-team for the second time in his career, having been a first-team selection in 2003 and an honorable mention in 2004.

    Seven Sun Devils Earn Pac-10 Academic Honors:
    Arizona State juniors Travis Buck and Erik Averill headlined a list of seven Sun Devil baseball players who were named to the 2005 All-Pac-10 Baseball Academic team. A student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and either be a starter or significant contributor. Arizona State's seven selections included two on the first team (Averill, Buck), two on the second team (Tuffy Gosewisch, Ty Marotz) and three honorable mention selections (Seth Dhaenens, Joe Persichina, Eric Williams). The seven selections are tied for the most among Pac-10 member schools and the most by an ASU baseball squad since having six in 2002. Buck and Averill were also both named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 team and Gosewisch was a second-team selection.

    Recapping the Tempe Regional:
    The Sun Devils claimed an impressive three-game sweep in the NCAA Tempe Regional June 3-5 with wins over East Carolina (9-6) and two wins over top-seeded Coastal Carolina (11-3, 9-5). ASU outscored its opponent 29-14 in the three games and combined to hit at a .380 (41-for-108) clip. The pitching staff used only six pitchers throughout the weekend and posted a 3.33 ERA giving up only 10 earned runs in 27.0 innings.

    Super Regional Champions:
    Arizona State punched its ticket for Omaha and the College World Series by taking two of three games from defending national champion and No. 6 national seed Cal State Fullerton. The Sun Devils lost the first game, 3-2, on a controversial balk call on an intentional walk in the bottom of the ninth inning, but rebounded to win the next two games, 6-2 and 9-8. Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch led ASU during the Super Regional, going 6-for-12 (.500) with four RBI. He was 5-for-5 with three RBI in the deciding third game. Senior right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez turned in a dominating performance in two appearances, allowing only one run and five hits in 11.1 innings (0.79 ERA).

    Larish Ends Career in Style:
    First baseman Jeff Larish made several markings in the ASU career record books with a banner senior season. The two-time First-Team All-Pac-10 selection became only the 12th Sun Devil in school history to hit 20 home runs in a season and ended tied for third in the single-season record books with 23 home runs. In four years in the Maroon and Gold (2002-05), Larish blasted 51 home runs, ranking second behind Bob Horner (56) in the ASU career record books. The senior slugger recorded five multi-homer games in 2005, including an ASU and College World Series record tying three homers against Nebraska (6/21). He finished his career with seven multi-homer games. Of his 23 home runs in 2005, he hit 11 solo homers, five two-run shots and seven three-run bombs. Larish was a career .333 (283-for-849) hitter and ended his career ranked second in school history in walks (200), third in runs scored (229), second in total bases (505), third in runs scored (229), fourth in RBI (235), fourth in at-bats (849), sixth in hits (283) and seventh in doubles (57). He capped off his career with a stellar senior season hitting .324 (81-for-250) with 67 RBI and a .680 slugging percentage. He recorded 114 career extra base hits for a .595 SLG%. In 24 career postseason games, Larish hit .344 (31-for-90) with nine home runs and 22 RBI.

    Year       Avg   GP-GS     AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   BB   SO   SB-ATT
    2002....  .328   34-33    128   31   42    4    3    3   24   29   19    0-1
    2003....  .372   65-64    234   80   87   18    2   18   95   78   42    3-5
    2004....  .308   57-57    237   46   73   17    0    7   49   35   50    3-7
    2005....  .324   67-67    250   72   81   18    1   23   67   58   60   11-15
    TOTAL...  .333  223-221   849  229  283   57    6   51  235  200  171   17-28

    2005 NCAA Home Run Leaders:

    1.

    Matt LaPorta, Florida

    26

    2.

    Kris Harvey, Clemson

    25

     

    Adam Tucker, Birmingham Southern

    25

    4.

    Jeff Larish, Arizona State

    23

     

    Jason Maxey, Towson

    23

    ASU Career Home Runs:

    1.

    Bob Horner (1976-78)

    56

    2.

    Jeff Larish (2002-05)

    51

    3.

    Mike Kelly (1989-91)

    46

    4.

    Barry Bonds (1983-85)

    45

    5.

    Dan Rumsey (1986-89)

    44

    ASU Single-Season Home Runs:

    1.

    Mitch Jones (2000)

    27

    2.

    Bob Horner (1978)

    25

    3.

    Jeff Larish (2005)

    23

     

    Barry Bonds (1985)

    23

     

    Oddibe McDowell (1984)

    23

    ASU Career RBI:

    1.

    Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99)

    283

    2.

    Casey Myers (1998-2001)

    275

    3.

    Clay Westlake (1973-76)

    250

    4.

    Jeff Larish (2002-05)

    235

     

    Bob Horner (1976-78)

    229

    6.

    Antone Williamson (1992-94)

    203

    7.

    Alvin Davis (1979-82)

    200

    8.

    Mike Kelly (1989-91)

    194

     

    Ken Landreaux (1974-76)

    194

    10.

    Alan Bannister (1970-72)

    177

    ASU Career Hits:

    1.

    Clay Westlake (1973-76)

    322

    2.

    Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99)

    318

    3.

    Casey Myers (1998-2001)

    313

    4.

    Dustin Pedroia (2002-04)

    298

    5.

    Gary Atwell (1970-73)

    286

    6.

    Jeff Larish (2002-05)

    283

    7.

    Mikel Moreno (1995-98)

    277

    8.

    Travis Buck (2003-05)

    272

    9.

    Antone Williamson (1992-94)

    264

    10.

    Bob Horner (1976-78)

    262

    ASU Career Total Bases:

    1.

    Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99)

    547

    2.

    Jeff Larish (2002-05)

    505

     

    Clay Westlake (1973-76)

    505

    4.

    Casey Myers (1998-2001)

    494

    5.

    Bob Horner (1976-78)

    492

    ASU Career Walks:

    1.

    Alvin Davis (1979-82)

    207

    2.

    Jeff Larish (2002-05)

    200

    3.

    Andrew Beinbrink (1996-99)

    154

    4.

    Clay Westlake (1973-76)

    148

    5.

    Doug Newstrom (1991-93)

    131

    ASU Single-Season Walks:

    1.

    Alvin Davis (1982)

    87

    2.

    Jeff Larish (2003)

    78

    3.

    Doug Newstrom (1993)

    71

    4.

    Doug Baker (1982)

    70

    Larish Leading Off:
    It is not often that you see a leadoff hitter leading the league in home runs, but for the final 14 games of the 2005 season, that is exactly what the Sun Devils have featured. Senior 1B/OF Jeff Larish finished the season as ASU's leadoff hitter, leading ASU to 11 wins over the final 14 games. Larish finished the season hitting .324 (81-for-250) with 23 home runs and 67 RBI. In 14 games in the leadoff spot he combined to hit .360 (18-for-50) with 23 runs scored, seven home runs, 17 RBI and a .507 on-base percentage. He also had stolen three of his 11 bases and combined for a .860 slugging percentage during that stretch of games as a leadoff hitter.

    Complete Games:
    The Sun Devil pitching staff registered six complete games in 2005 with five coming from junior LHP Erik Averill and one by sophomore RHP Pat Bresnehan. The six complete games are more than the entire season totals from 2004 (2), 2003 (1), 2001 (1), 2000 (2) and 1996 (3). Averill's five complete games are the most by a Sun Devil since Will Waldrip had four in 1999. Two of Averill's five CG's came in the NCAA Tournament, including a five-hit gem against Florida (6/22) in the College World Series.

    Buck and Larish Named To Golden Spikes Watch List:
    Senior first baseman Jeff Larish and junior right fielder Travis Buck were among 40 college baseball players named to the initial watch list for the 2005 Golden Spikes Award presented by USA Baseball. The Golden Spikes Award is given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country. Buck and Larish mark the third straight year that ASU has had a player named to the initial Golden Spikes Award watch list. Former All-American shortstop and current Boston Red Sox prospect Dustin Pedroia was named to the watch list in 2003 and 2004 and became ASU's seventh all-time Golden Spikes Award finalist last season. Arizona State has had three winners of the Golden Spikes Award. Bob Horner (1978), Oddibe McDowell (1984) and Mike Kelly (1991) all won the prestigious award during their Sun Devil careers. USA Baseball announced the five finalists for the award were Ryan Braun (Miami), Jeff Clement (USC), Trevor Crowe (Arizona), Alex Gordon (Nebraska) and Luke Hochevar (Tennessee). Buck and Larish were also named to the watch lists for the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award and the Xanthus Howser Trophy.

    Team Speed:
    The Sun Devils led the Pac-10 with 128 stolen bases (128-for-176) and recorded the fifth most stolen bases in ASU single-season history. The 128 stolen bases were also the most by a Sun Devil squad since 1999 (130). Junior Travis Buck tied for the Pac-10 lead with 27 stolen bases and sophomore Colin Curtis ranked fifth with 17. Redshirt freshman Rocky Laguna tied the ASU single-game record with four stolen bases against New Mexico State (2/7) and added three more against Wright State (4/1). A total of 13 different Sun Devils recorded a stolen base, 11 players had two or more steals and seven recorded double-digits. Senior Jeff Larish recorded a straight steal of home vs. Stanford (4/17), marking the first steal of home since Curtis swiped home plate in 2004 vs. Lamar. The Sun Devils also entered the record books with eight stolen bases against UCLA (4/24), tying for fourth in single-game history. ASU had only 56 total stolen bases in 59 games in 2004. Here is a look at the top stolen base listings in the ASU single-season record books:

    Most Stolen Bases:

    1.

    163 (1982)

    2.

    162 (1981)

    3.

    135 (1984)

    4.

    130 (1999)

    5.

    128 (2005)

    Back-to-Back 10-Win Seasons:
    Senior right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez joined elite company by becoming only the seventh pitcher in ASU history to record back-to-back 10-win seasons. He became the first to win 10 in two straight seasons since Linty Ingram in 1987 (10-5) and 1988 (17-5). Urquidez was 12-3 in 2004 and finished the 2005 season 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA. In two seasons in the Maroon and Gold, Urquidez was 22-7 with a 3.70 ERA. He recorded 192 strikeouts in 219.0 innings (48 appearances, 34 starts). Below is a look at ASU's back-to-back 10-game winners:

    10-game winners in back-to-back seasons
    Jason Urquidez -- 2004 (12-3), 2005 (10-4)
    Linty Ingram -- 1987 (10-5), 1988 (17-5)
    Kendall Carter -- 1983 (12-2), 1984 (10-2)
    Floyd Bannister -- 1975 (15-4), 1976 (19-2)
    Eddie Bane -- 1971 (11-2), 1972 (14-1), (15-1)
    Craig Swan -- 1971 (14-4), 1972 (16-1)
    Jeff Pentland -- 1966 (10-3), 1967 (14-5)

    A Pair of 10-Game Winners:
    Junior left-hander Erik Averill and senior right-hander Jason Urquidez combined for exactly half of ASU's 42 wins in 2005. The duo joined an elite list of Sun Devil teammates to each have 10 wins in a season. Dating back to 1959, Urquidez and Averill mark only the 16th season in which ASU has had a pair of 10-game winners take the mound. The most recent before Averill and Urquidez being Noah Peery (11-2) and Kaipo Spenser (10-0) in 1994. Averill finished the season 11-4 with a team-leading 3.39 ERA and was 23-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 70 career appearances (39 starts). Urquidez was 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA and finished his career 22-7 with a 3.70 ERA (48 appearances, 34 starts). Here is a look at ASU's 10-win teammates dating back to 1984:

    Two 10-game winners in same season:
    2005 -- Erik Averill (11-4), Jason Urquidez (10-4)
    1994 -- Noah Peery (11-2), Kaipo Spenser (10-0)
    1993 -- Marc Barcelo (12-4), Dax Winslett (10-5)
    1990 -- Sean Rees (13-3), Kip Yaughn (11-5), Todd Douma (16-3)
    1988 -- Rusty Kilgo (12-3, Linty Ingram (17-5)
    1984 -- Mike Thorpe (13-2), Doug Henry (11-2), Dave Graybill (10-0), Kendall Carter (10-2)

    Urquidez Dominates Super Regional:
    Senior right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez turned in a pair of dominating performances in the Super Regional against Cal State Fullerton. In two games, Urquidez allowed only five hits and one run in 11.1 innings for a 0.79 ERA. He struck out nine and held the Titans to a .128 batting average. He recorded a no-decision in Friday's opener by allowing only one run in 7.2 innings and left the game with ASU leading 2-1. On only one day's rest after throwing 109 pitches on Friday, he came back on Sunday to earn the win, tossing 3.2 scoreless innings in ASU's 9-8 come-from-behind victory. In six appearances in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, Urquidez was 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA.

    Buck Proves to Be Hitting Machine:
    Junior Travis Buck (Richland, Wash.) started the season slow hitting only .246 after the first 15 games, but finished up his junior campaign with a bang going 95-for-227 (.419) over the last 52 games. Buck recorded at least one hit in 28 of the final 31 games and for the season went hitless in only 11 games. He led the team with 35 multi-hit games and recorded two or more hits in 18 of the last 31 contests. The Golden Spikes, Wallace Award and Baseball America Player of the Year candidate led the team hitting .382 (110-for-288) with 24 doubles, 82 runs scored, three triples, six home runs and 43 RBI. He also led the team with 27 stolen bases to lead the Pac-10. Buck also led the Pac-10 in hits (110), was second in runs (82), third in doubles (24), third in total bases (158), fourth in batting (.382) and eighth in on-base percentage (.446). In 192 career games as a Sun Devil, Buck had at least one hit in 150 games (78%) and recorded 79 multi-hit games. He became only the 21st player in ASU history to record 100 hits in a season and ended the season ranked ninth after recording 110 hits. He finished his career ranked eighth in the ASU record books with 272 career hits and ninth with 205 runs scored. He became ASU's 22nd all-time first-round draft pick when he was selected 36th in the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft by the Oakland A's.

    Year       Avg   GP-GS     AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   BB   SO   SB-ATT
    2003....  .326   66-65    239   59   78   13    3    4   46   35   28   12-14
    2004....  .373   59-59    225   64   84   16    1    9   58   41   34   13-16
    2005....  .382   67-67    288   82  110   24    3    6   43   28   35   27-36
    TOTAL...  .362  192-191   752  205  272   53    7   19  147  104   97   52-66

    Gosewisch Among Nation's Elite Catchers:
    Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch joined former Sun Devil Don Wakamatsu (1982-85) as the only other full-time, three-year starter at the catching position in school history. Gosewisch started 182 games behind the plate in his career and combined to go 193-for-584 (.330) over the last three years. Gosewisch finished up his career in 2005 hitting .321 (81-for-252) with 17 doubles, six home runs and 74 RBI. He ranked second in the Pac-10 in RBI (74) and was seventh in hits (81). Gosewisch was also one of ASU's most consistent hitters in 2005 with at least one hit in 49 of 67 games and led the team with 21 multi-RBI games. Gosewisch was named one of 10 semifinalists for the 2005 Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year Award, an honor he also received in 2004. He was a career .320 (203-for-634) hitter with 10 home runs, 166 RBI and recorded an impressive .993 fielding percentage. Gosewisch was nearly perfect behind the dish in 2005 with only two errors (.996 fielding percentage) in 538 total chances. He gunned down 27 of 69 base stealers and allowed only one passed ball. He caught all but 28 innings during the season (out of 598.2) and showed his true "tuffness" when he played the next day after suffering a mild concussion and had several stitches after being hit by a pitch in the head against Baylor (2/25). Here is a look at Tuffy's progression at the plate in games started during his Sun Devil career:

    Gosewisch as a Starting Catcher:
    2002: 12 games started (1-for-29, .034)
    2003: 45 games started (45-for-136, .331)
    2004: 58 games started (67-for-196, .342)
    2005: 67 games started (81-for-252, .321)
    

    Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT 2002.... .128 30-12 39 6 5 0 0 0 2 4 12 0-0 2003.... .340 59-45 144 41 49 9 0 2 41 22 19 2-2 2004.... .342 59-58 199 36 68 14 1 2 49 31 37 0-2 2005.... .321 67-67 252 43 81 17 2 6 74 28 35 5-8 TOTAL... .320 215-182 634 126 203 40 3 10 166 85 103 7-12

    The Barry Bonds Factor:
    Since several Sun Devil hitters met with former ASU All-American and seven-time National League MVP Barry Bonds, the team's offensive numbers improved drastically. Bonds was on campus for a press conference honoring his former coach Dr. Jim Brock on Mar. 8, and stayed after to hang around the batting cage to offer his instruction. Since meeting with Bonds, who hit .347 as a Sun Devil with 45 career home runs from 1983-85, ASU combined to hit .324 (527-for-1627) to raise the team batting average 32 points from .278 to .310 and were 31-15 during that stretch. The Devils also hit 39 of the season total 50 home runs and combined for a .463 slugging percentage. Senior slugger Jeff Larish, who worked extensively with Bonds, hit .349 (58-for-166) with 18 of his Pac-10 leading 23 homers. Other hitters who also benefited from listening to arguably the greatest left-handed power hitter in MLB history include Travis Buck (.412), Colin Curtis (.343), Seth Dhaenens (.333) and J.J. Sferra (.328).

                             AVG  GP-GS    AB   R   H  2B  3B  HR RBI   TB  SLG%  BB HBP  SO GDP  OB%  SF  SH  SB-ATT
    Larish Pre Bonds.....  .274  21-21    84  16  23   6   1   5  19   46  .548  10   1  22   1  .358   0   1   1-1
    Larish Post Bonds....  .349  46-46   166  56  58  12   0  18  48  124  .747  48   5  38   2  .500   3   2  10-14

    Still Dominating the Arizona Baseball Rivalry:
    Arizona and Arizona State are the only two Division I baseball programs in the state of Arizona and have met 413 times since 1907. While Arizona leads the overall rivalry 224-189, ASU leads the series 166-107 since the school officially adopted the program as a varsity sport in 1959. Additionally, ASU has dominated the rivalry in recent years, winning 17 of the last 25 (17-8) games since 2000. Arizona won four of the five games this season, marking the first time since 1992 that the Wildcats have won a season series over the Sun Devils since 1992. Since head coach Pat Murphy took over the program in 1995, ASU is 35-20 (.636).

    Triple Your Pleasure:
    The Sun Devils hit 17 triples to rank second in the Pac-10 and more than doubled the entire season total of seven from 2004. Travis Buck and Andrew Romine rank tied for sixth in the league with three triples each, while Rocky Laguna, Joe Persichina and Tuffy Gosewisch each had a pair of triples. In 59 games last season, ASU had only seven triples, ranking 245th out of 285 teams in the NCAA.

    Devils Faced Big League Arms:
    The Sun Devils faced their 13th preseason All-American pitcher of the season in the Super Regional against Cal State Fullerton's LHP Ricky Romero. Romero was the first pitcher selected in the 2005 MLB Draft, going sixth overall to the Toronto Blue Jays. In addition to facing Romero, the Sun Devils also faced Tim Lincecum (Washington), John Meloan (Arizona), Dallas Buck (Oregon State), Ian Kennedy (USC), Cesar Ramos (Long Beach State), Brian Bogusevic (Tulane), Micah Owings (Tulane), Neil Jamison (Long Beach State), P.J. Walters (South Alabama), Mark McCormick (Baylor), Mark Romanczuk (Stanford) and Andrew Miller (North Carolina). ASU also beat a pair of second-round (Trey Taylor) and third-round (Cory VanAllen) draft picks during the Baylor series.

    Three Devils Earn Freshman All-America Honors:
    Arizona State center fielder J.J. Sferra, designated hitter Willy Fox and shortstop Andrew Romine were named honorable mention Freshman All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Sferra earned Freshman All-America honors with a stellar year at the plate and in the field. He hit .311 (61-for-196) while starting 56 games. He led the team with 16 bunt hits and finished the season on a strong note hitting .350 (41-for-117) over the final 35 games. He was named to the Tempe Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .538 (7-for-13). His 61 hits rank 10th in the ASU freshman record books. Romine stared 59 games at shortstop and has lived up to his billing as one of the top freshman in the nation. Romine hit .282 (55-for195) with five doubles, three triples and one home run. He was named ASU's co-Newcomer of the Year with Sferra and ranks fourth the freshman record books with 14 stolen bases. Fox hit .295 (31-for-105) with four home runs and 27 RBI while seeing action in 45 games. In 23 starts he combined to hit .342 (27-for-79).

    Buck Earns Fifth Career Pac-10 Player of the Week Award:
    Arizona State junior outfielder Travis Buck was named the Pac-10 Baseball Player of the Week for April 12-18. Buck helped lead the Sun Devils to a series sweep over nationally ranked Stanford by hitting .462 (6-for-13) with four runs scored, one double, one home run and six RBI. He also stole a base and recorded a 1.269 OPS (slugging + on-base). Coming up clutch all weekend, Buck recorded multi-hit games in each victory over the Cardinal. He provided the heroics with a two-run, game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Saturday's 6-5 come-from-behind win and had a key three-run double in Sunday's 10-9 win to clinch the sweep. The Pac-10 award was Buck's second this season, also being honored after hitting .571 (8-for-14, 6 H, 6 RBI) against Baylor. The Player of the Week honor is the fifth of Buck's career and the 76th such honor for Arizona State since the Sun Devils joined the Pac-10 in 1979. Buck becomes the first position player in school history to earn five Pac-10 Player of the Week honors and is now one award away from the school record of six set by left-handed pitcher Sean Rees (1989-91). He also won the award twice last season (Mar. 2, Mar. 9) and once during his freshman season in 2003 (Apr. 1).

    Most Pac-10 Weekly Awards in School History:

    Sean Rees, LHP (1989-91)

    6

    Travis Buck, OF (2003-P)

    5

    Jeremy West, 1B/DH (2001-03)

    4

    Antone Williamson, INF (1992-94)

    4

    ASU in the Pac-10:
    The Sun Devils completed their 27th season in the Conference of Champions by finishing in a tie for third with the USC Trojans with a 15-9 record in league play. ASU owns an all-time 442-323 (.578) record in Pac-10 play dating back to the first season in 1979. ASU was previously affiliated with the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) were they combined to go 195-56 (.777) with 11 league championships from 1963-78. ASU has won six Pac-10 championships (last in 2000). Since the Pac-10 North and Pac-10 South joined in 1999, ASU is 102-66 (.607) in league play and 294-134-1 overall. In 11 seasons under head coach Pat Murphy the Sun Devils are 163-124 (.568) in Pac-10 play.

    Buck Prefers Hitting Second:
    In his three seasons as a Sun Devil, junior right fielder Travis Buck enjoyed his most success while hitting in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. In 129 career games in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Buck was a career .410 (211-for-515) hitter with 164 runs scored, 16 home runs and 112 RBI. While hitting No. 2, Buck accounted for 76% of his career run production (112 of 147 RBI), 80% of his runs scored (164 of 205), 84% of his home runs (16 of 19) and 78% of his total hits (211 of 272). Buck finished his junior season hitting .426 (98-for-230) with 73 runs scored and 39 RBI in 53 games batting in the second spot in the lineup. ASU was 37-16 in 2005 when Buck hit No. 2 and 98-31 over the last three years. He combined to hit just .257 (61-for-237) with three home runs and 35 RBI in 63 career games when not batting No. 2.

    Buck Eighth in Career Hits and Fourth Member of 100-20-20 Club:
    Junior outfielder Travis Buck became only the 21st player (23rd occurrence) in school history to record 100 hits in a season and he ended the season ranked ninth with 110 hits. He also moved into eighth place in the career record books with 272 hits and ended his career ranked ninth with 205 runs scored. Buck also became just the fourth person to ever record 100 hits, 20 doubles and 20 steals in a single season. Here is a look at the three other members of the 100 hits, 20 steals and 20 doubles club:

    Arizona State Baseball - 100-20-20 Club

    Player

    Year

    Hits

    2B

    SB

    Ken Landreaux

    1976

    119

    25

    24

    Kevin Romine

    1981

    102

    20

    27

    Dan McKinley

    1997

    113

    21

    32

    Travis Buck

    2005

    110

    24

    27

    Bordes Dominates Out of Bullpen:
    Junior LHP Brett Bordes was most effective in 2005 out of the bullpen going 5-3 with four saves and a 3.55 ERA in 58.1 innings (34 appearances). As a starter, Bordes struggled going 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA. The left-hander was stellar over his last 30 relief appearances, going 5-3 with four saves and a 2.91 ERA by giving up only 15 earned runs in 46.1 innings. He also allowed only 18 of 47 inherited runners to score. Bordes pitched in 14 of ASU's final 18 games and ended the year ranked second in the ASU single-season record books with 38 pitching appearances. He is also fourth with 78 career pitching appearances. Here is a look at the statistical comparison for Bordes as a starter and out of the bullpen in 2005 and ASU's single-season and career pitching appearances records:

                    ERA   W-L   APP  GS  CG SHO/CBO SV    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  2B  3B  HR   AB B/Avg
    Reliever.....  3.55   5-3    34   0   0   0/1    4  58.1  51  25  23  25  45   7   0   7  213  .239
    Starter......  6.75   0-4     4   4   0   0/0    0  16.0  21  18  12   4   9   8   0   2   67  .313

    ASU Single-Season Pitching Appearances:

    1.

    Noah Peery, 1994

    39

    2.

    Brett Bordes, 2005

    38

    3.

    Chuck Crumpton, 1998

    36

    4.

    Ryan Bradley, 1997

    35

    5.

    Ryan Bradley, 1996

    34

     

    Kevin Dukes, 1981

    34

    7.

    Dave Graybill, 1984

    33

    8.

    Rusty Kilgo, 1988

    31

     

    Linty Ingram, 1987

    31

    10.

    Ryan Schroyer, 2003

    30

    ASU Career Pitching Appearances:

    1.

    Kendall Carter, 1981-84

    102

    2.

    Ryan Bradley, 1995-97

    99

    3.

    Kevin Dukes, 1978-81

    82

    4.

    Brett Bordes, 2003-P

    78

    5.

    David Cassidy, 1986-89

    74

     

    Ken Hansen, 1968-71

    74

    7.

    Jim Crawford, 1969-72

    73

    Bordes Closes Out Regional and Super Regional:
    Junior left-handed pitcher Brett Bordes recorded four saves this season and five in his career, but the two most recent saves couldn't have come in bigger situations. He was on the mound to finish both the regional and super regional-clinching victories over Coastal Carolina (6/5) and Cal State Fullerton (6/12).

    Curtis and Buck Have Speed To Burn:
    Outfielders Colin Curtis and Travis Buck combined for 44 of ASU's Pac-10 leading 128 stolen bases. Buck led the team with 27, while Curtis was second with 17. The 44 combined stolen bases are the most by a pair of teammates since Jeff Duncan (23) and Jonah Martin (19) combined for 42 steals in 2000. It was also third most over the last 26 years dating back to 1990. Here is a look at some of ASU's deadliest speed combinations in school history:

    ASU Baseball - Stolen Bases by Teammates since 1984

    Year

    Steals

    Players

    1984

    66

    Oddibe McDowell (36)/Barry Bonds (30)

    1999

    65

    Willie Bloomquist (32)/Jay Sitzman (33)

    1998

    60

    Willie Bloomquist (33)/Mikel Moreno (27)

    1987

    53

    Mike Benjamin (30)/John Finn (23)

    1988

    45

    John Finn (16)/Pat Listach (29)

    2005

    44

    Travis Buck (27)/Colin Curtis (17)

    2000

    42

    Jeff Duncan (23)/Jonah Martin (19)

    1989

    41

    John Finn (23)/Mike Kelly (16)

    1990

    40

    Fernando Vina (20)/Mike Kelly (20)

    Curtis Showing All-America Potential:
    Sophomore center fielder Colin Curtis ended the season on a hot streak hitting .474 (9-for-19) in the College World Series and in 11 postseason games combined to hit .400 (16-for-40). He was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team and led all players in the CWS with nine hits and ranked fourth with his .474 batting average. Slated as ASU's top returning starter for 2006, Curtis started all 67 games in 2005 and finished second on the team hitting .342 (89-for-260) with 14 doubles, two home runs and 45 RBI. He had at least one hit in 52 of 67 games, including a string of hits in 21 of the last 25 games of the season. Curtis was also among the team leaders with 45 RBI, 44 walks and 17 stolen bases. In addition, Curtis recorded 28 multi-hit games and had 12 games with two or more RBI. He set a career-high with four hits in ASU's 7-6 loss in 14 innings to Arizona (2/15) and also came up with the game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 11-10 win over New Mexico State (2/7). He was named to the Tempe Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .545 (6-for-11) with six runs scored and three RBI. His three-run home run in the Regional Final against Coastal Carolina (6/5) gave ASU the lead for good. Curtis is a two-time All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection and was selected for the 2005 USA Baseball National Team Trials in Raleigh, N.C.

    Year       Avg   GP-GS     AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR  RBI   BB   SO   SB-ATT
    2004....  .300   57-57    190   37   57   11    0    5   36   38   39   12-14
    2005....  .342   67-67    260   52   89   14    1    2   45   44   37   17-24
    TOTAL...  .324  124-124   450   89  146   25    1    7   81   82   76   29-38

    A Classy Gesture:
    Prior to ASU's game against East Carolina (3/5), every player and coach of the Sun Devil baseball team made their way from the playing field to the press box to pay honor to former ECU coach Keith LeClair. The team came up to LeClair's special area in the press box to speak to the former ECU coach who is battling Lou Gehrig's Disease. They presented LeClair and his family an Arizona State jersey signed by every member of the program and expressed their gratitude for being one of the first teams to play at the new stadium named in his honor (Clark-LeClair Stadium).

    Lo Duca Added To ASU Wall of Distinction:
    Former Arizona State catcher Paul Lo Duca became the 14th player to have his jersey honored on the outfield fence at Packard Stadium during a special pregame ceremony before ASU's season opener against nationally ranked Long Beach State. Lo Duca's #16 jersey was added to the outfield wall at Packard, recognizing him as one of the elite players to ever play in the program.

    Urquidez Finished Strong:
    Senior right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez had a strong finish to the 2005 season and lived up to his preseason billing as one of the top senior pitchers in the nation. Over his final 13 starts of the season, Urquidez was 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA, allowing 25 earned runs in 71.0 IP. For the season, Urquidez was 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 121.1 IP. As a starter he combined to go 6-2 with a 4.24 ERA and as a reliever was 4-2 with two saves and a 2.89 ERA (12 appearances). In nine Pac-10 appearances (seven starts), he was 3-2 with one save and a 3.23 ERA. In two seasons as a Sun Devil, the Central Arizona College transfer was 22-7 with a 3.70 ERA. He returned for his senior season after leading the Pac-10 with 12 wins last season and was an 11th round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds. He was selected in the 17th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2005 MLB Draft.

    Year       ERA   W-L   App  GS  CG SHO/CBO  SV    IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO
    2004....  3.41  12-3    19  17   1   0/1     0  97.2   90   40   37   47   94
    2005....  3.93  10-4    29  17   0   0/0     2 121.1  115   65   53   56   98
    TOTAL...  3.70  22-7    48  34   1   0/1     2 219.0  205  105   90  103  192

    A Tough Slate For The Sun Devils:
    After having the top-rated non-conference schedule in the nation last season, the Sun Devil baseball program has set another challenging slate for the 2005 season. ASU played 41 of its 67 games against teams that were ranked in the national polls at some point in the season. ASU ended the season with the No. 13 RPI, No. 9 ISR and the No. 4 rated strength of schedule in the nation as computed by BoydsWorld.com.

    Averill Finishes Career With 23 Wins and Solid Postseason Run:
    Junior right-handed pitcher Erik Averill won his 23rd career game by allowing only one run in a complete-game, five-hit victory over Florida (6/22) in the College World Series. That performance came after beating defending National Champion Cal State Fullerton in the Super Regionals against Cal State Fullerton (6/11) and a complete-game gem over No. 1 seed Coastal Carolina in the second game of the NCAA Tempe Regional. After signing a pro contract with the Detroit Tigers (20th round draft pick), Averill finished his career with a 23-10 record with a 3.95 ERA in 70 career appearances (39 starts). The 23 career victories are the most by a Sun Devil since current Tampa Bay Devil Ray Jon Switzer went 23-13 from 1999-2001. In his 20 starts in 2005, Averill lasted five or more innings 17 times and notched five complete games. He was 11-4 with a team-leading 3.39 ERA and recorded 99 strikeouts in a Pac-10 leading 127.1 innings. As a starter he posted a 3.09 ERA and in four postseason starts was 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA (7 ER, 31.1 IP, 22 K).

    Year       ERA   W-L   App  GS  CG SHO/CBO  SV    IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO
    2003....  3.66   8-2    20  15   0   0/3     0  86.0   87   41   35   19   61
    2004....  5.19   4-4    26   4   0   0/0     2  76.1   83   50   44   23   56
    2005....  3.39  11-4    24  20   5   1/0     0 127.1  131   57   48   30   99
    TOTAL...  3.95  23-10   70  39   5   1/3     2 289.2  301  148  127   72  216

    Dhaenens Turns Season Upside Down:
    Sophomore second baseman Seth Dhaenens started the season on a 1-for-14 (.071) skid, including a streak of 13 straight at-bats without a hit. Dhaenens didn't give up and turned his season around by hitting .336 (47-for-140) with 29 runs, five doubles, two home runs and 31 RBI over his final 43 games of 2005. During that stretch he raised his season batting average 241 points from .071 to .312. Overall, Dhaenens ranked fifth on the team hitting .312 (48-for-154) with 29 runs and 31 RBI. The Professor (as known by his teammates) also ranked seventh in the league by hitting .372 (29-for-78) in Pac-10 play.

    From Batboy to Center Field to World series Hero:
    Freshman outfielder J.J. Sferra is no stranger to the batter's box at Packard Stadium, only in 2005 he has hit there, instead of picking up bats. The son of 10th-year assistant coach Jay Sferra, the younger Sferra spent several seasons in the late 90's as ASU's batboy, including duties at the 1998 College World Series. Sferra drove in the game-winning run with a bloop single in the bottom of the 11th inning in ASU's dramatic CWS win over Nebraska (6/21) to bring the story of his CWS bat-boy duties full-circle. After a stellar prep career at Mountain Pointe High School, Sferra has become a mainstay in center field for the Sun Devils. He entered the season listed at the No. 33 top incoming freshman in the nation by Baseball America. After his first 20 starts of the season Sferra was hitting just .263 and was benched for a few games. Sferra responded by going 41-for-117 (.350) over the rest of the season. Overall, the honorable mention freshman All-American (Collegiate Baseball) was sixth on the team hitting .311 (61-for-196) with 36 runs, five doubles, one triple and 22 RBI. Sferra was also among the team leaders in Pac-10 games hitting .349 (22-for-63). He led the team with 16 bunt singles and also had seven sacrifice bunts. He was named to the Tempe Regional All-Tournament team after hitting .538 (7-for-13) with four runs scored and two stolen bases. His 61 hits rank 10th in the ASU freshman record books.

    Stockfisch Almost Perfect:
    Freshman reserve catcher Austin Stockfisch didn't see a lot of action behind senior starter Tuffy Gosewisch, but he made the most of his opportunities. The Desert Mountain product finished the season hitting .500 (9-for-18) with four runs and four RBI... and at one point recorded a hit in eight consecutive at-bats. The eight straight hits are tied for third in the ASU record books and tied an ASU freshman record, last achieved by Richy Leon in 1995. The school record for consecutive hits is nine set by Mike Pagel in 1982 and Hubie Brooks in 1978. Stockfisch's eight consecutive hits came over a stretch of almost two months, starting with his first career hit against Western Illinois (3/12), and ending with a single off Oregon State's Jonah Nickerson (5/1).

    Bresnehan Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week:
    Arizona State sophomore right-handed pitcher Pat Bresnehan was named Pac-10 Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the week of March 22-28. Bresnehan threw a complete-game four-hitter to help lead the Sun Devils to their first Pac-10 victory of the year with a commanding 17-1 win over USC on Mar. 25. A day after six ASU pitchers combined for nine walks and three hit batters, Bresnehan got ASU back on the winning track and helped save the bullpen with his first career complete game. He did not allow an earned run and scattered four singles to pick up his second victory of the season. For the season, Bresnehan was 5-4 with two saves and a 5.60 ERA in 31 appearances (11 starts). The Pitcher of the Week honor was the first for Bresnehan and the 46th selection all-time for Arizona State.

    Welcome To the Show:
    A total of 17 players made their ASU debuts in 2005. Four newcomers were in the starting lineup on opening night against Long Beach State, including Joey Hooft (DH), Andrew Romine (SS), J.J. Sferra (CF) and Vinny Biancamano (2B). Freshman LHP Drew Bowman made his debut in the Maroon and Gold against Oregon State, becoming the 11th true freshman have made it into a game this season. ASU has now started six true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen position players this season. The Sun Devil roster consisted of 18 of 30 active players that had not seen action before the 2005 season.

    Romine Showing Big League Bloodlines:
    Freshman shortstop Andrew Romine is living up to his preseason label as the No. 2 rated freshman in the country by Baseball America. Romine finished his freshman season batting .282 (55-for-195) with five doubles, three triples, one home run and 23 RBI. While a midseason slump saw his average dip to .266 and he did not start six straight Pac-10 games vs. California and Stanford, Romine responded by hitting .366 (26-for-71) in the next 20 games leading up to the College World Series. He finished Pac-10 play hitting .345 (20-for-58) and ranked third on the team with 14 stolen bases. His 14 steals place him fourth in the ASU freshman record books, two behind the 16 of record holders Barry Bonds (1983), Steve Garrabrants (2001) and Mike Kelly (1989). Romine is the son of former ASU All-American and Boston Red Sox Kevin Romine. Kevin is ASU's all-time hitting leader with a career .408 (223-for-547) batting average.

    ASU Freshman Stolen Base Record:

    1.

    Barry Bonds, 1983

    16

     

    Steve Garrabrants, 2001

    16

     

    Mike Kelly, 1989

    16

    4.

    Andrew Romine, 2005

    14

    Hitting Streaks:
    Five Sun Devils ended the season with hitting streaks of two or more games. Junior right fielder Travis Buck had ASU's longest streak of the season at 14 games. Here is a look at ASU players with hitting streaks:

    Player

    Current Streak

    Statistics During Streak

    Joey Hooft

    6 games

    .409, 9-for-22, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI

    Travis Buck

    4 games

    .412, 7-for-17, 4 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

    Colin Curtis

    3 games

    .727, 8-for-11, R, 2B, 3 RBI

    J.J. Sferra

    3 games

    .333, 4-for-12, 3 RBI

    Jeff Larish

    3 games

    .600, 6-for-10, 6 R, 3 HR, 4 RBI

    Big League Devils:
    Six Sun Devils, with two more on the disabled list, have spent time on major league rosters during the first half of the 2005 season. Former Sun Devil outfielder Chris Duffy made his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates, becoming the 81st Sun Devil to play in the major leagues. Willie Bloomquist (Seattle Mariners), Paul Lo Duca (Florida Marlins), Jon Switzer (Tampa Bay Devil Rays) and Jacob Cruz (Cincinnati Reds) have also played this season, while seven-time National League MVP Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) and Fernando Vina (Detroit Tigers) are both on the disabled list. In addition, two former Sun Devils, Don Wakamatsu (Texas Rangers) and Jeff Pentland (Kansas City Royals), coached in the big leagues in 2005. Several recent Devils are also climbing within the minor league ranks, including Dustin Pedroia (AAA, Pawtucket Red Sox), Andre Ethier (AA, Midland Rock Hounds), Mitch Jones (AAA, Columbus Clippers), Brooks Conrad (AAA, Round Rock Express) and Mike Esposito (AAA, Colorado Sky Sox).

    Just a Walk in the Park For Larish:
    Senior 1B Jeff Larish led the Pac-10 with 58 walks, including 45 walks in the final 41 games (9 IBB) of the season. He finished his career ranked second in ASU history with 200 career walks (see list on page 4) and recorded at least one walk in 138 of 223 career games. His 78 walks in 2003 are second most in ASU single-season history and he is only the second player in school history to join the 70/70 (RBI/BB) club in a season. Former major leaguer Alvin Davis recorded 87 walks and 91 RBI in 1982 and holds the school record with 207 career walks. Additionally, the All-Pac-10 and All-CWS selection recorded 49 career multi-walk games, 87 multi-hit games, 63 multi-RBI contests and 114 career extra base hits for a .595 slugging percentage. He recorded a hit in 76% of his games played (170 of 223) and had seven career multi-home run games (five in 2--5). Larish jumped into the national spotlight during his sophomore season (2003) in which he was named a first-team All-American after hitting .372 (87-for-234) with 80 runs, 18 doubles, 18 home runs, 95 RBI and 78 walks. Larish was also a first-team Summer All-American in 2003 after leading the USA Baseball National Team to a silver medal in the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and led Team USA with 23 RBI and eight home runs.

    Team USA Connections:
    Junior right fielder Travis Buck saw several of his Team USA teammates from last summer at the College World Series. Drew Stubbs, J. Brent Cox and Taylor Teagarden from Texas, Luke Hochevar from Tennessee and Alex Gordon from Nebraska teamed with Buck on Team USA to win the gold medal at the FISU World University Baseball Championship in Tainan, Taiwan. Buck was named a first-team Summer All-American by Baseball America after hitting .412 (28-for-68) with six multi-hit games, two home runs and 14 RBI. He was a big part of Team USA's impressive end-of-the-summer run that saw the Red, White and Blue win the gold medal. He became the seventh Sun Devil since 1998 to play on the USA Baseball National Team. Of the 22 players on the 2004 National Team, Buck will play against 10 of his summer teammates this season (Ricky Romero, Troy Tulowitzki, Jed Lowrie, John Mayberry Jr., Trevor Crowe, Mark Romanczuk, Ian Kennedy, Jeff Clement, Daniel Bard, Cesar Ramos). Jeff Larish, a member of the 2003 National Team that won the silver medal at the Pan Am Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, also played against several of his former teammates from the 2003 summer, including Romanczuk, Clement, Washington shortstop Brent Lillibridge and Tulane 1B/RHP Micah Owings.

    ASU on Team USA:

    1984

    Oddibe McDowell

    1990

    Jim Austin

    1995

    Kaipo Spenser

    1998

    Willie Bloomquist

    2000

    Jon Switzer

    2000

    Casey Myers

    2001

    Mike Esposito

    2002

    Dustin Pedroia

    2003

    Dustin Pedroia

    2003

    Jeff Larish

    2004

    Travis Buck

    It's All About Family For Romine, Gosewisch, Bordes and Sferra:
    Father/son combinations and brothers have played a unique part of the storied history of Arizona State Baseball. In all, four father/son combinations have played at Arizona State including current freshman shortstop Andrew Romine and his father, Kevin. Kevin Romine played at ASU from 1981-82 and later went on to play seven years with the Boston Red Sox. He holds the ASU career batting average record hitting .408 (223-for-547) and helped lead ASU to the 1981 National Championship. Assistant coach Jay J. Sferra will also get the chance to coach his son, freshman outfielder J.J. Sferra. Father Eddie Bane (1971-73) and son Jaymie Bane (1997), Casey Myers (1998-2001) and his father Clint Myers (1971-73), Chris Cook (2004) and his father Larry Cook (1979) and Brian Berger (2000) and his father Bill Berger (1970-73) round out the five father/son combos to don the Sun Devil uniform. Nine sets of brothers have graced the ASU rosters through the years, including senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch and his brother Chip (1996-99) and junior pitcher Brett Bordes and his freshman brother Greg. The other brother combinations include Chris (1975-78) and Sal (1964-65) Bando, Kevin (1978-81) and Pat (1980-82) Dukes, Byron (1979), Dale (1976-79) and Larry (1976-78) Eiler, Greg (1968) and Skip (1964) Hancock, Darrell (1974-77) and Dwayne (1979) Jackson, Jeff (1994) and Mike (1993) Rensmeyer, and John (1971-73) and Tom (1973-75) Sain. Of the nine sets of brothers, four sets played at least one year together at Arizona State.

    Zinicola Moves Into Seventh in Record Books For Career Saves:
    Sophomore RHP Zechry Zinicola was named to the preseason NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List and tied for the team lead in 2005 with four saves. Zinicola notched his fourth save of the year against Arizona (5/14) and 12th of his career to rank seventh place in the ASU record books. He is now just one save away from sixth place (Dave Graybill, 1982-84). Zinicola tied the ASU freshman record with eight saves last season and owns a career 7-4 record with a 4.00 ERA in 40 career relief appearances. Overall, he has pitched in 52 games in two years at ASU and is 8-6 with a 4.49 ERA. In 27 appearances in 2005, Zinicola was 4-4 with a 5.48 ERA. He was dominating in the College World Series, allowing only two runs and striking out seven in 7.1 innings (2.45 ERA). Here is a look at ASU's career saves leaders:

    ASU Career Saves Leaders:

    1.

    Doug Nurnberg (1965-67)

    25

    2.

    Kevin Dukes (1978-81)

    20

    3.

    Noah Peery (1993-94)

    17

     

    Ryan Schroyer (2001-03)

    17

    5.

    Ryan Bradley (1995-97)

    16

    6.

    Dave Graybill (1982-84)

    13

    7.

    Zechry Zinicola (2004-P)

    12

    8.

    Mitch Dean (1976-80)

    11

    9.

    Eric Doble (1999-2001)

    10

    A Record Breaking Ninth Inning:
    The Sun Devils set or tied three school records during the amazing 15-run ninth inning in the 30-13 win over Western Illinois. ASU set a record by recording 16 hits in the inning and sent 21 batters to the plate in the frame. The 15 runs tied a school record, last achieved against Stanford in 1980, and the 16 hits bettered the old record of 12 set against California in 1997. ASU also tied a school record by recording eight consecutive hits in the inning. Travis Buck (single), Colin Curtis (double), Austin Stockfisch (single), Jeff Larish (home run), Willy Fox (double), Joe Persichina (double), Seth Dhaenens (home run) and Greg Bordes (double) to put their names aside a piece of Sun Devil Baseball history. Fox alone went 3-for-3 in the inning falling just a triple short of hitting for the cycle.

    Buck Hits For The Cycle:
    As a freshman, junior right fielder Travis Buck went 5-for-5 with seven RBI and hit for the cycle in ASU's 19-0 win over Southern Utah (3/7/03). He became only the seventh Sun Devil in recorded history to record the elusive cycle and became the first freshman in Pac-10 history to hit for the cycle. Buck capped his perfect night with a grand slam home run as part of an eight-run sixth inning to become ASU's first player to hit for the cycle since Mitch Jones on May 21, 2000 at Arizona. Buck, who was making only his second start in right field, had a single in the first, a double in the third and a triple in the fifth before connecting on his second home run of the year for the cycle. He was named a freshman All-American by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. He finished his freshman season hitting .326 (78-for-239) with 13 doubles and four home runs. Below is a list of ASU players who have hit for the cycle:

    Hitting For the Cycle:

    Travis Buck

    March 7, 2003 vs. Southern Utah

    Mitch Jones

    May 21, 2000 vs. Arizona

    Dan McKinley

    April 1, 1997 vs. Grand Canyon

    Antone Williamson

    May 27, 1993 vs. George Mason

    Kevin Higgins

    May 1, 1988 vs. UCLA

    Todd Brown

    March 18, 1984 vs. USC

    Paul Ray Powell

    March 21, 1969 vs. Michigan

    Draft Dodgers:
    Arizona State is one of only six schools in the nation to have five players active in 2005 that were selected in the 2004 MLB Draft. Along with ASU, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma State and Texas are the other five schools to have five draftees from 2004. Right-handed pitcher Jason Urquidez (11th; Devil Rays), 3B Jeff Larish (13th; Dodgers), LHP Drew Bowman (21st; Brewers), INF Vinny Biancamano (35th; Royals) and SS Andrew Romine (36th; Phillies) were all selected in last June's MLB Amateur draft. In all, 11 Sun Devils on the current roster have been drafted, including Larish and Urquidez being selected twice.

    Recruiting Tidbits:
    The recruiting class that will debut on the diamond this season was recognized as the No. 2 class in the nation by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. ASU recruiting coordinator Jay J. Sferra has landed top 10 recruiting classes in each of the past seven seasons, including the upcoming 2006 class being lauded as one of the top classes in the nation. The group of players that recently signed NLI's with the Sun Devils include seven players ranked in Baseball America's top 70. Here is a look at the recruiting class that is set to debut on the diamond in 2006 with the top 100 ranking in parenthesis:

    Player
    Pos.
    Hometown
    School

    Michael Bowden (19)

    RHP

    Aurora, Ill.

    Waubnosie HS

    Ike Davis (15)

    LHP/1B

    Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Chaparral HS

    Matt Hall (45)

    INF

    Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Horizon HS

    Jeff Lyman (34)

    RHP

    Alamo, Calif.

    Monte Vista HS

    Mark Novak

    LHP

    Joliet, Ill.

    Parkland College

    Preston Paramore (30)

    C

    Allen, Texas

    Allen HS

    Mark Pawelek (53)

    LHP

    Springville, Utah

    Springville HS

    CJ Retherford

    UTL

    Chandler, Ariz.

    Hamilton/South Mountain CC

    Matt Trink

    RHP

    Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Horizon HS/Yavapai CC

    Jeff Urlaub

    LHP

    Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Horizon HS

    Brett Wallace (66)

    3B

    Sonoma, Calif.

    Justin-Siena HS

    Ryan Zimmerman

    RHP

    Hyrum, Utah

    Southern Utah/Salt Lake CC

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