Oct. 17, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- The Arizona State baseball program's incoming recruiting class that will debut on the diamond in 2004 has been ranked as the third best class in the nation and the best in the Pac-10 by Baseball America.
The Sun Devils are coming off another successful season in 2003, earning a final No. 7 national ranking by Baseball America, with an overall 54-14 record. ASU returns 13 letterwinners, including All-Americans Jeff Larish and Dustin Pedroia and freshman All-American selections Erik Averill and Travis Buck.
The 2004 class includes 21 new players, making up over half of the entire 36-man preseason roster. The freshmen class includes several highly-touted newcomers, including pitchers Quentin Andes (Albuquerque, N.M.), Zechry Zinicola (San Bernadino, Calif.), Pat Bresnehan (Sherborn, Mass.), Pat Cassa (Cypress, Calif.), Josh Blake (Overland Park, Kan.) and Travis Webb (Spokane, Wash.); catcher Brian Walker (Tulsa, Okla.); infielders Jeff Landry (Walnut Creek, Calif.), Joe Persichina (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.), Rocky Laguna (Yuma, Ariz.), Matt Henne (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Taylor Holiday (Laguna Niguel, Calif.); and outfielders Colin Curtis (Issaquah, Wash.) and Eric Williams (Carmel, N.Y.).
"We are very excited and pleasantly surprised about the recruiting class that has joined our program for the 2004 season," said ASU head coach Pat Murphy, who will begin his 10th year at the helm of the Sun Devils. "Jay Sferra and our entire coaching staff did a phenomenal job of bringing in a very high-class group of young men that will make excellent Sun Devil baseball players."
Seven transfers also join the Sun Devil program to help make up one of the best incoming classes in the nation. Senior right-handed pitcher Jeff Mousser (Tempe, Ariz.) returns to his hometown after starting for three years at BYU. Six junior college transfers, all of whom played in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) last year, join Mousser on the list of transfers. Projected closer Jason Urquidez (Simi Valley, Calif.) led the ACCAC in wins last year with nine at Central Arizona and right-hander Ladd Hall (Hereford, Ariz.) led the conference in strikeouts at Eastern Arizona. Infielders Josh Asanovich (Central Arizona) and Chris Cook (Mesa CC) are also expected to contribute immediately. Right-handed pitcher Ty Marotz (Mesa CC) and outfielder Joe Cosentino (Phoenix College) round out the JC transfers.
North Carolina and South Carolina are the only two programs ranked ahead of ASU, with Pac-10 rivals California (#5), Arizona (#9) and Stanford (#11) also appearing in the top 12. ASU has appeared in the "Dandy Dozen" recruiting rankings by Baseball America in each of the last five years.
Baseball America's Top 12 Recruiting Classes:
1. North Carolina 2. South Carolina 3. Arizona State 4. Georgia Tech 5. California 6. Notre Dame 7. Texas 8. Louisiana State 9. Arizona 10. Georgia 11. Stanford 12. Stetson