Feb. 23, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State junior starting pitcher Jason Urquidez has been named the Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week after his complete-game three-hitter against No. 1 and defending national champion Rice on Sunday. Seventh-ranked ASU's 3-1 win over Rice improved its season record to 8-2 overall and a perfect 4-0 against ranked opponents.
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.
Urquidez and the Sun Devils begin a stretch of 25 straight home games Tuesday night with a non-conference tilt against rival and No. 16 Arizona at 7 p.m. at Packard Stadium. Urquidez is schedule to make his next start in the series finale on Sunday against Connecticut (Feb. 29, 1 p.m.).