Sept. 29, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State baseball All-American shortstop Dustin Pedroia has added to his already extensive list of national awards from the 2003 season by being named the Collegiate Baseball/Easton National Defensive Player of the Year.
Pedroia helped lead the 2003 Sun Devils to a 54-14 record and a No. 8 final national ranking by Baseball America. While he led the NCAA in doubles (34) and hit .404 (120-for-297) at the plate, the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year is nationally known for his phenomenal play at shortstop.
Starting all 68 games at shortstop in 2003, Pedroia helped the Devils to a .973 fielding percentage to rank ninth in the nation. In 319 total chances in the field, Pedroia made only eight errors for a stellar .975 fielding percentage. He did not make an error over the last 26 games of the Devils' season and continued his masterful glove work with a nearly flawless summer with the USA Baseball National Team. He was named to the Pan Am Games All-Tournament team while helping Team USA to a silver medal and made only one error in 106 total chances (.991 FLD%) throughout the summer.
Pedroia (Woodland, Calif.) is a career .379 (202-for-533) hitter and has started every game of his ASU career (126 games). He set the Pac-10 and ASU record for doubles with 34 in 2003 and became only the 11th Sun Devil to hit over .400 and record 100 or more hits in the same season. He was named a first-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA, ABCA, USA Today Sports Weekly and was a second-team selection by Baseball America. Pedroia is the second Sun Devil to win the national award in the last four years, with All-American catcher Casey Myers bringing the honor to Tempe following the 2000 season.