Sept. 8, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State's Jeff Larish and Dustin Pedroia were named Summer All-Americans by Baseball America after helping the USA Baseball National Team to a record-breaking 27-2 summer record and a silver medal in the Pan Am Games.
Pedroia (Woodland, Calif.) was named to the first-team Summer All-American team that is annually selected by Baseball America. Pedroia carried over his stellar sophomore college season into the summer. After hitting .404 with an ASU and Pac-10 record 34 doubles, Pedroia was second on Team USA with 30 hits. He finished the summer hitting .294 (30-for-102) with 22 runs scored, five doubles, one home run and 12 RBI. Despite missing a game with a hand injury in the Pan Am Games, Pedroia's stellar defense gained several standing ovations and earned him a place on the Pan Am Games All-Tournament team. In 28 games with Team USA, Pedroia made only one error in 106 total chances (.991 FLD%).
Larish (Tempe, Ariz.) was a second-team Summer All-America selection while starting all 29 games for Team USA. As a sophomore in 2003, Larish earned All-America and first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2002 while hitting .372 with 18 home runs and 95 RBI. He led Team USA with 23 RBI and his eight home runs are the most by a Team USA player since they started using wood bats. Larish finished the summer hitting .255 (26-for-102) with three doubles and one triple. During one stretch of games against teams from the Great Lakes Collegiate League, Larish hit home runs in five straight games to rank second in the USA Baseball record books.