No. 22 Sun Devils Close Our Regular Season At Home Vs. Washington State

Sun Devils look to get back on winning track after losing seven of the last 10 games.

Senior RHP Jason Urquidez will start for the Sun Devils in the series opener against Washington State.

Senior RHP Jason Urquidez will start for the Sun Devils in the series opener against Washington State.

May 26, 2005

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    Washington State Cougars (21-34, 1-20 Pac-10)
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    #22 Arizona State Sun Devils (21-22, 12-9 Pac-10)

    Friday, May 27 (6:30 p.m.)
    Jayson Miller, LHP (2-5, 5.80 ERA) vs. Jason Urquidez, RHP (7-4, 4.34 ERA)

    Saturday, May 28 (6:30 p.m.)
    Wayne Daman Jr., RHP (7-5, 4.92 ERA) vs. Erik Averill, LHP (8-4, 3.72 ERA)

    Sunday, May 29 (1 p.m.)
    James Freeman, LHP (7-7, 5.46 ERA) vs. TBA


    All-Time Series vs. Washington State:
    All-Time Record vs. WSU:.................28-6
    All-Time Record vs. WSU in Tempe:........19-3
    Last 5/10 vs. WSU:.......................4-1/8-2

    Media Exposure:
    ASU returns to the airwaves this weekend with all three games of the Pac-10 series against Washington State broadcast locally in the Phoenix area on KDUS 1060 AM with Tim Healey and Bob Eger calling all the action from the Packard Stadium press box. Saturday's game will be televised locally on AZ-TV with George Allen and Doug Gerlach calling the action. Every game during the 2005 season can be followed via GameTracker on the Internet at www.thesundevils.com.

    Television: AZ-TV - Saturday only in local Arizona area
    Audio Broadcast: KDUS 1060 AM (Tim Healey and Bob Eger)
    Gametracker: Friday | Saturday | Sunday

    Fun Facts:
    The Sun Devils are currently in fourth place in the Pac-10, one-game behind third-place USC... 18 of ASU's 22 losses this season have come against teams that have appeared in the national polls at some point this season... the Sun Devils have played 31 of their 53 games (59%) against nationally ranked teams... senior 1B Jeff Larish leads the Pac-10 with 16 home runs, but has not gone deep since Apr. 29 at Oregon State (31 at-bats)... Jr. OF/3B Travis Buck ranks third in the Pac-10 hitting .378 and has recorded hits in 16 of his last 17 games... Buck also has 29 multi-hit games.


    What's On Tap:
    The Arizona State Sun Devils (31-22, 12-9 Pac-10) look to get back on the winning track this weekend with a three-game series against the Washington State Cougars (21-34, 1-20 Pac-10) at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils have lost seven of their last 10 games, but six of those games were played against teams ranked in the national top 10. ASU's brutal schedule includes 31 games against teams that have been ranked at some point this season and 17 games against top 10 opponents. Following the regular season-ending series against the Cougars, ASU will wait to find out if they receive an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Field of 64 will be announced on Monday, May 30, at 8:30 a.m. on ESPN2.

    Quick Hits:

    ... ASU has played over half of its schedule (31 of 53) against teams that have been ranked at some point this season.
    ... Travis Buck has recorded two or more hits in 12 of his last 17 games and leads ASU with 29 multi-hit games.
    ... The Sun Devils have recorded only six extra base hits in the last nine Pac-10 games (2 HR, 4 2B).
    ... Travis Buck is hitting .424 (73-for-172) over the last 38 games to raise his average from .246 to .378 (132).
    ... Travis Buck won his fifth career Pac-10 POW award, the most ever by a Sun Devil position player.
    ... ASU set a school record with 35 hits in the 30-13 win over Western Illinois (3/13). Travis Buck went 6-for-8.
    ... Jr. LHP Erik Averill leads the pitching staff going 8-4 with a 3.72 ERA this season. He also has 3 CG.
    ... 18 of ASU's 22 losses this season have come against teams that have appeared in the national rankings.
    ... Washington's Tim Lincecum  marked the 12th preseason All-American pitcher Arizona State faced this season.
    ... ASU has been road warriors this season playing 27 of its last 46 games away from Packard Stadium.
    ... 16 Sun Devils, including 10 true freshman, have made their debut in the Maroon and Gold this season.
    ... ASU leads the Pac-10 with 103 stolen bases this season, including 19 from Travis Buck and 15 from Colin Curtis.
    ... ASU has scored 180 of its 380 runs (47%) with two outs. Travis Buck leads the team with 23 two-out RBI.
    ... ASU owns a 244-110-1 record for a .689 winning percentage this decade (2000-P).
    ... Jeff Larish leads the Pac-10 with 16 home runs and ranks fourth in ASU history with 44 career homers.
    ... Losing four of five games to Arizona this season marked the first season series loss to UA since 1992.
    ... Freshman reserve catcher Austin Stockfisch has recorded a hit in nine of his 12 at-bats this season (.750).
    ... Sr. RHP Jason Urquidez is 3-1 with a 3.12 ERA in his last 7 starts. He is 19-7 with a 3.85 ERA in 41 career games.
    ... The Sun Devils have used 42 different batting lineups and 33 different defensive lineups in 53 games this season.
    ... Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award.
    ... Gosewisch threw out five of six base stealers last weekend vs. UW and 23 of 58 (40%) this season.

    Recapping Last Weekend:
    The Sun Devils dropped their third straight Pac-10 series losing two of three to the University of Washington Huskies over the weekend in Seattle. UW ace Tim Lincecum struck out 13 on 165 pitches in Friday's 6-4 victory. ASU held UW to only three hits and led 3-0 after eight innings Saturday, but a three-run homer from Nick Batkoski off Zechry Zinicola and a two-run shot from Brent Lillibridge off Brett Bordes gave the Huskies the dramatic 5-3 walk-off win to win the series. ASU avoided its first Pac-10 sweep since 1999 (UCLA) with a 2-1 win on Sunday, led by brilliant pitching performances from Seth Garrison, Bordes and Pat Bresnehan. Bordes and Bresnehan combined for seven shutout innings out of the bullpen. Sophomore second baseman Seth Dhaenens gave ASU all the runs they would need with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning. ASU hit only .200 (18-for-90) with one extra base hit in the series at Husky Ballpark. Sophomore left fielder Colin Curtis recorded a hit in each game, going 4-for-10 (.400) with three walks and a stolen base.

    Pitching Prevails vs. UW:
    Taking away the five-run ninth inning in Saturday's heartbreaking 5-3 loss, the ASU pitching staff had one of its better weekends in Pac-10 play this season. Overall, the staff combined for a 4.21 ERA in 25.2 innings against the Huskies, but if you take away the five-run ninth, they allowed only seven singles and one run over the last two games. Junior LHP Brett Bordes pitched in all three games of the series and allowed only one hit and one run in 4.2 innings. Senior RHP Jason Urquidez did not allow a run and scattered three hits in 6.1 innings, but picked up the no-decision.

    Gosewisch Guns Them Down:
    Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch didn't have much success at the plate over the weekend against Washington (0-for-7), but he didn't let that bother his stellar defensive play. Gosewisch threw out five of six attempted base stealers in the series and now has thrown out 23 of 58 this season (40%). Gosewisch is one of 10 semifinalists for the 2005 Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year Award.

    Nail Biters:
    The Sun Devils carry a 31-22 record, but several of the losses have been close games. ASU has endured nine losses by two or less runs, including six one-run losses this season. In addition, the Devils have been the victim of three walk-off losses. Overall, 18 of ASU's 22 losses have come against teams that have been ranked at some point this season. Of ASU's four losses to Washington and Oregon State, three were by two or less runs.

    Saving the Day:
    Through the first 30 games of the season, the ASU bullpen had recorded only four saves. However, since Pac-10 play started, the Sun Devil relievers have combined for eight saves over the last 23 games and currently rank tied for third in the league with 12 saves. ASU's eight saves in Pac-10 play rank second, two behind league leader Oregon State. Sophomore right-hander Zechry Zinicola leads the team with four saves, with three coming in Pac-10 play.

    Team Speed:
    The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 with 103 stolen bases (103-for-139) and lead the league with 37 swipes during Pac-10 play. Junior Travis Buck is tied for third in the Pac-10 with 19 stolen bases and sophomore Colin Curtis ranks sixth with 15. 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 have recorded a stolen base and 11 players have two or more steals. Senior Jeff Larish had a successful straight steal of home in the series finale vs. Stanford (4/17), marking the first steal of home since Colin 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 last season.

    Looking For Extra Bases:
    The Sun Devils head into this weekend's series against WSU having lost three straight Pac-10 series against Oregon State, Arizona and Washington. A big reason may be due to the offense hitting only .247 (73-for-296) with only six extra base hits during that stretch. The Sun Devils have hit just four doubles and two home runs (Larish and Zinicola) combined between the last three Pac-10 series.

    Thank You Seniors:
    In addition to closing out the regular portion of the home season this weekend, five Sun Devils will also play their final games (unless ASU hosts a regional or super regional) at Packard Stadium. Seniors Jason Urquidez (RHP), Jeff Larish (1B/OF), Tuffy Gosewisch (C), Ty Marotz (RHP) and Joey Hooft (3B) will all play in front of the home crowd for the final time during the regular season. Larish and Gosewisch are both four-year seniors, combining to play in 410 games and record 449 hits.

    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 named to the watch lists for the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award and the Xanthus Howser Trophy.

    Gosewisch Named Bench Award Semi-Finalist:
    Senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch has been named a semi-finalist for the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award. The award is presented annually at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet to the nation's top collegiate catcher. Gosewisch is one of 10 semifinalists up for the prestigious award, including Pac-10 catchers Nick Hundley (Arizona) and Jeff Clement (USC). Gosewisch was also a semi-finalist in 2004. The three finalists will be announced June 1, 2005 and will be invited to Wichita for the 8th annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 29, 2005 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Wichita. Legendary Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench will present the award to the recipient. Through 53 games against one of the toughest schedules in the nation, Gosewisch is fifth on the team batting .310 (62-for-200) with 10 doubles, six home runs and a team-leading 52 RBI. Defensively, he has started every game and has caught all but 18 innings. He has made only two errors in 428 chances for a .995 FLD% and has thrown out 23 of 58 attempted base stealers (40%).

    Three Sun Devils Earn Academic Honors:
    Arizona State University student-athletes Erik Averill, Travis Buck and Tuffy Gosewisch have been named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine District 8 All-Academic Baseball Team. Averill and Buck both garnered first-team honors and will advance to the national ballot, which will be released May 31. Gosewisch was named to the second team. Buck has a cumulative 3.31 GPA while pursuing a degree in management, Averill has a cumulative 3.52 GPA while advancing towards a degree in finance and Gosewisch earned second-team honors with a 3.21 GPA as a marketing major. Arizona State was the only school to have more than one first team selection. The baseball team was voted on by CoSIDA members from within the District 8 states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, and the province of British Columbia. The trio of academic awards marks the first time since 2001 that ASU has had representation on the District 8 team. Casey Myers, Jeff Phelps and Jon Switzer all earned academic all-district honors in 2001 and Myers was the two-time Academic All-American of the Year.

    Larish Climbs ASU Career Charts:
    Senior Jeff Larish has made several dents in the ASU career record books... and he isn't done yet. With his Pac-10 leading 16 home runs, Larish ranks tied for fourth in ASU history with 44, only two away from tying seven-time National League MVP Barry Bonds (1983-85). Former major leaguer Bob Horner holds the all-time record with 56 home runs. The senior slugger has three multi-homer games this season and five in his career. Of his 16 home runs this season, he has hit six solo homers, five two-run shots and five three-run bombs. Twelve (12) of his 16 homers have also come on the road. Larish's 218 RBI also rank fifth in the ASU record books and his 187 walks are second. Larish is also listed seventh in career at-bats (799), sixth in total bases (462), seventh in hits (265), eighth in runs scored (206) and 10th in doubles (53). Through 53 games, Larish is hitting .315 (63-for-200) with 31 extra base hits for a .635 slugging percentage. He has been especially hot with hits in 23 of his last 32 games, going 40-for-116 (.345) to raise his batting average from .273 to .315 (42 points).

    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....  .315   53-53    200   49   63   14    1   16   50   45   51    8-10
    TOTAL...  .332  209-207   799  206  265   53    6   44  218  187  162   14-23

    Freshman in Pac-10 Play:
    A pair of freshmen are among ASU's team leaders in batting average in Pac-10 play. Center fielder J.J. Sferra is hitting .345 (20-for-58) in league play, while shortstop Andrew Romine is batting .313 (15-for-48). Sferra hit .283 (26-for-92) in non-conference play and Romine hit at a .280 clip (28-for-100).

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