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15th-Ranked Baseball Takes On Loyola Marymount This Weekend
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Release: 02/28/2002
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    Arizona State Sun Devils (8-5)
    No. 21 Baseball America, No. 15 Baseball Weekly, No. 18 Collegiate Baseball

    vs. Loyola Marymount Lions (5-8)

    Mesa, Ariz. * Hohokam Stadium (12,623) * Mar. 1-3, 2002

    PROBABLE PITCHERS
    Mar. 1 vs. Loyola Marymount, 6 p.m. MST
    LMU - Kevin Jenson - RHP (1-2, 6.00 ERA)
    ASU - Mike Esposito - RHP (2-2, 4.30 ERA)

    Mar. 2 vs. Loyola Marymount, 7 p.m. MST
    LMU - Joshua Muecke - LHP (1-2, 6.00 ERA)
    ASU - Robbie McClellan - RHP (2-2, 3.86 ERA)

    Mar. 3 vs. Loyola Marymount, 1 p.m. MST
    LMU - Nicholas Lovato - LHP (0-1, 3.97)
    ASU - Bryce Kartler - LHP (1-0, 3.47 ERA)

    NATIONAL RANKINGS
    Arizona State (8-5) dropped five spots from No. 16 to No. 21 by Baseball America after going 1-2 last weekend vs. CS Fullerton. They are also ranked No. 15 by Baseball Weekly/ESPN and No. 18 by Collegiate Baseball. The Sun Devils have been ranked in the national polls for 43 consecutive weeks. LMU (5-8) is not ranked.

    THE STORYLINE
    The Sun Devils return to action this weekend with three games at Hohokam Stadium with Loyola Marymount (5-8). ASU has endured a tough stretch of games, dropping five of their last six, all coming against ranked opponents. The Devils were swept two weeks ago at current No. 1/2 Florida State and then went 1-2 against Cal State Fullerton last weekend. Four to the five losses during that streak have been by two or less runs. The Devils continue to pitch well with a combined team ERA of 3.47, but the hitters have struggled against tough pitching with a .269 batting average over the last five games and a .285 mark over the last 10 games. Junior Robbie McClellan (2-2, 3.86) will make his first career start Saturday.

    What's On Tap:
    The 15th-ranked Sun Devil Baseball team just endured one of the roughest stretches of games by playing nine straight games against ranked opponents. After sweeping Tennessee at home, ASU has lost five of their last six games to nationally ranked Florida State and Cal State Fullerton. ASU will look to get back on the winning track this weekend when Loyola Marymount (5-8) comes to town for three games at Hohokam Stadium. The Sun Devils are in the midst of a 10-game homestand in which they will also face New Mexico State (Mar. 5) and host the Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament at Packard Stadium (Mar. 8-10). The Devils will make their next roadtrip on March 12 to New Mexico State.

    One and Two-Run Misery:
    While the five losses in the last six games isn't a stretch of games to be proud of, the Devils have lost four of those games by two or less runs. All six of those games and nine in a row have come against ranked opponents, a first in the Pat Murphy era at ASU to play back-to-back non-conference ranked opponents.

    Sun Devil Baseball Successful in March:
    The Sun Devil Baseball program has an all-time 612-241-1 record in the month of March dating back to the 1959 baseball season. Head Coach Pat Murphy, who is only five wins short of his 600th career Division I victory, will embark on his eighth March in an ASU uniform, combining to go 64-48-1 in his seven previous years in March. Murphy was 68-41 in his seven seasons at Notre Dame in March. Last year ASU was 7-7-1 in the month of March.

    Devils Better Score Early and Often:
    The Sun Devils have had good success this year when scoring before their opponent, going 6-3 in those game. Even more importantly, when ASU scores in the first inning they are 6-2. Five runs or more seem to be the magic number for the Devils, as ASU is 8-1 in games when scoring five or more runs.

    The Catching Situation:
    One of the biggest questions for the Sun Devil baseball team this year has been the catching situation. Junior Dennis Wyrick, who was ASU's starting shortstop this year and started eight games at third base this year, will become the Devils' every day starting catcher. Wyrick, who debuted at catcher in the Arizona Summer Collegiate League, started all three games vs. Fullerton and was impressive by gunning down two baserunners. Before that, ASU had only had one caught stealing in 16 attempts. Freshman Tuffy Gosewisch and Joel Bocchi struggled at the plate with a combined 2-for-25 performance at the plate to open the gates for Wyrick to become the starting catcher. Wyrick is hitting .324 (11x34) on the year and is hitting .357 (5x14) over the last five games.

    Hohokam is ASU's Home Away From Home in 2002:
    While a $2 million renovation will begin in March to Packard Stadium, the Sun Devils will call Hohokam Stadium in Mesa home for the 2002 season for all but three home games. Hohokam Park is also the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Fall League home of the Mesa Solar Sox. The facility will provide ASU with a first-class facility while Packard Stadium undergoes renovation. Hohokam Park, which opened in 1997, has a seating capacity of 12,623, with 8,000 theater-style seats.

    Is it HoHoKam or Hohokam... Stadium... or Park:
    While it can be up for debate on the actual spelling of Hohokam Stadium, the City of Mesa has recognized the official spelling of Hohokam Park to be without the capital H and capital K in the middle of the word. The group that call themselves the HoHoKam's use the capital letters, but the actual group of Native Americans that the park is named after is spelled 'Hohokam.' To extend the debate, is it Hohokam Park or Hohokam Stadium. While both are acceptable, the games are played in Hohokam Stadium, which is located in Hohokam Park.

    Schroyer Named National Pitcher of the Week:
    Arizona State sophomore starting pitcher Ryan Schroyer opened his 2002 season in style by being named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week after his 11-strikeout performance against Southern Utah on Feb. 1. Schroyer, a sophomore who was 2-2 and was a honorable mention freshman All-American in 2001, allowed only three hits in 6.2 shutout innings to help lead ASU to the 12-0 defeat of Southern Utah. A high school All-American at Canyon del Oro in 2000, Schroyer was a 16th round selection of the Detroit Tigers in the MLB June Amateur Draft. In his four starts this year, Schroyer is 1-1 with a 4.12 ERA and has struck out 25 batters in 19.2 innings. After starting four games, Schroyer will move to the bullpen this weekend.

    A Cubs/Sun Devil Doubleheader?:
    With ASU sharing Hohokam Stadium with the Chicago Cubs this spring for their spring training, baseball fans will have the unique chance on three occasions to enjoy a Major League-College baseball doubleheader. Saturday will be the first of three, with the Cubs playing the San Francisco Giants at 1:05 p.m. and ASU playing Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m. later that night.

    The Record Is In The Books. ASU Has Scored In 388 Straight Games:
    The Arizona State baseball program made history on April 7, 2001 when they scored at least one run in its 350th consecutive game. The Devils broke the 12-year-old NCAA record in a 5-1 loss to USC exactly six years to the day when they were last shut out. ASU was shut out 9-0 on April 7, 1995 at Dedeaux Field. The one run scored in the 3-1 loss to UCLA on May 19 last year marked only the 11th time during the streak that ASU has scored only one run. The streak is still intact at 388 consecutive games with ASU scoring in each of the 13 games this year. The Devils have extended the streak early in almost every game, with a run in the first inning eight times in 2002. ASU was neck-in-neck for the record with Wichita State, which had not been shutout in 332 games, but had its streak ended with a 1-0 loss to Louisiana-Lafayette in the middle of the 2001 season. Coastal Carolina previously held the NCAA record at 349 games set from 1983-1989. ASU also had a stretch of 278 games without being shut out from 1990 to 1994, meaning the program has only been shutout in three games dating back to 1990.

    Allen and Esposito Earn Preseason All-America Awards:
    Sun Devil players Rod Allen and Mike Esposito both earned preseason All-America honors. Allen, who hit .389 and set an ASU freshman record in 2001, was named a first-team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Esposito, who recorded a 5-2 record in 2001 and is coming off an impressive summer with Team USA, was named to a third-team preseason All-American by Baseball America. Allen has been struggling as of late with only one hit in 10 at-bats in the series against Fullerton and is hitting .277 on the year with two home runs, nine RBI and has played spectacular defense in left field. Esposito is 2-2 with a 4.30 ERA in his four starts, including a complete-game victory over Tennessee (2/9).

    Murphy is Five Short of 600 Division I Victories:
    Sun Devil Head Coach Pat Murphy is now just five (5) wins short of reaching the 600 plateau for Division I victories in his 15 years of coaching at the top level of collegiate baseball. Fashioning a career 650-316-4 in his 18 seasons as a head coach, with 55 of those wins came at Maryville (Tenn.) College and Claremont-Mudd Scripps, Murphy should reach the mileston in the next two weeks. In his 15 years at the D1 level, Murphy has averaged nearly 40 wins per year and is 277-148-1 in his 8-year ASU career. He will coach in his 1,000th career game on April 27, 2002 when he returns to play his former school, Notre Dame.

    Now That is The Way to Start the Game:
    The Sun Devil leadoff hitter in the game is off to a great start in 2002, and a main reason why the Devils have scored at least one run in eight of their 13 (62%) games this year. The Sun Devil leadoff hitter, 12 times being Steve Garrabrants and one time being Doug Schutt, is 8-for-13 to lead off the game for ASU. Garrabrants is 7-for-12 with three singles, three double and a home run to his credit, while Schutt is 1-for-1 with a single.

    Hitting For The Cycle... in the First Inning:
    In what may be one of the rarest feats of Arizona State baseball history, the Devils led off the Feb. 9 game vs. Tennessee in grand fashion with the first four hitters combining to hit for the cycle in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Steve Garrabrants led off the game with a first-pitch home run, then Dustin Pedroia followed with a double, then Rod Allen singled and to cap off the amazing event, Jeremy West tripled to give ASU the early 2-0 lead.

    The Solo Story:
    The Sun Devils have hit seven home runs in 2002, with Steve Garrabrants and Rod Allen each hitting two, and first baseman Jeremy West leading the team with three round-trippers. All seven of ASU's home runs this year have come with the bases empty.

    Two Sunday's Slip Away:
    If you were to erase the last two Sunday's and have the Devils hold on to their middle-inning leads, ASU could easily be 10-3 instead of its current mark of 8-5. The Sun Devils held a 4-0 lead over Florida State in the series finale (2/17) before giving up three runs in each the seventh and eighth innigns to give the Seminoles a series sweep. In nearly the same situation, CS Fullerton battled back in the Sunday game (2/24) from a 5-2 deficit by scoring four runs in the sixth inning en route to a series winning 7-5 win over ASU.

    The Bullpen is Still Pretty Solid:
    While it took them until the seventh game of the season to give up an earned run, the ASU bullpen has been a little shaky as of late going 0-2 in the last six games, but, the group as a whole is still pitching well with a combined 3.17 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 48.1 combined innings. Robbie McClellan is 2-2 with one save and leads the team with six appearances. Mark Sopko is second with five appearances and sophmore Aaron Klusman is coming off two solid apperances in which he struck out five in four innings vs. Cal State Fullerton over two appearances.

    Scouting the Loyola Marymount Lions:
    The Loyols Marymount Lions enter the three-game series this weekend with a 5-8 record after enduring a series sweep last weekend at nationally ranked Texas and after a win Tuesday at home against San Diego State. LMU is led by senior catcher Kris Zacuto who is hitting .358 with six doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI. The Lions are hitting .256 as a team with 16 doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 57 RBI. The pitching staff has a team ERA of 6.57 with no player recording more than one win. Relief pitcher Vincent Cordova leads LMU with a 3.60 ERA out of the bullpen and is 1-1.

    The ASU-Loyola Marymount All-Time Series:
    The Sun Devils and LMU Lions are no strangers, with the two teams having met 29 previous times. ASU leads the all-time series convincingly with a 23-6 record. Dating back to 1976, ASU and LMU have met 21 times, all in the state of Arizona, with the Sun Devils holding a 15-6 record. The last time ASU and LMU met was in 1996 when the Devils outscored the Lions 40-15 in a three-game sweep at Packard Stadium.

    A Tough Schedule in 2002 For ASU:
    The Sun Devils face a tough schedule in 2002, with 12 combined games against teams that participated in the 2001 College World Series (3 - Tennessee, 3 - USC, 3 - Stanford, 3 - Cal State Fullerton). ASU will play 22 of its 55 (40%) scheduled games against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year. The Devils schedule includes road contests against Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Florida State, Stanford and UCLA. Arizona State is listed as having the ninth toughest schedule in the nation on www.Boydsworld.com.

    Garrabrants Leading Off:
    Sophomore Steve Garrabrants started the season off on a tear, hitting .412 through the first seven games of the season. In the season-opening Bill Kajikawa Baseball Classic, Garrabrants combined to go 8-for-15 (.533) while hitting leadoff in all four games. Despite cooling off as of late to have his batting average drop to a still stellar mark of .352, Garrabrants has been consistent at the top of the lineup with hits in 11 of ASU's 13 games. He leads the team with 17 runs scored and is third with seven extra base hits. He has started eight games as the designated hitter and five games at second base. Garrabrants, who starred during his prep career at Moon Valley High School, is also teid for second on the team with two home runs. He hit his first career home run in his 161st career at bat on the first pitch of the game vs. Tennessee (2/9).

    The Wild, Wild West:
    Sophomore first baseman Jeremy West is off torrid start in 2002 with a team-leading 17 RBI in ASU's 13 games. Leading the Sun Devils with 10 extra-base hits and three home runs, West is currently second on the team with a .390 (16x41) batting average. West is coming off a good stellar performance last weekend against Cal State Fullerton, combining to go 5-for-11 (.455) with two home runs and a triple in the three games.

    Pedroia At The Plate:
    True freshman infielder Dustin Pedroia may be in the midst of a 2-for-16 (.125) slump, but what #2 does for the Sun Devils is invaluable on a daily basis. With his average well above .350 before the Florida State series, Pedroia has hit the ball hard, but just hasn't found the holes. Hitting .298 on the year, the slick-fielder has made only one error in only 56 total chances for a .982 fielding percentage. At the plate he has recorded hits in eight of ASU's 13 games and has five extra base hits (4 2B/1 3B).

    Andre Ethier Swinging a Hot Bat:
    Andre Ethier came to ASU, left ASU, and is now back at ASU, and boy, ASU is happy. The sweet-swinging Ethier is leading the Sun Devils in hitting through 13 games with a .440 (22x50) batting average. Ethier has been nearly unstoppable at the plate, with seven multi-hit games on the year, four of which have been three-hit affairs. After earning All-State honors at St. Mary's High School as a senior in 2000, Sun Devil right fielder Andre Ethier followed his dreams and came to Arizona State University to play baseball. With playing time not working out, Ethier decided to play his freshman year at Chandler-Gilbert CC. Making a name for himself by hitting .468 at the JC level last year, Ethier spurned an offer from the Oakland Athletics after being drafted in the 37th round and came back to Arizona State. He has started all 13 games for the Sun Devils, with 12 coming in right field and one start coming at first base.

    Making the Most of his Senior Year, Jon Sheaffer:
    Senior center fielder Jon Sheaffer is making the most of his final year as a college student-athlete. Sheaffer, who played football and baseball for ASU last year after transfering from South Mountain CC, is third on the team with a .387 batting average and has played in all 13 games (11 starts). Sheaffer is currently in the midst of a career-high seven-game hitting streak, going 9-for-22 (.409) during the streak.

    Murphy's Teams Know How To Score:
    A true icon of the Pat Murphy system is scoring runs. The Sun Devils have done plenty of that since he arrived in 1995. ASU has led the NCAA in scoring in two of the last three years, averaging 11.32 runs per game in 1999 and 10.97 runs per game in 2000. The Devils paced the Pac-10 in 2001, hitting at a .327 clip and averaging 8.26 runs per game to rank 17th in the nation. ASU also led the nation in batting average with a team total of .356 in 1999 and fell just percentage points shy of matching that feat a second year in a row in 2000 with a .346 mark, trailing Stony Brook by one point. During Pat Murphy's eight seasons in Tempe, the Sun Devils have been a scoring machine with 3,932 runs, averaging 9.23 runs per game and hitting at an overall .331 clip.

    Kartler Picks Up First Career Win And Keeps on Truckin:
    Junior LHP Bryce Kartler picked up his first career win as a Sun Devil in his 33rd career appearance when he tied a career high with nine K's in his win over Tennessee (2/10). With three starts, and one relief appearance (he entered with two outs in the first inning vs. FSU) Kartler is leading the ASU starters with a 3.47 ERA. In 23.1 innings, Kartler has allowed 14 hits (.175 opposing batting average) and struck out 24. Labeled as "effectively wild" Kartler has also walked 13 batters, hit a team-leading eight batters and thrown five wild pitches.

    The Child From Liberal, Kansas:
    Junior right-handed relief pitcher Robbie McClellan has been nicknamed "The Child" for his boyish looks. While the nickname has stuck, he is anything but boyish, and rather bullish, when it comes to his pitching. Making all six of his appearances out of the bullpen, McClellan is 2-2 with one save and a 3.86 ERA. In 14.0 combined innings, the junior who starred at Seward County CC and for the summer league Liberal BeeJays, has struck out 20 batters . McClellan saved the Sunday game (2/10) vs. Tennessee to preserve an ASU sweep by striking out two batters with the bases loaded in a 5-4 victory, but has had two consecutive rough outings with losses vs. Florida State (2/17) and Cal State Fullerton (2/24). McClellan will make his first career start this Saturday vs. LMU.

    This Sergio Garcia Doesn't Golf:
    Senior infielder Sergio Garcia has a familiar name, but this Sergio Garcia is not a golfer. Garcia will fill in the role as ASU's valued utility man, able to play third, second and his most familiar position, shortstop. Garcia transferred from Oklahoma where he hit .311 for the Sooners last year and was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection. Garcia is hitting .286 while playing in nine games this year.

    A Very Young Team Indeed:
    The Sun Devils feature a very young team in 2002, with 22 of the 33 players on the roster listed as underclassman. Losing seven of its top position players from the 2001 team and several top pitchers, a very young team Sun Devil team will take the field this year. The normal starting lineup has five sophomores, two true freshman and at least one senior on the field. When the Devils made the cross country trek to Tallahassee for the FSU series, 13 of the 27 on the travel roster were making their first road trip as a Sun Devil.

    ASU Varsity Breezes Past Alumni in Annual Game:
    The Sun Devil Varsity 9 defeated a talented group of alumni players in the annual Alumni game held Jan. 26 at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils defeated the Alumni 9-3 behind strong pitching and an offensive showcase by sophomore Rod Allen. Starter Bryce Kartler threw four strong innings, allowing only one hit and striking out four. The relief corps of J.J. Jackson, Miguel Sanchez, Aaron Klusman, Mark Sopko and Robbie McClellan allowed only three hits and one run over the final five innings. At the plate, Allen was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a run-scoring double. The Alumni squad featured former Sun Devil All-Americans Mitch Jones, Ryan Bradley, Willie Bloomquist, Ken Phelps and recent Devils Brooks Conrad and Mike Lopez.

    2002 Newcomers Highly Touted By National Publications:
    The group of 17 players that make up the newcomers for the 2002 season have been highly touted as the No. 8 recruiting class in the nation by Collegiate Baseball and the No. 11 class by Baseball America. The group includes starting shortstop Ian Kinsler (Central Arizona CC), starting right fielder Andre Ethier (Chandler-Gilbert CC), starting second baseman Dustin Pedroia (Woodland, Calif.), starting catcher Tuffy Gosewisch (Horizon HS) and ace relief pitcher Robbie McClellan (Seward County CC) to name just a few.

    Blood Lines:
    If the last name and number you see behind the plate for ASU this year looks familiar, don't worry, you aren't having flashback to the late '90s. Tuffy Gosewisch, the brother of former Sun Devil Chip Gosewisch, wears the same No. 39 as his brother and carries the same tough mentality on the field. The older Gosewisch played for Pat Murphy from 1996-99 as a catcher and infielder, hitting at a career .338 clip and playing in 160 career games. Tuffy Gosewisch was an all-state catcher at Horizon High School in Scottsdale last year. He is slumping at the plate, hitting just .056 with one hit in 18 at-bats.

    Why Not #9 Murphy:
    Most who are close to the ASU Baseball program know what the No. 9 means to head coach Pat Murphy. Often his slogan to "Play all 9 Innings", Murphy and No. 9 are synonymous with each other... until this year. In a preseason meeting with team, Murphy gave a speech on how you have to be able to give up anything for the team. In this case, he even offered up his prize No. 9, knowing no one would take it. That is, until ASU's sophomore Steve Garrabrants raised his hand and said, I'll take it, and with that, the leader of the Devils is willing to give up anything for the team and will wear No. 7 this year.

    Arizona State On The Tube:
    Fox Sports Net will televise four Pac-10 Baseball games this year, including the March 23 game between Arizona State and Arizona in Tucson. The game, originally scheduled for 1 p.m. at Frank Sancet Field, has been pushed back to a 2 p.m. start to accommodate the TV start time. Arizona State will also play Florida State on Feb. 16 on Fox Sports Arizona at 12 p.m. MST. Listed below is a complete schedule of Pac-10 Baseball games scheduled to air on Fox Sports Net in 2002. Please check your local listings for exact start times and channel:

    -- Saturday, March 23, 2002--Arizona State at Arizona, 1 p.m.  PT/2 p.m. MT
    -- Saturday, April 13, 2002--USC at Stanford, 1 p.m. PT
    -- Saturday, May 4, 2002--UCLA at Washington, 1 p.m. PT
    -- Saturday, May 11, 2002--Oregon State at California, 1 p.m. PT
    
    Monday's With Murphy:
    New for the 2002 baseball season is a weekly coaches radio show for ASU head coach Pat Murphy. Held every Monday from 6-6:30 p.m. on XTRA 910 AM, Murphy and the voice of ASU Baseball, Tim Healey, will preview upcoming ASU Baseball games and talk Sun Devil baseball. A roundtable discussion on ASU and College Baseball is held from 5:30-6 p.m. and is open to the public and all media. Players will also be present at the weekly event.

    ASU And Team USA Connections:
    Arizona State baseball has had a long-standing tradition of sending players to play for the USA National team during the summers. ASU has had six players don the Red, White and Blue for Team USA since 1984, with the first being Oddibe McDowell in the 1984 Olympics played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Jim Austin played for Team USA in 1990 and ASU has had four players play with Team USA in the last four years. 1999 Pac-10 Player of the Year Willie Bloomquist played in the summer of 1998, 2000-2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year Casey Myers played in the summer of 2000 and was also a member of the Team USA Junior National Team before arriving at ASU in 1998. Current Tampa Bay Devil Ray prospect Jon Switzer was also a member of the 2000 National Team and current pitcher Mike Esposito was 3-1 with a 1.56 ERA last summer. Current Sun Devils Dustin Pedroia, Dennis Wyrick and Ryan Schroyer all played for one of the Team USA Junior teams during their respective prep careers.

    The Apollo Connection:
    Arizona State and Apollo High School in Glendale has formed quiet a relationship. Former Sun Devil All-American and Major Leaguer Bob Horner started the tradition back in the late 1970's and still holds the ASU career record for home runs with 56. Current Los Angeles Dodger Paul Lo Duca, who was the Sporting News College Player of the Year in 1993 and holds the ASU single-season batting average record at .446 was also a prep standout at Apollo High School. The latest in the line of ASU players to come from Apollo High School is freshman infielder Nick Cadena. Cadena broke the school and state home run records for a career set by Horner and also bettered several of Lo Duca's long-standing records. To add to the connection, ASU Baseball beat writer Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic is also an Apollo graduate.

    The Bishop Amat Connection:
    Arizona State and Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, Calif., have also formed a good pipeline of players. Junior third baseman Dennis Wyrick played for head coach Kenny Kendrena, as did freshman LHP Miguel Sanchez.

    Allen and Esposito Named Summer All-Americans:
    Sun Devil sophomores Rod Allen and Mike Esposito were named to Baseball America's second-team Summer All-America team. Allen was ranked as the No. 8 prospect out of the Alaskan League after hitting .314 with 24 stolen bases to help lead the Anchorage Glacier Pilots to the National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series Championship in Wichita, Kan. Esposito was 3-1 with a 1.56 ERA for Team USA. Junior pitcher Robbie McClellan also had great summer success, helping lead the Liberal BeeJays (Kansas) to the NBC World Series. McClellan was named an NBC All-American after going 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA in the 2001 World Series.

    How They Have Finished:
    Arizona State has finished four seasons ranked in the final Collegiate Baseball national poll since 1990, ranking 10th of all college baseball programs. The schools with the most Top 10 Collegiate Baseball finishes are listed below:

    1.	Florida State	11
    2.	LSU	10
    3.	Miami	8
    4.	Stanford	7
    5.	Clemson	6
    5.	Cal State Fullerton	6
    7.	Oklahoma State	5
    7.	Wichita State	5
    7.	USC	5
    10.	Arizona State	4
    
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