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ASU Baseball 1997 Year in Review

Ryan Mills
Ryan Mills

Baseball (Pat Murphy/3rd Year): Finished 39-22 overall, 16-14 Six-Pac (fourth)...won nine straight conference games for the first time since 1988...ranked 11th by Baseball America and 14th in Collegiate Baseball in final polls...Atlantic Regional (Miami, Florida) participant...lost to host-Miami in the championship game of the regional...junior Dan McKinley, junior Mikel Moreno, sophomore Chip Gosewisch and senior Jeff Cermak were named to the Atlantic Regional All-Tournament team...McKinley and sophomore Andrew Beinbrink were named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference Team (Southern Division)...completed three-game sweep of then-No. 2 Stanford at Palo Alto...McKinley was a first-team All-West Region selection, second-team All-America (Baseball America and NCBWA) and third-team Collegiate Baseball and ABCA All-American...Willie Bloomquist was a honorable mention Lousville Slugger TPX Freshmen All-American...Beinbrink was a Sporting News All-America (second-team), NCBWA All-America (third-team) and a second-team ABCA All-West Region selection...sophomore pitcher Ryan Mills was a third-team NCBWA All-American...Beinbrink was invited to the USA Baseball Trials in June...Mills led the conference in lowest ERA (2.88)...McKinley won the league's batting title with a .423 average and led the loop in hits (113)...had two first-round picks in the MLB Amateur Draft - junior Ryan Bradley (40th pick overall) and McKinley (49th overall pick)...McKinley named Pac-10 Player of the Week (6/8 & 5/13), Beinbrink (3/18) and Richy Leon (6/15)...Mills named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week (2/18)...McKinley became the first ASU player since Antone Williamson (1993) to hit for the cycle...Pac-10 All-Academic picks included Phill Lowery and Dan McKinley (first-team), Greg Halvorson and Richy Leon (second-team)...ranked seventh in Baseball America preseason poll...Dan McKinley (second team), Andrew Beinbrink (third team) and Ryan Bradley (third team) were Baseball America preseason picks.

Attendance Breakdown: 38 home dates; total home attendance-100,177; average attendance-2,636

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