February 2, 1999
Tuesday, February 2 - Alumni Game - 7 p.m. MST
Friday, February 5 - #4 Florida State (Sunshine Network) - 1:30 p.m. MST
Saturday, February 6 - #4 Florida State - Noon MST
Sunday, February 7 - #4 Florida State - 11 a.m. MST
ASU -- Arizona State (11-0, 0-0 Pac-10 and ranked No. 12 Baseball America, No. 15 Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 27 Collegiate Baseball in the preseason polls) travel to Tallahassee, Florida to take on Florida State (3-0, 0-0 ACC and ranked No. 4 Baseball America, No. 5 Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 9 Collegiate Baseball) in a three-game non-conference series at Dick Howser Stadium this weekend. ASU will host its annual alumni game on Tuesday, February 2 at 7 p.m. at Packard Stadium as well.
THIS WEEK ON THE RADIO AND TV -- The Sunshine Network will broadcast Friday's game live (1:30 p.m. MST). Link Jarrett and Gene Deckerhoff will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. KMVP 860 AM will broadcast Arizona State's home and away games during the 1999 season. This week, all three broadcasts can be heard live. Trey Bender and Bob Eger will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.
ASU 11-0 START BEST SINCE 1972 -- The Arizona State baseball team is off to its best start since 1972 when the Sun Devils went 12-0 before tallying their first loss. Best ASU start in history? In 1961, the Devils started 21-0.
AIMLESS FACTS DEPARTMENT -- Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 206 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ...Andrew Beinbrink has become only the fifth Sun Devil in history to record over 200 career RBI ... ASU pitchers have thrown three complete game shutouts ... ASU has outscored its opponents 139-18 through 11 games ... ASU baseball is celebrating 40 years of collegiate baseball in 1999; the Devils first took the field as a varsity sport back in 1959 ... head coach Pat Murphy was honored as Baseball America's 1998 Coach of the Year ... the ASU/Utah series marked the first time wooden bats were used in a regular-season game by collegiate teams in almost 30 years ... Arizona State has yet to let an opponent score in the first or eighth innings ... ASU is batting a healthy .359 as a team while holding opponents to a .166 average ... opponents have yet to record a sacrifice fly or a triple this season ... ASU has allowed only six extra base hits on the year ... Arizona State is averaging 12.6 runs per game and 11.9 hits per game ... three everyday starters are batting over .400 for ASU ... wood bats have taken their toll on the "long ball" of the Devils and their opponents - ASU has only hit one homerun in 11 games, ditto for its opponents.
ABOUT FLORIDA STATE -- The Seminoles finished 53-20, 18-4 in conference play last year ... they are coached by Mike Martin (Florida State '66) ... FSU opened the season with a three-game sweep of UNC Asheville last weekend ... Florida State finished seventh at the College World Series last year ... FSU leads the all-time series with ASU , 16-6 ... last year ASU defeated FSU 11-10 in the opening game at the CWS ... the Seminoles had beaten the Devils twice earlier in the season in Tempe ... probable starting rotation: Fri.- RHP Jon McDonald (1-0, 0.00 ERA), Sat.- RHP Nick Stocks (1-0, 1.50 ERA) and Sun.- LHP Blair Varnes (1-0, 1.50 ERA) ... as a team, FSU is batting .339 while holding opponents to a .191 average.
Beinbrink closing in on career marks-- Third baseman Andrew Beinbrink (San Diego, Calif.) returns for his senior season and will likely become ASU's career leader in RBI, surpassing current Sun Devil Clay Westlake (1973-76). The 6-3 infielder/outfielder has 211 RBI and needs just 39 RBI to become the all-time RBI leader (Beinbrink has averaged 66 RBI over the past three years). He is currently on an eight-game hitting streak. He batted .667 vs. Howard with six runs scored, four RBI, two doubles and a triple. With his 58 career doubles, he ranks fourth all-time at ASU (Westlake is the leader with 85 career doubles). Beinbrink could finish his career in the top five in seven of 10 offensive categories at Arizona State. The two-time first-team all-conference selection currently ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in career RBI as well.
THE HIT MAN -- Returning junior All-American Willie Bloomquist (Port Orchard, Wash.) batted .538 vs. Howard over the weekend and extended his hitting streak to six games. He leads the squad in multiple-RBI games with five and is second in multiple-hit games with four. His batting average has never dipped below .300 his entire career. He has drawn a team-leading 15 walks and also has scored a team-leading 20 runs Bloomquist is batting .600 as a leadoff batter and is batting .500 with runners in scoring position. He was selected to both Baseball America's (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball's (third-team) preseason All-American teams.
WALDRIP PICKS UP THIRD WIN ON THE MOUND -- Junior transfer Will Waldrip (Flagstaff, Ariz.) picked up his third consecutive win for the Devils with a 23-1 win over Howard on Saturday. Waldrip went 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, ! BB, 7 K on the afternoon. He became the first ASU pitcher since Doug Henry in 1983 to post back-to-back complete game shutouts earlier this year. Primarily an infielder at Brigham Young, Waldrip logged only 17.2 inning pitched last year for the Cougars. After transferring to ASU, he became a full-time pitcher. Waldrip pitched 21.1 consecutive scoreless innings before giving up his first run of the season in the third inning of Saturday's game vs. Howard. He is holding opponent batters to a .132 average at the plate.
THE KILLER B's -- Preseason All-Americans Andrew Beinbrink and Willie Bloomquist lead the offensive charge for the Devils in '99. This year, the duo has combined for 26% of ASU's RBIs (29 of 114 RBI), 27% of ASU runs scored (36 of 139), 28% of Arizona State's doubles (9 of 35), 58% of the Devils triples (4 of 7) and 30% of ASU's hits (38 of 131).
PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS -- Sophomore righthander Chad Pennington (Hamilton, Ohio), who spent the summer rehabbing his elbow, is off to a solid start in 1999 . He is 2-0 through three starts with a 1.47 ERA. In his last two starts, Pennington has pitched 14.0 consecutive innings of shutout baseball. He has allowed only one extra-base hit through 18.1 innings of work. He has only given up three free passes while striking out 22 as well.
INJURY REPORT -- Freshman infielder Gonzo Grasis (Tucson, Ariz.) has had surgery on his left wrist and will most likely be out for the season.
LAST HOMERUN --
Andrew Beinbrink vs. USC (June 6, 1998)
Willie Bloomquist vs. Long Beach State (June 3, 1998)
Brett Cadiente vs. Howard (January 30, 1999)
Dustin Delucchi vs. California (March 17, 1997)
Casey Myers vs. USC (June 6, 1998)
Jeff Phelps vs. USC (June 6, 1998)
THE NORTH AND SOUTH -- This season the Pacific-10 Northern and Southern Divisions will combine and play a 24-game schedule. Nine of the conference schools will field baseball teams (Arizona State, Arizona, California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State). Each team will play the other member schools in a three-game series either home or away. ASU will play in-state rival Arizona six times, however only one of the series will count in conference play.
DRAFTED DEVILS -- A total of nineteen current players on the 1999 Arizona State squad have been taken in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Paul French 1998 Anaheim Angels 3rd round Willie Bloomquist 1996 Seattle Mariners 8th round Andrew Beinbrink 1998 Colorado Rockies 10th round Mark Ernster 1996 Chicago Cubs 12th round Robby Milner 1997 Texas Rangers 13th round Andrew Beinbrink 1995 Boston Red Sox 14th round Scott Goodman 1997 San Francisco Giants 17th round Drew Friedberg 1997 Arizona Diamondbacks 25th round Jon Switzer 1998 Pittsburgh Pirates 26th round Kevin Tillman 1996 Houston Astros 30th round Shaylor Hatch 1997 Los Angeles Dodgers 32nd round Mitch Jones 1997 Texas Rangers 33rd round Ian Perio 1997 Oakland A's 33rd round Ian Perio 1996 Oakland A's 35th round Jeff Phelps 1997 Pittsburgh Pirates 36th round Jay Sitzman 1996 Milwaukee Brewers 37th round Trent Pratt 1998 Texas Rangers 38th round Chuck Crumpton 1995 San Diego Padres 39th round Jeff Duncan 1997 Chicago Cubs 41st round Scott Goodman 1998 San Francisco Giants 43rd round John Gusich 1998 Chicago White Sox 45th round Chuck Crumpton 1996 Philadelphia Phillies 49th round Mitch Jones 1998 Baltimore Orioles 49th round Mike Lopez 1996 Toronto Blue Jays 52nd round
ASU Baseball on the Internet -- Fans can catch-up on the latest news in Sun Devil Baseball on the internet at the official Arizona State Athletics homepage - http://www.thesundevils.com
Sun Devils On The Radio -- KMVP 860 AM continues its association with Arizona State baseball with a tentative package of 58 home and away games to be broadcast this season. Trey Bender calls the play-by-play while Bob Eger will handle color commentary duties. The following is a list of the five games that will not be broadcast by KMVP: the first game of the Hawaii-Hilo doubleheader on Jan. 23, the alumni game on Feb. 2, the exhibition game with the Angels on Mar. 3, the exhibition game with Aomori University and the second game of the Boston College doubleheader on Mar. 20. You can listen to the games via the internet through broadcast.com
THE BEGINNING AND END OF IT -- Here are the pitching lines on ASU starters and relievers.
IP W-L ERA H R ER BB SO Starters 69.2 9-0 1.69 46 14 13 16 82 Relievers 24.1 2-0 0.37 8 4 1 2 31 Total 94.0 11-0 1.34 39 18 14 18 113
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK -- Pitching coach John Pawlowski joins the Arizona State coaching staff for the 1999 season and has already made an impact with the Devils young pitching staff. Through eight games, the pitching staffs ERA is 1.48 and has only allowed 14 walks while striking out 79. It has also produced three complete game shutouts. Pawlowski comes to ASU from Clemson where he coached two first round draft picks (Kris Benson and Billy Koch) and 15 total draft picks from 1993-98. A former major leaguer, he pitched in the Chicago White Sox organization from 1985-91. He also had stints with the Angels and Orioles organizations. Pawlowski, a '96 graduate from Clemson, was a three-year letterwinner for the Tiger from 1983-85 and had a 9-3 record as a junior with 17 starts. He was a sixth-round draft pick of the White Sox in 1985. In March, he will be inducted into the Upstate New York Section IV Hall of Fame.
FOR THE RECORD -- A start-by-start breakdown of LHP Will Waldrip and RHP Chad Pennington:
Will Waldrip IP H R ER BB SO W/L vs. Utah 9.0 4 0 0 0 13 W (1-0) vs. Hawaii-Hilo 9.0 2 0 0 3 11 W (2-0) vs. Howard 5.0 4 1 1 1 7 W (3-0)
Chad Pennington IP H R ER BB SO W/L vs. Utah 4.1 8 4 3 0 5 ND (0-0) vs. Hawaii-Hilo 7.0 8 0 0 2 9 W (1-0) vs. Howard 7.0 5 0 0 1 8 W (2-0)
ALL IN THE FAMILY -- Three father/son combinations have played at Arizona State including current Sun Devils Casey Myers and Brian Berger. Myers father Clint played at ASU from 1971-73 while Berger's father Bill played for the Devils from 1970-71-73. Father Eddie Bane (1971-73) and son Jaymie Bane (1997) round out the trio of father/son combos to don the Sun Devils uniform.
THE DEVILS ON TV -- Arizona State baseball will be making many television appearances in 1999. Catch ASU on FOX Sports Net on Sat., April 10 vs. Washington St. at 1 p.m. MST and Sat., April 24 vs. USC at 1 p.m. MST. FOX Sports Arizona will broadcast on Sat., March 13 vs. Oklahoma at 7 p.m. MST and Sat., May 15 vs. Arizona at 7 p.m. MST. Locally, COX Sports (Cable Ch. 9) will broadcast on Fri., Feb. 12 vs. New Mexico at 7 p.m. MST, Tues., Feb. 23 at Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. MST, Fri., March 19 vs. Boston College at 7 p.m. MST, Tues., Match 23 vs. Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. MST, Sat., March 27 vs. Cal at 7 p.m. MST, Fri., April 9 vs. WSU at 7 p.m. MST, Sun., April 11 vs. WSU at 1 p.m. MST, Fri., April 23 vs. USC at 7 p.m. MST and Sun., April 25 vs. USC at 1 p.m MST. The Sunshine Network will broadcast the Fri., Feb. 5 vs. Florida State at 1:30 p.m. MST.