January 15, 1999
TEMPE, Ariz. - The 12th-ranked Arizona State baseball team (1-0, 0-0) opened their 1999 season with a 17-4 victory over Utah (0-1) tonight in front of 1,510 fans at Packard Stadium.
Using wooden bats for the first time in collegiate baseball since the early 70s, the Devils knocked out 13 hits in the win. Leading the way for ASU, who used 22 players in the win, was senior third baseman Andrew Beinbrink, who went 4-for-5 on the night, knocking in five runs. Also helping the Devils was junior Willie Bloomquist who went 1-for-2 on the night with three runs scored, three RBI, and three of the 13 walks given up by the Utah pitching staff. In his first game as a Sun Devil, junior Scott Goodman went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. The Arizona State pitching staff gave up no walks on the night, and was led by senior Charlie Williamson who picked the win for ASU. Williamson pitched two and two-thirds innings, striking out two, allowing no runs and no hits.
Head coach Pat Murphy was happy with the win.
"I was real pleased that our team didn't allow a walk in tonight's game"
For the Utes, left fielder Jed Chrisman led Utah, going 2-for-3 with one RBI. Starting pitcher Troy Beckman picked up the loss, going three and a third innings, giving up seven hits, five earned runs and two walks.
The Sun Devils continue the series with the University of Utah tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at Packard Stadium. The three game series finishes up on Sunday, with a 1 p.m. start time at Packard.