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Baseball Opens Season Against Utah Friday
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Release: 01/17/2000
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Jan. 17, 2000

Weekend Schedule

Friday, January 21Utah 3 p.m. MST
Saturday, January 22Utah1 p.m. MST
Sunday, January 23Utah1 p.m. MST

ASU -- Arizona State (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10 and ranked No. 22 Baseball America and No. 28 Collegiate Baseball) opens the 2000 season with a three-game non-conference series with the University of Utah (0-0) at Packard Stadium this weekend.

EXTRA INNINGS -- ASU head coach Pat Murphy ranks first in career wins among active Div. I baseball coaches 44 and younger (561-279-3) ... Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 254 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ... the NCAA record for consecutive games played without being shutout is 349 (held by Coastal Carolina) ... ASU's current streak of 254 games without being shutout is the second longest (Wichita State, 265) ... the 254 games streak ranks eighth all time in NCAA Div. I history ... ASU has had more players drafted in the past two years than any other Pac-10 school ... the 1999 squad led the nation in batting average (.356) and runs per game (11.4).

ABOUT UTAH -- The Utes open the 2000 season against the Sun Devils for the second straight year ... they are coached by former Sun Devil Tim Esmay who played at A-State from 1986-87 ... ASU leads the all-time series with Utah, 16-2 ... The Utes return four starters including second baseman Adam Castleton (.285-13-36) and third baseman Mike Goff (.290-5-24) ... Utah went 22-30, 8-20 (WAC) in 1999 ... The Sun Devils have won the last four games dating back to 1987 ... top returning pitcher is Brandon Page who went 6-5 with a 5.36 ERA last season.

Arizona State Baseball Upcoming Promotions
For more info. on Free Group Day, contact the ticket office at 480-965-2381
Saturday, Jan. 22 vs. Utah, 1 p.m.: FREE GROUP DAY
Sunday, Jan. 23 vs. Utah, 1 p.m.: Autograph Day
Saturday, Jan. 29 vs. BYU, 3 p.m.: FREE GROUP DAY
Sunday, Jan. 30 vs. Fla. Atlantic, 1 p.m.: FREE GROUP DAY

CASEY at bat -- Junior Casey Myers (Casa Grande) returns as the Devils leading RBI with 51 in 1999. Myers will see most of his time as the designated hitter but could also see time in the infield at first base. Myers has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week three times (twice as a freshman and once as a sophomore). He put together an 18-game hitting streak last season and enters 2000 with a two-game hitting streak. He had 13 multiple-RBI games in '99 including a seven RBI performance vs. Califormia. Myers was also a 2000 GTE Academic All-American (first-team). He is a double major with a 4.0 GPA in math and economics.

DUNCAN PATROLS CENTERFIELD -- Junior outfielder Jeff Duncan (Frankfort, Ill.) will make the move from right field to center this season. He committed only three errors in 68 chances in the field in 1999. He returns with the top batting average from '99 (.377) and as the leading returning base stealer with 15 last season.

Around the bullpen -- ASU's returning pitching corps. account for 78% of the squad's wins last year. The Devils lost two significant contributors in Chuck Crumpton and Charlie Williamson but the rest of the staff is intact. Arizona State returns Chad Pennington (Hamilton, Ohio) and Jon Switzer (Houston, Tx.) who won seven games each as well as Will Waldrip who picked up 10 victories on the mound. Juniors Drew Friedberg (Middleton, Wis.) and Robby Milner (Phoenix) added three win a piece.

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW -- Gone are names like Willie Bloomquist and Andrew Beinbeink. Say hello to Mike Lopez, Dennis Wyrick and Jonah Martin. Lopez (Yavapai) will anchor the infield from third base while Wyrick (Azusa, Calif.) will field the ball from shortstop. Martin (Waianae, Hi.) will patrol rightfield for the Devils. Lopez, who redshirted in '99, comes to ASU via Yavapai CC while Martin transferred from L.A. City JC. Wyrick, a true freshman, was a two-time San Gabriel Valley Player of the Year selection.

AIN'T LOVE GRAND -- Righthanded pitcher Luke Field (Littleton, Co.) proposed to his girlfriend in a very unique way over the holidays. On New Year's Eve, Field and his girlfriend, Casse Watkins (Ellinwood, Kan.), went to Packard Stadium. None of the stadium lights were on as they made their way to the press box. Field had made arrangement with a manager to be there. When the couple got to the press box, the manager turned on the field lights. Spelled out in bats and baseballs were the words "Will you marry me". Field's girlfriend said yes. No date has been set yet.

TWO-SPORT ATHLETE? A little known fact around the ballpark is that centerfielder Jeff Duncan is a big hockey fan. The native of Illinois played hockey as a kid growing up all the way through high school. What position you ask? Center, of course.

LAST HOMERUN --
Brooks Conrad vs. Oregon State (April 3, 1999)
Brendan Hines vs. Washington (May 8, 1999)
Mitch Jones vs. Arizona (May 14, 1999)
Casey Myers vs. Washington State (April 10, 1999)
Jeff Phelps vs. USC (April 25, 1999)
Trent Pratt vs. Washington State (April 11, 1999)

MURPHY ON KEVIN WHITE SHOW -- Listen for head baseball coach Pat Murphy on the Kevin White Show at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18 on KGME 550 AM talking about the upcoming season.

INJURY REPORT -- No injuries to date.

THE DEVILS ON TV -- Arizona State baseball will be making many television appearances in 2000. The following is a list of appearances on COX Sports (local Ch. 9): Friday, Feb. 4 vs. Florida State, 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5 vs. Florida State, 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11 vs. Duke, 7 p.m., Friday, March 3 vs. Arizona, 7 p.m., Sunday, March 5 vs. Arizona, 1 p.m., Saturday, March 11 vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m., Friday, March 31 vs. Stanford, 7 p.m. FOX Sports Net and FOX Sports Arizona have not announced their t.v. schedule yet.

DRAFTED DEVILS -- A total of sixteen current players on the 2000 Arizona State squad have been taken in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

Paul French1998Anaheim Angels3rd round
Mike Esposito1999Cincinnati Reds5thround
Robby Milner1997Texas Rangers13thround
Dennis Sarfate1999Texas Rangers15thround
Jason Fingers1997Boston Red Sox23rdround
Drew Friedberg1997Arizona Diamondbacks25thround
Mitch Jones1999Baltimore Orioles25thround
Jon Switzer1998Pittsburgh Pirates26thround
Mitch Jones1997Texas Rangers33rdround
Dennis Wyrick1999Detroit Tigers35thround
Jeff Phelps1997Pittsburgh Pirates36thround
Trent Pratt1998Texas Rangers38thround
Jeff Duncan1997Chicago Cubs41stround
Jason Fingers1998Boston Red Sox41stround
Ryan Coffin1999Boston Red Sox43rdround
John Gusich1998Chicago White Sox45thround
Luke Field1999Minnesota Twins47thround
Mitch Jones1998Baltimore Orioles49thround
Mike Lopez1996Toronto Blue Jays52ndround

KGME TAKES OVER ASU BASEBALL ON THE AIRWAVES -- Last spring, ASU Athletics agreed to a five year partnership with a new multimedia rights holder, the Sun Devil Sports Network. This group, owned by Outdoor Systems Sports Marketing, will manage, produce and market ASU's radio and television network. The Sun Devil Sports Network signed a three year radio flagship deal with KGME (550 AM). The most powerful AM signal in Arizona. Tim Healey, Voice of the Sun Devils, and Bob Eger will provide play-by-play and color commentary respectively. KGME will broadcast all Pac-10 games as well as selected non-conference games. The games can also be heard via the internet at www.thesundevils.com

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. Seven sets of brothers have graced the ASU rosters through the years: Chris (1975-78) and Sal (1964-65) Bando, Kevin (1978-81) and Pat (1980-82) Dukes, Byron (1979), Dale (1976-79) and Larry (1976-78) Eiler, Greg (1968) and Skip (1964) Hancock, Darrell (1974-77) and Dwayne (1979) Jackson, Jeff (1994) and Mike (1993) Rensmeyer, and John (1971-73) and Tom (1973-75) Sain. Of the seven sets, three sets played at least one year together at Arizona State.

Thursdays at the ballpark -- Head coach Pat Murphy and the Sun Devil baseball team will host "Thursdays at the BallPark", a post-practice barbecue, February 3, March 2, April 6 and May 11 at Packard Stadium from 5-7 p.m. during the 2000 season. Meet the Arizona State baseball team and coaching staff to talk about the upcoming series, grab a bite to eat, get autographs and win raffle prizes. Food will be available for purchase or you can bring your own sack lunch. It's an event for the entire family. For more information, please contact the ASU baseball office at 480-965-6085.

ASU adds exhibition game with team from Japan -- ASU Baseball has recently added an exhibition game for Tuesday, February 29 at 7 p.m. against Chou University. The game will be free of charge to the public.

Head Coach Pat Murphy

Sixth season at Arizona State: 188-108
Div. I Record (12th year): 506-224-1
Career Record (15th year): 561-279-3

  • The Murphy team? Always plays hard, likes to play the tough schedule, disciplined, plays well in the postseason, plays the little game well - stolen bases, walks, no excuses.

  • Became the youngest coach to 500 wins (with 75% of wins coming from Div. I level) at age 39.

  • All but one player under Coach Murphy has been drafted higher in the MLB Draft.

  • Named Baseball America's Coach of the Year in 1998.

  • Murphy is averaging 42.2 wins per year as a coach at the Div. I level (.693 winning percentage).

  • Ten out of the last 12 years, his teams have finished in the top 30.

  • His last five squads to make playoff appearances have made it to the Sweet 16 or better.

  • The last five regionals a Pat Murphy team has played in, the squad has beaten the No. 1-ranked team on its home field.

  • Murphy has had a total of 80 Div. I players sign professional contracts after playing under him.

  • Murphy in the community: started the Guadalupe Project, hosts free baseball clinics with the Tempe Diablos, speaks to UNI 100 classes on the ASU campus, to name a few....

    More Notes & Quotes
    Murphy is the first coach in the era of aluminum bats to have his players practice exclusively with wood bats in practice.

    Murphy has never had a player declared ineligble for a season.

    "From those modest beginnings, Murphy has carved a unique college career, first as a player but most of all as a coach. ... And he's risen to the top of his profession." --John Manuel, Baseball America, 7/6-19/98

    1999 ASU Baseball Superlatives

    Longest Win Streak - 11 games (1/15-1/31)
    Longest Losing Streak - 5 games (4/16-4/24)

    Most Runs, Game:
    ASU28 (Brigham Young, 2/20)
    Opp.14 (USC, 4/24)
    Most Runs, Inning:
    ASU12 (Boston College, 3/20)
    Opp.8 (USC, 4/24)
    Most Hits, Game:
    ASU25 (four times)
    Opp.18 (Grand Canyon, 3/23)
    Most Hits, Inning:
    ASU9 (Boston College, 3/20)
    Opp.7 (two teams)
    Most Doubles, Game:
    ASU10 (Boston College, 3/21)
    Opp.6 (Boston College, 3/21)
    Most Triples, Game:
    ASU4 (Boston College, 3/20)
    Opp.1 (six teams)
    Most Home Runs, Game:
    ASU4 (Oregon State, 4/3)
    Opp.3 (USC, 4/25)
    Most Stolen Bases, Game:
    ASU8 (Arizona, 2/28)
    Opp.5 (CS Fullerton, 3/16)
    Most Double Plays (turned), Game:
    ASU5 (Washington, 5/7)
    Opp.3 (Oklahoma, 4/28)
    Most Errors, Game:
    ASU8 (New Mexico, 2/13)
    Opp.6 (three teams)
    Most Strikeouts (pitch), 9-Inn:
    ASU16 (California, 3/28)
    Opp.16 (Stanford, 3/5)
    Most Walks (pitch), 9-Inn:
    ASU12 (UCLA, 4/16)
    Opp.13 (two teams)

    Largest Win. Margin - 25 (two times)
    Largest Loss Margin - 10 (Stanford, 3/5)
    Largest Crowd, Home - 3,319 (USC, 4/23)
    Smallest Crowd, Home - 1,002 (1/31)
    Largest Crowd, Road - 4,023 (FSU, 2/6)
    Smallest Crowd, Road - 100 (UH-Hilo, 1/24)

    Longest Hit Streak - 20 (Bloomquist, 1/23-3/5)
    Most Hits, Game 6 (Mark Ernster, 2/20)
    Most Runs, Game 6 (Beinbrink, 2/20)
    Most Doubles, Game 3 (Gosewisch ,2X)
    Most Triples, Game 1 (12 players tied)
    Most HRs, Game 2 (three players tied)
    Most RBIs, Game 8 (Beinbrink, 3/19)
    Most SBs, Game 4 (Bloomquist, 2/28)

    Most Strikeouts, Game:
         ASU Pitcher   13 (Waldrip, 1/16 & 2/18)
         Opp. Pitcher  16 (Young, Stanford, 3/5)
    Fewest Hits All. (CG Effort)
         ASU Pitcher    1 (Drew Friedberg, 1/24)
         Opp. Pitcher   6 (Jason Young, 3/5)
    Most Walks, Game:
         ASU Pitcher    6 (Waldrip, 3/26 & 4/16)
         Opp. Pitcher   8 (Johnson, 3/27)
    Most Cons. Scoreless Inngs:
         Starter     21.1 (Waldrip, 1/16-1/30)
         Reliever    12.1 (Charlie Williamson, 1/15-2/14)
    

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