March 3, 1998
Fri., March 6 at UCLA 8 p.m. MST Sat., March 7 at UCLA 5 p.m. MST Sun., March 8 at UCLA 2 p.m. MST
ASU -- Arizona State (13-5, 3-2 Pac-10 Southern Division and ranked No. 8 Baseball America and No. 12 Collegiate Baseball in the polls) travels to Los Angeles for a conference matchup with UCLA (8-10, 3-5 Six-Pac) at Jackie Robinson Stadium over the weekend.
THIS WEEK ON THE RADIO -- KMVP 860 AM, home of Sun Devil baseball, will broadcast the Friday and Sunday games with the Bruins. Tom Dillon and Bob Eger will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.
ABOUT THE BRUINS -- The Bruins enter this weekend with a 8-10 record, 3-5 in the Six-Pac ... UCLA lost two-of-three to USC over the weekend ... they will host Long Beach State in a mid-week game on Tuesday at Jackie Robinson ... they are coached by Gary Adams (UCLA '61), now in his 24th year at the helm ... Freshman Garrett Atkins is batting .371 (26-for-70) with eight doubles and 17 RBI ... the Bruins are batting .296 as a team and have hit 24 homeruns ... last year, the Devils won three-of six games in the series, winning two-of-three at Packard while losing two-of-three in Los Angeles.
DID YOU KNOW? -- Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 152 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ... The ASU pitching staff has a 3.93 ERA through 18 games ... the Devils have allowed only three stolen bases (3-12) this season ... ASU has held its opponents to a .226 batting average through 18 games this season ... Coach Pat Murphy is averaging 42.6 wins per season at the Div. 1 level (429 wins over 10 years) ... the Sun Devils have outscored their opponents 147-89 through its first 18 games this year ... ASU pitchers have thrown three two-hitters (one complete, two combined) and one one-hitter (combined) in 1998 ... Arizona State starting pitchers have earned the decision in 15 of the 18 contests this season ... ASU is undefeated on the road (7-0).
TALK ABOUT TOUGH -- Once again, Arizona State has arguably one of the toughest schedules in the nation this year. The Sun Devils will play 34 games versus Top 25 teams (preseason top 25 by Baseball America). Five Six-Pac teams were ranked in the preseason top 25. Currently four Six-Pac teams are ranked in the top 10 (according to Baseball America). Five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25 while eight SEC teams are in the top 25. That means 13 of 25 teams ranked by Baseball America are from two conferences.
ON THE BRINK -- Junior Andrew Beinbrink (San Diego, Calif.), who has already picked up some preseason accolades, will anchor ASU's infield from third base in 1998. The 6-3 infielder batted .380 last year with 92 hits, 72 RBI, 60 runs scored, nine homeruns and 23 doubles. Beinbrink is is one of only three players to start every game this season. He leads the team with seven doubles, two triples and 26RBI and has batted safely in 13 of the last 15 games. He is tied for second on the team in runs scored (18) and third in hits (21). Eleven of his 18 hits have been for extra bases. Beinbrink leads the team in two-out RBIs with eight and is a perfect eight-for-eight in stolen bases.
LEON PULLS DOUBLE-DUTY -- Senior Richy Leon (San Luis, Ariz.) will once again split his time in the field and on the mound in 1998. Leon will see time at shortstop/second base and as a righthanded middle reliever or spot starter for the Devils. He pitched 30.1 innings with a 1-1 record, two saves with a 2.08 ERA in 16 appearances last season. Through 18 games, he is batting .278 with 15 runs scored and 11 RBI. He picked up a win in his first start of the season, going 6.1, allowing only one earned run vs. No. 1 Stanford. The senior has a 1.08 ERA in three appearances (8.1 IP) . Leon hit his second homerun of the season with a solo shot vs. California (2/20).
THE DYNAMIC DUO -- The one-two punch of junior lefties Ryan Mills (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Phill Lowery (Petaluma, Calif.) have proven to be formidable in 1998. Although both took losses this weekend vs. Stanford, they are considered two of the best lefties in the country. Mills and Lowery have combined for six wins and a 3.59 ERA. Lowery pitched a complete game for the Devils last week, going the distance in a 7-4 win over California. Mills pitched 17.0 consecutive scoreless innings for the Devils before allowing a run and sports a 3.29 ERA through six starts. Lowery is right behind him with a 3.86 ERA. Mills is holding opponent batters to a .238 average (lefties are only batting .100) while Lowery is holding batters to a .212 average. Last year both were among the conference leaders in ERA (Mills, 2.88 ERA ranked 1st and Lowery's 4.13 ERA ranked 7th) and hits per nine inning (Mills, 7.61 hits ranked 1st and Lowery's 8.26 hits ranked 4th).
COUNTDOWN TO 500 -- Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy will reach the 500-win mark during the 1998 season. His career record stands at 494-240-3 over 13 seasons as a head coach. Murphy need just six victories to reach the 500-win plateau.
THE LAST HURRAH -- Senior outfielder Mikel Moreno will end a long and successful career at ASU after this season. Through 18 games, he is batting .295 with 17 RBI and 23 hits. He has also swiped five bases in the young 1998 season and is batting well against righthanders (.356). The speedy rightfielder has started all 18 contests and put together a 21-game hitting streak dating back to the 1997 season before going 0-for-5 vs. FSU (2/7). He is second on the team in two-out RBIs with six on the season. Moreno, a two-year starter, should leave his mark in several Sun Devil career categories including career doubles, runs and hits.
PITCHERS CORNER -- A lot of new faces will grace the bullpen in 1998, including junior transfer Chuck Crumpton (Mesquite, Texas) who has been superb as ASU's No. 1 closer. Crumpton has pitched 19.1 innings of relief for the Devils in 1998 and was a part of both of ASU's combined shutout victories. He sports an impressive 0.93 ERA and picked up his first win of the season vs. California where he went 4.0 innings, allowing 2 hits, one earned run and four strikeouts. The 6-4 righthanded pitcher helped lead Northeast Texas CC to the '96 Junior College National Championship and was the winning pitcher in the championship game over Meridian JC. Freshman pitchers joining the roster are LHP Drew Friedberg, RHP Robby Milner and RHP Chad Pennington. Pennington (1-0), in his first collegiate start, pitched 7.2 innings of two-hit ball in a 14-0 win over Hawaii-Hilo. Transfer Aaron Kramer (Grand Canyon U.) has also joined the ASU pitching staff. He picked up his first win at ASU vs. Washington State, pitching 2.0 innings of relief. All are expected to see time on the mound as well as sophomore Jay Gehrke (2-1, 8.31 ERA) and Colin Call (1-0, 2.89 ERA).
INJURY REPORT -- Sophomore Kevin Tillman, who strained his left hamstring a couple weeks ago, is still listed as doubtful for this weekend's games with UCLA.
THE HIT MAN -- Sophomore Willie Bloomquist (Port Orchard, Wash.) has started the 1998 season on a tear. The infielder/outfielder is batting .415 (27-for-65) and leads the team in hits (27), runs scored (22), stolen bases (9) and walks (20). Bloomquist has drawn at least one walk in 13 of 18 games this season and had multiple-hit games in eight of 18. He is batting .571 with runners in scoring position, .412 vs. lefties and .417 vs. righthanders. He was invited to the USA National Team Trials held in Tucson, Ariz. in November. While at the trials, the middle infielder hit .556 (five-for-nine) with three runs scored and one RBI. Bloomquist will be evaluated throughout the 1998 season and if all goes well, receive another invitation to the trials in the summer.
DRAFTED DEVILS -- Sixteen current players on the 1998 Arizona State squad have been taken in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft:
Phill Lowery 1995 Texas Rangers 2nd round Willie Bloomquist 1996 Seattle Mariners 8th round Mark Ernster 1996 Chicago Cubs 12th round Ryan Mills 1995 New York Yankees 13th round Robby Milner 1997 Texas Rangers 13th round Andrew Beinbrink 1995 Boston Red Sox 14th round Jay Gehrke 1996 Baltimore Orioles 24th round Drew Friedberg 1997 Arizona Diamondbacks 25th round Kevin Tillman 1996 Houston Astros 30th round Dan Meier 1996 Texas Rangers 32nd round Jeremy Jones 1995 Colorado Rockies 36th round Jeff Phelps 1997 Pittsburg Pirates 36th round Jay Sitzman 1996 Milwaukee Brewers 37th round Greg Halvorson 1995 Oakland A's 38th round Jeremy Jones 1996 Cleveland Indians 38th round Chuck Crumpton 1995 San Diego Padres 39th round Chuck Crumpton 1996 Philadelphia Phillies 49th round Aaron Kramer 1996 New York Yankees 72nd round
UP NEXT -- Arizona State hosts No. 9 Oklahoma in a two-game mid-week series (March 10-11) before traveling to Los Angeles for a three-game conference series with second-ranked USC, Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 17.
PACKARD STADIUM TABBED AS ONE OF NATION'S FINEST -- Baseball America recently ranked the top 15 college baseball stadiums in the country and ASU's own Packard Stadium checked in as the 10th best collegiate ballpark. Packard Stadium was the only Six-Pac facility to make the publications list and one of only five West coast ballparks.
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 package of 56 home and away games to be broadcast this season. Tom Dillon calls the play-by-play while Bob Eger will handle color commentary duties. The following is a list of the seven games that will not be broadcast by KMVP: Jan. 22 vs. CS Northridge, Jan. 24 vs. Florida International, Jan. 31 vs. Hawaii-Hilo (DH), Feb. 25 vs. Anaheim Angels (exhib.), Feb. 27 vs. Stanford and Mar. 7 at UCLA. You can also listen to the Sun Devils via audionet at www.audionet.com
FABULOUS FRESHMEN -- ASU'S freshmen class is already making a big impact on the 1998 season. Freshman Casey Myers (Casa Grande, Ariz.) is getting the job done in the designated hitters spot for the Devils. Myers is batting .348 (16-for-46) in 14 stints as the DH or first baseman. He has scored eight runs and has eight RBI. He hit his first collegiate homerun in ASU's 4-2 win over top-ranked Stanford. Infielder Jeff Phelps (Yuma, Ariz.) is hitting at a .360 clip (9-for-25) with 10 runs scored and three RBI. Phelps has made seven starts this season at first base and right field for ASU. Freshman pitchers Chad Pennington, Robby Milner and Drew Friedberg have all made solid contributions. Friedberg (Middleton, Wisconsin) pitched two strong innings of shutout ball in ASU's loss to WSU while Pennington picked up the win in his first collegiate start (vs. Hawaii-Hilo, 2/1).
PRESEASON PAC-10 COACHES POLL -- Arizona State is picked to finish second in the 1998 Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Poll as voted on by the six head coaches from each of the Six-Pac schools. Here is the complete poll:
1. Stanford (4)
2. Arizona State (2)
( ) - denoted first place votes
PRESEASON ACCOLADES -- Two Sun Devils received multiple preseason honors by several publications to kick off the 1998 season: LHP Ryan Mills, first-team All-American (Baseball America), first-team All-American (The Sporting News) and second-team All-American (Collegiate Baseball); 3B Andrew Beinbrink, first-team All-American (The Sporting News), second-team All-American (Baseball America) and second-team All-American (Collegiate Baseball).1998 National Rankings (Six-Pac Schools)
BA CB SN School (3/2) (3/2) (3/2) Stanford 1 1 1 USC 2 6 3 Arizona 5 7 7 Arizona State 8 12 8 BA- Baseball America CB- Collegiate Baseball SN- The Sporting News
Team Longest Win Streak 8 games (1/22-2/1) Longest Losing Streak 2 games (twice) Most Runs, Game: ASU 21 (Florida International, 1/24) Opp. 17 (WSU, 2/15 & Stanford, 2/28) Most Runs, Inning: ASU 13 (Florida International, 1/24) Opp. 5 (WSU, 2/15 & Stanford, 2/27) Most Hits, Game: ASU 15 (Hawaii-Hilo, 1/30 & 1/31) Opp. 16 (Stanford, 2/27 &2/28) Most Hits, Inning: ASU 7 (Hawaii-Hilo, 1/31) Opp. 5 (Stanford, 2/28) Most Doubles, Game: ASU 3 (4X, last vs. Stanford, 2/27) Opp. 5 (California, 2/20) Most Triples, Game: ASU 2 (Hawaii-Hilo, 1/31) Opp. 2 (Washington State, 2/15) Most Home Runs, Game: ASU 2 (Washington State, 2/15) Opp. 3 (2 teams, last time Stanford, 2/28) Most Stolen Bases, Game: ASU 7 (Florida International, 1/24) Opp. 1 (3 teams, last time Stanford, 2/28) Most Double Plays (turned), Game: ASU 3 (FSU, 2/6 & 2/7) Opp. 3 (Hawaii-Hilo, 1/30) Most Errors, Game: ASU 3 (3X, last vs. Stanford, 2/27) Opp. 5 (Washington State, 2/14) Most Strikeouts (pitching), 9-Inning Game: ASU 16 (New Mexico State, 1/23) Opp. 13 (Stanford, 2/28) Most Walks (pitching), 9-Inning Game: ASU 8 (Washington State, 2/15) Opp. 14 (Cal State Northridge, 1/22) Largest Win. Margin 18 (FIU, 1/24) Largest Loss Margin 13 (Stanford, 2/27) Largest Crowd, Home 3,719 (FSU, 2/7) Smallest Crowd, Home 1,109 (FIU, 1/24) Largest Crowd, Road 404 (Cal, 2/22) Smallest Crowd, Road 36 (UHH, 2/1) Individual Longest Hit Streak 21 (Moreno, 4/27-2/6) Most Hits, Game 3 (four players) Most Runs, Game 4 (Myers, 1/24) Most Doubles, Game 1 (several players) Most Triples, Game 1 (several players) Most HRs, Game 1 (three players) Most RBIs, Game 4 (two players) Most SBs, Game 2 (three players) Most Strikeouts, Game: ASU Pitcher 12 (Ryan Mills, 2/13) Opp. Pitcher 10 (Thomas Ford, UHH, 1/29) Fewest Hits Allowed (CG Effort) ASU Pitcher 2 (Jay Gehrke, 1/31) Opp. Pitcher N/A Most Walks, Game: ASU Pitcher 5 (Phill Lowery, 1/22) Opp. Pitcher 7 (Vasquez, CSN) Most Consecutive Scoreless Innings: Starter 17.0 (Mills, 1/23-2/6) Reliever 8.2 (Chuck Crumpton, 1/22-2/7)
ASU Record BreakdownPac-10 3-2 Non-Conference 10-3 Vs. Ranked Teams 2-4 Vs. Unranked Teams 11-1 Home Games 6-5 Road Games 7-0 Day Games 6-3 Night Games 7-2 Vs. Right-Hand Starters 8-3 Vs. Left-Hand Starters 5-2 One-Run Decisions 2-1 Two-Run Decisions 1-0 Extra Innings 0-0 Shutouts 2-0 ASU Scores First 11-0 Opponent Scores First 2-5 Led After Seven 10-0 Trailed After Seven 1-4 Tied After Seven 2-1 Led After Eight 13-0 Trailed After Eight 0-5 Tied After Eight 0-0 Out-hit Opponents 11-0 Out-hit by Opponents 2-5 January 7-0 February 4-5 March 1-0 April 0-0 May 0-0 Last 5 Games 3-2 Last 10 Games 5-5 Current Streak W1