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April 22, 1998

1998 Arizona State Baseball

Fri., April 24 Arizona (COX Sports) 7 p.m. MST Sat., April 25 Arizona 7 p.m. MST Sun., April 26 Arizona (FOX Sports AZ) 1 p.m. MST

ASU -- Arizona State (31-14, 17-6 Pac-10 Southern Division and ranked No. 10 Baseball America and No. 8 Collegiate Baseball in the polls) will host Arizona (18-24, 10-14 Pac-10 Southern Division) for a three-game conference series at Packard Stadium in Tempe.

THIS WEEK ON THE TV AND RADIO -- KMVP 860 AM, home of Sun Devil baseball, will broadcast the Arizona series. Tom Dillon and Bob Eger will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively. COX Sports (Channel 22) will broadcast Friday's game live. George Allen and Doug Gerlach will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively. FOX Sports AZ will broadcast the Sunday game versus Arizona live. Barry Buetel and Jerry Kindall will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

ABOUT THE WILDCATS -- Arizona comes into this weekend's series with a 29-20 overall record and a 9-15 mark in the Six-Pac... last week Arizona dropped two-of-three with No. 1 Stanford in Tucson ... they are coached by Jerry Stitt (Arizona '68) now in his 2nd season at the helm ... the Wildcats are led by JasonHendricks (.381-14-56) and Erik Mattern (.367-5-47) ... probable pitching rotation for Arizona State is Friday- James Johnson, Saturday- Tony Milo, and Sunday-TBA ... U of A is 4-6 in its last 10 games ... earlier this season, ASU swept the Wildcats in Tucson, 4-3, 20-12, 12-4 ... The Devils leads the all-time series with Arizona, 145-94.

DID YOU KNOW? -- The Devils have swept their last four conference opponents (Cal, Arizona, USC and UCLA) ... ASU posted seven straight wins over ranked opponents (then-No. 24 U of A , then-No. 3 USC and then-No. 11 Oklahoma) ... the Sun Devils have won 12 consecutive conference games - the last time ASU did that was in 1990 when they won 13 straight league matchups ... Arizona State is on a season-long 10 game winning streak - its best since 1993 when they posted an 11 game streak ... Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 178 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ...

The Devils have allowed only 22 stolen bases (22-for-40) through 45 games ... Coach Pat Murphy is averaging 42.6 wins per season at the Div. 1 level (429 wins over 10 years) ... ASU pitchers have thrown four two-hitters (one complete, three combined) and one one-hitter (combined) in 1998 as well as three shutouts (combined) ... in their last nine games, the Devils are averaging 15.1 runs per game and 16.4 hits per contest ... Fifteen of ASU's games this year have been decided by two runs or less (ASU is 9-6 in those games).

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 three Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 10 (according to Baseball America). ASU will play 12 games vs. Top 5 opponents.

Mills earns National Player of the Week honors -- Junior lefty Ryan Mills was honored as a Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and The Sporting News for his performance vs. then-No. 3 USC. Mills picked up his fifth win in a 18-3 rout of the Trojans. He went 8.0 innings, allowing only three hits, two earned runs, five walks and struck out a season-high 15 batters.

ON THE BRINK-- Junior Andrew Beinbrink (San Diego, Calif.), who has already picked up some preseason All-America accolades, will anchor ASU's infield from third base in 1998. The 6-3 infielder is one of only three players to start every game this season. He leads the team with nine homeruns, 17 doubles and 64 RBI. He is third on the team in runs scored (48) and third in hits (54). Twenty-eight of his 54 hits have been for extra bases. Beinbrink leads the team in two-out RBIs with 24 and is 15-16 in stolen bases. He has had 15 multi-hit games as well as 18 multi-RBI games. Beinbrink is batting at a .360 clip in league play with 10 doubles and 6 homeruns. He leads the conference in RBI. He hit .600 vs. USC with seven runs scored and eight RBI as well as one double and three homeruns and was honored as Six-Pac Player of the Week.

PAC-10 (SOUTHERN DIVISION) STANDINGS-

Team                 W-L    Pct.    GB      This Week
1. Stanford         16-5    .762    --      California
   Arizona State    17-6    .739    --      Arizona
3. USC              17-7    .708    0.5     UCLA
4. Arizona          9-15    .375    8.5     at ASU
5. UCLA            10-17    .370    9.0     USC
6. California       2-21    .087   15.0     Stanford

MURPHY YOUNGEST TO REACH 500 WINS -- Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy reached the 500-win mark with a 7-6 victory over California. His career record now stands at 512-242-3 over 13 seasons as a head coach. He becomes the youngest coach, at age 39, to reach the 500-win mark (with 75% of wins from Division 1 schools). Murphy joins the ranks of such greats as Ron Fraser, Miami (age 41), Cliff Gufstason, Texas (age 47), Bobby Winkles, ASU (age 41), Ron Polk, Mississippi State (age 41), Rod Dedeaux, USC (age 49), Jim Brock, ASU (age 45) and Gene Stephenson, Wichita State (age 52).

THE LAST HURRAH -- Senior outfielder Mikel Moreno will end a long and successful career at ASU after this season. Through 45 games, he is batting .340 with 39 RBI and 66 hits. He has also swiped 14 bases in the 1998 season and is batting well against righthanders (.361). The speedy rightfielder has started all 41 contests and put together a 21-game hitting streak dating back to the 1997 season before going 0-for-5 vs. FSU (2/7) earlier this year. He has had 21 multiple-hit game and 11 multiple RBI games this year. Moreno, a two-year starter, has moved into fourth all-time in career runs scored at ASU with 212.

Pitchers corner -- A lot of new faces will grace the bullpen in 1998, including junior transfer Chuck Crumpton (Mesquite, Texas) who has been excellent as ASU's No. 1 closer. Crumpton has pitched 43.2 innings of relief for the Devils in 1998 and was a part of two of ASU's combined shutout victories. He sports an impressive 2.03 ERA and a 3-2 record with five saves and a team-high 27 appearances. 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 (3-1, 3.13 ERA, two saves), picked up his third win of the season pitching 4.2 innings of relief in ASU's 4-3 win over Arizona. The freshman from Hamilton, Ohio allowed only one hit while striking out eight with no walks. He retired 13 of 14 batters faced. Transfer Aaron Kramer (Grand Canyon U.) has also joined the ASU pitching staff and has been strong out of the bullpen. In his first start of the 1998 season vs. Grand Canyon, Kramer went 5.0 innings, allowing only two hits, no runs, one walk while striking out a career-high 10 batters. He is 6-2 overall with a 3.99 ERA in 19 appearances. Kramer picked up his sixth win vs. UCLA, pitching 1.2 innings in relief.

THE HIT MAN -- Sophomore Willie Bloomquist (Port Orchard, Wash.) leads the Arizona State offense in '98. The infielder/outfielder is batting .425 and leads the team in hits (76), runs scored (58), stolen bases (21), triples (8) and walks (44). Bloomquist has had multiple-hit games in 24 of 45 and has 14 multiple RBI games. He is batting .456 with runners in scoring position, .383 vs. lefties and .439 vs. righthanders. He is second on the team in two-out RBI with 17 on the year and hit his first homerun of the season vs. Washington (3/27). Bloomquist is batting .429 in league play and leads the Six-Pac in hits, batting average and triples. Bloomquist was invited to the summer camp for the 1998 USA Baseball National Team. Training camp is scheduled to open June 1 at Hi Corbett Field in Tuscon, Arizona.

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

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 second base and as a righthanded starter/middle reliever for the Devils. He is currently batting .282 (31-for-110) with 26 runs scored and 20 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. For his efforts, he was named Six-Pac Pitcher of the Week. Since then, however, Leon has received only one decision (a win vs. Washington) in his last six starts. The senior has a 6.28 ERA in 10 appearances (43.0 IP) with 38 K's. He is holding opponent lefties to a .176 average. Leon hit his fourth homerun of the season with a three-run shot vs. UCLA (4/17).

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

CASEY AT BAT -- Freshman designated hitter Casey Myers is batting at a .409 clip (45-for-115) with 14 doubles (second on the team) and two homeruns. He has made 31 starts in 33 appearances and hit his second homerun of the season vs. Washington on March 27. Myers has hit 12 doubles in his last 15 games. Versus nationally-ranked Oklahoma and conference foe UCLA, Myers went nine-for-17 with eight runs scored, three homeruns while collecting nine RBI. For his efforts, he was named Six-Pac Player of the Week. He was also named Six-Pac Player of the Week for his performance vs. Arizona (4/6).

FOR THE RECORD -- A start-by-start breakdown of LHPs Phill Lowery and Ryan Mills:

Phill Lowery                IP  H   ER  BB  SO  W/L
vs. CS Northridge (1/22)    7.0 3   0   5   5   W
vs. Hawaii-Hilo (1/30)      7.0 3   1   4   3   W
vs. Florida State (2/7)     6.0 8   2   0   7   L
vs. Washington St. (2/14)   6.0 6   3   2   6   -
vs. California (2/22)       9.0 5   4   4   9   W
vs. Stanford (2/28)         2.1 3   6   2   3   L
vs. UCLA (3/7)              6.0 4   2   3   9   W
vs. USC (3/14)              5.0 6   4   3   7   L
vs. California (2/20)       7.0 2   1   1   12  W
vs. Washington (2/27)       5.0 7   7   3   5   L
vs. Arizona (4/5)           6.0 4   1   2   2   W
vs. USC (4/11)              5.0 5   2   3   5   W
vs. UCLA (4/19)             6.0 4   1   3   8   W

Ryan Mills IP H ER BB SO W/L vs. New Mexico State (1/23) 6.0 3 0 0 11 W vs. Hawaii-Hilo (1/29) 8.0 6 0 2 7 W vs. Florida State (2/6) 7.1 6 2 3 4 L vs. Washington St. (2/13) 8.0 2 1 2 12 W vs. California (2/20) 5.0 9 4 2 5 - vs. Stanford (2/27) 4.0 9 7 0 2 L vs. UCLA (3/6) 5.0 8 5 2 4 - vs. Oklahoma (3/10) 4.0 5 4 3 6 - vs. USC (3/15) 3.0 6 5 1 1 L vs. California (3/21) 6.0 4 1 3 13 W vs. Washington (3/28) 7.0 6 2 1 10 - vs. Arizona (4/3) 4.1 3 3 6 8 - vs. USC (4/9) 8.0 3 2 5 15 W vs. UCLA (4/17) 5.2 11 8 3 6 W

UP NEXT -- Arizona State will host a two-game mid-week series against New Mexico (4/28-4/29) before traveling to No. 1 Stanford for its final three-game conference series of the season (5/1-5/3).

LAST HOMERUN --
Andrew Beinbrink    vs. USC         (April 11, 1998)
Willie Bloomquist   vs. USC         (April 11, 1998)
Michael Collins     vs. USC         (April 11, 1998)
Dustin Delucchi     vs. California  (March 17, 1997)
Greg Halvorson      vs. UCLA        (April 19, 1998)
Richy Leon          vs. UCLA        (April 17, 1998)
Dan Meier           vs. UCLA        (April 17, 1998)
Mikel Moreno        vs. Arizona     (April 5, 1998)
Casey Myers         vs. UCLA        (April 19, 1998)
Jeff Phelps         vs. USC         (April 11, 1998)

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. Mills and Lowery have combined for 14 wins and a 4.44 ERA. Lowery (8-4, 3.96 ERA) picked up his eighth win of the season on Sunday, going 6.0 innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out eight batters in a 18-4 rout of UCLA. Mills sports a 4.87 ERA through 14 starts and picked up his sixth win of the year on Friday, going 5.2 innings with six strikeouts.

Lowery is holding batters to a .214 average (.209 vs. righthanded batters) and has won his last three Sunday starts. Mills is tied for second in the league in strikeouts (104), fourth in innings pitched (81.1 IP) and 10th in ERA (4.87). Lowery is ranked sixth in ERA (3.96), third in wins (8-4) and sixth in strikeouts (81). 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).

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

INJURY REPORT -- Sophomore Kevin Tillman, who has been bothered with a left hamstring strain, will apply for a medical redshirt at the end of this season and is out for the rest of the year. Junior Chip Gosewisch had surgery on his left shoulder on Saturday and is out for the remainder of the season.

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.

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)
3. USC
4. Arizona
5. UCLA
6. California
( ) - 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 Schedule/Results

DATE    OPPONENT    TIME
Jan. 22 $Cal State Northridge   W, 7-3
Jan. 23 $New Mexico State   W, 13-1
Jan. 24 $ #33 Fla. Internat.    W, 21-3
Jan. 29 @ Hawaii-Hilo   W, 7-0
Jan. 30 @ Hawaii-Hilo   W, 11-2
Jan. 31 @ Hawaii-Hilo   W, 13-2
Jan. 31 @ Hawaii-Hilo   W, 5-1
Feb. 1  @ Hawaii-Hilo   W, 14-0
Feb. 6  #23 Florida State   L, 2-3
Feb. 7  #23 Florida State   L, 1-6
Feb. 13 Washington State    W, 9-1
Feb. 14 Washington State    W, 6-5
Feb. 15 Washington State    L, 12-17
Feb. 20 @ *California   W, 8-7
Feb. 21 @ *California   ppd., rain
Feb. 22 @ *California   W, 7-4
Feb. 27 #1 *Stanford    L, 2-15
Feb. 28 #1 *Stanford    L, 5-17
Mar. 1  #1 *Stanford    W, 4-2
Mar. 6  @ *UCLA L, 5-6
Mar. 7  @ *UCLA W, 14-6
Mar. 8  @ *UCLA W, 9-3
Mar. 10 #8 Oklahoma W, 7-6 (10)
Mar. 11 #8 Oklahoma L, 5-9
Mar. 14 @ #3 *USC   L, 6-7
Mar. 14 @ #3 *USC   L, 5-13
Mar. 15 @ #3 *USC   L, 3-6
Mar. 17 @ Fresno State  L, 3-9
Mar. 18 @ Fresno State  L, 5-6 (10)
Mar. 20 *California W, 6-1
Mar. 21 *California W, 7-2
Mar. 22 *California W, 7-6
Mar. 24 @ Grand Canyon  W, 10-0
Mar. 27 @ #19 Washington    L, 6-8
Mar. 28 @ #19 Washington    L, 6-7
Mar. 29 @ #19 Washington    W, 7-6
Apr. 3  @ #24 *Arizona  W, 4-3
Apr. 4  @ #24 *Arizona  W, 20-12
Apr. 5  @ #24 *Arizona  W, 12-4
Apr. 9  #3 *USC W, 18-3
Apr. 10 #3 *USC W, 7-5
Apr. 11 #3 *USC W, 24-4
Apr. 14 @ #11 Okla. W, 10-6 (10)
Apr. 17 *UCLA   W, 19-10
Apr. 18 *UCLA   W, 8-7
Apr. 19 *UCLA   W, 18-4
Apr. 24 *Arizona    7 p.m.
Apr. 25 *Arizona    7 p.m.
Apr. 26 *Arizona    1 p.m.
Apr. 28 New Mexico  7 p.m.
Apr. 29 New Mexico  7 p.m.
May 1   @ *Stanford 7 p.m.
May 2   @ *Stanford 1 p.m.
May 3   @ *Stanford 1 p.m.
May 4   @ *California   2 p.m.
May 5   @ UNLV  5 p.m.
May 6   Southern Utah   7 p.m.
May14   Furman University   7 p.m.
May 15  Furman University   7 p.m.
May 16  Furman University   1 p.m.
* Pacific-10 Conference game
All times local to site
$ Louisville Slugger Classic, Tempe, AZ

DEVILS IN THE SIX-PAC --

Individual Batting:
1. Willie Bloomquist, ASU   .413
7. Casey Myers, ASU     .388

Individual Pitching: 2. Chuck Crumpton, ASU 2.06 ERA 6. Phill Lowery, ASU 4.21 ERA 9. Ryan Mills, ASU 4.52 ERA

Hits: 3. Bloomquist, ASU 59 8. Mikel Moreno, ASU 54

Runs: 3. Bloomquist, ASU 49 5. Moreno, ASU 43

Doubles: 5. Andrew Beinbrink, ASU 15 8. Myers, ASU 13

Triples: 2. Bloomquist, ASU 6

RBI: 1. Beinbrink, ASU 51

Stolen Bases: 1. Bloomquist, ASU 20 5. Moreno, ASU 14 6. Beinbrink, ASU 13

Team Fielding: 1. Arizona State .970

Wins: 5. Lowery, ASU 6-4

Innings Pitched: 4. Mills, ASU 67.2 IP 5. Lowery, ASU 66.1 IP

Strikeouts: 3. Mills, ASU 83 6. Lowery, ASU 68

Saves: 5. Crumpton, ASU 4

Sun Devils By Position

C  Jeremy Jones, Jr.
.348, 32 H, 20 RBI, 11 2B

1B Dan Meier, Jr. or Jeff Phelps, Fr.

2B Richy Leon, Sr. .282, 31 H, 26 R, 20 RBI

3B Andrew Beinbrink, Jr. .327, 54 H, 48 R, 64 RBI

SS Michael Collins, Jr. .287, 37 H, 35 R, 23 RBI

LF Willie Bloomquist, So. .425, 76 H, 58 R, 49 RBI

CF Rudy Arguelles, Sr. .256, 33 H, 39 R, 13 HBP

RF Mikel Moreno, Sr. .340, 66 H, 54 R, 39 RBI

DH Casey Myers, Fr. .409, 54 H, 42 RBI, 14 2B

P Ryan Mills, Jr. (4/24) 6-3, 4.87 ERA, 104 K

Richy Leon, Sr. (4/25) 2-0, 6.28 ERA, 38 K

Phill Lowery, Jr. (4/26) 8-4, 3.96 ERA, 81 K

Pac-10 17-6 Non-Conference 14-8 Vs. Ranked Teams 11-10 Vs. Unranked Teams 20-4 Home Games 16-6 Road Games 15-8 Day Games 14-7 Night Games 17-7 Vs. Right-Hand Starters 22-8 Vs. Left-Hand Starters 9-6 One-Run Decisions 7-5 Two-Run Decisions 2-1 Extra Innings 2-1 Shutouts 3-0 ASU Scores First 21-6 Opponent Scores First 10-8 Led After Seven 24-1 Trailed After Seven 3-10 Tied After Seven 4-3 Led After Eight 28-1 Trailed After Eight 1-11 Tied After Eight 2-2 Out-hit Opponents 26-1 Out-hit by Opponents 4-11 January 7-0 February 5-5 March 9-9 April 10-0 May 0-0 Last 5 Games 5-0 Last 10 Games 10-0 Current Streak W11

1998 ASU Baseball Superlatives

Team
Longest Win Streak  11 games (3/29-4/19)
Longest Losing Streak   6 games (3/11-3/18)
Most Runs, Game:
     ASU    24 (USC, 4/11)
     Opp.   17 (WSU, 2/15 & Stanford, 2/28)
Most Runs, Inning:
     ASU    13 (Florida International, 1/24)
     Opp.   9 (Fresno State, 3/17)
Most Hits, Game:
     ASU    22 (Arizona, 4/4)
     Opp.   17 (UCLA, 4/17)
Most Hits, I nning:
     ASU    7 (3 times, last time USC, 4/11)
     Opp.   7 (Fresno State, 3/17)
Most Doubles, Game:
     ASU    7 (Arizona, 4/4)
     Opp.   5 (California, 2/20)
Most Triples, Game:
     ASU    3 (Arizona, 4/4)
     Opp.   2 (Washington State, 2/15)
Most Home Runs, Game:
     ASU    5 (USC, 4/11)
     Opp.   3 (4 teams, last time UW, 3/29)
Most Stolen Bases, Game:
     ASU    7 (Florida International, 1/24)
     Opp.   2 (4 teams, last time USC, 4/11)
Most Double Plays (turned), Game:
     ASU    3 (3X, last time UCLA, 4/17)
     Opp.   4 (UCLA, 4/19)
Most Errors, Game:
     ASU    3 (3X, last vs. Stanford, 2/27)
     Opp.   6 (UCLA, 4/19)
Most Strikeouts (pitching), 9-Inning Game:
     ASU    18 (California, 3/21)
     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 20 (USC, 4/11)
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 3,414 (Fresno St, 3/18) 
Smallest Crowd, Road    36 (UHH, 2/1) 

Longest Hit Streak 21 (Moreno, 4/27-2/6) Most Hits, Game 4 (five players tied) Most Runs, Game 5 (Moreno, 4/4) Most Doubles, Game 3 (Jones, 4/11) Most Triples, Game 2 (Bloomquist, 4/4) Most HRs, Game 1 (eight players tied ) Most RBIs, Game 5 (Beinbrink, 3/7) Most SBs, Game 4 (Bloomquist, 3/14)

Most Strikeouts, Game: ASU Pitcher 15 (Ryan Mills, 4/9) Opp. Pitcher 10 (Thomas Ford, UHH, 1/29) Fewest Hits Allowed (CG Effort) ASU Pitcher 2 (Jay Gehrke, 1/31) Opp. Pitcher 9 (two players tied) Most Walks, Game: ASU Pitcher 6 (Ryan Mills, 4/3) 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)

1998 National Rankings

(Six-Pac Schools)

School BA CB SN (4/20) (4/20) (4/20)

Stanford 1 2 2 USC 5 9 6 Arizona State 10 8 11

BA- Baseball America CB- Collegiate Baseball SN- The Sporting News

1998 Devils in the Record Book

Career Hitting
Most Runs
1. 224 - Gary Atwell, 1970-73
2. 216 - Rick Peter, 1974-77
3. 212 - Ken Landreaux, 1974-76
   212 - Mikel Moreno, 1995-
5. 198 - Mike Kelly, 1989-91

Most Doubles 1. 88 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76 2. 70 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94 3. 59 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81 4. 58 - Dan Rumsey, 1986-89 50 - Mikel Moreno, 1995-

Most Hits 1. 322 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76 2. 289 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81 3. 286 - Gary Atwell, 1970-73 4. 264 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94 5. 262 - Bob Horner, 1976-78 246 - Mikel Moreno, 1995-

Batting Average 1. .408 - Kevin Romine, 1981-82 2. .396 - Hubie Brooks, 1977-79 3. .389 - Mike Sodders, 1980-81 .389 - Dan McKinley, 1995-97 5. .388 - Chris Bando, 1975-78 9. .373 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-

Individual, Single Game Most Doubles 1. 4 - Mike Devereaux, 1/31/85 vs. UCSB 4 - Gary Atwell, 4/23/71 vs. UTEP 3. 3 - 13 times, most recently by Mikel Moreno, 4/1/97 vs. GCU

Most RBI 1. 9 - Tommy Adams, 5/2/90 vs. UNLV 2. 8 - five times, most recently by Scott Shores, 2/9/94 vs. SU 7. 7 - Willie Bloomquist, 2/16/97 vs. Southern Illinois 7 - Kevin Tillman, 2/2/97 vs. Eastern Michigan

Most Stolen Bases T1. 4 - Willie Bloomquist, 3/14/98 vs. USC

Homeruns (39) Solo: (16) Moreno-5, Leon-2, Collins-1, Beinbrink-1, Myers-2, Phelps-2, Bloomquist-1, Meier-2 2-run: (13) Beinbrink-5, Moreno-2, Bloomquist-2, Collins-2, Myers-1, Meier-1 3-run: (8) Leon-2, Phelps-1, Myers-2, Beinbrink-3 Grand Slams: (0) Back-to-Back: (0) Two in One Game: (0) Inside the Park: (0) Pinch-Hit: (2) Meier-1, Halvorson-1

Head Coach Pat Murphy

Fourth season at Arizona State: 139-78 Div. I Record (10th year): 457-194-1 Career Record (13th year): 512-249-3

Pat Murphy now in his fourth season at Arizona State after spending seven years at Notre Dame, has left his mark on Arizona State baseball. In his first year, Murphy guided ASU to a 34-21 record and put together the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.

In 1996, he directed ASU to a 35-21 record and a No. 25 final ranking by Baseball America. His recruiting class was ranked third in the country. Last year marked ASU's return to postseason play as ASU went 3-2 in the NCAA Atlantic Regiona, narrowly missing out on a trip to Omaha. The Devils finished with a 39-22 record and a No. 11 ranking by Baseball America and No. 14 ranking by Collegiate Baseball.

Murphy has also started the Pitch-by-Pitch Baseball Academy which holds baseball camps and clinics year round, not only in Phoenix, but around the country as well. His 426-180-1 Division I record gives him a winning percentage of .702, seventh-best among active NCAA coaches with a minimum of five years of Division I experience.

Murphy's Notre Dame teams recorded 45 or more wins in each of the past six seasons and advanced to the finals of an NCAA Regional each of the last three seasons.

The Syracuse, N.Y., native was hired August 17, 1994, and immediately set to work on building his program.

He also has international coaching experience, guiding the Dutch National Team to the European championship in the summer of 1987, and helping to develop baseball in Australia as a state manager in New South Wales in 1984.

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.

"The guy's got one of those Chevy V8s that never stops running ... he's working as if he's got to win a national championship yesterday." --Bob Moran Mesa Tribune, 8/28/94

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