February 24, 1999
ASU - Arizona State (17-4, 0-0 Pac-10 and ranked No. 9 Baseball America, No. 7 Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 15 Collegiate Baseball) head south to Tucson for a three-game non-conference series with Arizona (14-4, 0-0 Pac-10 and ranked No. 9 Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 25 Baseball America) at Sancet Field.
THIS WEEK ON THE RADIO-- KMVP 860 AM will broadcast Arizona State's three-game series with the Wildcats this weekend. Friday and Sunday's broadcasts will be live while Saturday's broadcast will be tape delayed due to ASU basketball. Trey Bender and Bob Eger will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively. Nick Simonetta will be sitting in for Trey Bender for Saturday's broadcast.
DID YOU KNOW? -- Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 215 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ... Pat Murphy is 15-9 vs. Arizona ... the Devils have recorded and extra base hit in the last nine games and in 19 of 21 games this season ... ASU has hit a homerun in its last five games ... the 28 runs scored against BYU on Saturday is fifth highest total at ASU for a single game ... the Arizona State pitching staff has a healthy 2.59 team ERA and is holding opponent batters to a .217 average at the plate ... four everyday starters are batting over .400 through 21 games ... Andrew Beinbrink has become only the fifth Sun Devil in history to record over 200 career RBI ... the 25 hits vs. BYU on Saturday and Grand Canyon on Tuesday, tied for the ninth highest total in ASU history .. ASU pitchers have thrown three complete game shutouts ... ASU has outscored its opponents 247-66 through 21 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 25 years ... Arizona State is averaging 11.8 runs per game and 12.9 hits per game ... the Devils are averaging 2.7 stolen bases per game ... ASU has outscored its opponents 60-4 in the first and second innings ... ASU is 2-1 in televised games.
ABOUT ARIZONA -- The Wildcats are 14-4 heading into this weekend's matchup ... they are coached by Jerry Stitt (Arizona '68) ... the 'Cats have dropped four of their last five games after getting off to a 13-0 start ... ASU leads the all-time series with Arizona 146-96 ... last year ASU went 3-0 down in Tucson, winning 4-3, 20-12 and 12-4 ... Arizona took 2-of-3 from ASU last season in Tempe, winning 8-7, 10-9 and losing 13-16 ... for the past two years, the visiting team has won the three-game series ... this weekends probable starters: Fri. - Josh Pearce (3-0, 3.99 ERA), Sat. - Michael Crawford (2-1, 3.25 ERA) and Sun. - TBA ... Andy Juday leads the Wildcats with a .371 average (23-of-62) ... Shelley Duncan leads the squad with eight homeruns on the season ... defensively, the 'Cats have committed at least one error in the last 14 meetings between the two teams.
ERNSTER HONORED AS CONFERENCE AND NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- Second baseman Mark Ernster was honored as the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against BYU. For the weekend, Ernster went 11-for-15 (.733) with 11 RBI and five runs scored. He hit a double and two homers and notched a 1.200 slugging percentage for the series. He was perfect in the field with 7 putouts and 10 assists. On Saturday, we went 6-for-6 at the plate becoming the first Sun Devil since Hubie Brooks in 1978 to accomplish the feat. He leads the squad with a .474 batting average and put together a string of eight consecutive hits which is one shy of the Arizona State record held by Mike Pagel and Hubie Brooks. His six hits in a single game ties him for second all-time at ASU.
Beinbrink closing in on career marks-- Third baseman Andrew Beinbrink (San Diego, Calif.) will likely become ASU's career leader in RBI, surpassing current Sun Devil leader Clay Westlake (1973-76). The 6-3 infielder/outfielder has 227 RBI and needs just 20 RBI to become the all-time RBI leader (Beinbrink has averaged 66 RBI over the past three years). With his 64 career doubles, he is third 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. Beinbrink is tied for first in multiple-hit games with 12 and is second in multiple-RBI games with seven. His .469 batting average is second on the squad and his 38 hits, three homers and 11 doubles leads the team. Beinbrink is batting .514 with runners in scoring position and is currently on a six- game hitting streak. His six runs scored in Saturday's game vs. BYU set a new career high while his six RBI tied his career high. His six runs scored tied the single game ASU individual record for most runs.
THE HIT MAN -- Returning junior All-American Willie Bloomquist (Port Orchard, Wash.) extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a 3-for-5 performance vs. Grand Canyon. It is the longest hitting streak of his college career. He leads the squad in multiple-RBI games with nine and is tied for first in multiple-hit games with 12. He has notched an extra-base hit in his last four games. He has drawn a team-leading 19 walks as well as 35 runs scored. Bloomquist is batting .500 as a leadoff batter and is batting .500 with runners in scoring position. Bloomquist is first on the team in two-out RBI with 12 on the year. He has hit safely in 20 of 21 games this season. He was selected to both Baseball America's (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball's (third-team) preseason All-American teams.
WALDRIP PICKS UP FIFTH WIN ON THE MOUND -- Junior transfer Will Waldrip (Flagstaff, Ariz.) rang up win number five with an impressive complete game performance against BYU on Thursday night. Waldrip went 9.0 innings, allowed eight hits, one run while striking out 13. He posts an amazing 1.37 ERA, allowing only eight runs in 46 innings of work. He has 16 walks to 53 strikeouts on the year. 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 .186 average at the plate. Waldrip leads the pitching staff in complete games, strikeouts, shutouts, wins and innings pitched.
PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS -- Sophomore righthander Chad Pennington (Hamilton, Ohio), who spent the summer rehabbing his elbow, picked up his fourth win of the season in Sunday's 28-3 victory over BYU. He pitched 4.0 innings, allowed four hits, no runs, no walks while striking out three. He is now 4-2 on the year with a 1.85 ERA and 34 strikeouts. Pennington has logged 34.0 innings in seven appearances and is holding opponent batters to a .260 average at the plate. He is second on the pitching staff in innings pitched, wins and strikeouts.
LAST HOMERUN --
Andrew Beinbrink vs. Grand Canyon (February 23, 1999) Willie Bloomquist vs. Brigham Young (February 18, 1999) Brett Cadiente vs. Howard (January 30, 1999) Dustin Delucchi vs. Grand Canyon (February 23, 1999) Mark Ernster vs. Brigham Young (February 19, 1999) Scott Goodman vs. Grand Canyon (February 23, 1999) Chip Gosewisch vs. Brigham Young (February 19, 1999) Mitch Jones vs. Brigham Young (February 19, 1999) Casey Myers vs. USC (June 6, 1998) Jeff Phelps vs. USC (June 6, 1998)SITZMAN STEALS THE SHOW -- Junior outfielder Jay Sitzman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) leads the squad with 20 stolen bases in 21 games. He is fourth on the team in hits with 26 and is batting .413 on the year. He is tied for second on the team in runs scored with 30 and has walked 18 times this year (second most on the squad). He has been perfect in the field with 32 putouts and has a .556 batting average with two outs. Sitzman is currently on a career-high 10-game hitting streak. He set career highs in hits and runs scored with four vs. BYU on Friday.
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 roundSun 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 131.1 14-4 2.47 109 42 36 35 133 Relievers 49.2 3-0 2.93 34 24 16 15 61 Total 181.0 16-4 2.59 143 66 52 50 194INJURY REPORT -- Senior transfer Donny Starkins is scheduled to have surgery on his left knee over spring break and will be out for the season. Freshman infielder Gonzo Grasis (Tucson, Ariz.) has had surgery on his left wrist and will be out for the season.
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) vs. Florida State 6.0 8 5 5 5 0 L (3-1) vs. New Mexico 8.0 4 1 1 3 9 W (4-1) vs. Brigham Young 9.0 8 1 0 3 13 W (5-1)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.
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) vs. Florida State 7.1 5 3 3 3 6 L (2-1) vs. New Mexico 3.1 4 4 1 1 2 L (2-2) vs. Brigham Young 4.0 4 0 0 0 3 W (4-2) * Pennington has picked up one win in relief.
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.
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.
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
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 21 games, the pitching staffs ERA is 2.59 and has only allowed 50 walks while striking out 194. 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.
ARIZONA STATE VS. ARIZONA --
GP AB R H HR RBI AVG. Andrew Beinbrink 18 75 22 30 1 16 .400 Willie Bloomquist 11 35 12 14 0 9 .400 Dustin Delucchi 5 14 1 3 0 5 .214 Chip Gosewisch 11 32 5 15 0 8 .469 Mark Ernster 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Casey Myers 6 26 8 16 1 10 .615 Jeff Phelps 3 9 2 3 0 5 .333 Jay Sitzman 3 8 3 2 0 2 .250 Kevin Tillman 2 4 0 0 0 0 .000
G-GS W-L ERA SV IP ER Chuck Crumpton 3-0 0-2 2.54 0 7.1 2 Drew Friedberg 2-0 0-0 13.50 0 2.0 3 Robby Milner 2-0 0-0 13.50 0 4.0 6 Chad Pennington 3-0 1-0 4.35 0 6.2 3
Sun Devils By Position
Casey Myers, So.
or Trent Pratt, Fr.
Mitch Jones, Jr.
.313, 20 H, 19 R, 6 2B
Mark Ernster, Jr.
.474, 27 H, 14 R, 19 RBI
Andrew Beinbrink, Sr.
.469, 38 H, 32 RBI, 11 2B
Willie Bloomquist, Jr.
.407, 35 H, 35 R, 26 RBI
Jay Sitzman, Jr.
.413, 30 R, 26 H, 20 SB
Dustin Delucchi, Jr.
.278, 10 H, 13 R, 13 RBI
Chip Gosewisch, Sr.
.383, 18 H, 17 R, 17 RBI
Scott Goodman, Jr.
or Brooks Conrad, Fr.
Wll Waldrip, Jr. (2/26)
5-1, 1.37 ERA, 13 BB, 53 K
Jon Switzer, Fr. (2/27)
3-1, 4.03 ERA, 4 BB, 29 K
C. Pennington, So. (2/28)
4-2, 1.85 ERA, 7 BB, 34 K
ASU Record Breakdown
Pac-10 0-0 Non-Conference 17-4 Vs. Ranked Teams 0-3 Vs. Unranked Teams 17-1 Home Games 11-1 Road Games 6-3 Day Games 10-4 Night Games 7-0 Vs. Right-Hand Starters 14-3 Vs. Left-Hand Starters 3-1 One-Run Decisions 1-1 Two-Run Decisions 0-1 Extra Innings 0-0 Shutouts 4-0 ASU Scores First 15-3 Opponent Scores First 2-1 Led After Seven 16-0 Trailed After Seven 0-3 Tied After Seven 1-1 Led After Eight 16-0 Trailed After Eight 0-4 Tied After Eight 1-0 Out-hit Opponents 15-1 Out-hit by Opponents 0-3 January 11-0 February 6-4 March 0-0 April 0-0 May 0-0 Last 5 Games 5-0 Last 10 Games 6-4 Current Streak W5
1999 ASU Baseball Superlatives
Longest Win Streak 11 games (1/15-1/31) Longest Losing Streak 3 games (2/5-2/7) Most Runs, Game: ASU 28 (Brigham Young, 2/20) Opp. 11 (Florida State, 2/6) Most Runs, Inning: ASU 10 (Brigham Young, 2/20) Opp. 4 (Florida State, 2/6) Most Hits, Game: ASU 25 (BYU, 2/20 & GCU, 2/23) Opp. 14 (twice by FSU) Most Hits, Inning: ASU 8 (Grand Canyon, 2/23) Opp. 5 (Florida State, 2/7) Most Doubles, Game: ASU 7 (UH-Hilo, 1/23) Opp. 2 (two teams) Most Triples, Game: ASU 2 (five times) Opp. 1 (three teams) Most Home Runs, Game: ASU 3 (BYU, 2/19 & GCU, 2/23) Opp. 2 (three teams) Most Stolen Bases, Game: ASU 7 (Howard, 1/31) Opp. 3 (BYU, 2/18) Most Double Plays (turned), Game: ASU 3 (New Mexico, 2/14) Opp. 2 (four teams) Most Errors, Game: ASU 8 (New Mexico, 2/13) Opp. 6 (BYU, 2/20 & GCU, 2/23) Most Strikeouts (pitching), 9-Inning Game: ASU 13 (Utah, 1/16 & BYU 2/18) Opp. 15 (FSU, 2/5) Most Walks (pitching), 9-Inning Game: ASU 8 (FSU, 2/6) Opp. 13 (two teams) Largest Win. Margin 25 (BYU, 2/20) Largest Loss Margin 7 (FSU, 2/6) Largest Crowd, Home 2,569 (BYU, 2/20) 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 16 (Bloomquist, 1/23-2/23) Most Hits, Game 6 (Mark Ernster, 2/20) Most Runs, Game 6 (Beinbrink, 2/20) Most Doubles, Game 2 (Mark Ernster, 1/23) Most Triples, Game 1 (five players tied) Most HRs, Game 1 (six players tied) Most RBIs, Game 6 (Beinbrink, 2/20) Most SBs, Game 3 (Sitzman, 1/31& 2/12) Most Strikeouts, Game: ASU Pitcher 13 (Waldrip, 1/16 & 2/18) Opp. Pitcher 11 (McDonald, FSU, 2/5) Fewest Hits Allowed (CG Effort) ASU Pitcher 1 (Drew Friedberg, 1/24) Opp. Pitcher N/A Most Walks, Game: ASU Pitcher 5 (Waldrip, 2/6) Opp. Pitcher 7 (Bell, 1/24) Most Consecutive Scoreless Innings: Starter 21.1 (Waldrip, 1/16-1/30) Reliever 12.1 (Charlie Williamson, 1/15-2/14)1998 National Rankings
(Pacific-10 Schools) School BA CB BW (2/22) (2/22) (2/22) Stanford 4 5 4 Arizona State 9 15 7 USC 19 NR 24 Arizona 25 NR 9 Washington NR 24 NR BA- Baseball America; CB- Collegiate Baseball; CP- Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll 1999 Devils in the Record Book
1. 250 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76 2. 241 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81 3. 230 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996- 4. 229 - Bob Horner, 1976-78 5. 200 - Alvin Davis, 1979-82Most Doubles
1. 88 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76 2. 70 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94 3. 64 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996- 4. 59 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81 5. 58 - Dan Rumsey, 1986-89 6. 56 - Mikel Moreno, 1995-98Most Hits
1. 322 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76 2. 289 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81 3. 286 - Gary Atwell, 1970-73 4. 277 - Mikel Moreno, 1995-98 5. 264 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94 257 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-Most Runs
1. 236 - Mikel Moreno, 1995-1998 2. 224 - Gary Atwell, 1970-73 3. 216 - Rick Peters, 1974-77 4. 212 - Ken Landreaux, 1974-76 5. 198 - Bump Wills, 1971-74 197 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-Batting Average
1. .408 - Kevin Romine, 1981-82 2. .396 - Hubie Brooks, 1977-79 3. .395 - Willie Bloomquist,1997- 4. .389 - Mike Sodders, 1980-81 .389 - Dan McKinley, 1995-97 5. .388 - Chris Bando, 1975-78Triples
1. 26 - Alan Bannister, 1970-72 26 - Ed Irvine, 1977-79 3. 20 - Rick Peters, 1974-77 20 - Bump Wills, 1971-74 5. 18 - Willie Bloomquist, 1997- 16 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-
Solo: (4) Mitch Jones 1, Andrew Beinbrink 1, Mark Ernster 1, Scott Goodman 1
2-run: (5) Brett Cadiente 1, Chip Gosewisch 2, Willie Bloomquist 1, Mark Ernster 1
3-run: (3) Mitch Jones 1, Dustin Delucchi 1, Andrew Beinbrink 1
Grand Slams: (1) Andrew Beinbrink 1
Back-to-Back: (1) Jones and Ernster 1
Two in One Game: (0)
Inside the Park: (0)
Head Coach Pat Murphy
Fifth season at Arizona State: 149-87
Div. I Record (11th year): 467-203-1
Career Record (14th year): 522-258-3
Pat Murphy now in his fifth 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. The 1997 season marked ASU's return to postseason play as ASU went 3-2 in the 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. Last season, he was honored as Baseball America's Coach of the Year after guiding the Devils to a second-place showing at the College World Series. The '98 squad went 41-23, 18-11 (3rd) in conference. They won the Midwest Regional with a 3-1 victory over Georgia Tech to advance to the CWS for the first time since 1994.
The Syracuse, N.Y., native's Notre Dame teams recorded 45 or more wins in six of seven seasons and advanced to the finals of an NCAA Regional each of the last three seasons.
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.
"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."
Baseball America, 7/6-19/98