Mar. 1, 1998
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The sixth-ranked Arizona State baseball team (13-5, 3-2) handed top-ranked Stanford (16-1-1, 5-1) their first loss of the season, beating them 4-2 today in front of 3,019 fans in the final game of the series at Packard Stadium.
Offensively, Arizona State was led by Andrew Beinbrink who finished the day 1-for-4 with a two-run double. Also contributing for the Devils was freshman Casey Myers who went 1-for-1 on the day with a solo home run. Senior righthander Richy Leon (1-0) got his first start of the season and picked up the win, pitching six-plus innings. Leon gave up only six hits and one earned run, while striking out five. Leon was pleased with his performance.
"Stanford has some great hitters who are really aggressive. My change-up was working really well so I tried to keep them off balance and just go pitch by pitch," said Leon.
Junior reliever Chuck Crumpton picked up his second save of the season, pitching two-plus innings while giving up only one hit.
Stanford was led by Tony Schrager, who went 3-for-5 on the day. Also helping the Cardinal was designated hitter Joe Borchard who went 1-for-4 with a solo home run. Starting pitcher Brent Hoard (1-1) picked up the loss for the Cardinal going only two-plus innings giving up four hits, three runs, while striking out four.
Head Coach Pat Murphy was pleased the Devils were able to come back with a win in the final game of the series.
"This shows that these kids are made of something special. We know we are not playing great right now but we need to hang tough," said Murphy.
The Sun Devils travel to Los Angeles to take on conference rival UCLA in a three-game series beginning Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m. MST.
Stanford 000 000 200 2 16 2 Arizona State 003 001 00x 4 9 2 Winner -- Leon (1-0) Loser -- Hoard (1-1) Save -- Crumpton (2) Umpires: Hernandez, Daugherty, Randall Time: 2:54 Attn: 3,019