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No. 15 ASU Baseball Hosts California for Three-game Conference Series
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March 19, 1998

Fri., March 20   California   7 p.m. MST
Sat., March 21   California   7 p.m. MST
Sun., March 22   California   1 p.m. MST

ASU -- Arizona State (16-12, 5-6 Pac-10 Southern Division and ranked No. 15 Baseball America and No. 17 Collegiate Baseball in the polls) hosts a three-game conference matchup with California this weekend and will try to stop a six game skid (its longest of the season).

THIS WEEK ON TV and RADIO -- KMVP 860 AM, home of Sun Devil baseball, will broadcast the California series. Tom Dillon and Bob Eger will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively. COX Sports (Channel 22) will broadcast's Friday's game with California (3/20) live at 2 p.m. MST. George Allen and Doug Gerlach will handle the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

DID YOU KNOW? -- Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 162 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ... the Devils have allowed only 10 stolen base (10-24) through 28 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 three two-hitters (one complete, two combined) and one one-hitter (combined) in 1998 ... over a two and a half week period (17 days, from 3/6 to 3/22) ASU will play a total of 13 games ... it started with a Six-Pac series with UCLA (three games), then moved to a two-game mid-week series with No. 8 Oklahoma. ASU then traveled to L.A. for more Six-Pac action with No. 3 USC (three games) and headed to Fresno for a two-game series with Fresno State. ASU is finally at home for a three-game stint with California this weekend

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 the 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 11 doubles and 40 RBI and has batted safely in 8 of the last 10 games. He is third on the team in runs scored (27) and third in hits (34). Eighteen of his 34 hits have been for extra bases. Beinbrink leads the team in two-out RBIs with 18 and is 10-11 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 second base and as a righthanded starter for the Devils. He is currently batting .282 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. For his efforts, he was named Six-Pac Pitcher of the Week. Since then, however, Leon has received two no decisions. The senior has a 3.92 ERA in five appearances (20.2 IP) with 17 K's. He is holding opponent lefties to a .200 average. Leon hit his second homerun of the season with a solo shot vs. California (2/20).

COUNTDOWN TO 500 -- Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy will reach the 500-win mark during the 1998 season. His career record stands at 497-242-3 over 13 seasons as a head coach. Murphy need just three victories to reach the 500-win plateau. He will become the youngest coach at age 39 to reach the 500-win mark (with 75% of wins from Division 1).

THE LAST HURRAH -- Senior outfielder Mikel Moreno will end a long and successful career at ASU after this season. Through 28 games, he is batting .317 with 25 RBI and 39 hits. He has also swiped eight bases in the 1998 season and is batting well against righthanders (.356). The speedy rightfielder has started all 28 contests and put together a 21-game hitting streak dating back to the 1997 season before going 0-for-5 vs. FSU (2/7). 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 33.0 innings of relief for the Devils in 1998 and was a part of both of ASU's combined shutout victories. He sports an impressive 1.36 ERA and a 2-1 record with three saves. 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 (1-1, 3.86 ERA), in his third collegiate start, pitched 6.0 innings and recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in the no-decision with Fresno State. Transfer Aaron Kramer (Grand Canyon U.) has also joined the ASU pitching staff and has been strong out of the bullpen. He picked up his second win at ASU vs. UCLA, pitching 2.1 innings of relief. He is 2-2 overall with a 3.24 ERA in 11 appearances. 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)..

UP NEXT -- Arizona State will travel across town to face Grand Canyon University in a midweek game (3/24) before heading to Seattle, Wash. for a three-game series with 20th-ranked Washington (3/27-3/29).

ASU Record Breakdown

Pac-10                   5-6
Non-Conference          11-6
Vs. Ranked Teams         3-8
Vs. Unranked Teams      13-4
Home Games               7-6
Road Games               9-6
Day Games                8-5
Night Games              8-7
Vs. Right-Hand Starters 11-7
Vs. Left-Hand Starters   5-5
One-Run Decisions        3-4
Two-Run Decisions        1-0
Extra Innings            1-0
Shutouts                 2-0
ASU Scores First        12-4
Opponent Scores First    4-8
Led After Seven         12-0
Trailed After Seven      2-9
Tied After Seven         2-3
Led After Eight         15-0
Trailed After Eight      0-10
Tied After Eight         1-2
Out-hit Opponents       14-0
Out-hit by Opponents     2-10
January                  7-0
February                 5-5
March                    4-7
April                    0-0
May                      0-0
Last 5 Games             0-5
Last 10 Games            3-7
Current Streak           L6

1998 ASU Baseball Superlatives

Longest Win Streak      8 games (1/22-2/1)
Longest Losing Streak   6 games (3/11-3/18)

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.    9 (Fresno State, 3/17)
Most Hits, Game:
     ASU    20 (UCLA, 3/7)
     Opp.   16 (Stanford, 2/27 &2/28)
Most Hits, I nning:
     ASU     7 (Hawaii-Hilo, 1/31)
     Opp.    7 (Fresno State, 3/17)
Most Doubles, Game:
     ASU     4 (Oklahoma, 3/11)
     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 (twice, most recent vs. OU, 3/10)
     Opp.    3 (3 teams, last time USC, 3/14)
Most Stolen Bases, Game:
     ASU     7 (Florida International, 1/24)
     Opp.    2 (Oklahoma, 3/11)
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 3,414 (Fresno St, 3/18) 
Smallest Crowd, Road    36 (UHH, 2/1) 

Individual, Batting
Longest Hit Streak  21 (Moreno, 4/27-2/6)
Most Hits, Game      4 (Bloomquist, 3/7)
Most Runs, Game      4 (three players)
Most Doubles, Game   2 (3 players tied)
Most Triples, Game   1 (several players tied)
Most HRs, Game       1 (four players tied )
Most RBIs, Game      5 (Beinbrink, 3/7)
Most SBs, Game       4 (Bloomquist, 3/14)

Individual, Pitching
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    9 (two players tied)
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)
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