April 2, 1998
Fri., April 3 at #24 Arizona 7 p.m.
Sat., April 4 at #24 Arizona 7 p.m.
Sun., April 5 at #24 Arizona 1 p.m.
ASU -- Arizona State (21-14, 8-6 Pac-10 Southern Division and ranked No. 19 Baseball America and No. 21 Collegiate Baseball in the polls) will host Grand Canyon University (18-12, 6-4 WAC) on Wednesday in a mid-week matchup before traveling to Tucson to face the University of Arizona (25-13, 7-9 Pac-10 Southern Division) in a three-game conference series this weekend beginning on Friday night.
THIS WEEK ON THE RADIO -- KMVP 860 AM, home of Sun Devil baseball, will broadcast the Grand Canyon game and the Arizona series. Tom Dillon and Bob Eger will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.
DID YOU KNOW? -- Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 169 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ... the Devils have allowed only 16 stolen base (16-for-32) through 35 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) ... The Devils are averaging 2.11 stolen bases per contest ... Arizona State has stranded 282 runners through 35 games (an average of 8.06 per game) ... Twelve of ASU's games this year have been decided by two runs or less (ASU is .500 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 four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25 (according to Baseball America).
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 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 13 doubles and 46 RBI. He is third on the team in runs scored (30) and third in hits (38). Twenty of his 38 hits have been for extra bases. Beinbrink leads the team in two-out RBIs with 18 and is 13-14 in stolen bases. He has had 11 multi-hit games as well as 11 multi-RBI games.
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 .291 (25-for-86) with 18 runs scored and 13 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 four starts. The senior has a 5.40 ERA in six appearances (30.0 IP) with 25 K's. He is holding opponent lefties to a .195 average. Leon hit his second homerun of the season with a solo shot vs. California (2/20).
MURPHY YOUNGEST TO REACH 500 WINS -- Arizona State head coach Pat Murphy reached the 500-win mark on Sunday with a 7-6 victory over California. His career record now stands at 500-242-3 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 35 games, he is batting .318 with 27 RBI and 48 hits. He has also swiped 14 bases in the 1998 season and is batting well against righthanders (.351). The speedy rightfielder has started all 35 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 16 multiple-hit game and eight multiple RBI games this year. 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 42.0 innings of relief for the Devils in 1998 and was a part of two of ASU's combined shutout victories. He sports an impressive 2.14 ERA and a 2-2 record with four saves and a team-high 23 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 (2-1, 3.62 ERA), picked up his second win of the season pitching 2.1 innings of relief in ASU's 7-6 win over Cal. 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 3-2 overall with a 2.45 ERA in 14 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, 6.52 ERA).
UP NEXT -- Arizona State will host USC at Packard Stadium for a three-game conference series 4/9-4/11).
INJURY REPORT -- Freshman Casey Myers has a strained left quad and is listed as probable for this week's games. 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.
THE HIT MAN -- Sophomore Willie Bloomquist (Port Orchard, Wash.) leads the Arizona State offense in '98. The infielder/outfielder is batting .411 (53-for-129) and leads the team in hits (53), runs scored (45), stolen bases (20) and walks (38). Bloomquist has drawn at least one walk in 26 of 35 games this season and had multiple-hit games in 16 of 35. He is batting .489 with runners in scoring position, .382 vs. lefties and .421 vs. righthanders. He is second on the team in two-out RBi with 12 on the year and hit his first homerun of the season vs. Washington (3/27) this weekend. 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
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 FRESHMAN -- Freshman infielder Jeff Phelps (Yuma, Ariz.) is hitting at a .350 clip (28-for-80) with 17 runs scored and 13 RBI. Phelps has made 22 starts this season at first base and in right field for ASU. He is hitting .367 vs. righthanders. He hit his second collegiate homerun vs. Washington on March 27. Freshman designated hitter Casey Myers is batting .348 (31-for-89) with 11 doubles and two homeruns. He has made 25 starts in 27 appearances and hit his second homerun of the season vs. Washington on March 27. Myers has hit nine doubles in his last nine games.
PAC-10 (SOUTHERN DIVISION) STANDINGS- Team W-L Pct. GB This Week 1. USC 13-2 .867 -- Stanford 2. Stanford 10-2 .833 1.5 at USC 3. Arizona State8-6 .571 4.5 at Arizona 4. Arizona 7-8 .467 6.0 Arizona State 5. UCLA 5-12 .357 9.0 California 6. California 0-13 .000 12.0 at UCLA
LAST HOMERUN -- Andrew Beinbrink vs. Oklahoma (March 10, 1998) Willie Bloomquist vs. Washington (March 29, 1998) Michael Collins vs. Washington (March 29, 1998) Dustin Delucchi vs. California (March 17, 1997) Greg Halvorson vs. Miami (May 25, 1997) Richy Leon vs. California (Feb. 20, 1998) Mikel Moreno vs. Oklahoma (March 10, 1998) Casey Myers vs. Washington (March 27, 1998) Jeff Phelps vs. Washington (March 27, 1998) Kevin Tillman vs. USC (March 29, 1997)
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).
ASU Record Breakdown Pac-10 8-6 Non-Conference 13-8 Vs. Ranked Teams 4-10 Vs. Unranked Teams 17-4 Home Games 10-6 Road Games 11-8 Day Games 10-7 Night Games 11-7 Vs. Right-Hand Starters 15-8 Vs. Left-Hand Starters 6-6 One-Run Decisions 5-5 Two-Run Decisions 1-1 Extra Innings 1-1 Shutouts 3-0 ASU Scores First 16-6 Opponent Scores First 5-8 Led After Seven 16-1 Trailed After Seven 3-10 Tied After Seven 2-3 Led After Eight 19-1 Trailed After Eight 1-11 Tied After Eight 1-2 Out-hit Opponents 17-1 Out-hit by Opponents 4-11 January 7-0 February 5-5 March 9-9 April 0-0 May 0-0 Last 5 Games 3-2 Last 10 Games 5-5 Current Streak W1