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March 10, 1999

ASU -- Arizona State (19-8, 0-3 Pac-10 and ranked No. 17 Baseball America, No. 15 Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 17 Collegiate Baseball) host Oklahoma (11-8, 1-2 Big 12) in non-conference action for a two-game series at Packard Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The Devils will also play an exhibition game with Aomori University on Thursday night.

Upcoming Schedule:

Thursday, March 11  Aomori University (exhibition)  7 p.m. MST
Saturday, March 13  Oklahoma (FOX Sports Arizona)   7 p.m. MST
Sunday,   March 14  Oklahoma                        7 p.m. MST

THIS WEEK ON THE TV AND RADIO-- FOX Sports Arizona will broadcast Saturday night's matchup with the Sooners live. Tom dillon and Vince Coleman will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively. KMVP 860 AM will broadcast Arizona State's two-game series with the Sooners this weekend. Saturday and Sunday's broadcast will be live. Trey Bender and Bob Eger will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

EXTRA INNINGS-- Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 221 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ... Pat Murphy is 5-3 vs. the Sooners as ASU's head coach ... the Devils have recorded an extra base hit in the last 15 games and in 25 of 27 games this season ... three everyday starters are batting over .400 through 27 games ... Andrew Beinbrink has become the Pac-10's career leader in RBI surpassing Stanford's Paul Carey ... ASU pitchers have thrown five complete games and four shutouts ... ASU has outscored its opponents 298-115 through 27 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 11.0 runs per game and 12.7 hits per game ... the Devils are averaging 2.7 stolen bases per game ... ASU has outscored its opponents 66-7 in the first and second innings ... ASU is 2-1 in televised games.

ABOUT OKLAHOMA -- The Sooners are 11-8 heading into this weekend's matchup ... they are coached by former A-State player Larry Cochell (Arizona State '64) ... Oklahoma opened conference play vs. nebraska last weekend and dropped two of three games ... ASU leads the all-time series with the Sooners 34-12 ... last year the Devils took two of three games from OU (W, 7-6; L, 5-9; W, 10-6) ... both of ASU's win last year over the Sooners were extra innings contests ... this weekends probable starters: Sat. - Soph. Jason Young (4-1, 2.25 ERA) and Sun. - Frosh Brian Sager (1-0, 5.54 ERA) ... Casey Bookout leads the squad with a .432 average and five homeruns ... Jared Hoerman leads the pitching staff with a 1.51 ERA and a 4-0 record on the mound.

ERNSTER EN FUEGO -- Second baseman Mark Ernster continues to have the hot bat for the Devils and sports a team-leading .457 average at the plate. Hewas 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 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. He is fourth on the squad in RBI (23) and third in hits (37). Ernster is batting .667 with runners in scoring position and .628 with runners on base. He is third on the squad in 2-out RBI with 10.

BEINBRINK BECOMES PAC-10 CAREER RBI LEADER -- Third baseman Andrew Beinbrink (San Diego, Calif.) has become the conference leader in RBI, surpassing Paul Carey (Stanford) who led the league with 220 career RBI. He will likely become ASU's career leader in RBI, surpassing current Sun Devil leader Clay Westlake (1973-76). The 6-3 infielder/outfielder has 237 RBI and needs just 13 RBI to become the all-time RBI leader (Beinbrink has averaged 66 RBI over the past three years). He is fifth all-time in runs scored with 203 and need 33 runs to become the career leader. With his 65 career doubles, he is third all-time at ASU (Westlake is the leader with 85 career doubles and currently ranks sixth in the conference. 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 leads the team in multiple-hit games (15) and tied for first in multiple RBI games with 10. His .448 batting average is second on the squad(among starters) and his 47 hits, six homers and 12 doubles leads the team. Beinbrink is batting .488 with runners in scoring position.

THE HIT MAN -- Returning junior All-American Willie Bloomquist (Port Orchard, Wash.) ran his hitting streak to 20 games before going 0-for-5 vs. Sranford on Saturday. It is the longest hitting streak of his college career. He leads the squad in multiple-RBI games with10 and second in multiple-hit games with 14. He has drawn a team-leading 28 walks as well as 40 runs scored. Bloomquist is batting .491 as a leadoff batter and is batting .467 with runners in scoring position. Bloomquist is second on the team in two-out RBI with 13 on the year. He has hit safely in 24 of 27 games this season. He was selected to both Baseball America's (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball's (third-team) preseason All-American teams. His 18 career triples ranks him seventh all-time in the Pac-10 (the record is 29).

WALDRIP LEADS PITCHING STAFF -- Junior transfer Will Waldrip (Flagstaff, Ariz.) continues to lead the Arizona State pitching staff . Waldrip leads the staff in wins (5), complete games (3), innings pitched (56.0) and strikeouts (57). Versus Stanford on Firday, he picked up the loss going 3.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. It was his shortest outing to date. 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 has allowed only two homeruns through eight starts and is holding opponent batters to a .220 average.

LAST HOMERUN --

Andrew Beinbrink  vs. Stanford (March 7, 1999)
Willie Bloomquist vs. Arizona (February 26, 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. Arizona (February 27, 1999)
Mitch Jones       vs. Stanford (March 7, 1999)
Casey Myers       vs. Arizona (February 27, 1999)
Jeff Phelps       vs. Arizona (February 28, 1999)

SITZMAN STEALS THE SHOW -- Junior outfielder Jay Sitzman stole his team-leading 21st base this weekend vs. Stanford. Sitzman's batting average of .403 puts him in the .400 club along with Beinbrink and Ernster. During His 32 runs is third on the squad and his 31 hits is fourth. He has recroded seven multiple-hit games as well as four multiple-RBI games this year. He has notched seven 2-out RBI and is batting .457 with the bases empty. He sports a .667 average as a leadoff hitter.

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    round

Sun 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    169.1   16-6 3.25  158  71  61  50  156
Relievers    63.1    3-2 4.56   61  44  32  21   72
Total       232.2   19-8 3.60  219 115  93  71  228

INJURY REPORT -- Senior transfer Donny Starkins is scheduled to have surgery on his left knee over spring break and is 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 LHP Jon Switzer:

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)
vs. Arizona         6.1 6   5   5   4    2  ND (5-1)
vs. Stanford        3.1 9   7   6   2    1  L  (5-2)

Jon Switzer IP H R ER BB SO W/L vs. Howard 6.1 2 2 2 1 9 W (1-0) vs. Florida State 7.0 13 7 7 1 5 L (2-1) vs. New Mexico 5.0 5 2 2 1 2 ND (2-1) vs. Brigham Young 7.0 7 1 1 0 7 W (3-1) vs. Arizona 5.0 7 2 2 2 4 W (4-1) vs. Stanford 6.1 8 7 5 3 4 L (4-2)

* Switzer has picked up one win in relief.

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.

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

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.

ASU Record Breakdown

Pac-10 0-3 Non-Conference 19-8 Vs. Ranked Teams 2-7 Vs. Unranked Teams 17-1 Home Games 11-1 Road Games 8-7 Day Games 12-6 Night Games 7-2 Vs. Right-Hand Starters 15-7 Vs. Left-Hand Starters 4-1 One-Run Decisions 1-3 Two-Run Decisions 1-1 Extra Innings 0-1 Shutouts 4-0 ASU Scores First 16-6 Opponent Scores First 3-2 Led After Seven 18-0 Trailed After Seven 0-7 Tied After Seven 1-1 Led After Eight 18-0 Trailed After Eight 0-8 Tied After Eight 1-0 Out-hit Opponents 17-1 Out-hit by Opponents 0-6 January 11-0 February 8-5 March 0-3 April 0-0 May 0-0 Last 5 Games 2-3 Last 10 Games 6-4 Current Streak L3

1999 ASU Baseball Superlatives

Longest Win Streak 11 games (1/15-1/31) Longest Losing Streak 3 games (twice) Most Runs, Game: ASU 28 (Brigham Young, 2/20) Opp. 11 (two teams) Most Runs, Inning: ASU 10 (Brigham Young, 2/20) Opp. 7 (Arizona, 2/26) Most Hits, Game: ASU 25 (BYU, 2/20 & GCU, 2/23) Opp. 15 (Arizona, 2/27) Most Hits, Inning: ASU 8 (Grand Canyon, 2/23) Opp. 7 (Stanford, 3/5) Most Doubles, Game: ASU 7 (two times) Opp. 4 (two teams) Most Triples, Game: ASU 2 (five times) Opp. 1 (five teams) Most Home Runs, Game: ASU 3 (three times) Opp. 3 (two teams) Most Stolen Bases, Game: ASU 8 (Arizona, 2/28) Opp. 4 (Arizona, 2/27) Most Double Plays (turned), Game: ASU 3 (New Mexico, 2/14) Opp. 2 (five 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. 16 (Stanford, 3/5) 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 10 (Stanford, 3/5) 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 20 (Bloomquist, 1/23-3/5) Most Hits, Game 6 (Mark Ernster, 2/20) Most Runs, Game 6 (Beinbrink, 2/20) Most Doubles, Game 3 (Gosewisch, 2/28) Most Triples, Game 1 (eight players tied) Most HRs, Game 1 (10 players tied) Most RBIs, Game 6 (Beinbrink, 2/20) Most SBs, Game 4 (Bloomquist, 2/28)

Most Strikeouts, Game: ASU Pitcher 13 (Waldrip, 1/16 & 2/18) Opp. Pitcher 16 (Young, Stanford, 3/5) Fewest Hits Allowed (CG Effort) ASU Pitcher 1 (Drew Friedberg, 1/24) Opp. Pitcher 6 (Jason Young, 3/5) 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 (3/8) (3/8) (3/8) Stanford 5 4 3 Arizona State 17 17 15 Arizona NR NR 23 Washington NR 27 NR

BA- Baseball America; CB- Collegiate Baseball; CP- Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll

1999 Devils in the Record Book Career Hitting Most RBI 1. 250 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76 2. 241 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81 3. 237 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996- 4. 229 - Bob Horner, 1976-78 5. 200 - Alvin Davis, 1979-82

Most Doubles 1. 88 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76 2. 70 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94 3. 65 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996- 4. 59 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81 5. 58 - Dan Rumsey, 1986-89 6. 56 - Mikel Moreno, 1995-98

Most 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. 271 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996- 6. 264 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94

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. 203 - 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, 1975-78

Triples 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-

Homeruns (22) Solo: (8) Jones 2, Beinbrink 3, Ernster 1, Goodman 1, Gosewisch 1 2-run: (8) Cadiente 1, Gosewisch 2, Bloomquist 1, Ernster 1, Beinbrink 1, Jones 1, Phelps 1 3-run: (5) Jones 1, Delucchi 1, Beinbrink 1, Bloomquist 1, Myers 1 Grand Slams: (1) Beinbrink 1 Back-to-Back: (2) Jones and Ernster 1, Gosewisch and Beinbrink 1 Two in One Game: (0) Inside the Park: (0) Pinch-Hit: (1) Phelps 1

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.

Notable

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. John Manuel Baseball America, 7/6-19/98

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