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Baseball Prepares for Three Game Series with New Mexico
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February 9, 1999

  • Friday, February 12 · New Mexico (COX Sports) · 7 p.m. MST
  • Saturday, February 13 · New Mexico · 1 p.m. MST
  • Sunday, February 14 · New Mexico · 1 p.m. MST

    ASU -- Arizona State (11-3, 0-0 Pac-10 and ranked No. 12 Baseball America, No. 15 Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 26Collegiate Baseball ) return from Florida to host New Mexico (1-5, 0-0 WAC) in a three-game non-conference series at Packard Stadium this weekend.

    THIS WEEK ON THE RADIO AND TV -- COX Sports (local cable) will broadcast Friday's game live (7 p.m. MST). George Allen and Doug Gerlach will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. KMVP 860 AM will broadcast Arizona State's three-game series with the Lobos this weekend. Friday and Sunday's broadcasts are live while Saturday's will be tape delayed due to ASU basketball. Trey Bender 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 209 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ...Andrew Beinbrink has become only the fifth Sun Devil in history to record over 200 career RBI ... ASU pitchers have thrown three complete game shutouts ... ASU has outscored its opponents 149-40 through 14 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 30 years ... Arizona State has yet to let an opponent score in the first inning ... ASU has allowed only 13 extra base hits on the year ... Arizona State is averaging 10.6 runs per game and 10.8 hits per game ... two everyday starters are batting over .400 for ASU ... reliever Charlie Williamson has not given up a hit to a righthanded batter this season.

    ABOUT NEW MEXICO -- The Lobos are 1-5 coming into this weekend's contests ... they are coached by Rich Alday (Emporia State '71) ... UNM was swept last weekend down in Tucson ... the Lobos are on a four-game losing streak ... ASU leads the all-time series with New Mexico, 96-19 ... last year ASU the two teams split two games in Tempe with UNM winning 8-7 and ASU winning 12-7 ... probable starting rotation: Fri.- RHP Brian Messer (0-2, 12.96 ERA), Sat.- LHP Eddie Misquez (0-1, 12.15 ERA) and Sun.- LHP Mike Albers (0-0, 6.97 ERA) or RHP Vance Bonner (0-0, 0.00 ERA) ... senior centerfielder Mike Campbell went 8-for-11 (.727) vs. Arizona with a homerun, double and three stolen bases ... sophomore third baseman Aaron Sisk tied a school record with three doubles against the Wildcats on Saturday.

    BEINBRINK CLOSING IN ON CAREER MARKS-- Third baseman Andrew Beinbrink (San Diego, Calif.) returns for his senior season and will likely become ASU's career leader in RBI, surpassing current Sun Devil Clay Westlake (1973-76). The 6-3 infielder/outfielder has 211 RBI and needs just 39 RBI to become the all-time RBI leader (Beinbrink has averaged 66 RBI over the past three years). With his 59 career doubles, he is tied for 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 leads the squad in multiple-hit games with eight and is third in multiple-RBI games with three. His .453 batting average is tops among the starting lineup and his 24 hits and six doubles leads the team as well. Beinbrink is batting .524 with runners in scoring position

    THE HIT MAN -- Returning junior All-American Willie Bloomquist (Port Orchard, Wash.) extended his hitting streak to nine game over the weekend vs. FSU. He leads the squad in multiple-RBI games with five and is second in multiple-hit games with six. His batting average has never dipped below .300 his entire career. He has drawn a team-leading 16 walks as well as 22 runs and 17 RBI. Bloomquist is batting .542 as a leadoff batter and is batting .471 with runners in scoring position. His .400 batting average is second on the squad among the starters. Bloomquist, along with Andrew Beinbrink lead the team in two-out RBI with six each. He was selected to both Baseball America's (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball's (third-team) preseason All-American teams.

    WALDRIP STEADY ON THE MOUND -- Junior transfer Will Waldrip (Flagstaff, Ariz.) comes into this weekend's series with a 3-1 record as ASU's Saturday starter. Waldrip went 6.0 innings, allowed eight hits and five runs while suffering his first loss on the hill vs. Florida State. He still posts a healthy 1.86 ERA, allowing only six runs in 29 innings of work. He has nine walks to 31 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 .182 average at the plate.

    PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS -- Sophomore righthander Chad Pennington (Hamilton, Ohio), who spent the summer rehabbing his elbow, is off to a solid start in 1999 . He is 2-1 through four starts with a 2.10 ERA. On Friday vs. FSU, he pitched 7.1 innings, allowing only five hits and three runs while taking the loss in a 4-1 game. He has allowed only one extra-base hit through 25.2 innings of work. He has only given up six free passes while striking out 28 as well. He is holding opponent batters to a .268 average.

    INJURY REPORT -- Freshman infielder Gonzo Grasis (Tucson, Ariz.) has had surgery on his left wrist and will most likely be out for the season.

    LAST HOMERUN --
    Andrew Beinbrink vs. USC (June 6, 1998)
    Willie Bloomquist vs. Long Beach State (June 3, 1998)
    Brett Cadiente vs. Howard (January 30, 1999)
    Dustin Delucchi vs. California (March 17, 1997)
    Casey Myers vs. USC (June 6, 1998)
    Jeff Phelps vs. USC (June 6, 1998)

    SITZMAN STEALS THE SHOW -- Junior leftfielder Jay Sitzman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) leads the squad with 14 stolen bases in as many games. He is third on the team in hits with 12 and is batting .343 on the year. He is tied for second on the team in runs scored with 17 and has walked 14 times this year. He has been perfect in the field with 22 putouts and has a .600 batting average with two outs.

    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.

    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    90.0    9-3  2.80    72  29  28  25   93
    Relievers   28.0    2-0  2.57    17  11   8   8   32
    Total       118.0  11-3  2.75    89  40  36  33  125
    
    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 eight games, the pitching staffs ERA is 1.48 and has only allowed 14 walks while striking out 79. 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.

    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)
    

    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)

    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 Record Breakdown

    Pac-10                             0-0
    Non-Conference                    11-3
    Vs. Ranked Teams                   0-3
    Vs. Unranked Teams                11-0
    Home Games                         6-0
    Road Games                         5-3
    Day Games                          8-3
    Night Games                        3-0
    Vs. Right-Hand Starters           10-3
    Vs. Left-Hand Starters             1-0
    One-Run Decisions                  0-0
    Two-Run Decisions                  0-1
    Extra Innings                      0-0
    Shutouts                           4-0
    ASU Scores First                  11-2
    Opponent Scores First              0-1
    Led After Seven                   11-0
    Trailed After Seven                0-2
    Tied After Seven                   0-1
    Led After Eight                   11-0
    Trailed After Eight                0-3
    Tied After Eight                   0-0
    Out-hit Opponents                 10-0
    Out-hit by Opponents               0-3
    January                           11-0
    February                           0-3
    March                              0-0
    April                              0-0
    May                                0-0
    Last 5 Games                       2-3
    Last 10 Games                      7-3
    Current Streak                      L3
    
    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    23 (Howard, 1/30)
                    Opp.   11 (Florida State, 2/6)
    Most Runs, Inning:
                    ASU     8 (twice)
                    Opp.    4 (Florida State, 2/6)
    Most Hits, Game:
                    ASU    20 (Howard, 1/30)
                    Opp.   14 (twice by FSU)
    Most Hits, Inning:
                    ASU     6 (UH-Hilo, 1/23)
                    Opp.    5 (Florida State, 2/7)
    Most Doubles, Game:
                    ASU     7 (UH-Hilo, 1/23)
                    Opp.    2 (Florida State, 2/6)
    Most Triples, Game:
                    ASU     2 (three times)
                    Opp.    1 (Florida State, 2/6)
    Most Home Runs, Game:
                    ASU     1 (Howard, 1/30)
                    Opp.    2 (FSU,2/7)
    Most Stolen Bases, Game:
                    ASU     7 (Howard, 1/31)
                    Opp.    2 (three teams)
    Most Double Plays (turned), Game:
                    ASU     2 (three times)
                    Opp.    2 (two teams)
    Most Errors, Game:
                    ASU     3 (Howard, 1/29)
                    Opp.    5 (Howard, 1/31)
    Most Strikeouts (pitching), 9-Inning Game:
                    ASU    13 (Utah, 1/16)
                    Opp.   15 (FSU, 2/5)
    Most Walks (pitching), 9-Inning Game:
                    ASU    8 (FSU, 2/6)
                    Opp.  13 (two teams)
    Largest Win. Margin   22 (Howard, 1/30)
    Largest Loss Margin    7 (FSU, 2/6)
    Longest Hit Streak    11 (Bloomquist, 5/23-1/21)
    Most Hits, Game        4 (three players tied)
    Most Runs, Game        4 (Bloomquist, 1/23)
    Most Doubles, Game     2 (Mark Ernster, 1/23)
    Most Triples, Game     1 (five players tied)
    Most HRs, Game         1 (Brett Cadiente, 1/30)
    Most RBIs, Game        5 (Beinbrink, 1/15)
    Most SBs, Game         3 (Jay Sitzman, 1/31)
    Most Strikeouts, Game:
            ASU Pitcher   13 (Will Waldrip, 1/16)
            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       9.1 (Charlie Williamson, 1/15-2/7)
    
    1998 National Rankings
    (Pacific-10 Schools)
    School     BA     CB    BW
              (2/8) (2/8)  (Pre)
    USC          4     9      1
    Stanford    10    12      6
    Arizona St. 12    26     15
    Washington  21    24     21
    Arizona NR  21    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. 229 - Bob Horner, 1976-78
    4. 214 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-
    5. 200 - Alvin Davis, 1979-82

    Most Doubles
    1. 88 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76
    2. 70 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94
    3. 59 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81
    59 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-
    4. 58 - Dan Rumsey, 1986-89
    5. 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. 264 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94
    248 - 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
    184 - 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. 17 - Willie Bloomquist, 1997-
    16 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-

    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.

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