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February 16, 1999

Thursday, February 18
Brigham Young 5 p.m. MST

Friday, February 19
Brigham Young 5 p.m. MST

Saturday, February 20
Brigham Young 1 p.m. MST

ASU -- Arizona State (13-4, 0-0 Pac-10 and ranked No. 12 Baseball America, No. 10 Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 22 Collegiate Baseball) return home and will host Brigham Young (5-5, 0-0 WAC) for a three-game non-conference series at Packard Stadium this week.

THIS WEEK ON THE RADIO-- KMVP 860 AM will broadcast Arizona State's three-game series with the Cougars this week. Friday and Saturday's broadcast are live while Thursday'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 212 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ... the Devils have recorded and extra base hit in the last five games and in 15 of 17 games this season ... Bloomquist and Sitzman have combined for 55% of ASU's stolen bases this year ... the Arizona State pitching staff has a healthy 2.48 team ERA and is holding opponent batters to a .213 average at the plate ... 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 168-52 through 17 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 9.9 runs per game and 10.6 hits per game ... the Devils are averaging almost three stolen bases per game.

ABOUT BRIGHAM YOUNG -- The Cougars are 5-5 and will play Mesa State College this afternoon before heading to Tempe ... they are coached by Gary Pullins (23rd season) ... BYU split a doubleheader with Mesa State on Monday, winning 7-5 while losing 3-11 ... ASU leads the all-time series with Brigham Young, 35-8 ... the last time the two teams played was in 1997 in a single game with ASU winning 9-3 ... Ryan Pond went three-for-four with two runs, four RBI, a double and two homers in BYU's victory over Mesa State yesterday ... ASU has won the last three contest with the Cougars.

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 220 RBI and needs just 30 RBI to become the all-time RBI leader (Beinbrink has averaged 66 RBI over the past three years). With his 61 career doubles, he is 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 10 and is second in multiple-RBI games with five. His .446 batting average is tops among the starting lineup and his 29 hits and eight doubles leads the team as well. Beinbrink is batting .520 with runners in scoring position

THE HIT MAN -- Returning junior All-American Willie Bloomquist (Port Orchard, Wash.) extended his hitting streak to 12 games over the weekend vs. New Mexico. He leads the squad in multiple-RBI games with six and is second in multiple-hit games with eight. His batting average has never dipped below .300 his entire career. He has drawn a team-leading 18 walks as well as 26 runs and 19 RBI. Bloomquist is batting .516 as a leadoff batter and is batting .500 with runners in scoring position. His batting average (.397) has dipped below .400 for the first time since his freshman year. Bloomquist is second on the team in two-out RBI with eight on the year. He has hit safely in 16 of 17 games this season. He was selected to both Baseball America's (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball's (third-team) preseason All-American teams.

WALDRIP PICKS UP FOURTH WIN ON THE MOUND -- Junior transfer Will Waldrip (Flagstaff, Ariz.) rang up win number four with an impressive outing against New Mexico on Friday night. Waldrip went 8.0 innings, allowed just four hits, one run while striking out nine. He posts a healthy 1.70 ERA, allowing only seven runs in 37 innings of work. He has 13 walks to 40 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 .175 average at the plate.

PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS -- Sophomore righthander Chad Pennington (Hamilton, Ohio), who spent the summer rehabbing his elbow had an interesting weekend, picking up a loss as the Saturday starter and a win in relief on Sunday. On Saturday, he lasted only 3.1 innings, allowing 4 hits and four runs, however only one was earned. On Sunday, in relief, he pitched 1.0 hitless inning while striking out two to pick up the 5-4 victory. He is now 3-2 on the year with a 2.10 ERA and 31 strikeouts. Pennington has logged thirty innings in six appearances and is holding opponent batters to a .261 average at the plate.

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. New Mexico (February 14, 1999)
Willie Bloomquist vs. Long Beach State (June 3, 1998)
Brett Cadiente vs. Howard (January 30, 1999)
Dustin Delucchi vs. California (March 17, 1997)
Chip Gosewisch vs. New Mexico (February 14, 1999)
Mitch Jones vs. New Mexico (February 12, 1999)
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 17 stolen bases in as many games. He is third on the team in hits with 17 and is batting .347 on the year. He is second on the team in runs scored with 21 and has walked 15 times this year. He has been perfect in the field with 27 putouts and has a .571 batting average with two outs. Sitzman is currently on a six-game hitting streak and has stolen five bases in the last four games.

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 Goodmn        1998    San Francisco Giants 43rd   round
John Gusich         1998    Chicago White Sox    45th   round
Chuck Crumpton      1996    Philadelphia Phillies49th   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    106.1 10-4 2.71  85  36  32  31  106
Relievers    38.2  3-0 1.88  26  16   8  13   43
Total       145.0 13-4 2.48 111  52  40  44  149

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)
vs. New Mexico      8.0 4   1   1   3   9   W (4-1)

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) vs. New Mexico 3.1 4 4 1 1 2 L (2-2)

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

ASU Record Breakdown

Pac-10                   0-0
Non-Conference          13-4
Vs. Ranked Teams         0-3
Vs. Unranked Teams      13-1
Home Games               8-1
Road Games               5-3
Day Games                9-4
Night Games              4-0
Vs. Right-Hand Starters 11-3
Vs. Left-Hand Starters   2-1
One-Run Decisions        1-1
Two-Run Decisions        0-1
Extra Innings            0-0
Shutouts                 4-0
ASU Scores First        12-3
Opponent Scores First    1-1
Led After Seven         12-0
Trailed After Seven      0-3
Tied After Seven         1-1
Led After Eight         12-0
Trailed After Eight      0-4
Tied After Eight         1-0
Out-hit Opponents       11-1
Out-hit by Opponents     0-3
January                 11-0
February                 2-4
March                    0-0
April                    0-0
May                      0-0
Last 5 Games             2-3
Last 10 Games            6-4
Current Streak           W1

1999 ASU Baseball Superlatives

Team

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 (two teams)
Most Triples, Game:
     ASU    2 (three times)
     Opp.   1 (three teams)
Most Home Runs, Game:
     ASU    2 (New Mexico, 2/14)
     Opp.   2 (FSU,2/7)
Most Stolen Bases, Game:
     ASU    7 (Howard, 1/31)
     Opp.   2 (three teams)
Most Double Plays (turned), Game:
     ASU    3 (New Mexico, 2/14)
     Opp.   2 (two teams)
Most Errors, Game:
     ASU    8 (New Mexico, 2/13)
     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)
Largest Crowd, Home 1, 927 (Utah, 1/16)
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  12 (Bloomquist, 1/23-2/14)
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 (four players tied)
Most RBIs, Game 5 (Beinbrink, 1/15)
Most SBs, Game  3 (Sitzman, 1/31& 2/12)
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   12.1 (Charlie Williamson, 1/15-2/14)

1998 National Rankings
(Pacific-10 Schools)

School          BA      CB      BW
            (2/15)  (2/15)  (2/15)
Stanford         5       9       6
USC              6      12      11
Arizona State   12      22      10
Arizona         19      15       7
Washington      23      21      24
UCLA            NR      29      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. 220 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-
5. 200 - Alvin Davis, 1979-82

Most Doubles 1. 88 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76 2. 70 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94 3. 61 - 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. 264 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94 253 - 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, 1971-74 186 - 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 6. .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-

Homeruns (4) Solo: (2) Mitch Jones 1, Andrew Beinbrink 1 2-run: (2) Brett Cadiente 1, Chip Gosewisch 1 3-run: (0) Grand Slams: (0) Back-to-Back: (0) Two in One Game: (0) Inside the Park: (0) Pinch-Hit: (0)

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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