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No. 17 ASU Baseball Hosts Duke This Weekend
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Release: 02/08/2000
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Feb. 8, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State (8-2, 0-0 Pac-10 and ranked No. 17 Baseball America, No. 22 USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 28 Collegiate Baseball) host the Duke Blue Devils (1-2, 0-0 ACC) this weekend at Packard Stadium.

Friday, February 4Duke University7 p.m. MT
Saturday, February 5Duke University1 p.m. MT
Sunday, February 6Duke UniversityNoon MT

2000 Pac-10 Standings
(as of 2/700)

TeamConf.Ovrall
Arizona 0-07-4
Arizona State0-08-2
California0-03-2
Oregon State0-01-2
Stanford0-06-0
UCLA0-03-0
USC0-04-1
Washington 0-00-0
Washington St.0-02-2

LOCAL T.V. COVERAGE -- COX sports (locally Ch. 9) will broadcast Friday's game with Duke live. George Allen and Doug Gerlach will handle the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

LISTEN ON THE RADIO -- ASU's Sunday game will be broadcast on KGME 550 AM. Tim Healey and Bob Eger will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively. The broadcast can also be heard via the internet at www.thesundevils.com

EXTRA INNINGS -- The ASU vs. FSU series drew 12,202 fans for the weekend - the most for a three-game series since 1997 when the ASU vs. UA series drew 12,465 fans ... the Devils have recorded an extra base hit in all 10 games to date ... Arizona State players have been hit 27 times this season (2.70 HBP per game) ... ASU head coach Pat Murphy ranks first in career wins among active Div. I baseball coaches 43 and younger (561-279-3) ... Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 264 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ... the NCAA record for consecutive games played without being shutout is 349 (held by Coastal Carolina) ... ASU's current streak of 264 games without being shutout is the second longest (Wichita State, 265) ... the 264 games streak ranks sixth all time in NCAA Div. I history ... ASU has had more players drafted in the past two years than any other Pac-10 school ... the 1999 squad led the nation in batting average (.356) and runs per game (11.4) ... among current Pac-10 coaches, no one has led a team to the national championship game faster than ASU's Pat Murphy (four years).

ABOUT THE BLUE DEVILS -- The Blue Devils are 1-2 overall, 0-0 ACC heading into this weekend's matchup ... they are coached by Bill Hillier (1st season) ... the Blue Devils finished 24-31 overall, 4-18 in the ACC in 1999 ... they return six of nine starters including Wes Goodner (.319-5-41) and RHP Brad Dupree (3-7, 8.32 ERA) ... ASU leads the all-time series with the Blue Devils, 2-0 ... both ASU wins came in 1995 at Packard Stadium ... returning to the Duke lineup will be Jeff Becker (two-time All-ACC) who sat out last year due to injury.

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES -- Senior Mitch Jones has made his presence felt in the early part of the season. The Utah native has six homeruns in 10 games. Of his 13 hits, eight have been for extra bases. He leads the team in total bases (34), slugging percentage (.850), and walks (8). His 13 RBI is second on the squad and he is hitting .429 with the bases empty.

PHELPS LEADING THE WAY -- Junior infielder Jeff Phelps has been a model of consistency in 2000. He is batting at a .459 clip through 10 games and leads the team with 18 hits. He has tallied five multiple hit games as well as scoring 11 runs. Phelps has been hitting well against both lefties and righthanded pitchers (.556 vs. left and .429 vs. right). He is also batting .467 with runners in scoring position and has notched four 2-out RBIs.

CASEY AT BAT -- Junior Casey Myers (Casa Grande) returns as the Devils leading RBI with 51 in 1999. He has seen time as a catcher and first baseman in 2000. Myers has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week three times (twice as a freshman and once as a sophomore). He is currently on a nine-game hitting streak and is tied for third on the team with 11 RBI. He has drawn a team-leading eight walks. Myers was also a 1999 GTE Academic All-American (first-team). He is a double major with a 4.0 GPA in math and economics.

TEXAS LEFTY SOLID THROUGH THREE STARTS -- Arizona State's Jon Switzer (Houston, Tx.) has gotten off to a 2-0 start in 2000 and looks to improve on that mark this weekend. The lefty has a stellar 1.42 ERA as well as a team-leading 18 strikeouts. He is holding opponent batters to a .194 average at the plate and has been especially effective against lefthanded batters holding them to a .125 average. Switzer, a 1999 Freshman All-American (HM) leads the pitching staff in IP (19.0) and has only issued three walks during that time. Switzer received a no decision vs. FSU, pitching 7.0 strong innings, allowing only one earned run on five hits.

MARTIN SAY ALOHA -- Newcomer Jonah Martin (Wainae, Hi.) has been an effective leadoff hitter for the Devils in 2000. Batting at a .389 clip, he is second on the team in hits (14) and has been hit by a pitch a team-leading seven times. His on-base percentage comes in at .511. Martin is second on the squad with four stolen bases and has been perfect in the field as ASU's starting rightfielder. The JC transfer is batting .385 with runners in scoring position and .500 with runners on base.

AIN'T LOVE GRAND -- Righthanded pitcher Luke Field (Littleton, Co.) proposed to his girlfriend in a very unique way over the holidays. On New Year's Eve, Field and his girlfriend, Casse Watkins (Ellinwood, Kan.), went to Packard Stadium. None of the stadium lights were on as they made their way to the press box. Field had made arrangement with a manager to be there. When the couple got to the press box, the manager turned on the field lights. Spelled out in bats and baseballs were the words "Will you marry me". Field's girlfriend said yes. No date has been set yet.

TWO-SPORT ATHLETE? -- A little known fact around the ballpark is that centerfielder Jeff Duncan is a big hockey fan. The native of Illinois played hockey as a kid growing up all the way through high school. What position you ask? Center, of course.

DOBLE GETS THE JOB DONE -- Reliever Eric Doble (Casa Grande, Ariz.) shutout the Florida Sate hitters on Saturday afternoon to give ASU a 15-9 win over the Seminoles. Doble allowing only two hits over four innings of work to pick up his first save of the season. Doble has a 1.29 ERA through three appearances this season and is holding opponent batters to a .185 average. The Sun Devils win over FSU was its first since the 1998 season when ASU beat the Seminoles in their first game at the College World Series.

LAST HOMERUN
Brooks Conrad vs. Florida Atlantic (January 30, 2000)
Jeff Duncan vs. Utah (January 23, 2000)
Brendan Hines vs. Florida State (February 5, 2000)
Mitch Jones vs. Florida State (February 6, 2000)
Casey Myers vs. Florida Atlantic (January 28, 2000)
Jeff Phelps vs. USC (April 25, 1999)
Trent Pratt vs. Washington State (April 11, 1999)

INJURY REPORT -- Freshman RHP Mike Esposito has a sore right elbow and will not pitch this weekend as a precautionary measure.

THE DEVILS ON TV -- Arizona State baseball will be making many television appearances in 2000. The following is a list of appearances on COX Sports (local Ch. 9): Friday, Feb. 4 vs. Florida State, 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5 vs. Florida State, 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11 vs. Duke, 7 p.m., Friday, March 3 vs. Arizona, 7 p.m., Sunday, March 5 vs. Arizona, 1 p.m., Saturday, March 11 vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m., Friday, March 31 vs. Stanford, 7 p.m. FOX Sports Net and FOX Sports Arizona have not announced their t.v. schedule yet.

DRAFTED DEVILS -- A total of seventeen current players on the 2000 Arizona State squad have been taken in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

Paul French1998Anaheim Angels3rd round
Mike Esposito1999Cincinnati Reds5th round
Robby Milner1997Texas Rangers13th round
Dennis Sarfate1999Texas Rangers15th round
Jason Fingers1997Boston Red Sox23rd round
Drew Friedberg1997Arizona Diamondbacks25th round
Mitch Jones1999Baltimore Orioles25th round
Jon Switzer1998Pittsburgh Pirates26th round
Mitch Jones1997Texas Rangers33rd round
Dennis Wyrick1999Detroit Tigers35th round
Jeff Phelps1997Pittsburgh Pirates36th round
Trent Pratt1998Texas Rangers38th round
Jeff Duncan1997Chicago Cubs41st round
Jason Fingers1998Boston Red Sox41st round
Ryan Coffin1999Boston Red Sox43rd round
John Gusich1998Chicago White Sox45th round
Jered Liebeck1999Arizona Diamondbacks45th round
Luke Field1999Minnesota Twins47th round
Mitch Jones1998Baltimore Orioles49th round
Mike Lopez1996Toronto Blue Jays52nd round

KGME TAKES OVER ASU BASEBALL ON THE AIRWAVES -- Last spring, ASU Athletics agreed to a five year partnership with a new multimedia rights holder, the Sun Devil Sports Network. This group, owned by Outdoor Systems Sports Marketing, will manage, produce and market ASU's radio and television network. The Sun Devil Sports Network signed a three year radio flagship deal with KGME (550 AM). The most powerful AM signal in Arizona. Tim Healey, Voice of the Sun Devils, and Bob Eger will provide play-by-play and color commentary respectively. KGME will broadcast all Pac-10 games as well as selected non-conference games. The games can also be heard via the internet at www.thesundevils.com

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. Seven sets of brothers have graced the ASU rosters through the years: Chris (1975-78) and Sal (1964-65) Bando, Kevin (1978-81) and Pat (1980-82) Dukes, Byron (1979), Dale (1976-79) and Larry (1976-78) Eiler, Greg (1968) and Skip (1964) Hancock, Darrell (1974-77) and Dwayne (1979) Jackson, Jeff (1994) and Mike (1993) Rensmeyer, and John (1971-73) and Tom (1973-75) Sain. Of the seven sets, three sets played at least one year together at Arizona State.

ASU ADDS EXHIBITION GAME WITH TEAM FROM JAPAN -- ASU Baseball has recently added an exhibition game for Tuesday, February 29 at 7 p.m. against Chou University. The game will be free of charge to the public.

THE BEGINNING AND END OF IT -- Here are the pitching lines on ASU starters and relievers.

IPW-LERAHRERBBSO
Starters46.14-04.094229211550
Relievers44.24-24.484524222351
Total 91.08-24.2587534338101

PLAYER BIO

Jered Liebeck - Fr. - RHP - Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge)
High School: A 1999 graduate of Mountain Ridge High in Glendale, Ariz. ... all-conference selection in 1998 and '99 ... four-year letterwinner in baseball ... coached by Tony Cirrellie ... captained the baseball team his senior year ... pitched a no-hitter with 18 strikeouts against Lake Havasu HS ... participated in the Babe Ruth World Series ... holds the record for most strikeouts in school history ... 45th round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Personal: Major is undecided ... parents are Michael Liebeck and Jere Hill ... has one sister, Michele (21) ...born on January 27, 1981 in Mission Viejo, Calif. ... likes to golf ... full name is Jered Michael Liebeck.

FOR THE RECORD -- A start-by-start breakdown of LHP Jon Switzer, RHP Mike Esposito and RHP Chad Pennington:

Jon SwitzerIPHRERBBSOW/L
vs. Utah7.031109W (1-0)
vs. FAU5.051123W (2-0)
vs. Florida State7.052116ND
Mike EspositoIPHRERBBSOW/L
vs. Utah5.042237W (1-0)
vs. FAU4.044337ND
Chad PenningtonIPHRERBBSOW/L
vs. Utah4.042202ND
vs. BYU6.062127W (1-0)
vs. Florida State4.179814ND

ASU BASEBALL TICKET INFORMATION -- Catch all the excitement of Sun Devil baseball in 2000. Single game ticket prices are $7 for field level, $5 for adult reserved, $4 for juniors/seniors reserved, $4 for adult general and $3 for juniors/seniors general seating. Group discount tickets are available for single games ($2 per ticket). For information on season tickets or single game tickets, please contact Mark Bruner, account executive, at 480-727-7022.

THURSDAYS AT THE BALLPARK -- Head coach Pat Murphy and the Sun Devil baseball team will host "Thursdays at the BallPark", a post-practice barbecue, February 3, March 2, April 6 and May 11 at Packard Stadium from 5-7 p.m. during the 2000 season. Meet the Arizona State baseball team and coaching staff to talk about the upcoming series, grab a bite to eat, get autographs and win raffle prizes. Food will be available for purchase or you can bring your own sack lunch. It's an event for the entire family. For more information, please contact the ASU baseball office at 480-965-6085.

Did You Know?

  • Jason Fingers cousin Bobby Fingers played at ASU in 1982.

    ASU Record Breakdown

    Pac-100-0
    Non-Conference8-2
    Vs. Ranked Teams1-2
    Vs. Unranked Teams7-0
    Home Games8-2
    Road Games0-0
    Day Games8-1
    Night Games0-1
    Vs. Right-Hand Starters6-2
    Vs. Left-Hand Starters2-0
    One-Run Decisions2-1
    Two-Run Decisions0-1
    Extra Innings0-1
    Shutouts0-0
    ASU Scores First4-2
    Opponent Scores First4-0
    Led After Seven6-1
    Trailed After Seven1-1
    Tied After Seven1-0
    Led After Eight7-1
    Trailed After Eight0-0
    Tied After Eight1-1
    Out-hit Opponents6-0
    Out-hit by Opponents2-0
    January7-0
    February1-2
    March0-0
    April0-0
    May0-0
    Last 5 Games3-2
    Last 10 Games8-2
    Current StreakL1

    2000 ASU Baseball Superlatives

    Team

    Longest Win Streak7 games (1/21-1/30)
    Longest Losing Streak1 (twice)
    Most Runs, Game:
    ASU30 (FAU, 1/28)
    Opp.11 (FSU, 2/4)
    Most Runs, Inning:
    ASU10 (FAU, 1/28)
    Opp.5 (FSU, twice)
    Most Hits, Game:
    ASU25 (FAU, 1/28)
    Opp.13 (FSU, 2/6)
    Most Hits, Inning:
    ASU6 (three times)
    Opp.4 (two teams)
    Most Doubles, Game:
    ASU7 (FAU, 1/28)
    Opp.3 (FSU, 2/4)
    Most Triples, Game:
    ASU2 (twice)
    Opp.1 (two teams)
    Most Home Runs, Game:
    ASU4 (FAU, 1/28)
    Opp.3 (FSU, 2/6)
    Most Stolen Bases, Game:
    ASU5 (FSU, 2/6)
    Opp.6 (BYU, 1/27)
    Most Double Plays (turned), Game:
    ASU2 (FSU, 2/4)
    Opp.1 (two teams)
    Most Errors, Game:
    ASU3 (2/6)
    Opp.6 (BYU, 1/29)
    Most Strikeouts (pitching), 9-Inning Game:
    ASU15 (FAU, 1/28)
    Opp.12 (FSU, 2/4)
    Most Walks (pitching), 9-Inning Game:
    ASU8 (FAU, 1/28)
    Opp.6 (BYU, 1/27)
    Largest Win. Margin26 (FAU, 1/28)
    Largest Loss Margin2 (FSU, 2/6)
    Largest Crowd, Home4,312 (FSU, 2/6)
    Smallest Crowd, Home 1,012 (FAU, 1/28)
    Largest Crowd, RoadN/A
    Smallest Crowd, RoadN/A
    Longest Hit Streak9 (two players)
    Most Hits, Game3 (3 players tied)
    Most Runs, Game5 (Conrad, 1/28)
    Most Doubles, Game1 (4 players tied)
    Most Triples, Game1 (3 players tied)
    Most HRs, Game2 (three players)
    Most RBIs, Game6 (Conrad, 1/28)
    Most SBs, Game2 (Duncan, 2/6)
    Most Strikeouts, Game:
    ASU Pitcher9 (Switzer, 1/23)
    Opp. Pitcher6 (McDonald, FSU, 2/4)
    Fewest Hits Allowed (CG Effort)
    ASU PitcherN/A
    Opp. PitcherN/A
    Most Walks, Game:
    ASU Pitcher3 (3 players)
    Opp. Pitcher5 (McDonald, FSU, 2/4)
    Most Consecutive Scoreless Innings:
    Starter6.0 (Switzer, 1/23)
    Reliever5.0 (Doble, 1/27-2/5)

    Head Coach Pat Murphy

    Sixth season at Arizona State: 188-108
    Div. I Record (12th year): 506-224-1
    Career Record (15th year): 561-279-3

    The Murphy team? Always plays hard, likes to play the tough schedule, disciplined, plays well in the postseason, plays the little game well - stolen bases, walks, no excuses.

    Became the youngest coach to 500 wins (with 75% of wins coming from Div. I level) at age 39.

    All but one player under Coach Murphy has been drafted higher in the MLB Draft.

    Named Baseball America's Coach of the Year in 1998.

    Murphy is averaging 42.2 wins per year as a coach at the Div. I level (.693 winning percentage).

    Ten out of the last 12 years, his teams have finished in the top 30.

    His last five squads to make playoff appearances have made it to the Sweet 16 or better.

    The last five regionals a Pat Murphy team has played in, the squad has beaten the No. 1-ranked team on its home field.

    Murphy has had a total of 80 Div. I players sign professional contracts after playing under him.

    Murphy in the community: started the Guadalupe Project, hosts free baseball clinics with the Tempe Diablos, speaks to UNI 100 classes on the ASU campus, to name a few....

    More Notes & Quotes
    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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