April 4, 2000
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State (28-8, 4-2 Pac-10 and ranked No. 4 Baseball America, No. 4 USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 5 Collegiate Baseball) host the Oregon State Beavers (16-14, 0-3 Pac-10) in a three-game conference series at Packard Stadium.
|Friday, April 7||Oregon St. (TV)||7 p.m. MT|
|Saturday, April 8||Oregon St.||1 p.m. MT|
|Sunday, April 9||Oregon St.||1 p.m. MT|
FRIDAY NIGHT GAME ON LOCAL T.V. -- Friday night's game will be televised live on COX Sports (local Ch. 9) around the Phoenix area. George Allen and Doug Gerlach will provide the play-by-play and color commentary for the broadcast.
On the radio -- This weekend's series with the Beavers can be heard on KGME 550 AM or via the internet at www.thesundevils.com. Tim Healey and Bob Eger will handle play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively.
EXTRA INNINGS -- The Devils are averaging 11.25 runs per game and as a team, are batting at a .346 clip ... Mike Lopez takes a 11-game hitting streak into Friday's game with OSU ... Casey Myers is listed by Baseball America as a player to watch for their National Player of the Year award ... The Sun Devils are holding their opponents to a .237 average at the plate ... ASU's three grand slams vs. Southern Utah (Feb. 25) ties the NCAA record for a single game ... five out of ASU's eight losses have been by two runs or less ... the Devils have recorded an extra base hit in 35 of 36 games to date ... Arizona State players have been hit 71 times this season (1.97 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 290 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 290 games without being shutout is the longest active Div. I streak ... the 290 games ranks fourth all time in NCAA Div. I history and is the Pac-10 record ... 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) ...Jonah Martin tied the single season hit by pitch record held by Rick Peters who was hit 18 times in 1977 ... Peters (1974-77) also holds the career record for most hit by pitches with 37.
ABOUT THE Beavers -- The Beavers are 16-14 overall, 0-3 Pac-10 heading into this weekend's matchup ... they will play one midweek game on Tuesday afternoon vs. Portland State ... they are coached by Pat Casey (in his 6th season at the helm) ... last week Oregon State opened conference play dropping a three-game series to UCLA at Corvallis, Ore. ... probable pitching rotation for the Beavers: Fri., Scott Nicholson (4-4, 4.61 ERA), Sat,. Thad Johnson (2-2, 5.38 ERA), Sun., Mark Newell (3-3, 4.75 ERA) ... they are led by Tim Dryden (.435-1-16) and Drew Hedges (.369-4-21) ... last year ASU took 2-of-3 games in Corvallis vs. OSU ... ASU leads the all-time series 15-9.
Myers up for national player of the year -- Junior Casey Myers (Casa Grande) has been added to Baseball America's players to watch for their National Player of the Year award. The catcher has certainly put up impressive numbers in 2000, leading the conference in batting average (.428), RBI (60), hits (59) and on-base percentage (.525). Myers hit his 10th homer of the season on Sunday vs. Stanford - a three-run blast in the first inning. He has been named conference player of the week three times during his career at ASU. Myers is leading the squad in multiple-hit games (19) and multiple-RBI games (17). He has hit safely in 31 of 36 games this season. Myers has notched 12 two-out RBI this year. He is hitting .466 with runners in scoring position and .481 with runners on base.
Jones leads conference with 19 homeruns -- Senior outfielder Mitch Jones (Orem, Utah) hit homerun No. 19 in ASU's 11-6 win over Stanford on Sunday. The slugger leads the team and conference in runs scored (56), homeruns (19), total bases (125) and slugging percentage (.833). Jones has tallied 16 multiple-hit games as well as 14 multiple-RBI games. His 19 homeruns is the most by a single ASU player since 1994 when Scott Shores hit 21. Jones is currently hitting at a .353 clip and is second in doubles (11) and RBI (58). He leads the conference and nation with 18 homeruns. Over half of his hits (32) have been for extra bases. Jones has notched 16 two-out RBI as well as 15 multiple-hit games.
Switzer takes tough loss to stanford -- Sophomore lefty Jon Switzer took a tough loss on Friday night vs. Stanford despite a solid outing on the mound. Switzer went 8.1 innings allowed only five runs on six hits with six strikeouts (four of the five runs scored were scored on homeruns). Switzer has a 6-1 record with an impressive 2.93 ERA. He leads the team with 72 strikeouts and is holding opponent batters to a .178 average at the plate. He is ranked fifth in the conference in ERA (2.93) and strikeouts (72) and third in opposing batting average (.178) and innings pitched (70.2).
Pezely and Doble shine over weekend -- Sophomore Franco Pezely (Taylorsville, Utah) picked up his third win of the season on Sunday pitching two shutout innings in relief as ASU defeated Stanford 11-6. The lefty did not allow a hit while striking out two. On Saturday, Pezely pitched 2.0 innings allowing one run while striking out five in a solid relief outing. Junior Eric Doble also notched his third win on the year with a stellar relief performance in Saturday's 10-6 victory. The right-hander pitched 2.1 shutout innings allowing only one hit while fanning three . Doble came back on Sunday to close out the game going 2.1 innings allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts. For the year, Doble is now 3-1 with three saves and a 3.21 ERA. He is tied for second in the league in saves (3).
PHelps comes up big vs. Stanford -- Junior first baseman Jeff Phelps (Yuma, Ariz.) came up big against the Cardinal on Saturday afternoon. With Stanford leading 6-5 in the seventh, Phelps hit a two-run blast to put the Devils ahead (he had been 0-for-10 before the AB). He is second on the squad with a .374 average (sixth in the conference) and has an on-base percentage of .491 (second in Pac-10). His 27 walks ranks third in the league. Phelps is batting particularly well vs. lefties coming in with a .440 average. He has notched nine two-out RBI as well as 14 multiple-hit games.
|Brooks Conrad||vs. California (March 26, 2000)|
|Phil Downing||vs. Stanford (April 1, 2000)|
|Jeff Duncan||vs. Maine (March 17, 2000)|
|Brendan Hines||vs. LSU (February 19, 2000)|
|Mitch Jones||vs. Stanford (April 2, 2000)|
|Mike Lopez||vs. Maine (March 18, 2000)|
|Jonah Martin||vs. Arizona (March 4, 2000)|
|Casey Myers||vs. Stanford (April 2, 2000)|
|Jeff Phelps||vs. Stanford (April 1, 2000)|
|Trent Pratt||vs. Arizona (March, 4, 2000)|
AIN'T LOVE GRAND -- Right-handed 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.
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 French||1998||Anaheim Angels||3rd||round|
|Mike Esposito||1999||Cincinnati Reds||5th||round|
|Robby Milner||1997||Texas Rangers||13th||round|
|Dennis Sarfate||1999||Texas Rangers||15th||round|
|Jason Fingers||1997||Boston Red Sox||23rd||round|
|Drew Friedberg||1997||Arizona Diamondbacks||25th||round|
|Mitch Jones||1999||Baltimore Orioles||25th||round|
|Jon Switzer||1998||Pittsburgh Pirates||26th||round|
|Mitch Jones||1997||Texas Rangers||33rd||round|
|Dennis Wyrick||1999||Detroit Tigers||35th||round|
|Jeff Phelps||1997||Pittsburgh Pirates||36th||round|
|Trent Pratt||1998||Texas Rangers||38th||round|
|Jeff Duncan||1997||Chicago Cubs||41st||round|
|Jason Fingers||1998||Boston Red Sox||41st||round|
|Ryan Coffin||1999||Boston Red Sox||43rd||round|
|John Gusich||1998||Chicago White Sox||45th||round|
|Jered Liebeck||1999||Arizona Diamondbacks||45th||round|
|Luke Field||1999||Minnesota Twins||47th||round|
|Mitch Jones||1998||Baltimore Orioles||49th||round|
|Mike Lopez||1996||Toronto Blue Jays||52nd||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
THE BEGINNING AND END OF IT -- Here are the pitching lines on ASU starters and relievers.
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.
Esposito out for the year -- Freshman right-handed pitcher Mike Esposito (Las Vegas, Nev.) had "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow on March 30 to repair the ulnar collateral ligament. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama. Andrews has also performed the same surgery on David Wells, John Smoltz, Steve Karsay and Kerry Woods. Esposito had been the Devils Friday night starter at the beginning of the year.
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., Friday, April 7 vs. OSU, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 20 vs. UCLA, 7 p.m. and Friday, May 12 vs. Washington, 7 p.m. FOX Sports Net will broadcast the April 15 game at Washington State live at 1 p.m. College Sports Southeast will broadcast the February 18 game at LSU live at 6 p.m. CT. FOX Sports Bay Area will broadcast the March 26 game at California live at 1 p.m. PT.
|vs. Utah||7.0||3||1||1||0||9||W (1-0)|
|vs. FAU||5.0||5||1||1||2||3||W (2-0)|
|vs. #5 FSU||7.0||5||2||1||1||6||ND|
|vs. Duke||7.0||2||0||0||1||6||W (3-0)|
|vs. #4 LSU||9.0||4||2||1||5||5||W (4-0)|
|vs. New Mexico||5.0||5||5||5||3||9||ND|
|vs. #25 Arizona||3.1||8||7||5||1||6||ND|
|vs. Oklahoma||5.2||3||3||1||4||6||W (5-0)|
|vs. Maine||7.0||2||1||1||4||10||W (6-0)|
|vs. #2 Stanford||8.1||6||5||5||2||6||L (6-1)|
|vs. BYU||6.0||6||2||1||2||7||W (1-0)|
|vs. #5 FSU||4.1||7||9||8||1||4||ND|
|vs. Duke||5.0||2||0||0||4||6||W (2-0)|
|vs. #4 LSU||4.1||5||5||5||7||2||ND|
|vs. SUU||3.1||1||2||2||4||4||W (3-0)|
|vs. #25 Arizona||5.0||6||3||3||2||5||W (4-0)|
|vs. Maine||7.0||5||0||0||1||11||W (5-0)|
|vs. California||6.2||7||2||2||2||6||W (6-0)|
|vs. #2 Stanford||3.0||5||4||2||1||1||ND|
|vs. Duke||6.0||4||0||0||0||6||W (3-0)|
|vs. #4 LSU||4.0||5||3||3||2||2||ND|
|vs. Southern Utah||3.1||5||3||2||0||2||W (4-0)|
|vs. #25 Arizona||6.0||7||4||4||1||4||W (5-0)|
Note: Waldrip has two wins as a relief pitcher.
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.
LAST WEEK VS. STANFORD -- The Sun Devils took 2-out-of-3 games from second-ranked Stanford in their opening Pac-10 home series (L, 1-5, W, 10-6, W, 11-6) ... Mitch Jones hit homerun No. 19 ... Casey Myers hit homerun No. 10 ... ASU set a season-high with three double plays during Friday and Saturday's games ... on Sunday, Cardinal pitchers walked a season-high 11 batters ... Eric Doble picked up another win pitching 2.1 shutout innings in relief on Saturday ... Cardinal ace Justin Wayne allowed just two Sun Devil hits on Friday night -the last time ASU was held to two hits was in 1989 ... In Saturday's game, ASU was down 5-6 in the seventh when Jeff Phelps hit a two-run homer to give the Devils the lead ... Brooks Conrad saw his 21-game hitting streak come to an end on Friday night.
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.
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.
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.
INJURY REPORT -- Senior Will Waldrip is experiencing soreness in his left elbow and will have an MRI on April 10. He is out indefinitely. Freshman RHP Mike Esposito had successful Tommy John surgery on March 30 and is out for the rest of the season.
1999 Devils in the Record Book
|*1.||280||Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-|
|2.||250||Clay Westlake, 1973-76|
|3.||241||Stan Holmes, 1978-81|
|4.||229||Bob Horner, 1976-78|
|5.||200||Alvin Davis, 1979-82|
* Pac-10 career leader
|1.||88||Clay Westlake, 1973-76|
|*2.||75||Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-|
|2.||70||Antone Williamson, 1992-94|
|4.||59||Stan Holmes, 1978-81|
|5.||58||Dan Rumsey, 1986-89|
* tied for 1st in Pac-10
|1.||322||Clay Westlake, 1973-76|
|*2.||315||Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-|
|3.||289||Stan Holmes, 1978-81|
|4.||286||Gary Atwell, 1970-73|
|5.||277||Mikel Moreno, 1995-98|
* ranks 3rd in Pac-10
|1.||*242||Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-|
|2.||236||Mikel Moreno, 1995-1998|
|3.||224||Gary Atwell, 1970-73|
|4.||216||Rick Peters, 1974-77|
|5.||212||Ken Landreaux, 1974-76|
* ranks 3rd in Pac-10
Most At Bats
|1.||955||Clay Westlake, 1973-76|
|2.||934||Gary Atwell, 1970-73|
|3.||851||Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-|
|4.||837||Dan Rumsey, 1986-89|
|5.||816||Stan Holmes, 1978-81|
|6.||803||Mikel Moreno, 1995-98|
|1.||26||Alan Bannister, 1970-72|
|26||Ed Irvine, 1977-79|
|3.||^22||Willie Bloomquist, 1997-|
|4.||20||Rick Peters, 1974-77|
|20||Bump Wills, 1971-74|
|6.||*17||Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-|
^ ranks 2nd in Pac-10
* ranks 9th in Pac-10
Most Total Bases
|*1.||541||Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-|
|2.||505||Clay Westlake, 1973-76|
|3.||495||Stan Holmes, 1978-81|
|4.||492||Bob Horner, 1976-78|
|5.||469||Dan Rumsey, 1986-89|
* ranks 2nd in Pac-10
|1.||56||Bob Horner, 1976-78|
|2.||46||Mike Kelly, 1989-91|
|3.||45||Barry Bonds, 1983-85|
|4.||44||Dan Rumsey, 1986-89|
|5.||39||Stan Holmes, 1978-81|
|39||Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-|
Homeruns (57)Solo: (22) Brendan Hines 4, Brooks Conrad 2, Mitch Jones 9, Casey Myers 3, Jeff Phelps 2, Mel Stocker 1, Trent Pratt 1, Jonah Martin 1
Inside the Park: (1) Jeff Duncan 1
Pinch hit: (0)
Sun Devils By Position
|C Casey Myers, Jr.||.428, 59 H, 60 RBI, 10 HR|
|1B Jeff Phelps, Jr.||.374, 49 H, 33 R, 34 RBI|
|2B Brooks Conrad, So.||.358, 48 H, 48 R, 36 RBI|
|3B Mike Lopez, Jr.||.348, 31 H, 29 R, 33 RBI|
|SS Dennis Wyrick, Fr.||.298, 31 H, 29 R, 6 SH|
|LF Mitch Jones, Sr.||.353, 53 R, 58 RBI, 19 HR|
|CF Jeff Duncan, Jr.||.348, 47 H, 41 R, 19 SB|
|RF Jonah Martin, Jr.||.347, 42 H, 40 R, 18 HBP|
|DH Brendan Hines, Jr.|
|or John Gusich, So.|
|P Jon Switzer (4/7)||6-1, 2.93 ERA, 72 K|
|P Chad Pennington (4/8)||4.86 ERA, 6-0, 55 K|
|P TBA (4/9)|
ASU Record Breakdown
|Vs. Ranked Teams||7-6|
|Vs. Unranked Teams||21-2|
|Vs. Right-Hand Starters||19-7|
|Vs. Left-Hand Starters||9-1|
|ASU Scores First||16-6|
|Opponent Scores First||12-2|
|Led After Seven||25-1|
|Trailed After Seven||1-7|
|Tied After Seven||2-0|
|Led After Eight||24-1|
|Trailed After Eight||1-6|
|Tied After Eight||1-1|
|Out-hit by Opponents||3-5|
|Last 5 Games||3-2|
|Last 10 Games||8-2|
2000 ASU Baseball Superlatives
|Longest Win Streak||9 games (2/20-3/11)|
|Longest Losing Streak||2 (three times)|
|Most Runs, Game:|
|ASU||32 (Arizona, 3/4)|
|Opp.||11 (FSU, 2/4)|
|Most Runs, Inning:|
|ASU||10 (FAU, 1/28)|
|Opp.||8 (Maine, 3/17)|
|Most Hits, Game:|
|ASU||27 (Arizona, 3/4)|
|Opp.||16 (LSU, 2/18)|
|Most Hits, Inning:|
|Opp.||6 (Maine, 3/17)|
|Most Doubles, Game:|
|ASU||7 (FAU, 1/28)|
|Opp.||4 (LSU, 2/19)|
|Most Triples, Game:|
|ASU||3 (Maine, 3/18)|
|Opp.||1 (four teams)|
|Most Home Runs, Game:|
|ASU||7 (Arizona, 3/4)|
|Opp.||4 (Arizona, 3/5)|
|Most Stolen Bases, Game:|
|ASU||6 (Arizona, 3/5)|
|Opp.||6 (BYU, 1/27)|
|Most Double Plays (turned), Game:|
|ASU||3 (two times)|
|Opp.||3 (LSU, 2/18)|
|Most Errors, Game:|
|ASU||3 (three times)|
|Most Strikeouts (pitching), 9-Inning Game:|
|ASU||15 (FAU, 1/28)|
|Opp.||12 (FSU, 2/4)|
|Most Walks (pitching), 9-Inning Game:|
|ASU||9 (Stanford, 4/2)|
|Opp.||15 (Maine, 3/17)|
|Largest Win. Margin||29 (Arizona, 3/4)|
|Largest Loss Margin||5 (Cal, 3/26)|
|Largest Crowd, Home||4,312 (FSU, 2/6)|
|Smallest Crowd, Home||1,012 (FAU, 1/28)|
|Largest Crowd, Road||7,853 (LSU, 2/20)|
|Smallest Crowd, Road||225 (Cal, 3/24)|
|Longest Hit Streak||21(Conrad, 2/13-3/26)|
|Most Hits, Game||5 (Jones & Duncan)|
|Most Runs, Game||5 (Conrad & Myers)|
|Most Doubles, Game||2 (four players tied)|
|Most Triples, Game||1 (8 players tied)|
|Most HRs, Game||2 (four players)|
|Most RBIs, Game||7 (Jones, 2/25)|
|Most SBs, Game||2 (five players)|
|Most Strikeouts, Game:|
|ASU Pitcher||11 (Pennington, 3/17)|
|Opp. Pitcher||8 (Cherry, Okla.)|
|Fewest Hits Allowed (CG Effort)|
|ASU Pitcher||4 (Switzer, 2/20)|
|Opp. Pitcher||2 (Wayne, 3/31)|
|Most Walks, Game:|
|ASU Pitcher||7 (Pennington, LSU, 2/19)|
|Opp. Pitcher||8 (Johnson, Maine, 3/17)|
|Most Consecutive Scoreless Innings:|
|Starter||18.1 (Switzer, 2/4-2/20)|
|Reliever||11.2 (Doble, 3/11-4/1)|
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
Did You Know?
Jason Fingers cousin Bobby Fingers played at ASU in 1982.
In the FAU game (1/28) second baseman Brooks Conrad, who is a switch hiiter, hit homeruns from both sides of the plate.
Jeff Duncan leads the team and conference in stolen bases with 19 on the season.
Martin (18), Myers (11) and Lopez (10) are 1,2,3 in the league in hit by pitches.
ASU has scored 10 or more runs 19 times this year, they have scored 20 or more runs five times.
ASU is outscoring the opposition, 405-167 in 2000.