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January 19, 1999

1999 Arizona State Baseball

Thursday, January 21 Hawaii-Hilo 8 p.m. MST
Friday, January 22 Hawaii-Hilo 8 p.m. MST
Saturday, January 23 Hawaii-Hilo (DH) 3 p.m. MST
Sunday, January 24 Hawaii-Hio 3 p.m. MST

ASU -- Arizona State (3-0, 0-0 Pac-10 and ranked No. 12 Baseball America, No. 15 Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 27 Collegiate Baseball in the pre-season polls) make their first road trip of the season with a non-conference five-game series with Hawaii-Hilo (2-3, 0-0 conference). Last year the Sun Devils finished the season with a 41-23 overall record, 18-11 in the conference and a number two ranking nationally after finishing second at the College World Series.

THIS WEEK ON THE RADIO -- KMVP 860 AM will broadcast Arizona State's home and away games during the 1999 season. This week, Friday and Sunday's broadcasts will be live. Thursday and Saturday will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis due to ASU basketball (note: Saturday's broadcast will include the second game of the doubleheader only). Trey Bender and Bob Eger will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

AIMLESS FACTS DEPARTMENT -- Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 198 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 ... the Devils have recorded an extra base hit and a stolen base in every game this season ... ASU has outscored its opponents 29-6 and are averaging almost 10 hits per contest ... ASU baseball is celebrating 40 years of collegiate baseball in 1999; the Devils first took the field as a varsity sport back in 1959 ... during the Utah series, Willie Bloomquist put together a string of 12 consecutive times on base which included seven walks - the NCAA record is 17 ... 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 ... the outfield of Sitzman (lf), Delucchi (cf) and Duncan (rf) is comprised of all lefties ... the ASU pitching staff has issued only three walks through the first three contest ... the Devils averaged almost 10 runs per game using wooden bats over the weekend ... ASU baserunners are averaging a little over 3 stolen bases per game.

ABOUT HAWAII-HILO -- Hawaii-Hilo is 2-3 overall ... they are coached by Joey Estrella ... they are on a twogame winning streak ... ASU won all fiv egames vs. UHH last year ... rightfielder Pat Lynch is batting .385with two doubles whiledesignated hitter Paul Yap is batting .353 with a triple ... ASU leads the all-time series with Hawaii-Hilo, 6-0 ... both of thier wins have been by one run .

BEINBRINK CLOSING IN ON CAREER MARKS-- Thirdbaseman 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 has 203 RBI through three seasons and needs just 48 RBI to become the all-time RBI leader (Beinbrink has averaged 66 RBI over the past three years). He is currently on a five-game hitting streak dating back to last season. His four hits vs. Utah (1/15) tied a career high as well as his two stolen bases on Sunday vs. the Utes. With his 53 career doubles, he ranks sixth 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.

THE HIT MAN -- Returning junior All-American Willie Bloomquist (Port Orchard, Wash.) makes the move to the infield for the Devils in 1999, taking over at shortstop for the departed Michael Collins, who was honored as a 1998 College World Series All-Tournament selection. As the leadoff batter for the Devils, his on base percentage is currently .800. The first-team All-Pac-10 selection's '98 batting average of .414 ranks seventh all-time at ASU. His batting average has never dipped below .300 his entire career. During the Utah series he was walked four consecutive times- the NCAA record is six. He was selected to both Baseball America's (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball's (third-team) preseason All-American teams. He is currently on a 10-game hitting streak dating back to last season.

WALDRIP GOES THE DISTANCE -- Junior transfer Will Waldrip(Flagstaff, Ariz.) opened a lot of eyes with his complete game shutout of the University of Utah on Saturday. Primarily an infielder at Brigham Young, Waldrip logged only 17.2 inning pitched last year for the Cougars. After transfering to ASU, he became a full-time pitcher. Waldrip retired the first 18 batters faced in Saturday's game before giving up his first hit. He ended the game going 9.0 innings, allowing only four hits, no runs, 13 strikeouts with no walks. His Saturday performance mark the first shuout and complete game by an ASU pitcher in 1999.

THE KILLER B's -- Preseason All-Americans Andrew Beinbrink and Willie Bloomquist will lead the offensive charge for the Devils in '99. Last year, the duo combined for 30% of ASU's RBIs (146 of 483 RBI), 27% of ASU runs scored (151 of 557), 28% of the team's homeruns (16 of 57), 28% of Arizona State's doubles (36 of 132), 49% of the Devils triples (13 of 27) and 25% of ASU's hits (186 of 723).

A GOODMAN COMES TO TOWN -- Junior transfer Scott Goodman (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) has begun the season with a hot hand. The designated hitter for the Devils smacked two doubles and a triple in his first three games. Batting .417 in the cleanup spot, Goodman leads the squad in total bases with nine.His .750 slugging percentage ties for tops among the starters.

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

PRESEASON ACCOLADES -- Two Sun Devils received multiple preseason honors by several publications to kick off the 1999 season: SS Willie Bloomquist, second-team All-American (Baseball America) and third-team All-American (Collegiate Baseball); 3B Andrew Beinbrink, second-team All-American (Collegiate Baseball) and third-team All-American (Baseball America) .

NCAA FIELD EXPANDS TO 64 TEAMS IN 1999 -- The NCAA will expand the postseason field from 48 to 64 teams in '99 as well as present a new regional format. Regionals will begin on May 27th at 16 sites with four teams each in a double-elimination format. The winners will be reseeded and sent to eight "Super Regional" sites (two teams each) to play a three-game series beginning June 4. The winners will then advance to the College World Series held June 11-19 in Omaha, Neb. at Rosenblatt Stadium.

LAST HOMERUN --
Andrew Beinbrink vs. USC (June 6, 1998)
Willie Bloomquist vs. Long Beach State (June 3, 1998)
Dustin Delucchi vs. California (March 17, 1997)
Casey Myers vs. USC (June 6, 1998)

Jeff Phelps vs. USC (June 6, 1998)

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    Pittsburg 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    Pittsburg 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
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

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: thefirst 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    20.1  2-0  2.24  17   6   5   3  26
Relievers    6.2  1-0  0.00   0   0   0   0   8
Total       27.0  3-0  1.67  17   6   5   3   4

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

Current Streak W3

1999 ASU Baseball Superlatives

Longest Win Streak      3 games (1/15-1/17)
Longest Losing Streak   N/A 

Most Runs, Game: ASU 17 (Utah, 1/15) Opp. 4 (Utah, 1/15) Most Runs, Inning: ASU 6 (Utah, 1/17) Opp. 2 (Utah, 1/15) Most Hits, Game: ASU 14 (Utah, 1/15) Opp. 8 (Utah, 1/15) Most Hits, I nning: ASU 4 (Utah, 1/15) Opp. 4 (Utah, 1/15) Most Doubles, Game: ASU 3 (Utah, 1/15) Opp. 1 (Utah, 1/15) Most Triples, Game: ASU 1 (Utah, 1/15) Opp. N/A Most Home Runs, Game: ASU N/A Opp. 1 (Utah, 1/17) Most Stolen Bases, Game: ASU 6 (Utah, 1/17) Opp. 2 (Utah, 1/15) Most Double Plays (turned), Game: ASU 2 (Utah, 1/17) Opp. 2 (Utah, 1/15) Most Errors, Game: ASU 1 (twice) Opp. 4 (Utah, 1/15) Most Strikeouts (pitching), 9-Inning Game: ASU 13 (Utah, 1/16) Opp. 6 (twice) Most Walks (pitching), 9-Inning Game: ASU 3 (Utah, 1/17) Opp. 13 (Utah, 1/15)

Largest Win. Margin 13 (Utah, 1/15) Largest Loss Margin N/A Largest Crowd, Home 1, 927 (Utah, 1/16) Smallest Crowd, Home 1,510 (1/15) Largest Crowd, Road N/A Smallest Crowd, Road N/A Longest Hit Streak 10 (Bloomquist, 5/23-pres.) Most Hits, Game 4 (Beinbrink, 1/15) Most Runs, Game 3 (two players tied) Most Doubles, Game 1 (five players tied) Most Triples, Game 1 (Goodman, 1/15) Most HRs, Game N/A Most RBIs, Game 5 (Beinbrink, 1/15) Most SBs, Game 2 (Beinbrink, 1/17)

Most Strikeouts, Game: ASU Pitcher 13 (Will Waldrip, 1/16) Opp. Pitcher 4 (two players tied) Fewest Hits Allowed (CG Effort) ASU Pitcher 4 (Will Waldrip, 1/16) Opp. Pitcher N/A Most Walks, Game: ASU Pitcher 3 (Crumpton, 1/17) Opp. Pitcher 5 (Ericksen, 1/17) Most Consecutive Scoreless Innings: Starter 9.0 (Waldrip, 1/16-) Reliever 4.2 (Charlie Williamson, 1/15-1/17)

1998 National Rankings (Pacific-10 Schools)
School       BA      CB      CP
          (Pre)   (Pre)   (Pre)
USC           1       3       1
Stanford      7       8       6
Arizona St.  12      27      15
Washington   20      24      21
California   23      NR      NR
Arizona NR   26      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. 203 - 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 4. 58 - Dan Rumsey, 1986-89 5. 56 - Mikel Moreno, 1995-98 53 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-

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, 1992-94 229 - 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, 1971-74 171 - 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 15 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996- 14 - Willie Bloomquist, 1997-

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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