January 26, 1999
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State (8-0, 0-0 Pac-10 and ranked No. 12 Baseball America, No. 15 Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 27 Collegiate Baseball in the preseason polls) return from Hawaii to host Howard University (0-0, 0-0 conference) in a three-game non-conference series at Packard Stadium this weekend. 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 Saturday's broadcasts will be live while Sunday's game will be tape-delayed. 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 203 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 82-15 through eight 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 ... the Sun Devils have begun the season 8-0 for two straight years ('99 and '98) ... 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, seventh or eighth innings ... the ASU pitching staff has allowed only 14 walks in its first eight games (1.9 BB per game) and are averaging 10.6 strikeouts per game as well ... the Devils are averaging 2.75 stolen bases per game ... the Devils have yet to hit a homerun through eight games this season ... ASU is batting a healthy .336 as a team while holding opponents to a .168 average ... opponents have yet to record a sacrifice fly or a triple this season ... ASU has allowed only three extra base hits on the year ... Arizona State is averaging 10.25 runs per game and 10.5 hits per game ... three everyday starters are batting over .400 for ASU.
ABOUT HOWARD UNIVERSITY -- Howard finished 23-31, 19-3 in conference play last year ... they are coached by Chuck Hinton ... they are opening the '99 season in Tempe ... this will be the first meeting between the two teams ... Eunique Johnson batted .389 with eight homeruns for the Bison last year ... righthanded pitcher Hasani Widemond returns this year after pacing Howard with 84.0 IP, 120 H, 100 R, 74 ER, 56 BB, 39 K and a 7.39 ERA.
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 207 RBI and needs just 43 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. He batted .500 vs. Hawaii-Hilo with six runs scored and four RBI. With his 56 career doubles, he ranks fifth 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. As the leadoff batter for the Devils, his on base percentage is currently .632. 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. He has drawn a team-leading 14 walks and also has scored a team-leading 14 runs Bloomquist is batting .625 as a leadoff batter and is batting .429 with runners in scoring position. He was selected to both Baseball America's (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball's (third-team) preseason All-American teams.
WALDRIP GOES THE DISTANCE ... AGAIN -- Junior transfer Will Waldrip (Flagstaff, Ariz.) posted his second consecutive complete game shutout with a 3-0 victory over Hawaii-Hilo (1/23). He becomes the first ASU pitcher since Doug Henry in 1983 to post back-to-back complete game shutouts (May 28 vs. CS-Fullerton, 8-0 and June 5 vs. Maine, 7-0). 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 has now pitched 18 consecutive scoreless innings for the Devils. He is holding opponent batters to a .103 average at the plate. Waldrip is averaging 12.0 strikeouts and 1.5 walks per game this season.
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).
FRIEDBERG PITCHES A GEM -- Sophomore lefty Drew Friedberg (Middleton, Wisc.) pitched the best game of his collegiate career with a one-hit complete game shutout on Sunday against Hawaii-Hilo. He faced 28 batters, one more than the minimum number of batters faced in a nine-inning game. He recorded a career-high seven strikeouts and walked one. Friedberg's one-hitter is only the 26th in school history. He is the 21st ASU pitcher to record a complete game one-hitter. The last Sun Devil to record a complete game one-hitter was Billy Neal vs. California on April 22, 1994. Friedberg pitched 11.0 innings over the weekend including two innings in relief on Friday night.
INJURY REPORT -- Freshman infielder Gonzo Grasis (Tucson, Ariz.) has had surgery on his left wrist 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)
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
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: 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 51.1 6-0 1.75 35 11 10 13 58 Relievers 15.2 2-0 0.57 4 4 1 1 21 Total 67.0 8-0 1.48 39 15 11 14 79
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.
ERNSTER COMES ON STRONG -- Junior infielder Mark Ernster (Glendale, Ariz.) has come on strong since getting the starting nod at second base. Through eight games, he is batting .450 with four doubles. His nine hits is fourth-best on the team. Ernster has been perfect in the field with 11 putouts and 15 assists. The Arizona native is batting .692 with runners on base and .750 with runners in scoring position. He is 2-for-2 in RBI situations with a runner on third and less than two outs. Ernster set a career high going 4-for-4 with two doubles vs. Hawaii-Hilo (1/23).
FOR THE RECORD -- A start-by-start breakdown of LHP Will Waldrip:
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)1998 National Rankings
Pac-10 0-0 Non-Conference 8-0 Vs. Ranked Teams 0-0 Vs. Unranked Teams 8-0 Home Games 3-0 Road Games 5-0 Day Games 6-0 Night Games 2-0 Vs. Right-Hand Starters 7-0 Vs. Left-Hand Starters 1-0 One-Run Decisions 0-0 Two-Run Decisions 0-0 Extra Innings 0-0 Shutouts 3-0 ASU Scores First 8-0 Opponent Scores First 0-0 Led After Seven 8-0 Trailed After Seven 0-0 Tied After Seven 0-0 Led After Eight 8-0 Trailed After Eight 0-0 Tied After Eight 0-0 Out-hit Opponents 7-0 Out-hit by Opponents 0-0 January 8-0 February 0-0 March 0-0 April 0-0 May 0-0 Last 5 Games 5-0 Last 10 Games 8-0 Current Streak W8
Longest Win Streak 8 games (1/15-1/24) Longest Losing Streak N/A
Most Runs, Game: ASU 19 (UH-Hilo, 1/23) Opp. 5 (UH-Hilo, 1/23) Most Runs, Inning: ASU 8 (UH-Hilo, 1/23) Opp. 3 (UH-Hilo, 1/23) Most Hits, Game: ASU 16 (UH-Hilo, 1/23) Opp. 10 (UH-Hilo, 1/21) Most Hits, I nning: ASU 6 (UH-Hilo, 1/23) Opp. 4 (two teams) Most Doubles, Game: ASU 7 (UH-Hilo, 1/23) Opp. 1 (two teams) Most Triples, Game: ASU 2 (UH-Hilo, 1/23) Opp. N/A Most Home Runs, Game: ASU N/A Opp. 1 (Utah, 1/17) Most Stolen Bases, Game: ASU 6 (Utah, 1/17 & Hilo, 1/21) Opp. 2 (two teams) Most Double Plays (turned), Game: ASU 2 (Utah, 1/17) Opp. 2 (two teams) Most Errors, Game: ASU 2 (UH-Hilo, 1/21) Opp. 4 (Utah, 1/15) Most Strikeouts (pitching), 9-Inning Game: ASU 13 (Utah, 1/16) Opp. 9 (UH-Hilo, 1/24) Most Walks (pitching), 9-Inning Game: ASU 3 (three times) Opp. 13 (two teams)
Largest Win. Margin 14 (UH-Hilo, 1/23) Largest Loss Margin N/A Largest Crowd, Home 1,927 (Utah, 1/16) Smallest Crowd, Home 1,510 (1/15) Largest Crowd, Road 250 (UH-Hilo, 1/21) Smallest Crowd, Road 100 (UH-Hilo, 1/24)
Longest Hit Streak 11 (Bloomquist, 5/23-1/21) Most Hits, Game 4 (two players tied) Most Runs, Game 4 (Bloomquist, 1/23) Most Doubles, Game 2 (Ernster, 1/23) Most Triples, Game 1 (three payers tied) Most HRs, Game N/A Most RBIs, Game 5 (Beinbrink, 1/15) Most SBs, Game 2 (two players tied)
Most Strikeouts, Game: ASU Pitcher 13 (Will Waldrip, 1/16) Opp. Pitcher 8 (Allosada, 1/24)
Fewest Hits Allowed (CG Effort) ASU Pitcher 1 (Drew Friedberg, 1/24) Opp. Pitcher N/A
Most Walks, Game: ASU Pitcher 3 (two players tied) Opp. Pitcher 7 (Bell, 1/24)
Most Consecutive Scoreless Innings: Starter 18.0 (Waldrip, 1/16-1/23) Reliever 6.2 (Charlie Williamson, 1/15-1/24)
School BA CB BW USC 1 3 1 Stanford 7 8 6 Arizona State 12 27 15 Washington 20 24 21 California 23 NR NR Arizona NR 26 NR1999 Devils in the Record Book
BA- Baseball America; CB- Collegiate Baseball; CP- Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll
1. 250 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76 2. 241 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81 3. 229 - Bob Horner, 1976-78 4. 207 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996- 5. 200 - Alvin Davis, 1979-82Most 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 56 - 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, 1992-94 237 - 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, 1971-74 177 - 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, 1975-78Triples
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- 15 - Willie Bloomquist, 1997-