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Sun Devil Baseball Returns Home To Host Packard Classic
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Release: 02/23/2000
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Feb. 23, 2000

ASU -- Arizona State (12-4, 0-0 Pac-10 and ranked No. 19 Baseball America, No. 16USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 19 Collegiate Baseball) return to the friendly confines of Packard Stadium to host the Packard Classic this weekend. Participating teams include Southern Utah and New Mexico.

EXTRA INNINGS -- The ASU vs. LSU serries drew 23,363 fans - the largest three-game series total in LSU history ... three out of ASU's four losses have been by two runs or less ... all four losses are to teams ranked in the top 5 nationally ... the Devils have recorded an extra base hit in all 16 games to date ... Arizona State players have been hit 33 times this season (2.06 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 270 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 270 games without being shutout is the longest active Div. I streak ... the 270 games streak ranks fifth 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 LOBOS -- The Lobos are 7-7 overall, 0-0 MWC heading into this weekend's matchup ... they are coached by Rich Alday (10 seasons) ... the Lobos finished 29-30-1overall, 18-11-1 in the WAC in 1999 ... they are led by Dee Dennis (19-0-12) and Scott Candelaria (22-2-10) ... ASU holds a 98-20 advantage in the all-time series ... probable pitching rotation for this weekend: Fri.- Chris Cooper (LHP), Sat.- Mike Semprevivo (LHP), Sat.- Mike Albets (LHP).

ABOUT THE thunderbirds -- The Thunderbirds are 3-1 overall, 0-0 MCC heading into this weekend's matchup ... they are coached by first year skipper Kurt Palmer, the youngest coach in the Div. I ranks ... the Thunderbirds are 0-12 vs. the Sun Devils ... they are led by junior leftfielder Keith Dickenson (.556-2-9) and senior rightfielder Amos Bright (.333-2-6) ... probable pitching rotation for SUU: Fri. -Zach Barnard (LHP), Fri - Nate Bigler (RHP), Sat. - Brian Mounce (RHP), Sun. - Mason Fox (LHP) ... the Thunderbirds are batting at a .331 clip as a team and have an team ERA of 10.06.

Friday, February 25Southern Utah vs. New Mexico3 p.m. MT
Friday, February 25Southern Utah7 p.m. MT
Saturday, February 26New Mexico vs. Southern Utah3 p.m. MT
Saturday, February 26New Mexico7 p.m. MT
Sunday, February 27Southern Utah1 p.m. MT

TEXAS LEFTY named pac-10 pitcher of the week -- Arizona State's Jon Switzer (Houston, Tx.) was selected as the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week after throwing a complete game win over No. 4 LSU on Sunday. Switzer scattered four hits over nine innings allowing only one earned run while striking out five. 2000 Arizona State BaseballThe lefty held LSU batters to a .121 average at the plate. The complete game is the first of his collegiate career. With the win, Switzer improves to 4-0 on the year with a stellar 1.03 ERA. He is holding lefthanded batters to a .143 average through five starts.

DUNCAN BATS .545 FOR THE WEEKEND -- Centerfielder Jeff Duncan (Frankfort, Ill.) went 6-for-11 with four runs scored over the LSU vs. ASU weekend series. Duncan also registered two stolen bases and was perfect in the field recording eight putouts and one assist. Duncan raised his batting average to .365 on the year and is now second on the squad in hits (23) and leads the team in stolen bases with eight. Duncan is batting .391 vs. righthanded pitching and is batting .410 with runners on base. He is currently on a nine-game hitting streak heading into this weekend's games.

keeping up with the Joneses -- Senior Mitch Jones hit his 10th homerun of the season in Friday night's game with LSU. The Utah native has 10 homeruns in 16 game and has hit a homer in five of his last seven games. Of his 19 hits, 12 have been for extra bases. He leads the team in total bases (52) and slugging percentage (.839). His 20 RBI is second on the squad and he is hitting .381 with the bases empty. His 13-game hitting streak was snapped in Saturday's game vs. LSU but remains the longest hitting streak by a Sun Devil this season.

PHELPS LEADING THE WAY -- Junior infielder Jeff Phelps has continued to be a model of consistency in 2000. He is batting at a .441 clip through 16 games and leads the team with 26 hits. He has tallied nine multiple hit games as well as scoring 16 runs. Phelps has been hitting well against both lefties and righthanded pitchers (.500 vs. left and .422 vs. right). He is also batting .500 with runners in scoring position and has notched a team-leading eight 2-out RBIs.

hines helps asu to victory over lsu -- Designated hitter Brendan Hines (Tempe) went 3-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored in ASU 6-2 win over LSU on Sunday. For the weekend, Hines hit .444 (4-for-9) with a team-leading five RBI and .889 slugging percentage. He is second on the squad with six homeruns and 36 total bases. He is batting .375 vs. lefties and .333 with runners on base.

CASEY at bat -- Junior Casey Myers (Casa Grande) returns as the Devils leading RBI man 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 leading the team with 26 RBI and is second with six doubles. He has drawn 11 walks as well. Myers leads the squad in multilple-RBI games with seven and is hitting .400 with runners on base. He has a team-leading three sacrifice flies and has recorded at least one hit in 12 of 16 games. 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.

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.

LAST HOMERUN --
Brooks Conrad vs. Florida Atlantic (January 30, 2000)
Jeff Duncan vs. Utah (January 23, 2000)
Brendan Hines vs. LSU (February 19, 2000)
Mitch Jones vs. LSU (February 18, 2000)
Casey Myers vs. Duke (February 13, 2000)
Jeff Phelps vs. USC (April 25, 1999)
Trent Pratt vs. Washington State (April 11, 1999)

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 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.

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 Reds5thround
Robby Milner1997Texas Rangers13thround
Dennis Sarfate1999Texas Rangers15thround
Jason Fingers1997Boston Red Sox23rdround
Drew Friedberg1997Arizona Diamondbacks25thround
Mitch Jones1999Baltimore Orioles25thround
Jon Switzer1998Pittsburgh Pirates26thround
Mitch Jones1997Texas Rangers33rdround
Dennis Wyrick1999Detroit Tigers35thround
Jeff Phelps1997Pittsburgh Pirates36thround
Trent Pratt1998Texas Rangers38thround
Jeff Duncan1997Chicago Cubs41stround
Jason Fingers1998Boston Red Sox41stround
Ryan Coffin1999Boston Red Sox43rdround
John Gusich1998Chicago White Sox45thround
Jered Liebeck1999Arizona Diamondbacks45thround
Luke Field1999Minnesota Twins47thround
Mitch Jones1998Baltimore Orioles49thround
Mike Lopez1996Toronto Blue Jays52ndround

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

INJURY REPORT -- Freshman RHP Mike Esposito has a strained right elbow and will be out for five weeks.

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
Starters81.28-03.336439303477
Relievers61.14-44.426332303163
Total143.012-43.78127716065140

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

Jon SwitzerIPHRERBBSOW/L
vs. Utah7.031109W (1-0)
vs. FAU5.051123W (2-0)
vs. Florida State7.052116ND
vs. Duke7.020016W (3-0)
vs. LSU9.042155W (4-0)

Chad PenningtonIPHRERBBSOW/L
vs. Utah4.042202ND
vs. BYU6.062127W (1-0)
vs. Florida State4.179814ND
vs. Duke5.020046W (2-0)
vs. LSU4.155572ND

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.

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