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No. 12 ASU Baseball Hosts Oklahoma
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Release: 03/07/2000
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March 7, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State (18-4, 0-0 Pac-10 and ranked No. 13 Baseball America, No. 12 USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 15 Collegiate Baseball) host the Oklahoma Sooners (10-5, 3-0 Big 12) in a three-game non-conference series at Packard Stadium.

Friday, March 10Oklahoma7 p.m. MT
Saturday, March 11Oklahoma7 p.m. MT
Sunday, March 12Oklahoma7 p.m. MT

WEEKEND PROMOTION -- Fans can bring in their ticket stubs from the men's basketball game against Stanford to receive free general admission to Saturday night's game vs. Oklahoma. Saturday's game has also been designated as "Free Group Day".

LOCAL T.V. Coverage -- COX Sports (Cable Ch. 9) will carry the Saturday game with Oklahoma live locally. George Allen and Doug Gerlach will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively.

THIS WEEK ON THE RADIO -- KGME 550 AM will broadcast the Friday and Saturday games with Oklahoma this weekend. Tim Healey and Bob Eger will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively.

EXTRA INNINGS -- Th e Devils are averaging 12.5 runs per game and as a team, are batting at a .363 clip ... ASU's three grand slams vs. Southern Utah (Feb. 25) ties the NCAA record for a single game ... three out of ASU's four losses have been by two runs or less ... all four losses were to teams ranked in the top 5 nationally ... the Devils have recorded an extra base hit in all 22 games to date ... Arizona State players have been hit 49 times this season (2.23 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 276 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 276 games without being shutout is the longest active Div. I streak ... the 276 games 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 SOONERS -- The Sooners are 10-5 overall, 3-0 Big 12 heading into this weekend's matchup ... OU will host Texas-Arlington on Wednesday before coming to Tempe ... they are coached by former Arizona State player Larry Cochell(ASU '64) ... the Sooners are 35-14 vs. the Sun Devils ... Oklahoma is coming off of a sweep of Kansas State ... last season the Sooners took 2-out-of-3 games from the Devils ... in two games in Tempe, the two teams split the games ... senior Rick Park leads the team with five homeruns on the season while Tommy Whiteman checks in with a .390 average ... probable pitching rotation: Fri.-Rocky Cherry (2-1, 2.70 ERA), Sat.-Austin Coose (3-2, 1.65 ERA), Sun.-Austin Mix (3-1, 5.18 ERA).

CONRAD NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- Sophomore Brooks Conrad (Spring Valley, Calif.) was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his outstanding performance this weekend in a three-game sweep of then-No. 25 Arizona. The infielder hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh to break a seven-all tie in Friday night's game to give the Devils a 9-7 victory over the Wildcats. For the series, Conrad hit .500 (6-for-12) with 10 RBI and six runs scored. The second baseman had a 1.000 slugging percentage for the weekend. Conrad is hitting .354 this season with 32 runs scored and 23 RBI. He is on a season-high 10-game hitting streak and is third in multiple-RBI games with six. He is batting .375 with runners on base.

JONES HITS HOMER NO. 15 -- Senior Mitch Jones hit homerun no. 15 on Saturday - a solo shot to right centerfield. He hit .400 for the weekend (6-for-15) with seven runs scored. Twenty of his 34 hits are for extra bases. The outfielder from Orem, Utah tied for first in multiple-hit games with 10 and is second in multiple-RBI games with 10. His current hitting streak is at six and he has posted a team-leading 12 two-out RBI this year. Jones leads the squad in total bases (85), runs scored (36), hits (34), slugging percentage (.924) and homeruns (15).

MARTIN BELTS TWO HOMERS OVER WEEKEND --Junior outfielder Jonah Martin (Waianae, Hawai) had an offensive weekend going 6-for-10 (.600) with eight runs scored and four RBI for the Devils. Martin hit his first homer of the season on Friday night - a solo shot to left centerfield. He would follow that with another homerun on Saturday - a two-run blast to leftfield. The rightfielder drew four walks, stole a base and notched a 1.200 slugging percentage for the weekend. Martin is now batting .405 on the year and has been hit by a pitch a team-leading 11 times. He has a .527 on-base percentage and has stolen seven bases.

MYERS JOINS .400 CLUB -- Junior Casey Myers (Casa Grande) batted .538 (7-for-13) for the weekend and upped his overall average to .402 on the year. Myers is second on the team in RBI (39) and hits (33) and is tied for first with nine doubles. He leads the team in multiple-RBI games with 11 and is tied for first with 10 multiple-hit games. The junior catcher is batting .486 with runners in scoring position and is currently riding a six-game hitting streak.

FIELD SHUTS DOWN 'CATS FOR FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR -- Junior Luke Field (Littleton, Co.) pitched four shutout innings Friday night to pick up his first win on the season. Field entered the game in the sixth and allowed just one hit over four innings with four K's. The righthander held Arizona batters to a .077 average at the plate. Field is 1-1 with a 3.92 ERA in nine appearances. He also has one save to his credit.

PHELPS LEADS OFFENSIVE LINEUP WITH .430 AVERAGE -- Junior infielder Jeff Phelps has continued to be a model of consistency in 2000. He is batting at a .430 clip through 22 games and leads the team with 34 hits. He has tallied 10 multiple-hit games as well as scoring 23 runs. Phelps has been hitting well against both lefties and righthanded pitchers (.429 vs. left and .431 vs. right). He is also batting .429 with runners in scoring position and has notched nine 2-out RBIs. He hit .417 for the Arizona series, going 5-for-12 with five runs socred and three RBI. He was perfect in the field with 24 putouts and an assist.

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. Arizona (March 4, 2000)
Phil Downing vs. Southern Utah (February 25, 2000)
Jeff Duncan vs. Utah (January 23, 2000)
Brendan Hines vs. LSU (February 19, 2000)
Mitch Jones vs. Arizona (March 4, 2000)
Mike Lopez vs. Arizona (March 4, 2000)
Jonah Martin vs. Arizona (March 4, 2000)
Casey Myers vs. Arizona (March 4, 2000)
Jeff Phelps vs. Arizona (March 3, 2000)
Trent Pratt vs. Arizona (March, 4, 2000)

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

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

IPW-LERAHRERBBSO
Starters107.212-04.2896635145107
Relievers85.16-43.818040364085
Total193.018-44.061761038785192

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 Chad Pennington and LHP Will Waldrip:

Jon SwitzerIPHRERBBSOW/L
vs. Utah7.031109W (1-0)
vs. FAU5.051123W (2-0)
vs. #5 FSU7.052116ND
vs. Duke7.020016W (3-0)
vs. #4 LSU9.042155W (4-0)
vs. New Mexico5.055539ND
vs. #25 Arizona3.187516ND

Chad PenningtonIPHRERBBSOW/L
vs. Utah4.042202ND
vs. BYU6.062127W (1-0)
vs. #5 FSU4.179814ND
vs. Duke5.020046W (2-0)
vs. #4 LSU4.155572ND
vs. SUU3.112244W (3-0)
vs. #25 Arizona5.063325W (4-0)

Will WaldripIPHRERBBSOW/L
vs. Duke6.040006W (3-0)
vs. #4 LSU4.053322ND
vs. Southern Utah3.153202W (4-0)
vs. #25 Arizona6.074414W (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.

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.

LAST WEEK VS. ARIZONA -- The Sun Devils swept the Wildcats in a non-conference series at Packard Stadium (W, 9-7, W, 32-3, W, 14-8) ... ASU outscored U of A 55-18 over the weekend ... Arizona State set the school record for total bases in a single game with 54 on Saturday ... they tied the school record for most homeruns in a game (7) as well ... the 32 runs scored on Saturday was the most in the last 20 years and ranks third all-time at ASU ... the 29-run winning margin ranks third as wel ... as a team, the Devils batted .412 for the series ... ASU relievers pitched 10.2 shutout innings before giving up a run to the Wildcats.

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.

INJURY REPORT -- Freshman RHP Mike Esposito has a strained right elbow and will be out for at least more three weeks.

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....

2000 ASU Baseball Superlatives

Longest Win Streak7 games (twice)
Longest Losing Streak2 (2/18-2/19)
Most Runs, Game:
ASU 32 (Arizona, 3/4)
Opp. 11 (FSU, 2/4)
Most Runs, Inning:
ASU 10 (FAU, 1/28)
Opp. 5 (FSU, twice)
Most Hits, Game:
ASU 27 (Arizona, 3/4)
Opp. 16 (LSU, 2/18)
Most Hits, Inning:
ASU 7 (Arizona, 3/4)
Opp. 4 (three teams)
Most Doubles, Game:
ASU 7 (FAU, 1/28)
Opp. 4 (LSU, 2/19)
Most Triples, Game:
ASU 2 (three times)
Opp. 1 (three 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 2 (FSU, 2/4)
Opp. 3 (LSU, 2/18)
Most Errors, Game:
ASU 3 (2/6)
Opp. 6 (twice)
Most Strikeouts (pitching), 9-Inning Game:
ASU 15 (FAU, 1/28)
Opp. 12 (FSU, 2/4)
Most Walks (pitching), 9-Inning Game:
ASU 8 (three times)
Opp. 11 (Arizona, 3/4)
Largest Win. Margin29 (Arizona, 3/4)
Largest Loss Margin4 (LSU, 2/18)
Largest Crowd, Home4,312 (FSU, 2/6)
Smallest Crowd, Home 1,012 (FAU, 1/28)
Largest Crowd, Road7,853 (LSU, 2/20)
Smallest Crowd, Road7, 825 (LSU, 2/18)

Longest Hit Streak13 (Jones, 1/22-2/18)
Most Hits, Game5 (Jones, 2/27)
Most Runs, Game5 (Conrad & Myers)
Most Doubles, Game2 (four players tied)
Most Triples, Game1 (5 players tied)
Most HRs, Game2 (four players)
Most RBIs, Game7 (Jones, 2/25)
Most SBs, Game2 (four players)

Most Strikeouts, Game:
ASU Pitcher 9 (Switzer, 1/23 & 2/26)
Opp. Pitcher 7 (two pitchers)
Fewest Hits Allowed (CG Effort)
ASU Pitcher 4 (Switzer, 2/20)
Opp. Pitcher N/A
Most Walks, Game:
ASU Pitcher 7 (Pennington, LSU, 2/19)
Opp. Pitcher 6 (Albers, UNM, 2/26)
Most Consecutive Scoreless Innings:
Starter 18.1 (Switzer, 2/4-2/20)
Reliever 6.1 (Doble, 1/27-2/18)

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