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March 15, 1999

  • Tuesday, March 16, #14 Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m. MST
  • Friday, March 19, Boston College (COX Sports), 7 p.m. MST
  • Saturday, March 20, Boston College (doubleheader), 1 p.m. MST
  • Sunday, March 21, Boston College, 1 p.m. MST

    ASU -- Arizona State (20-9, 0-3 Pac-10 and ranked No. 20 Baseball America, No. 15 Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 20 Collegiate Baseball) hit the road over Spring Break to take on Cal State Fullerton (17-5, 3-0 Big West and ranked No. 14 Baseball America , No. 14 Collegiate Baseball and No. No. 12 Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll) in a single game before returning home to host Boston College (6-2, 0-0 Big East) in a four-game non-conference series at Packard Stadium.

    THIS WEEK ON THE TV AND RADIO-- COX Sports will broadcast Friday night's matchup with the Eagles live. George Allen and Doug Gerlach will provide the play-by-play and color analysis respectively. KMVP 860 AM will broadcast Arizona State's single game with CS Fullerton live as well as three of the four Boston College games. The second game of the doubleheader will not be broadcast. Trey Bender and Bob Eger will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

    EXTRA INNINGS-- Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 223 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ... Tuesday's game will mark head coach Pat Murphy's first game against the Titans ... the Devils have recorded an extra base hit in the last 17 games and in 27 of 29 games this season ... three everyday starters are batting over .400 through 29 games ... Andrew Beinbrink has become the Pac-10's career leader in RBI surpassing Stanford's Paul Carey ... ASU pitchers have thrown six complete games and five shutouts ... the five shutouts is the most since 1990 when the Devils also posted five shutouts during the season (the Devils have not recorded more than five shutouts in the last 20 years) ... ASU has outscored its opponents 315-122 through 29 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 ... 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 25 years ... Arizona State is averaging 10.8 runs per game and 12.7 hits per game ... the Devils are averaging 2.6 stolen bases per game ... ASU has outscored its opponents 73-7 in the first and second innings ... ASU is 2-2 in televised games.

    ABOUT CS FULLERTON -- The Titans are 17-5 heading into this week's matchup ... they are coached by George Horton (CS Fullerton '78) ... the Titans opened conference play last weekend with a three-game sweep of New Mexico State ... ASU leads the all-time series with the Titans 20-13 ...the last time the two teams met was in 1985 for a three-game series in Tempe- the Devils won 2 out of 3 games ... ASU has played CS Fullerton eight times in post season play (twice at the College World Series) ... the Titans are led by outfielder Chris Beck who is batting at a .464 clip and leads the squad with three homers and nine doubles ... Jon Smith leads the pitching staff with a 1.50 ERA and a 4-0 record on the mound ... as a team, the Titans are batting .341 through 22 games while holding opponents to a .261 average ... CS Fullerton is averaging nine runs per game as well as 12 hits.

    WALDRIP THROWS THIRD COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT -- Junior transfer Will Waldrip (Flagstaff, Ariz.) pitched his fourth complete game and his third complete game shutout in ASU's 11-0 win over Oklahoma on Sunday night . Waldrip went the distance while scattering three hits with six strikeouts and no walks on the night. He held the Sooner batters to a .105 average at the plate. He currently leads the staff in wins (6), complete games (4), innings pitched (65.0) and strikeouts (63). Waldrip is the first ASU pitcher to record four complete games since Kaipo Spencer logged five in 1995. He is the first Devil hurler to throw three shutouts since Sean Rees in 1990. He became the first ASU pitcher since Doug Henry in 1983 to post back-to-back complete game shutouts earlier this year. Waldrip pitched 21.1 consecutive scoreless innings before giving up his first run of the season in the third inning of Saturday's game vs. Howard He has allowed only two homeruns through nine starts and is holding opponent batters to a .205 average.

    ERNSTER EN FUEGO -- Second baseman Mark Ernster continues to pace the Devils offense with a .455 average at the plate. On Sunday, he went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. He was honored as the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against BYU. On Saturday vs. the Cougars, we went 6-for-6 at the plate becoming the first Sun Devil since Hubie Brooks in 1978 to accomplish the feat. He put together a string of eight consecutive hits which is one shy of the Arizona State record held by Mike Pagel and Hubie Brooks. His six hits in a single game ties him for second all-time at ASU. He is fourth on the squad in RBI (24) and third in hits (40). Ernster is batting .676 with runners in scoring position and .622 with runners on base. He is third on the squad in two-out RBI with 10.

    Beinbrink MOVES INTO 2ND IN CAREER RBI AT ASU -- Senior Andrew Beinbrink (San Diego, Calif.), the Pac-10 career RBI leader, will likely become ASU's career leader in RBI, surpassing current Sun Devil leader Clay Westlake (1973-76) in the next month. The 6-3 infielder/outfielder has 242 RBI and needs just 8 RBI to become the all-time RBI leader (Beinbrink has averaged 66 RBI over the past three years). He is fifth all-time in runs scored with 205 and needs 31 runs to become the career leader. With his 65 career doubles, he is third all-time at ASU (Westlake is the leader with 85 career doubles and currently ranks sixth in the conference. 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 is tied for the lead in multiple-hit games (15) and multiple RBI games with 11. His .441 batting average is second on the squad and his 49 hits, 44 RBI, seven homers and 12 doubles leads the team. Beinbrink is batting .500 with runners in scoring position. He has hit a homerun in two of the last three games and is currently on a five-game hitting streak.

    THE HIT MAN -- Returning junior All-American Willie Bloomquist (Port Orchard, Wash.) went 5-for-10 this weekend vs. Oklahoma with three runs scored and two RBI and is now batting .397 on the year. He ran his hitting streak to 20 games before going 0-for-5 vs. Stanford. It is the longest hitting streak of his college career. He leads the squad in multiple-RBI games with 11 and in multiple-hit games with 15. He has drawn a team-leading 29 walks as well as 43 runs scored. Bloomquist is batting .518 as a leadoff batter and is batting .471 with runners in scoring position. Bloomquist is leads the team in two-out RBI with 14 on the year. He has hit safely in 26 of 29 games this season. He was selected to both Baseball America's (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball's (third-team) preseason All-American teams. His 18 career triples ranks him seventh all-time in the Pac-10 (the record is 29). He has drawn at least one walk in five of the last seven contests.

    LAST HOMERUN --
    Andrew Beinbrink vs. Oklahoma (March 13, 1999)
    Willie Bloomquist vs. Arizona (February 26, 1999)
    Brett Cadiente vs. Howard (January 30, 1999)
    Dustin Delucchi vs. Grand Canyon (February 23, 1999)
    Mark Ernster vs. Brigham Young (February 19, 1999)
    Scott Goodman vs. Grand Canyon (February 23, 1999)
    Chip Gosewisch vs. Arizona (February 27, 1999)
    Mitch Jones vs. Oklahoma (March 14, 1999)
    Casey Myers vs. Arizona (February 27, 1999)

    Jeff Phelps vs. Arizona (February 28, 1999)

    SITZMAN STEALS THE SHOW -- Junior outfielder Jay Sitzman continues to lead the squad in stolen bases with 21 on the year. Sitzman's batting average of .405 puts him in the .400 club along with Beinbrink and Ernster. His 34 hits is fourth on the squad while his 34 runs ranks third. He is one of five Sun Devils with an over .500 on-base percentage. He has recorded eight multiple-hit games as well as four multiple-RBI games this year. He has notched eight two-out RBI and is batting .444 with the bases empty. He sports a .667 average as a leadoff hitter. He is currently on a five-game hitting streak (his longest of the season is 10).

    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 Phil. Phillies       49th round
    Mitch Jones       1998 Baltimore Orioles    49th round
    Mike Lopez        1996 Toronto Blue Jays    52nd round
    
    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    184.2  17-6  3.13  168   74   64  54  167
    Relievers    66.0   3-3  4.91   66   48   36  22   76
    Total       250.2  20-9  3.59  234  122  100  76  243
    
    INJURY REPORT -- Senior transfer Donny Starkins is scheduled to have surgery on his left knee over spring break and is out for the season. Freshman infielder Gonzo Grasis (Tucson, Ariz.) has had surgery on his left wrist and will be out for the season.

    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)
    vs. Howard        5.0 4   1   1   1    7   W (3-0)
    vs. Florida State 6.0 8   5   5   5    0   L (3-1)
    vs. New Mexico    8.0 4   1   1   3    9   W (4-1)
    vs. Brigham Young 9.0 8   1   0   3   13   W (5-1)
    vs. Arizona       6.1 6   5   5   4    2  ND (5-1)
    vs. Stanford      3.1 9   7   6   2    1   L (5-2)
    vs. Oklahoma      9.0 3   0   0   0    6   W (6-2)
    
    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.

    THE DEVILS ON TV -- Arizona State baseball will be making many television appearances in 1999. Catch ASU on FOX Sports Net on Sat., April 10 vs. Washington St. at 1 p.m. MST and Sat., April 24 vs. USC at 1 p.m. MST. FOX Sports Arizona will broadcast on Sat., March 13 vs. Oklahoma at 7 p.m. MST and Sat., May 15 vs. Arizona at 7 p.m. MST. Locally, COX Sports (Cable Ch. 9) will broadcast on Fri., Feb. 12 vs. New Mexico at 7 p.m. MST, Tues., Feb. 23 at Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. MST, Fri., March 19 vs. Boston College at 7 p.m. MST, Tues., Match 23 vs. Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. MST, Sat., March 27 vs. Cal at 7 p.m. MST, Fri., April 9 vs. WSU at 7 p.m. MST, Sun., April 11 vs. WSU at 1 p.m. MST, Fri., April 23 vs. USC at 7 p.m. MST and Sun., April 25 vs. USC at 1 p.m MST. The Sunshine Network will broadcast the Fri., Feb. 5 vs. Florida State at 1:30 p.m. MST.

    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

    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.

    ASU Record Breakdown
    Pac-10 0-3
    Non-Conference 20-9
    Vs. Ranked Teams 2-7
    Vs. Unranked Teams 18-2
    Home Games 12-2
    Road Games 8-7
    Day Games 12-6
    Night Games 8-3
    Vs. Right-Hand Starters 16-8
    Vs. Left-Hand Starters 4-1
    One-Run Decisions 1-4
    Two-Run Decisions 1-1
    Extra Innings 0-1
    Shutouts 5-0
    ASU Scores First 17-7
    Opponent Scores First 3-2
    Led After Seven 19-1
    Trailed After Seven 0-7
    Tied After Seven 1-1
    Led After Eight 19-0
    Trailed After Eight 0-9
    Tied After Eight 1-0
    Out-hit Opponents 18-1
    Out-hit by Opponents 0-7
    January 11-0
    February 8-5
    March 1-4
    April 0-0
    May 0-0
    Last 5 Games 1-4
    Last 10 Games 5-5

    Current Streak W1

    1999 ASU Baseball Superlatives

    Longest Win Streak     11 games (1/15-1/31)
    Longest Losing Streak   4 games (3/5-3/13) 
    Most Runs, Game:
                    ASU    28 (Brigham Young, 2/20)
                    Opp.   11 (two teams)
    Most Runs, Inning:
                    ASU    10 (Brigham Young, 2/20)
                    Opp.    7 (Arizona, 2/26)
    Most Hits, Game:
                    ASU    25 (BYU, 2/20 & GCU, 2/23)
                    Opp.   15 (Arizona, 2/27)
    Most Hits, Inning:
                    ASU     8 (Grand Canyon, 2/23)
                    Opp.    7 (Stanford, 3/5)
    Most Doubles, Game:
                    ASU     7 (two times)
                    Opp.    4 (two teams)
    Most Triples, Game:
                    ASU     2 (five times)
                    Opp.    1 (five teams)
    Most Home Runs, Game:
                    ASU     3 (three times)
                    Opp.    3 (three teams)
    Most Stolen Bases, Game:
                    ASU     8 (Arizona, 2/28)
                    Opp.    4 (Arizona, 2/27)
    Most Double Plays (turned), Game:
                    ASU     3 (New Mexico, 2/14)
                    Opp.    2 (five teams)
    Most Errors, Game:
                    ASU      8 (New Mexico, 2/13)
                    Opp.     6 (BYU, 2/20 & GCU, 2/23)
    Most Strikeouts (pitching), 9-Inning Game:
                    ASU     13 (Utah, 1/16 & BYU 2/18)
                    Opp.    16 (Stanford, 3/5)
    Most Walks (pitching), 9-Inning Game:
                    ASU      8 (FSU, 2/6)
                    Opp.    13 (two teams)
    Largest Win. Margin     25 (BYU, 2/20)
    Largest Loss Margin     10 (Stanford, 3/5)
    Largest Crowd, Home  3,019 (Oklahoma, 3/13)
    Smallest Crowd, Home 1,002 (1/31)
    Largest Crowd, Road  4,023 (FSU, 2/6)
    Smallest Crowd, Road   100 (UH-Hilo, 1/24) 
    Longest Hit Streak      20 (Bloomquist, 1/23-3/5)
    Most Hits, Game          6 (Mark Ernster, 2/20)
    Most Runs, Game          6 (Beinbrink, 2/20)
    Most Doubles, Game       3 (Gosewisch, 2/28)
    Most Triples, Game       1 (eight players tied)
    Most HRs, Game           1 (10 players tied)
    Most RBIs, Game          6 (Beinbrink, 2/20)
    Most SBs, Game           4 (Bloomquist, 2/28)
    Most Strikeouts, Game:
             ASU Pitcher    13 (Waldrip, 1/16 & 2/18)
             Opp. Pitcher   16 (Young, Stanford, 3/5)
    Fewest Hits Allowed (CG Effort)
              ASU Pitcher    1 (Drew Friedberg, 1/24)
              Opp. Pitcher   6 (Jason Young, 3/5)
    Most Walks, Game:
              ASU Pitcher    5 (Waldrip, 2/6)
              Opp. Pitcher   7 (Bell, 1/24)
    Most Consecutive Scoreless Innings:
                 Starter    21.1 (Waldrip, 1/16-1/30)
                 Reliever   12.1 (Charlie Williamson, 1/15-2/14)
    
    1998 National Rankings (Pacific-10 Schools)
    School          BA     CB     BW
                  (3/15) (3/15)  (3/8)
    Stanford         5      3       3
    Arizona State   20     20      15
    Arizona         NR     30      23
    Washington      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. 242  - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-
    3. 241 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81
    4. 229 - Bob Horner, 1976-78
    5. 200 - Alvin Davis, 1979-82
    

    Most Doubles 1. 88 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76 2. 70 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94 3. 65 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996- 4. 59 - Stan Holmes, 1978-81 5. 58 - Dan Rumsey, 1986-89 6. 56 - Mikel Moreno, 1995-98 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. 273 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996- 6. 264 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94

    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. 205 - 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 5. 18 - Willie Bloomquist, 1997- 16 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-

    Homeruns (24)
    Solo: (8) Jones 3, Beinbrink 3, Ernster 1, Goodman 1, Gosewisch 1
    2-run: (8) Cadiente 1, Gosewisch 2, Bloomquist 1, Ernster 1, Beinbrink 1, Jones 1, Phelps 1
    3-run: (6) Jones 1, Delucchi 1, Beinbrink 2, Bloomquist 1, Myers 1
    Grand Slams: (1) Beinbrink 1
    Back-to-Back: (2) Jones and Ernster 1, Gosewisch and Beinbrink 1
    Two in One Game: (0)
    Inside the Park: (0)

    Pinch-Hit: (1) Phelps 1

    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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