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Release: 06/21/1999
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January 12, 1999

Friday, January 15 University of Utah 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 16 University of Utah 1 p.m.
Sunday, January 17 University of Utah 1 p.m.

ASU -- Arizona State (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10 and ranked No. 12 Baseball America and No. 27 Collegiate Baseball in the pre-season polls) will open the 1999 season with a non-conference three-game series with the University of Utah (0-0, 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's game will be carried live while Saturday and Sunday's broadcast will be tape-delayed due to the NFL playoffs and ASU basketball. Trey Bender and Bob Eger will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

OPENING DAY -- The Devils first game of the 1999 season is not only the earliest opening date in the history of the program, but also the earliest start date by a Pac-10 team in conference history ... two games are being played on Jan. 15 this season which is believed to be the all-time earliest start date by Div. I teams: Utah at ASU and Sonoma State at Hawaii-Hilo ... Arizona State has only lost once on opening day in the last 20 years (1993, a 4-9 loss at Hawaii) ... since joining the Pac-10 in 1978-79, ASU is 19-1 in its first regular season game ... the Devils are 19-0 on opening day at home, since moving to the Pac-10 ... under head coach Pat Murphy, ASU is 4-0 ... the Devils have posted only one shutout of an opponent on opening day in the last 20 seasons (7-0 win over Duke in 1995) ... Murphy teams on opening day have averaged 9.5 runs and 10.5 hits per game ... under Murphy, the starting pitcher in every opening game has been the pitcher of record and gotten the win.

AIMLESS FACTS DEPARTMENT -- Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 195 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ... last year, the Sun Devils 586 total strikeouts were the most by a pitching staff in Pac-10 history ... ASU baseball is celebrating 40 years of collegiate baseball in 1999; the Devils first took the field as a varsity sport back in 1959 ... an Arizona State player led the conference in six of eight offensive categories last season ... head coach Pat Murphy was honored as Baseball America's 1998 Coach of the Year ... ASU returns its top three RBI producers in '99 (Beinbrink, Bloomquist and Myers).

ABOUT UTAH -- The Utes finished 23-31 in 1998, 12-18 WAC ... they are coached by former ASU player Tim Esmay (Arizona State '88) ... assistant coach Todd Delnoce (Arizona State '94) is also a former Devil ... Utah returns 13 letterwinners as well as eight starters ... the last meeting between the two teams occurred in 1994 with a ASU winning 17-3 on Feb. 23 ... top returnees include catcher Jared Larsen (.362-7-53) and outfielder Eric Wallace (.353-11-53) ... ASU leads the all-time series with the Utes, 13-2 .

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 198 RBI through three seasons and needs just 53 RBI to become the all-time RBI leader (Beinbrink has averaged 66 RBI over the past three years). 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. The infielder led the Pac-10 in five different offensive categories including batting average (.414) in 1998. The first-team All-Pac-10 selection's batting average of .414 ranked seventh all-time at ASU. He needs six triples to enter the top five in career triples at Arizona State. Bloomquist played for the 1998 USA Baseball National Team, hitting at a .333 clip. He was selected to both Baseball America's (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball's (third-team) preseason All-American teams. He enters the 1999 season on a seven-game hitting streak.

CASEY AT BAT -- Sophomore catcher Casey Myers hopes to pick up where he left off last season after garnering Freshman All-American honors. Playing primarily as the designated hitter in '98, Myers is expected to make the move to his natural position (catcher) this season. He was named an honorable mention on the '98 All-Pac-10 team and named Newcomer of the Year by his teammates at the Arizona State Baseball Banquet. Myers ended the season batting .386 on the year with 58 RBI (third on the squad). His .609 slugging percentage tied for tops on the team.

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).

PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS -- Sophomore Chad Pennington (Hamilton, Ohio) returns as ASU's most experienced pitcher, logging 75.0 innings last season. The righthander was third on the team in ERA (4.20) with a 7-2 record and three saves. He was an honorable mention Freshman All-American last season as well as an All-Pac-10selection (HM). Last year he held opponent batters to a .229 average. Pennington has been rehabbing a sore elbow throughout the summer and is expected to be at full strength for the '99 campaign.

INJURY REPORT -- Freshman infielder Gonzo Grasis (Tucson, Ariz.) will have surgery on his left wrist this 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.

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 paly 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

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 seven games that will not be broadcast by KMVP: the second game of the Hawaii-Hilo doubleheader on Jan. 23, the alumni game on Feb. 2, the exhibition game with the Angels on Mar. 3 and the second game of the Boston College doubleheader on Mar. 20.

Sun Devils By Position

Casey Myers, So. or Trent Pratt, Fr.
Jeff Phelps, So. or Mitch Jones, Jr.
Mark Ernster, Jr. or Chip Gosewisch, Sr.
Andrew Beinbrink, Sr. .328, 77 H, 63 R, 85 RBI
Willie Bloomquist, Jr. .414, 109 H, 88 R, 61 RBI
Jay Sitzman, Jr. .277, 13 H, 11 R, 4 RBI
Dustin Delucchi, Jr. .222, 22 H, 19 R, 11 RBI
Jeff Duncan, So. Transfer from Iowa State
Scott Goodman, Jr., Jones, Jr. or Kevin Tillman, So.
Chuck Crumpton (1/15) 3-7, 3.00 ERA, 61 K
C. Pennington, So. (1/16) 7-2, 4.20 ERA, 87 K
Will Waldrip, Jr. (1/17) Transfer from BYU

ASU Record Breakdown

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

1998 ASU Baseball Superlatives

Longest Win Streak      11 games (3/29-4/19)
Longest Losing Streak    6 games (3/11-3/18)
Most Runs, Game:
                ASU     24 (USC, 4/11)
                Opp.    17 (WSU, 2/15 & Stanford, 2/28)
Most Runs, Inning:
                ASU     13 (Florida International, 1/24)
                Opp.     9 (Fresno State, 3/17)
Most Hits, Game:
                ASU     22 (Arizona, 4/4)
                Opp.    17 (UCLA, 4/17)
Most Hits, I nning:
                ASU      7 (3 times, last time USC, 4/11)
                Opp.     7 (Fresno State, 3/17)
Most Doubles, Game:
                ASU      7 (Arizona, 4/4 & 4/25)
                Opp.     6 (Arizona, 2/25)
Most Triples, Game:
                ASU      3 (Arizona, 4/4)
                Opp.     2 (WSU, 2/15 & UNLV, 5/58)
Most Home Runs, Game:
                ASU      5 (USC, 4/11)
                Opp.     3 (5 teams, last time Stanford, 5/3)
Most Stolen Bases, Game:
                ASU      7 (Florida International, 1/24)
                Opp.     3 (New Mexico, 4/28)
Most Double Plays (turned), Game:
                ASU      3 (3X, last time UCLA, 4/17)
                Opp.     4 (UCLA, 4/19)
Most Errors, Game:
                ASU      5 (vs. Arizona, 4/24)
                Opp.     6 (UCLA, 4/19)
Most Strikeouts (pitching), 9-Inning Game:
                ASU     18 (California, 3/21)
                Opp.    14 (Arizona, 4/24)
Most Walks (pitching), 9-Inning Game:
                ASU     12 (Oklahoma, 4/14)
                Opp.    14 (Cal State Northridge, 1/22)
Largest Win. Margin     20 (USC, 4/11)
Largest Loss Margin     13 (Stanford, 2/27)
Largest Crowd, Home  3,970 (Arizona, 4/24)
Smallest Crowd, Home 1,109 (FIU, 1/24)
Largest Crowd, Road  3,414 (Fresno St, 3/18) 
Smallest Crowd, Road    36 (UHH, 2/1) 
Longest Hit Streak      16 (Phelps, 4/25-present)
Most Hits, Game          4 (five players tied)
Most Runs, Game          5 (Moreno, 4/4)
Most Doubles, Game       3 (Jones, 4/11)
Most Triples, Game       2 (Bloomquist, 4/4)
Most HRs, Game           1 (nine players tied )
Most RBIs, Game          5 (two players tied)
Most SBs, Game           4 (Bloomquist, 3/14)
Most Strikeouts, Game:
         ASU Pitcher    15 (Ryan Mills, 4/9)
         Opp. Pitcher   10 (Thomas Ford, UHH, 1/29)
Fewest Hits Allowed (CG Effort)
         ASU Pitcher     2 (Jay Gehrke, 1/31)
         Opp. Pitcher    8 (Austin, Stan., 5/1)
Most Walks, Game:
         ASU Pitcher     6 (Ryan Mills, 4/3)
         Opp. Pitcher    7 (Vasquez, CSN)
Most Consecutive Scoreless Innings:
        Starter       17.0 (Mills, 1/23-2/6)
        Reliever       8.2 (Chuck Crumpton, 1/22-2/7)
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. 200 - Alvin Davis, 1979-82

5. 198 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-

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

6. 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
6. 224 - 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

6. 167 - 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
4. .389 - Dan McKinley, 1995-97
5. .388 - Chris Bando, 1975-78

1. 26 - Alan Bannister, 1970-72
1. 26 - Ed Irvine, 1977-79
3. 20 - Rick Peters, 1974-77
3. 20 - Bump Wills, 1971-74
4. 15 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-

5. 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. Last year 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.


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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