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Baseball Squad Faces Grand Canyon Feb. 23
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Release: 06/21/1999
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February 22, 1999

ASU -- Arizona State (16-4, 0-0 Pac-10 and ranked No. 12 Baseball America, No. 10 Baseball Weekly/ESPN Coaches Poll and No. 15 Collegiate Baseball ) travel across town to face Grand Canyon (9-3, 0-0) for a single-game non-conference matchup at Brazelle Stadium this Tuesday.

THIS WEEK ON THE RADIO-- KMVP 860 AM will broadcast Arizona State's single game with the Antelopes this week. Tuesday's broadcast will be live. Trey Bender and Bob Eger will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

DID YOU KNOW? -- Arizona State has not been shutout in its last 215 games (last time shutout was a 0-9 loss to USC on April 7, 1995) ... Pat Murphy is 9-1 vs. Grand Canyon ... the Devils have recorded and extra base hit in the last eight games and in 18 of 20 games this season ... the 28 runs scored against BYU on Saturday is fifth highest total at ASU for a single game ... the Arizona State pitching staff has a healthy 2.46 team ERA and is holding opponent batters to a .216 average at the plate ... four everyday starters are batting over .400 through 20 games ... Andrew Beinbrink has become only the fifth Sun Devil in history to record over 200 career RBI ... the 25 hits vs. BYU on Saturday, tied for the ninth highest total in ASU history .. ASU pitchers have thrown three complete game shutouts ... ASU has outscored its opponents 229-60 through 20 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 11.5 runs per game and 12.3 hits per game ... the Devils are averaging 2.7 stolen bases per game ... ASU has outscored its opponents 55-2 in the first and second innings ... ASU is 1-1 in televised games.

ABOUT GRAND CANYON -- The Cougars are 9-3 heading into tomorrow's matchup ... they are coached by Gil Stafford (Arizona State '76) ... The Antelopes swept UC-Davis over the weekend, 3-2, 6-2 and 7-5 ... ASU leads the all-time series with Grand Canyon, 77-20 ... the last time the two teams played was in 1998 in a single game with ASU winning 10-0 ... GCU is led by Blake Woods who is batting .415 through 12 games and Bill Curtis (.364) who leads the squad with 16 RBI ... ASU has won the last six contest with the Antelopes ... Tuesday's probable starting pitcher is RHP Brian Gerlach (0-0, 7.71 ERA, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K).

ERNSTER HONORED AS NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK -- Second baseman Mark Ernster was honored as the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against BYU. For the weekend, Ernster went 11-for-15 (.733) with 11 RBI and five runs scored. He hit a double and two homers and notched a 1.200 slugging percentage for the series. He was perfect in the field with 7 putouts and 10 assists. On Saturday, we went 6-for-6 at the plate becoming the first Sun Devil since Hubie Brooks in 1978 to accomplish the feat. He is currently on a seven consecutive hits streak and leads the squad with a .472 batting average. His six hits in a single game ties him for second all-time at ASU.

Beinbrink closing in on career marks-- Third baseman Andrew Beinbrink (San Diego, Calif.) will likely become ASU's career leader in RBI, surpassing current Sun Devil leader Clay Westlake (1973-76). The 6-3 infielder/outfielder has 227 RBI and needs just 23 RBI to become the all-time RBI leader (Beinbrink has averaged 66 RBI over the past three years). With his 63 career doubles, he is third 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. Beinbrink is tied for first in multiple-hit games with 11 and is second in multiple-RBI games with six. His .447 batting average is second on the squad and his 34 hits and 10 doubles leads the team. Beinbrink is batting .485 with runners in scoring position and is currently on a five game hitting streak. His six runs scored in Saturday's game vs. BYU set a new career high while his six RBI tied his career high. His six runs scored tied the single game ASU individual record for most runs.

THE HIT MAN -- Returning junior All-American Willie Bloomquist (Port Orchard, Wash.) extended his hitting streak to 15 games over the weekend vs. BYU. It is the longest hitting streak of his college career. He leads the squad in multiple-RBI games with eight and is tied for first in multiple-hit games with 11. His batting average has never dipped below .300 his entire career. He has drawn a team-leading 19 walks as well as 33 runs scored. Bloomquist is batting .512 as a leadoff batter and is batting .500 with runners in scoring position. Bloomquist is tied for first on the team in two-out RBI with 11 on the year. He has hit safely in 19 of 20 games this season. He was selected to both Baseball America's (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball's (third-team) preseason All-American teams.

WALDRIP PICKS UP FIFTH WIN ON THE MOUND -- Junior transfer Will Waldrip (Flagstaff, Ariz.) rang up win number five with an impressive complete game performance against BYU on Thursday night. Waldrip went 9.0 innings, allowed eight hits, one run while striking out 13. He posts an amazing 1.37 ERA, allowing only eight runs in 46 innings of work. He has 16 walks to 53 strikeouts on the year. He became the first ASU pitcher since Doug Henry in 1983 to post back-to-back complete game shutouts earlier this year. 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 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 is holding opponent batters to a .186 average at the plate. Waldrip leads the pitching staff in complete games, strikeouts, shutouts, wins and innings pitched.

PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS -- Sophomore righthander Chad Pennington (Hamilton, Ohio), who spent the summer rehabbing his elbow, picked up his fourth win of the season in Sunday's 28-3 victory over BYU. He pitched 4.0 innings, allowed four hits, no runs, no walks while striking out three. He is now 4-2 on the year with a 1.85 ERA and 34 strikeouts. Pennington has logged 34.0 innings in seven appearances and is holding opponent batters to a .260 average at the plate. He is second on the pitching staff in innings pitched, wins and strikeouts.

Andrew Beinbrink vs. Brigham Young (February 20, 1999)
Willie Bloomquist vs. Brigham Young (February 18, 1999)
Brett Cadiente vs. Howard (January 30, 1999)
Dustin Delucchi vs. California (March 17, 1997)
Mark Ernster vs. Brigham Young (February 19, 1999)
Chip Gosewisch vs. Brigham Young (February 19, 1999)
Mitch Jones vs. Brigham Young (February 19, 1999)
Casey Myers vs. USC (June 6, 1998)
Jeff Phelps vs. USC (June 6, 1998)

SITZMAN STEALS THE SHOW -- Junior leftfielder Jay Sitzman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) leads the squad with 18 stolen bases in 20 games. He is fourth on the team in hits with 24 and is batting .414 on the year. He is tied for second on the team in runs scored with 28 and has walked 18 times this year. He has been perfect in the field with 30 putouts and has a .600 batting average with two outs. Sitzman is currently on a career-high nine-game hitting streak. He set career highs in hits and runs scored with four vs. BYU on Friday.

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
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

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    126.1   13-4  2.36  104  38  33  34  129
Relievers    45.2    3-0  2.78   31  22  14  15   53
Total       172.0   16-4  2.46  135  60  47  49  182
INJURY REPORT -- Senior transfer Donnie Starkins is scheduled to have surgery on his left knee over spring break and will be out for the season. Freshman infielder Gonzo Grasis (Tucson, Ariz.) has had surgery on his left wrist and will most likely be out for the season.

FOR THE RECORD -- A start-by-start breakdown of LHP Will Waldrip and RHP Chad Pennington:

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)

Chad Pennington IP H R ER BB SO W/L vs. Utah 4.1 8 4 3 0 5 ND (0-0) vs. Hawaii-Hilo 7.0 8 0 0 2 9 W (1-0) vs. Howard 7.0 5 0 0 1 8 W (2-0) vs. Florida State 7.1 5 3 3 3 6 L (2-1) vs. New Mexico 3.1 4 4 1 1 2 L (2-2) vs. Brigham Young 4.0 4 0 0 0 3 W (4-2)

* Pennington has picked up one win in relief.

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 -

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.

ASU Record Breakdown

Pac-10                     0-0
Non-Conference            16-4
Vs. Ranked Teams           0-3
Vs. Unranked Teams        16-1
Home Games                11-1
Road Games                 5-3
Day Games                 10-4
Night Games                6-0
Vs. Right-Hand Starters   13-3
Vs. Left-Hand Starters     3-1
One-Run Decisions          1-1
Two-Run Decisions          0-1
Extra Innings              0-0
Shutouts                   4-0
ASU Scores First          15-3
Opponent Scores First      1-1
Led After Seven           15-0
Trailed After Seven        0-3
Tied After Seven           1-1
Led After Eight           15-0
Trailed After Eight        0-4
Tied After Eight           1-0
Out-hit Opponents         14-1
Out-hit by Opponents       0-3
January                   11-0
February                   5-4
March                      0-0
April                      0-0
May                        0-0
Last 5 Games               4-1
Last 10 Games              6-4
Current Streak              W4
1999 ASU Baseball Superlatives

Longest Win Streak 11 games (1/15-1/31) Longest Losing Streak 3 games (2/5-2/7) Most Runs, Game: ASU 28 (Brigham Young, 2/20) Opp. 11 (Florida State, 2/6) Most Runs, Inning: ASU 10 (Brigham Young, 2/20) Opp. 4 (Florida State, 2/6) Most Hits, Game: ASU 25 (BYU, 2/20) Opp. 14 (twice by FSU) Most Hits, Inning: ASU 7 (BYU, 2/18-20) Opp. 5 (Florida State, 2/7) Most Doubles, Game: ASU 7 (UH-Hilo, 1/23) Opp. 2 (two teams) Most Triples, Game: ASU 2 (four times) Opp. 1 (three teams) Most Home Runs, Game: ASU 3 (BYU, 2/19) Opp. 2 (two teams) Most Stolen Bases, Game: ASU 7 (Howard, 1/31) Opp. 3 (BYU, 2/18) Most Double Plays (turned), Game: ASU 3 (New Mexico, 2/14) Opp. 2 (three teams) Most Errors, Game: ASU 8 (New Mexico, 2/13) Opp. 6 (BYU, 2/20) Most Strikeouts (pitching), 9-Inning Game: ASU 13 (Utah, 1/16 & BYU 2/18) Opp. 15 (FSU, 2/5) 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 7 (FSU, 2/6) Largest Crowd, Home 2,569 (BYU, 2/20) 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 15 (Bloomquist, 1/23-2/20) Most Hits, Game 6 (Mark Ernster, 2/20) Most Runs, Game 6 (Beinbrink, 2/20) Most Doubles, Game 2 (Mark Ernster, 1/23) Most Triples, Game 1 (five players tied) Most HRs, Game 1 (six players tied) Most RBIs, Game 6 (Beinbrink, 2/20) Most SBs, Game 3 (Sitzman, 1/31& 2/12)

Most Strikeouts, Game: ASU Pitcher 13 (Waldrip, 1/16 & 2/18) Opp. Pitcher 11 (McDonald, FSU, 2/5) Fewest Hits Allowed (CG Effort) ASU Pitcher 1 (Drew Friedberg, 1/24) Opp. Pitcher N/A 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
              (2/15)  (2/22)  (2/15)
Stanford         5       5       6
USC              6      NR      11
Arizona State   12      15      10
Arizona         19      NR       7
Washington      23      24      24
UCLA            NR      NR      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. 227 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-
5. 200 - Alvin Davis, 1979-82
Most Doubles
1. 88 - Clay Westlake, 1973-76
2. 70 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94
3. 63 - 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. 264 - Antone Williamson, 1992-94
   253 - 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
   195 - 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
1. 26 - Alan Bannister, 1970-72
   26 - Ed Irvine, 1977-79
3. 20 - Rick Peters, 1974-77
   20 - Bump Wills, 1971-74
5. 17 - Willie Bloomquist, 1997-
   16 - Andrew Beinbrink, 1996-

Homeruns (10)

     Solo: (3)  Mitch Jones 1, Andrew Beinbrink 1, Mark Ernster 1
     2-run: (5) Brett Cadiente 1, Chip Gosewisch 2, Willie Bloomquist 1,    
                Mark Ernster 1
     3-run: (1) Mitch Jones 1
     Grand Slams: (1) Andrew Beinbrink 1
     Back-to-Back: (1) Jones and Ernster 1
     Two in One Game: (0)
     Inside the Park: (0)
     Pinch-Hit: (0) 

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.


  • Murphy is the first coach in the era of aluminum bats to have his players practice exclusively with wood bats.

  • 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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