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ASU Best Teams: No. 2 1977 Baseball vs. No. 7 1973 Baseball

Two of Brock’s best

Photo from Sun Devil Athletics

We continue our best teams from ASU ever this summer with our next matchup. No. 1 1981 Baseball beat No. 9 2013 Softball in our last matchup. Now it’s No. 2 1977 Baseball vs. No. 7 1973 Baseball.

Here’s the current bracket:

No. 2 1977 Baseball

Record: 57-12 (15-3 WAC), Won College World Series

Head coach: Jim Brock

Notable players: Bob Horner, Hubie Brooks

The rundown: Backed behind sluggers Bob Horner and Hubie Brooks, who combined for 26 home runs in the season led Jim Brock to his first title and ASU to its fourth. Horner, the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series, who is still ASU’s all-time home run leader added another prestige to his Sun Devil career. After losing to Southern Illinois earlier on, ASU won four elimination games, including a rematch with Southern Illinois to win the championship in Omaha.

No. 7 1973 Baseball

Record: 59-8, College World Series runner-up

Head coach: Jim Brock

Notable players: Jim Umbarger, Jim Otten

The rundown: The 1973 squad, led by head coach Jim Brock, lost just eight games the entire season en route to a second-place finish at the 1973 College World Series. This was only Brock’s second year with the team, and he would eventually be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. Arizona State went 16-1 during WAC play (good enough to win the 1973 WAC regular season title), and cruised all the way to the 1973 CWS championship game where they lost to Southern California 3-1. Four Sun Devils were named to the All-Tournament team (Eddie Bane, Clint Meyers, Clay Westlake and Bill Berger), the most out of any team competing in the 1973 CWS.

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