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ASU Best Teams: No. 1 1965 Baseball vs. No. 9 1998 Baseball

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We continue our best teams from ASU ever this summer with our next matchup. No. 2 1977 Baseball beat No. 7 1973 Baseball in our last matchup. Now it’s No. 1 1965 Baseball vs. No. 9 1998 Baseball.

Here’s the current bracket:

No. 1 1965 Baseball

Record: 54-8 (9-3 Western Athletic Conference) College World Series champion

Head coach: Bobby Winkles

Notable players: Rick Monday, Sal Bando

The rundown: First-Team All-American and the 1965 MLB No. 1 overall pick, outfielder Rick Monday homered twice in Omaha as he led Arizona State baseball to its first national championship. The Sun Devils had a dominant 11-1 record in the postseason, which concluded when ASU dealt Ohio State a 2-1 defeat to clinch ASU’s first of five eventual College World Series titles.

No. 9 1998 Baseball

Record: 38-22 (18-11 Pac-12) College World Series runner-up

Head coach: Pat Murphy

Notable players: Willie Bloomquist, Casey Myers

The rundown: The Sun Devils only lost once in Omaha, but didn’t bring home the title. After three blowout wins against Florida State, Miami and Long Beach State, ASU fell to USC in the final 21-14. This was ASU’s best finish since.

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