Reviewing 2000 with 2001 Season 24 Days Away
Jan. 2, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. --With the beginning of a new year and opening day for the Arizona State University baseball program only 24 days off, it should not be forgotten the many successes the program accomplished in 2000.
Marked by a 44-15 record, the Sun Devils recorded its sixth Pac-10 Championship and first since 1993. The program advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd year in school history and finished ranked in the top 12 for the third time in the last four years.
Catcher Casey Myers had an unbelievable year hitting .412 with 97 RBI and 18 home runs. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, All-American, the Academic All-American of the Year, Collegiate Baseball Defensive Player of the Year and was honored as the top amateur athlete in Arizona by the March of Dimes.
Senior slugger Mitch Jones eclipsed Bob Horner's 22-year-old school record by hitting 27 home runs. Jones, who was one of eight Devils drafted in 2000, moved on to the professional ranks after being selected in the seventh round by the New York Yankees.
Head Coach Pat Murphy continued his success at the helm of the Sun Devils, leading ASU to its second 40+ win season since he took the program over in 1995. Murphy was named the 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year.