2001 Varsity Baseball Team Defeats Alumni Squad 8-3
Jan. 20, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Playing with wood bats against a group of talented former Arizona State players who were laden with professional baseball talent, the 2001 edition of the ASU Sun Devil baseball program stormed past the Alumni in a 8-3 win Saturday at Packard Stadium.
Led by senior catcher Casey Myers' (Casa Grande) 2-for-4 game at the plate and senior starting pitcher Ty Johnson's (Englewood, Colo.) impressive two perfect innings on the mound, the Sun Devils turned in a solid performance in their final tune-up before opening the 2001 season next Friday (Jan. 26) against Texas-Arlington.
Myers, who was the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year and National Defensive Player of the Year, added two RBI on a two-run double in the opening frame. Johnson, who has only made six pitching appearances in his ASU career, turned in a stellar performance by striking out three and walking none in his appearance. Junior LHP Jon Switzer (Houston) was also solid for the Devils, allowing one run and only three hits in three innings of work.
'I felt good out there on the mound and it is nice to be feeling confident heading into the season,' said Johnson. 'We did some good things out there in a real game situation. I feel good about how the pitchers kept their focus and how our team picked up the intensity from practice.'
In addition to Myers' multi-hit game, Redshirt freshman Lucas Weber (Tucson) and senior third baseman Mike Lopez (Glendale) each added two hits. Other Sun Devils who reached the hit column were Steve Garrabrants (1x3), Mel Stocker (1x2), Jeff Phelps (1x2), Jeremy West (1x3), Eric Keefner (1x1), Jonah Martin (1x2) and Nick Walsh (1x1).
The Alumni squad was led by a talented group of players that featured 14 current minor league players and one former Major Leaguer. Dan McKinley, a star for the Devils from 1995-97 and on the fast track to the big leagues in the Montreal Expos organization, was one of only two alumni players to pound out more than one hit. Catcher/DH Cody McKay (1993-96), who is a catcher at the Triple-A level for Oakland Athletics also added two hits.
Former ASU All-American Willie Bloomquist (1997-99) played in the field, but did not bat at the request of the Seattle Mariners. The 2000 minor league all-star has been invited to the big camp for spring training and has a shot at making the opening day roster. Former Major Leaguer Ken Phelps (1975-76) played at first base and hit a line drive single off the right field fence.
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