Casey Myers Named First-Team All-American By <I>The Sporting News</I>

June 13, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State Sun Devil senior catcher Casey Myers has been named a first-team All-American by The Sporting News. Myers, who has already landed a spot on the Collegiate Baseball, Baseball Weekly and NCBWA second-team All-America lists this year, was named to The Sporting News first-team for the second consecutive year.

Adding to his already impressive list of accolades in 2001, including being named a semifinalist for the Rotary Smith National Player of the Year Award and a finalist for the Dick Howser, National Player of the Year awards the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year Award, Myers has now inked his name on four All-American teams.

The senior All-American backstop led ASU and finished in the top five in the conference in hitting at .395. He added 69 RBI, 17 doubles and a team-leading seven home runs to his impressive 2001 totals. He became only the third Pac-10 player in history to repeat as a Pac-10 Player of the Year and has now earned All-America status in three of his four years in the Maroon and Gold.

For his career, Myers finished tied for seventh in school history with a .384 batting average and ended his illustrious career only eight RBI short of matching the school and Pac-10 record for career RBI (275). He became only the third player in ASU history to surpass the 300 hit plateau in a career and finished his career tied for sixth with 39 home runs.

Myers will continue his baseball career at the professional ranks after being selected in the ninth round of the MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics, becoming the third member of the Myers family to play professional baseball. He will join his brother Corey, who is currently playing at the Single-A level for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and his father Clint, who after starring at Arizona State in the early 1970's, played in the minor leagues.

THE SPORTING NEWS ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM

POSITION PLAYER YEAR SCHOOL
C Casey Myers Sr. Arizona St.
1B Dan Johnson Sr. Nebraska
2B Michael Woods Jr. Southern
3B Jake Gautreau Jr. Tulane
SS Chris Burke Jr. Tennessee
OF John-Ford Griffin Jr. Florida St.
OF Shelley Duncan Jr. Arizona
OF Ryan Brunner Sr. Northern Iowa
DH Matt Hopper So. Nebraska
U John VanBenschoten Jr. Kent St.
SP Mark Prior (RHP) Jr. Southern California
SP Dewon Brazelton (RHP) Jr. Middle Tennessee St.
SP Justin Pope (RHP) Jr. Central Florida
SP Aaron Heilman (RHP) Sr. Notre Dame
SP Noah Lowry (LHP) Jr. Pepperdine
SP Kirk Saarloos (RHP) Sr. Cal State Fullerton
RP Lee Gronkiewicz (RHP) Sr. South Carolina

THE SPORTING NEWS All-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM

POSITION PLAYER YEAR SCHOOL
C Kelly Shoppach So. Baylor
1B Kevin Mitchell Sr. McNeese St.
2B Chris O'Riordan Jr. Stanford
3B Jeff Baker So. Clemson
SS Javy Rodriguez Jr. Miami (Fla.)
OF Billy McCarthy Jr. Rutgers
OF John Cole Jr. Nebraska
OF Greg Dobbs Sr. Oklahoma
DH Andy Cannizaro (SS) Sr. Tulane
U Cory Sullivan Sr. Wake Forest
SP Kenny Baugh (RHP) Sr. Rice
SP Nate Fernley (RHP) Sr. BYU
SP Rik Currier (RHP) Sr. Southern California
SP Shane Komine (RHP) Jr. Nebraska
SP Jason Arnold (RHP) Sr. Central Florida
SP Jeremy Guthrie (RHP) So. Stanford
RP Casey Shumaker (RHP) So. Jacksonville

--Sun Devil Baseball--

Copy By Jeff R. Evans
ASU Media Relations

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