Four Sun Devil Baseball Players Earn Pac-10 Academic Awards
June 18, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Four Arizona State Sun Devil baseball players were named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Team when it was announced today by conference Commissioner Tom Hansen. Tyler Johnson, Casey Myers and Jon Switzer were named to the first team, while senior Jeff Phelps was the only Sun Devil to be named to the second team.
Myers, who was also named the Academic All-American of the Year for all of college baseball, was selected to the All-Academic Pac-10 team for the third consecutive year. With a 3.97 GPA gaining degrees in Mathematics and Economics, Myers finished his ASU career as one of the most decorated Sun Devils in history. Becoming only the third ASU player ot record over 300 hits, Myers hit .384 over his career and fell just nine RBI short of the Pac-10 and school record of 284. Myers earned All-American status in three of his four years at ASU, including several nominations in 2001 after hitting a team-leading .395 with seven home runs this year. He will become the third member of his family (father Clint and brother Corey) to play professional baseball later this week when he debuts with the Vancouver Canadians. He was drafted in the ninth round by the Oakland Athletics earlier in the month.
Switzer repeated as a member on the Academic first-team and was selected as a Verizon District VIII Academic All-American earlier this year with a 3.44 GPA in Marketing. Switzer was 5-6 with a 4.04 ERA during his junior year of 201 and was second in the Pac-10 with 128 strikeouts. The junior southpaw was drafted 47th overall as a second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Johnson earned the first Pac-10 award of his five-year ASU career, earning a 3.83 GPA while graduating with a degree in secondary education. He also graduated with a Master's degree this May. Johnson was 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA on the mound this spring, striking out 12 in 12.0 innings. Phelps was a second-team pick after named to the first-team last year. Earning a 3.40 GPA in Communications, Phelps was solid over his career, hitting a combined .334 in four years with 57 doubles and 18 home runs. Drafted in the 36th round by the Philadelphia Phillies, Phelps will start his professional career this week with the Batavia Muckdogs in the Single-A New York-Penn League.
First Team Yr. GPA MajorMike Bomar, WASH Sr. 3.62 Political ScienceStephen Copeland, OSU So. 3.65 MathematicsThad Johnson, OSU Sr. 3.62 SociologyTyler Johnson, ASU Sr. 3.83 Secondary EducationRyan Lubner, CAL Sr. 3.63 Mass CommunicationsMichael Moralex, USC So. 3.75 BusinessCasey Myers, ASU Sr. 3.97 Mathematics/EconomicsChris O'Riordan, STAN Jr. 3.46 Political ScienceEli Stokols, CAL Sr. 3.59 History/Mass CommunicationsJon Switzer, ASU Jr. 3.44 Marketing
Second TeamRyan Atkinson, CAL Jr. 3.47 Business AdministrationBrian Bannister, USC So. 3.34 Fine ArtsScott Dragicevich, STAN Jr. 3.34 MathematicsRyan Garko, STAN So. 3.26 UndeclaredZach Gordon, OSU Sr. 3.33 HistoryMike Gosling, STAN Jr. 3.39 Human BiologyNicolas Medrano, CAL So. 3.42 ArchitectureJeff Phelps, ASU Sr. 3.40 CommunicationsMark Prior, USC Jr. 3.18 BusinessKen Riley, ARIZ So. 3.59 Undeclared
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