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.

Reviewing 2000 For Arizona State Baseball

  • Casey Myers named Pac-10 Player of the Year, National Defensive Player of the Year and Academic All-American of the Year.

  • Jon Switzer throws complete game against No. 4 and eventual National Champion LSU in Baton Rouge.

  • Team wins Pac-10 Championship with 44-15 record and end year ranked 12th in the nation. Their highest national ranking was 3rd.

  • Head Coach Pat Murphy Named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.

  • Second Baseman Brooks Conrad named First-Team All-Pac-10.

  • ASU finished leads the NCAA in scoring with 10.97 runs per game and finished second in the nation with .346 batting average.

  • ASU's recruiting class that will debut on the diamond in 2001 was ranked best in the nation by Baseball America.

  • Mitch Jones leads NCAA in home runs with .458 per game and breaks ASU single-season record with 27.

  • Jon Switzer and Casey Myers play for Team USA over the summer.

  • Murphy coached Dutch National team in Sydney Olympics, leading Holland to three wins including an upset of international power Cuba.
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