Casey Myers And Andy Torres Named Second-Team All-Americans By NCBWA
June 12, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University baseball players Casey Myers and Andy Torres have been named second-team All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Myers and Torres were two of the leading forces of the Sun Devil baseball team that finished 2001 with a 37-20-1 record and placed third in the Pac-10 with a 14-10 record. Myers led ASU with a .395 batting average and Torres posted a team-high 13 wins.
In addition to his academic prowess in the classroom being named a two-time Academic All-American of the Year, Myers put the finishing touches on a baseball career that will go down as one of the best in school history. Hitting .384 over his four years in Tempe, he is ranked third in the ASU record books with 313 hits, sixth with 39 home runs, fourth with 64 doubles, fifth with 815 at-bats and third with 494 total bases. His 275 career RBI fell just eight short of matching the Pac-10 and ASU record of 283. Myers became only the third player in Pac-10 history to earn Pac-10 Player of the Year twice.
Myers' senior year was no slouch either, as the team captain started all 58 games behind the plate, leading the Devils in several offensive categories, including batting average at .395, home runs (7), RBI (69), walks (37) and total bases (126). He became only the third player in Pac-10 history to repeat as the Pac-10 Player of the Year, and was named a semifinalist for three prestigious national awards (Rotary Smith Player of the Year, Dick Howser Player of the Year, Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year).
Myers will continue his baseball career at the professional ranks after being selected in the ninth round of the MLB draft Tuesday by the Oakland Athletics, becoming the third member of the Myers family to play professional baseball. He will join his brother Cory, 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.
Torres, a junior college transfer from East Los Angeles Community College, was the Sun Devils most pleasant surprise during the 2001 season. Leading ASU with 13 wins, the most by a Devil since Todd Douma's 16 in 1990, Torres finished the year ranked 10th in the NCAA in victories. At 13-4 overall with one save and a 4.30 ERA, Torres was named a second-team All-American as a relief pitcher, posting an impressive 7-1 record with a 3.86 ERA out of the bullpen in 18 appearances. Torres also made nine starts in 2001 and over the course of 92.0 innings pitched, he struck out 74 and allowed 44 earned runs. The last Sun Devil pitcher to earn second-team All-America honors was Ryan Mills in 1998.
Copy By Jeff R. Evans
ASU Media Relations