Aug. 13, 2000
HAARLEM, The Netherlands -- Arizona State University All-American catcher Casey Myers went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored to lead Team USA to a thrilling 9-8 win over ASU head coach Pat Murphy's led Dutch National team in 10 innings at the annual Haarlem Honkball Baseball Week in The Netherlands.
Myers and Murphy know each other just about as well as possible. Myers is an All-American catcher and 2001 Player of the Year candidate for the Sun Devils and corralled 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. He has played under Murphy for three years at ASU. Murphy will be in his seventh year at the helm of the ASU program and was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2000 by leading the Sun Devils to a 44-15 record.
"It was fun playing against Coach Murphy," said Myers after leading Team USA to its 19th consecutive win. "I've played for him for three years and it was definitely a battle in terms of how he would pitch me. This has just overall been a great experience for me to play against this type of competition and get to travel all over the world."
Murphy's Dutch squad led Team USA by two runs heading into the ninth frame, but Jake Gautreau's (IF, So, Tulane) two-out, two-run double in the ninth sent the game into extra innings, and Ryan Budde's (C, So, Oklahoma State) RBI double in the 10th proved to be the game winner.
With the win, Team USA improved to 26-3-1 during the 2000 Qwest Red, White and Blue Tour, including a perfect 5-0 record in the round-robin tournament. The Americans have now won seven consecutive games and own a 20 game unbeaten streak dating back to July 7th. The streak includes 19 wins and one tie. The Netherlands drops to 3-2 in the tournament. Team USA's victory clinches a spot in the tournament's championship game Sunday against Cuba. The US National Team defeated Cuba 9-1 on Thursday.
The Netherlands was the first team to get on the scoreboard, scoring the game's first run in the second inning on an RBI single by right fielder Remy Maduro. But the United States answered in the top of the third by sending 11 batters to the plate en route to a six-run inning. Myers ripped a pair of singles and drove in two runs during the inning.
"Casey played well tonight and does so many things well that don't show up in the box score," said Murphy of his All-American catcher. "He always seems to rise to the occasion."
Arizona State left-handed pitcher Jon Switzer also played for Team USA this summer and would have had the chance to pitch against his collegiate coach, but had to leave the team before traveling to Holland because of sickness.
Myers will return to ASU after the trip to start his senior year in school where he has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA in Math. Murphy will return to Tempe for a short stay before leaving to coach the Holland team in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney on Sept. 5.
Copy by Jeff R. Evans with help from USA Baseball
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