Sept. 26, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- The Arizona State baseball program ranked 12th in a recent poll as one of the top collegiate programs in the nation to produce players for USA Baseball. Since 1984, Arizona State has produced eight players to play on the USA Baseball National Team.
Former Sun Devil All-American Oddibe McDowell (1984-85) was ASU's first selection to Team USA, helping the Red, White and Blue to a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics (exhibition sport) at Dodger Stadium. Other Sun Devils to play for Team USA include Jim Austin (1990), Kaipo Spenser (1995), Casey Myers (2000), Jon Switzer (2000), Mike Esposito (2001), Dustin Pedroia (2002) and current Seattle Mariner Willie Bloomquist (1998) that have spent the summer playing with Team USA.
Pac-10 rival Stanford ranked No. 1 on the list, putting at least one player on Team USA in 17 of the 19 years. Miami (Fla.), Cal State Fullerton, USC and Georgia Tech rounded out the top five.
ASU Baseball Player on USA Baseball National Team:
2002 - Dustin Pedroia 2001 - Mike Esposito 2000 - Jon Switzer 2000 - Casey Myers 1998 - Willie Bloomquist 1995 - Kaipo Spenser 1990 - Jim Austin 1984 - Oddibe McDowell