Sept. 11, 2000
Gold Coast, Queensland, AUSTRALIA -- Rikkert Faneyte connected on a bases loaded double in the second inning that scored three runs and later pitched the ninth inning to earn a save, leading Pat Murphy's Dutch National Team to a 4-3 victory over Team USA Monday night at Palm Meadows Park in an Olympic preparation game.
Faneyte, who is a native of Amsterdam and highly regarded as the top player on the Dutch team, played in the Major Leagues over the course of four seasons with the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants.
Murphy's Dutch squad is competing in a pre-Olympic tournament which features six of the eight competing Olympic teams. Murphy quoted the win as one of the biggest in Dutch baseball history. The loss was the first of the exhibition schedule for Tommy Lasorda's Team USA squad.
The 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Murphy, a Syracuse, NY native, recently completed his sixth season at the helm of the ASU program, guiding the Sun Devils to a 44-15 record and their third postseason appearance in four years. With a 605-294-3 record in 16 seasons, he is the winningest active coach under the age of 43 in collegiate baseball. Murphy has compiled a 232-123 record during his tenure at ASU, and has guided the Sun Devils to top-12 rankings in three of the last four years.
The Netherlands squad will continue to workout along the Gold Coast of Australia until the Games of the XXVII Olympia begin in Sydney. Murphy is no stranger to baseball in Australia, having helped develop the game there nearly 16 years ago in the early 1980's.
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