June 6, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University All-American baseball player Casey Myers became the first student-athlete to repeat as the Baseball Academic All-American of the Year, as the Sun Devil senior catcher became a three-time Verizon Academic All-American University Division selection when the team was released this week.
Myers, who recently capped a stellar career on the diamond in the Maroon and Gold, graduated with honors in early May with a 3.97 GPA with degrees in Mathematics and Economics. A native of Case Grande, Ariz., Myers came to Arizona State in 1998 with a much respected academic reputation that saw him score a perfect 800 on the math portion of his SAT's. With his three selections to the Academic All-America team, Myers has helped build an academic tradition within the ASU baseball program that has seen five AAA awards be awarded to the program in the last three years. Willie Bloomquist and Mark Ernster also earned AAA awards in 1999.
In addition to his academic prowess in the classroom, 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' 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). The Sun Devils finished the year 37-20-1 overall, third place in the Pac-10 at 14-10 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time during Myers' stellar career.
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.
2001 VERIZON ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA UNIVERSITY DIVISION BASEBALL TEAM
First Team Pos. Name School Year Hometown GPA Major P Mike Naumann Notre Dame Sr. Tucson, Ariz. 3.92 Pre-Professional Science P Jon Smith Cal State Fullerton Sr. Nuevo, Calif. 4.00 Accounting C Casey Myers Arizona State Sr. Casa Grande, Ariz. 3.97 Mathematics/Economics IF Mike DeRenzo Penn State Jr. Murrysville, Pa. 3.68 Computer Engineering IF Chad Ehrnsberger Central Florida Sr. Ottawa, Ohio 3.60 Sports Administration IF Kevin Kirkby St. Joseph's Sr. River Vale, N.J. 3.48 Mathematics IF Russ Lindberg Bucknell Sr. Cleveland Hts., Ohio 3.58 Finance OF John Cole Nebraska Jr. Ottawa, Canada 3.58 Business Administration OF Jared Hertz Gonzaga Sr. La Verne, Calif. 3.94 Finance OF Bryan Scheurer Central Michigan Sr. Portland, Mich. 3.91 Elementary Education DH Jim Reilly St. Joseph's Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa. 3.96 Chemistry**Verizon Academic All-American of the Year: Casey Myers, Arizona State**
Copy By Jeff R. Evans
ASU Media Relations