Nov. 13, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State Baseball players Ryan Schroyer and Andre Ethier were named to the 2003 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Preseason All-American team today. Schroyer, a junior pitcher was named to the second team, while Ethier, a junior outfielder, earned third-team honors.
Schroyer, a junior from Casa Grande who starred in high school as a pitcher and catcher at Canyon del Oro in Tucson, had a breakthrough year on the mound in 2002 to catapult his name to the top of the All-American list. Pitching in 25 games, Schroyer made the conversion from a starter to the bullpen where he posted a Pac-10 best 2.37 ERA and was 4-1 overall with eight saves. Schroyer was 3-0 with a 1.54 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 41.0 innings as a reliever. His eight saves ranked second in the Pac-10 and he relished in the closer role with a 1.34 ERA in the eighth inning and beyond. Invited to the USA Baseball National Team trials, Schroyer did not make the squad despite throwing three shutout innings, and made the most of his summer with a 0.00 ERA for the NBC World Series Champion Alaska Goldpanners. He was a second-team summer All-American selection by Baseball America and was voted as the No. 3 prospect out of the Alaskan League.
Ethier, a junior from Phoenix and St. Mary's High School, made the NCBWA third team after posting stellar numbers in his first years as a Sun Devil. Transferring back to ASU after a one-year stint at Chandler-Gilbert CC, Ethier finished second on the team in hitting with a .363 batting average, despite missing nearly one month near the end of the season with a broken thumb. He ended the season with 66 hits, 38 runs scored, 14 doubles, four home runs and 50 RBI. He was one of three Sun Devils (along with Jeremy West and Dustin Pedroia) to earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2002. Ethier played with the Rochester Honkers over the Summer and was named the No. 4 prospect from the Northwoods League by Baseball America.
The Sun Devils open the 2003 season with a six-game road trip to Hawaii-Hilo (Jan. 16-19) and will make their home debut vs. San Diego State (Jan. 24-26) for Tony Gwynn's college head coaching debut. ASU will begin official fall practice Nov. 18-Dec. 5 at the Surprise Baseball Campus in Surprise, Ariz. ASU unofficially opens the 2003 campaign with the annual Alumni Game on Jan. 11 at Packard Stadium.