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Sun Devil Baseball Ranked 6th In Collegiate Baseball's Preseason Poll
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Release: 12/21/2000
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Dec. 21, 2000

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Led by two players on Collegiate Baseball's preseason All-American team, the Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team cracked the 2001 college baseball polls with a No. 6 national ranking.

The Sun Devils finished the 2000 season with a 44-15 record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the 23rd time in school history and finished the year ranked 12th. The nucleus of the team returns with the entire infield intact, including 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year Casey Myers. Myers (Case Grande, Ariz.) and ace left-handed pitcher Jon Switzer (Houston, Texas) were both honored by being named to Collegiate Baseball's preseason All-American team.

The No. 6 preseason ranking is the second highest for the Sun Devils during head coach Pat Murphy's six-year tenure. ASU was ranked No. 5 by Collegiate Baseball to open the 1998 season and went on finish second at the College World Series in Omaha. The Sun Devils have finished the season ranked in the top 12 in three of the past four years.

Arizona State, who finished just three points shy of the top 5, is one of three Pac-10 schools ranked in the poll, with No. 2 USC and No. 11 Stanford also earning votes. The Sun Devils possess one of the toughest schedules in the nation, with 15 games against teams ranked in the preseason top 25. ASU will match up against defending national champions LSU (#3), Cal State Fullerton (#12), Oklahoma (#15), and Tennessee (#25) during the 2001 season, in addition to Pac-10 foes USC and Stanford.

Myers, who hit .412 in 2000 with 97 RBI and 18 home runs while earning numerous All-American awards, returns for his senior year in Tempe after recording one of the most productive offensive years in ASU baseball history. The senior catcher was also named the National Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and was the Academic All-American of the Year. Myers was also a first-team preseason All-American as announced by the NCBWA.

Switzer was a third-team All-American a year ago after going 11-3 with a 3.89 ERA. The junior southpaw is slated as the opening day starter for the Devils and is looking to capitalize after a successful summer with Team USA.

Arizona State begins practice for the 2001 season Jan. 2 and will open the season Jan. 26 with a three-game series by hosting Texas-Arlington at Packard Stadium.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's

NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll (As of Dec. 20, 2000)

www.baseballnews.com

Rank School ('00 Final Record) Points Final '00 Rank
1. Georgia Tech (50-16) 478 10
2. Southern California (44-20) 477 5
3. Louisiana St. (52-17) 473 1
4. Nebraska (51-17) 469 11
5. Clemson (51-18) 465 6
6. Arizona St. (44-15) 462 12
7. Rice (43-23) 460 26
8. Florida St. (53-19) 456 3
9. Miami, Fla. (41-19-1) 455 14
10. South Carolina (56-10) 453 9
11. Stanford (50-16) 449 2
12. Cal. St. Fullerton (38-21) 446 22
13. Florida (44-23-1) 442 17
14. Notre Dame (46-18) 439 NR
15. Oklahoma (41-23) 437 NR
16. Georgia (32-26) 433 NR
17. Baylor (45-17) 430 18
18. Auburn (41-20) 429 25
19. Central Florida (43-19) 425 30
20. Stetson (48-16) 424 23
21. Mississippi St. (41-20) 420 15
22. Long Beach St. (31-25) 418 NR
23. Evansville (41-22) 415 NR
24. Alabama (41-24) 411 27
25. Tennessee (40-23) 409 NR
26. Texas (46-21) 406 7
27. The Citadel (39-20) 404 NR
28. Wake Forest (41-20-1) 399 20
29. Wichita St. (44-21) 397 28
30. East Carolina (46-18) 394 29
31. Florida International (42-20) 390 NR
32. Southern Miss. (32-26) 387 NR
33. Tulane (38-22-1) 383 NR
34. Texas A&M (23-35) 380 NR
35. Oklahoma St. (36-22) 379 NR
36. Fresno St. (40-21) 375 NR
37. Pepperdine (36-23) 370 NR
38. Virginia Tech. (34-25-2) 367 NR
39. Minnesota (38-24) 364 NR
40. Penn State (45-19) 360 19

First Team Pre-Season All-Americans
LHP Lenny Dinardo, Stetson (16-1, 1.90 ERA, 132 SO, 27 BB)
RHP Kip Bouknight, South Carolina (17-1, 2.81 ERA, 143 SO, 34 BB)
RHP Aaron Heilman, Notre Dame (10-2, 3.21 ERA, 118 SO, 29 BB)
RHP Shane Komine, Nebraska (11-4, 2.24 ERA, 159 SO, 31 BB)
RHP Rik Currier, Southern California (15-3, 3.31 ERA, 141 SO, 56 BB)
RHP Dewon Brazelton, Middle Tenn. St. (7-3, 4.83 ERA, 98 SO, 28 BB)
Relief - Zane Carlson, Baylor (15 SV, 2.28 ERA, 46 SO, 21 BB)
C - Casey Myers, Arizona St. (Outstanding defense, .412, 18 HR, 19 2B, 97 RBI)
1B - Todd Faulkner, Auburn (.423, 22 HR, 27 2B, 103 RBI)
2B - Chris Burke, Tennessee (.401, 26 2B, 55 RBI, 56 SB)
SS - Bobby Crosby, Long Beach St. (Great defense, .348, 10 HR, 12 2B, 16 SB)
3B - Mark Teixeira, Georgia Tech (.427, 18 HR, 21 2B, 80 RBI)
OF - Gabe Gross, Auburn (.430, 13 HR, 26 2B, 86 RBI)
OF - Frank Corr, Stetson (.431, 34 2B, 18 HR, 98 RBI)
OF - John-Ford Griffin, Florida St. (.403, 33 2B, 58 RBI)
OF - Jason Basil, Georgia Tech (.382, 15 HR, 25 2B, 83 RBI)
Utility - Dallas McPherson, The Citadel (.378, 18 2B, 55 RBI, 8-1 as pitcher, 3.07 ERA)
Second Team Pre-Season All-Americans
RHP Mark Prior, Southern California
RHP Josh Karp, UCLA
RHP Kenny Baugh, Rice
LHP Jon Switzer, Arizona St.
RHP Preston Larrison, Evansville
RHP Steve Kelly, Georgia Tech
RHP Bob Brownlie, Rutgers
Relief Nick Glaser, Clemson
C Brooks Vogel, Dayton
C Bryan Prince, Georgia Tech
1B Philip Hartig, The Citadel
2B Mike Fontenot, Louisiana St.
SS Steve Holm, Oral Roberts
SS Seth Davidson, Southern California
3B Taggert Bozied, San Francisco
OF Todd Linden, Louisiana St.
OF Brian Stavisky, Notre Dame
OF Karl Nonemaker, Vanderbilt
OF Donny Sevieri, New Mexico
UT Ryan Stegall, Missouri
Third Team Pre-Season All-Americans
RHP Rhett Parrott, Georgia Tech
RHP Jon Skaggs, Rice
RHP Blair Varnes, Florida St.
RHP Ben Keiter, Wichita St.
LHP Ryan Gordon, N.C. Greensboro
RHP Dan Haren, Pepperdine
RHP Darrell Rasner, Nevada
LHP Brian Walker, Miami (Fla.)
RHP Rich McGuire, Delaware
LHP Adam Wynegar, James Madison
RHP Peterson Benjamin, Florida Atlantic
Relief Kirk Saarloos, Cal. St. Fullerton
Relief Adam Larson, Mississippi St.
Relief Josh Brey, Liberty
C Kelly Shoppach, Baylor
C Ryan Budde, Oklahoma St.
C Rock Mills, Pepperdine
1B Ryan Howard, S.W. Missouri St.
1B Pat Hollander, Lehigh
1B Ryan Brunner, Northern Iowa
2B Richard Lewis, Georgia Tech
2B Andrew Salvo, Delaware
2B Keith Lillash, Cleveland St.
SS Jeff Keppinger, Georgia
SS Jeremy Kurella, Central Florida
SS Drew Meyer, South Carolina
SS Tim Merritt, South Alabama
SS Eric Arnold, Rice
3B Kevin Howard, Miami (Fla.)
3B Joe Drapeau, Maine
3B Jake Gautreau, Tulane
OF Patrick Boyd, Clemson
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