Mark Prior Named Pac-10 Pitcher Of The Year

May 21, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- USC junior pitcher Mark Prior (Bonita, Calif.) was named Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Prior led the Trojans this season with a 13-1 record with a 1.49 ERA. His earned-run-average is the best in the Pac-10 and second-best in the nation. He led the conference in wins (13), strikeouts (166) and opposing batting average (.182). Combined with his strikeouts, Prior walked only 17 batters.

This season, Prior has recorded 10 or more strikeouts 11 times. He was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week five times this year and earned National Player of the Year honors twice.

In Pac-10 play, Prior was 7-0 with a 1.21 ERA. In 67 innings, he allowed 40 hits (six doubles, no triples and two home runs), struck out 93 and walked nine with opponents batting .173 against him.

Prior becomes the seventh Trojan to be named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year since 1991 and the fourth straight to earn the honor (Seth Etherton in 1998, Barry Zito in 1999 and Rik Currier in 2000 as a co-Pitcher of the Year).

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