Collegiate Baseball Names Mark Prior As National Player Of The Year

May 25, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams were announced today and featured Mark Prior being named as Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year. Prior, who is 13-1 this season with a 1.49 ERA, is the first player in Trojans' history to win the honor since the award was created in 1984.

Along with being named as a first-team All-American, the Trojans added another player to the ranks as senior pitcher Rik Currier earned third-team All-America status. Prior gives USC the 80th first-team All-American award in its history.

Prior was named this week as Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week. He has struck out 166 batters and walked only 17 this season for the Trojans.

USC is hosting the NCAA First-Round Regional this weekend at Dedeaux Field and Prior is expected to pitch on Saturday (May 26). If USC wins, he will pitch in the 3 p.m. game and if USC loses, he will pitch in the 11 a.m. game.

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