Prior Adds Another First Team All-America Honor

May 30, 2001

LOS ANGELES -- USC junior pitcher Mark Prior was named Wednesday as a first team All-American by USA Today Baseball Weekly. Prior was also listed as a Player of the Year candidate by the publication, along with Tennessee shortstop Chris Burke. This week, Prior is also featured on the front cover of Baseball America in an issue that covers the upcoming major league baseball draft.

Prior (Bonita, Calif.) is 13-1 on the season with a 1.54 ERA, five complete games and three shutouts. In 122 2/3 innings, he has allowed only 84 hits, struck out 180 and allowed only 17 walks. He is two strikeouts away from tying the school and Pac-10 Conference single season record for strikeouts of 182, held by Seth Etherton (1998). He has made six starts this season where he has not allowed a walk for a total of 48 innings. In those 48 innings that he did not allow a walk, Prior has struck out 77 batters.

Earlier, Prior was named as National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and earned first team All-America honors. With the two All-America honors, the USC baseball program can now claim 81 first-team All-Americans. Prior was also named Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year.

USC (42-17) will host Florida International (43-19) this weekend for the NCAA Super Regional at Dedeaux Field (June 1-3). Prior is expected to start Friday's game at 6 p.m.

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