Prior Adds More Hardware To 2001 Trophy Case

June 7, 2001

OMAHA, Neb. -- The American Baseball Coaches Association named USC junior pitcher Mark Prior as the 2001 Player of the Year. It is Prior's second national player of the year award this season.

Prior is 14-1 this season with a 1.50 ERA. He was named as Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Year and earned Collegiate Baseball and USA Today Baseball Weekly All-America first team honors, along with being named as the Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year. In 131 2/3 innings this season, Prior has allowed only 91 hits, struck out 189 and walked only 17. The 189 strikeouts is a school and Pac-10 Conference single season record.

This season, he has made seven starts where he did not allow a walk. In those 57 innings, he has struck out 86 batters.

Prior will be the starting pitcher in Saturday's game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the College World Series. The game will start at 12:30 p.m. Central time (10:30 a.m. Pacific) and will be broadcast live on CBS.

All USC games during the CWS will also be broadcast on KMPC 1540 AM with Rory Markas and Justin Dedeaux calling the action. The games will also be simulcast on www.usctrojans.com.

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