Baseball America Names Mark Prior As National Player Of The Year
June 21, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- Baseball America named Mark Prior as the 2001 College Player of the Year today. Prior becomes the first Trojan to earn the award since its inception in 1981. It is also Prior's fifth national player of the year award this season.
Prior finished the 2001 season with a 15-1 record and a 1.69 ERA. In 138 2/3 innings, Prior allowed 100 hits, struck out a school and Pac-10 Conference record 202 batters and walked only 18. His 202 strikeouts place him in a tie for 12th place for most ever in NCAA competition. He recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game 13 times this season.
As the No. 2 overall selection in the 2001 draft by the Chicago Cubs, Prior earned Player of the Year honors by Collegiate Baseball, The Sporting News, the American Baseball Coaches' Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association.
The Trojans finished the season with a 45-19 record as USC made its 21st appearance at the College World Series. USC won the Pac-10 Conference championship with an 18-6 record.