Baseball Opens Nine-Game Homestand
April 23, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team (24-16, 9-3 Pac-10) - winner of 12 NCAA championships, more than twice as many as any other school - will begin a nine-game homestand, starting on Tuesday (April 23) against No. 25 San Diego State (33-13) at 5 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans will also host UC Santa Barbara (16-24) on Wednesday (April 24) before a Pac-10 Conference series against Arizona (27-16, 5-7 Pac-10), beginning on Friday (April 26) at 6 p.m. The series will continue on Saturday (April 27) and Sunday (April 28) with 1 p.m. starts for both games. All five games will be broadcast live, along with Live Stats play-by-play, on www.usctrojans.com.
SAN DIEGO STATE NOTES - No. 25 San Diego State is 33-13 on the season and has won 11 of its last 12 games. Head Coach Jim Dietz is 1,221-740-18 in his 31st and final season at San Diego State. Dietz is retiring after the season to be replaced by current assistant coach and former San Diego Padres' star Tony Gwynn. The Aztecs are batting .322 as a team while its pitching staff has a 3.81 ERA. Closer Royce Ring is 2-1 with a 0.36 ERA with 14 saves (24 2/3 IP, 14 H, 7 BB, 37 SO) this season. The only earned run Ring gave up this season was a solo home run to USC's Alberto Concepcion in the Trojans' 8-6 win on March 18 in San Diego. Third baseman Chad Corona is batting .346 with eight home runs and 30 RBI. The Trojans lead the all-time series with the Aztecs by a 54-21-3 margin.
UC SANTA BARBARA NOTES - UC Santa Barbara is 16-24 on the season after being swept last weekend by Cal State Fullerton. Head Coach Bob Brontsema is 233-232 in his ninth season at UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos are batting .286 as a team while its pitching staff has a 6.18 ERA. Wednesday's pitcher Matt Vasquez is 4-5 with a 3.53 ERA (74 IP, 71 H, 27 BB, 46 SO). Junior Ryan Spilborghs is batting .362 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI. The Trojans lead the all-time series with the Gauchos by an 81-29-1 margin.
ARIZONA NOTES - Arizona is 27-16 this season and 5-7 in Pac-10 Conference play. The Wildcats have won six of their last eight games and took two of three last weekend at home against UC Riverside (5-1, 5-12, 13-5) in non-conference action. Head Coach Andy Lopez is 27-16 in his first season at Arizona after stints at Florida and Pepperdine. Lopez guided Pepperdine to the 1992 College World Series, defeating Cal State Fullerton in the title game to win the national championship. The Wildcats are batting .288 as a team while its pitching staff has a 4.45 ERA. Senior Brad Hassey is batting .321 with six home runs and 35 RBI. Friday's starter Sean Rierson is 7-2 on the season with a 3.53 ERA (91 2/3 IP, 82 H, 20 BB, 63 SO, .246 opponents' batting average). The Trojans lead the all-time series with the Wildcats by a 102-79-1 margin.
LAST WEEK - The Trojans went 4-0 with a non-conference win against Loyola Marymount (8-4) and a Pac-10 series sweep at Washington State (13-7, 15-3, 15-9). APRIL 21 AT WASHINGTON STATE - The Trojans rallied from a four-run deficit with eight runs in the sixth to complete the sweep. Alberto Concepcion broke a 7-7 tie with a three-run shot to right center, followed by Bill Peavey who hit his third of the series with a solo shot. Michael Moon went 4-for-5 with four RBI while Anthony Lunetta was 3-for-6. Cory Campos registered the win with 2 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out four batters. APRIL 20 AT WASHINGTON STATE - Bill Peavey had another outstanding game, going 3-for-3 with a career-high six RBI, including a grand slam as part of a six-run first inning. The Trojans led 15-0 before the Cougars scored three in the ninth. Alberto Concepcion went 4-for-5 with a triple and three RBI while Michael Moon went 3-for-5 with a double. Freshman Matt Chico threw six scoreless innings, allowing two hits, for the win. APRIL 19 AT WASHINGTON STATE - Bill Peavey went 5-for-5 with three doubles while Alberto Concepcion went 4-for-6 with four RBI to open the Pac-10 series with a win against the Cougars. The Trojans scored in every inning, except the eighth. Cory Campos recorded the save with 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits with no walks and three strikeouts. David Gordon went 3-for-3 on the night. APRIL 16 VS. LOYOLA MARYMOUNT - Freshman Joey Metropoulos broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth with a two-run homer to left for the go-ahead runs. Cory Campos pitched five innings in relief, allowing only one run on two hits, to pick up the win. Bill Peavey and Michael Moon had two hits each for the Trojans.
600 WINS FOR DEDEAUX - On April 2 in a 13-5 win against UC Irvine, the USC baseball team registered its 600th victory at Dedeaux Field, which opened in 1974. The Trojans have averaged over 21 wins at Dedeaux Field in the last nine seasons. This year, USC is 6-4 and has only 24 games on its home schedule.
PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL - In a preseason poll of the Pac-10 coaches, USC was picked to finish second in the conference. Stanford (seven first-place votes) was picked to win the conference followed by USC (two first-place votes), Arizona State, California, Arizona, Washington, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE ROAD - With construction at Dedeaux Field, the Trojans played their first 22 games on the road (the three-game series against Baylor, Feb. 15-17, was played at Dodger Stadium). The $4 million project at Dedeaux Field, which will be completed later this season, will add a new clubhouse, players' lounge, expanded coaching offices and Hall of Fame and restrooms. Capacity at Dedeaux Field will be increased to 2,500 with additional seating on the first base side.
ONE CRAZY SEASON - The 2002 season has produced some strange moments for the Trojans: FEBRUARY 23 - The Trojans produced 26 runs on 26 hits in a 26-4 win at UCLA. It was the highest output of runs in the all-time series against UCLA, dating back to 1921, and tied the largest margin of victory (22 runs). The Trojans also defeated the Bruins by 22 runs on March 23, 1958 (23-1). The 26 runs tied the most runs since May 25, 1990, when USC defeated Houston, 26-11, at the South I Regional in Baton Rouge, La. The number tied the mark for the third-highest number of runs produced in school history (the school record is 35, set on May 5, 1959, vs. Occidental). Ironically, the Trojans held a 24-0 lead in the seventh inning, three short of the football team's 27-0 shutout against UCLA last November at the Coliseum. The Trojans also scored 10 runs in the second inning, all of them with two outs. They were three runs away from tying the school record for most runs in an inning (13, twice...last time vs. UNC Greensboro on May 26, 1994, at the South Regional in Baton Rouge, La.). MARCH 9 - Travis McAndrews hit a grand slam against Notre Dame at the Express College Classic in the third as the Trojans held an 8-4 lead, going into the bottom of the fourth. The game took a scary turn when Notre Dame freshman shortstop Matt Edwards broke his right leg in a collision with left fielder Matt Bok. The game was suspended for 40 minutes as Edwards was taken to a nearby hospital. The Irish were truly in a fighting mode as the team scored 11 unanswered runs after the delay, including six runs in the ninth for a 15-8 win against the Trojans. MARCH 19 - The final game of the 22-game 'road trip' produced the worst loss ever in USC's history with a 31-7 defeat at Loyola Marymount. The loss produced three school records: most runs allowed in a game, largest margin of defeat and most hits allowed (27). LMU's Jonathan Oller hit two three-run homers as part of a 10-run seventh inning. The Lions added eight more runs in the eighth as USC used eight pitchers. Reserve infielder Dale Legaspi pitched the final inning for the Trojans, allowing one run on three hits. The Trojans also committed five errors on the afternoon. USC was playing its fifth road game in seven days and had played the night before in San Diego, arriving on campus at 1:30 a.m. in the morning before playing 12 hours later at LMU. APRIL 20 - After a career-best 5-for-5 night, senior first baseman Bill Peavey gets a career-high six RBI on a 3-for-3 afternoon with two home runs in a 15-3 win at Washington State. Peavey's second home run is a solo shot to right that lands on a putting green on WSU's golf course located outside of Bailey-Brayton Field. When a WSU manager goes to get the ball, golfers show him that the ball Peavey hit rolled onto the green and landed into one of the putting green holes for an unconventional 'hole-in-one'.
COACH'S CORNER - Mike Gillespie, in his 16th season as the Trojans' head coach, has a 632-348-2 (.645) career record and has led USC to the 1998 national championship, four conference titles (1991, 1995, 1996, 2001), 13 trips to the NCAA Regionals in 15 years (reaching the regional finals 11 times), and trips to the 1995, 1998, 2000 and 2001 College World Series (Troy finished as the nation's runner-up in 1995). He was named the 1998 National Coach of the Year, the Pac-10 Coach of the Year three times (1991-95-96) and the West Region Coach of the Year twice (1996-98). The starting leftfielder on USC's 1961 NCAA-winning team, he is one of just two men who have both coached and played on championship teams. Gillespie also was named by the United States Olympic Committee as the baseball coach of the year after serving as the head coach for the 2000 U.S. National Team, which posted a 27-3-1 record and the best winning percentage in club history.
SHOOTING FOR THE SULLIVAN - Former USC standout pitcher Mark Prior was one of five finalists for the Sullivan Award, which recognizes the top amateur athlete in the nation and is considered the 'Oscar' of sports awards. Michelle Kwan (figure skating) won the award in a ceremony on April 9 at the New York Athletic Club. The finalists were selected based on their qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship and the ideals of amateurism during the 2001 calendar year and is presented by the Amateur Athletic Union. Prior, who won the 2001 Golden Spikes Award, is only the fourth baseball player in the 72-year history of the award to be named as one of the finalists. He was selected along with Kwan, Natalie Coughlin (swimming), Sean Townsend (gymnastics) and Alan Webb (track and field).
USC: PITCHING PERFECTION - A member of the Trojans' pitching staff has won the honor of Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year four consecutive years. Seth Etherton (now with the Cincinnati Reds) won the honor in 1998, Barry Zito (Oakland Athletics) in 1999, Rik Currier, who earned Co-Pitcher of the Year honors, in 2000 and Mark Prior in 2001.
PLAYING FOR THE U.S.A. - The Trojans have four players with national team experience. Junior pitcher Anthony Reyes was a member of the 2000 and 2001 USA National Team. Freshman pitchers Matt Chico and J.P. Howell pitched for the 2000 and 2001 USA Junior National Team while junior pitcher Chad Clark pitched on the 1998 USA Junior National Team.
CATCH A RISING STAR - Junior catcher/third baseman Alberto Concepcion (El Segundo/El Segundo HS) has provided some power in the middle of the lineup this season. Concepcion is batting .399 (61-for-153) with 13 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 35 RBI. During the Washington State series, Concepcion went 9-for-14 (.643) with two triples, a home run and 10 RBI. He snapped a 7-7 tie with a three-run homer on April 21 at Washington State in the 13-9 victory. In the April 19 game at WSU, he went 4-for-6 with a triple and four RBI. He had a team-high 14-game hitting streak snapped on March 30 against California. On March 28 against California, he went 4-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI. Concepcion went 5-for-11 (.455) with one RBI at Long Beach State (Feb. 8-10) and threw out three runners on six stolen base attempts against him. Before the start of the season, he earned 2002 Baseball America Preseason All-America second team and Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America third team honors. Last year, he batted .321 with seven home runs and 41 RBI. Defensively, he threw out 26 of 100 runners (26.0 %). He batted .299 in his 2000 freshman season with eight home runs and 22 RBI.
SPEED CAMP - Senior first baseman Bill Peavey (Brisbane/Serra HS) is coming off a career season where he batted .305 with seven home runs and 48 RBI, which tied teammate Brian Barre for the team lead. He went to a conditioning camp last summer and the 6-4, 240-pound Peavey has improved his hitting and defense. Peavey is batting .392 (56-for-143) this season with 10 home runs and 49 RBI. He has a 14-game hitting streak, where he is batting .529 (27-for-51) with six home runs and 28 RBI. In his last seven games, Peavey is batting .615 (16-for-26) with five doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI. On April 2 against UC Irvine, he went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI. He went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Feb. 24 in a 6-3 win at UCLA. Peavey hit two home runs on June 9, 2001, against Georgia at the College World Series in Omaha, including one hit over the 30-foot-fence in center field.
CAREER DAYS - Bill Peavey had back-to-back career days during the Washington State series. On April 19, he recorded a 5-for-5 night with three doubles and one RBI. On April 20, he went 3-for-3 with two home runs, including a grand slam in the first, and a career-high six RBI. His second home run, a solo shot in the ninth, landed on a putting green on the golf course situated outside of Bailey-Brayton Field and actually rolled into one of the cups for the unconventional 'hole-in-one'.
SUPERMAN IN METROPOULOS - Freshman Joey Metropoulos has been projected as a power hitter after being drafted in the 16th round of the 2001 draft by the Detroit Tigers and is making a push for Freshman All-America honors. Metropoulos, who has played mostly as the designated hitter this season, is batting .373 (41-for-110) with eight home runs and 34 RBI. On April 13 at No. 2 Stanford, he went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer that started a six-run first inning in the Trojans' 16-11 victory. He sprained his right ankle on March 23 against Stanford, but still played in the California series. Metropoulos hit a two-run homer as part of a six-run inning in a 13-9 win on March 30 against California. On March 17 at Pepperdine, he went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and three RBI. He hit a pinch-hit three-run homer on March 8 against TCU at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Tx. The homer hit the top of the Round Rock Express' clubhouse in left field, estimated to be around 475-500 feet away from home plate.
REYES OF SUNSHINE - With the loss of pitchers Mark Prior and Rik Currier, the Trojans looked to junior pitcher Anthony Reyes (Whittier/California HS) to assume the No. 1 spot on the weekend rotation. A sore right elbow kept Reyes from pitching until March 17 when he made his first appearance of the season in a limited start (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 SO). Reyes is 2-0 with a 3.65 ERA (24 2/3 IP, 24 H, 12 BB, 19 SO, .250 opponents' batting average). He earned 2002 Preseason All-America first team honors by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. As the No. 3 starter on the team, Reyes posted a 5-4 record last year with a 3.72 ERA (109 IP, 111 H, 25 BB, 97 SO) and a 6-6 record with a 4.02 ERA in his 2000 freshman season (96 1/3 IP, 98 H, 45 BB, 86 SO).
MAN ON THE MOON - Sophomore Michael Moon (Alta Loma/Rancho Cucamonga HS) provided a solid freshman season last year, batting .313 with six home runs and 35 RBI. This year, he is batting .347 (51-for-147) with two home runs and 33 RBI. Moon has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games, hitting .429 (27-for-63) during that time with 17 RBI. In his last five games, Moon is batting .545 (12-for-22). He went 5-for-13 (.385) with three RBI at Long Beach State (Feb. 8-10), including a 4-for-4 afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 10. Last year, Moon went 7-for-13 (.538) with a triple, home run and five RBI at the NCAA Regional to earn Most Outstanding Player honors. He also stole home during the regional on May 25, 2001, vs. Oral Roberts. He delivered one of the most electrifying moments in the history of Dedeaux Field on May 26 during the NCAA Regional. Down 3-2 against Pepperdine with a runner at first, Moon hit a 1-2 pitch from Noah Lowry over the right field wall for the game-winning walk-off homer to cap a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth.
THE CRUSHER - Listed at 5-9, senior Brian Barre (Garden Grove/Pacifica HS) packs a big punch for the Trojans as the starting centerfielder. Barre currently is batting .325 (52-for-160) with eight home runs and 30 RBI. He hit three doubles against No. 1 Stanford on March 23 and went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI in the Trojans' 15-5 win on March 13 at No. 20 San Diego. On March 1 against No. 6 Miami, Barre went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI and went 5-for-13 (.385) with two RBI against Long Beach State (Feb. 8-10). Last year, Barre led the team in batting average (.345), home runs (13), stolen bases (20), slugging percentage (.560) and on-base percentage (.445). He also tied for the team lead with teammate Bill Peavey in RBI (48). For his efforts, he earned All-Pac-10 honors.
CAMP CORY - Junior Cory Campos (Los Angeles/Wilson HS/Los Angeles CC) has been a valuable left-hander out of the Trojans' bullpen this season. Campos is 3-1 this season with a 3.45 ERA and two saves (28 2/3 IP, 28 H, 10 BB, 32 SO, .250 opponents' batting average). He had a strong week from April 16-21, going 2-0 with a save and 0.79 ERA (11 1/3 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 11 SO). He threw five innings, allowing one run on two hits, to get the win on April 16 against Loyola Marymount and did not allow a run in 6 1/3 innings during two appearances on April 19 and 21 at Washington State. He struck out six batters and did not allow a walk in four innings on March 23 against Stanford.
REMEMBER THE ALAMO - Sophomore right-hander Jon Williams (Alamo/Monte Vista HS) has been a key reliever this season in the Trojans' bullpen. Williams is 4-2 this season with a 4.18 ERA and three saves (47 1/3 IP, 58 H, 11 BB, 22 SO, .297 opponents' batting average). He got his third save of the season with three scoreless innings on April 9 at No. 13 Cal State Fullerton. On March 16 at Pepperdine, he retired the final 18 batters in a row to register the victory, pitching 6 2/3 innings (2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO). He earned his first Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor for the performance.
GORDON IN A FLASH - Junior David Gordon was sidelined through the first part of the season with a broken right thumb, but has made up for it since making his first appearance on March 5 at UC Irvine. Gordon has made 17 starts in 21 games and is batting .379 (17-for-45) with 18 RBI. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI on April 13 at No. 2 Stanford. On March 17 at Pepperdine, he went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the Trojans' 18-6 victory.
MAKING THE TRANSITION - Junior Travis McAndrews has made the switch to Division I baseball after earning All-America honors last year at L.A. Harbor College. McAndrews is batting .289 (26-for-90) with a two home runs and 19 RBI. On March 18 at San Diego State, McAndrews hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer to break a tie in the seventh in the Trojans' 8-6 win. He hit a grand slam against Notre Dame on March 9 at the Express College Classic in Round Rock, Tx. He was the first Trojan to hit a grand slam since Brian Barre on Feb. 3, 2001, vs. Louisville.
BANNY SQUARED - Freshman Brett Bannister has been the most pleasant surprise this season. Bannister is 3-2 on the season with a 3.33 ERA (48 2/3 IP, 45 H, 22 BB, 43 SO, .245 opponents' batting average). On March 29 vs. California, he threw five innings in relief for the victory (5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 SO). He made his first collegiate start on Feb. 17 vs. Baylor at Dodger Stadium and threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings (3 H, 2 BB, 5 SO) before leaving the game in the sixth after being struck by a line drive. X-rays were negative and Bannister pitched the following Sunday against UCLA. Bannister recorded his first win on Feb. 12 at UC Riverside (11-7), with 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief (2 H, 1 BB, 4 SO). He and his brother, Brian, who is a junior pitcher for the Trojans, are the sons of Floyd, the former No. 1 draft pick out of Arizona State and major-league pitcher.
JEWEL OF A PITCHER - Freshman J.P. Howell showed during his collegiate debut on Feb. 10 at Long Beach State why he was a second-round selection (52nd overall) by the Atlanta Braves in the 2001 draft. Howell went five innings to earn his first win in an 8-5 victory against the 49ers, allowing only one run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts. On March 24 against No. 1 Stanford, he pitched five innings in relief and allowed only one run on two hits with a walk and five strikeouts. He is 3-4 this season with a 5.27 ERA (42 2/3 IP, 43 H, 27 BB, 30 SO, .269 opponents' batting average). Howell earned his first collegiate win on Feb. 10 at Long Beach State (5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 SO). He threw five scoreless innings, allowing four hits with one walk and two strikeouts on Feb. 23 at UCLA to get the win (26-4).
CHICO STATE - Matt Chico became the first freshman in head coach Mike Gillespie's 16-year career at USC to start a season opener. Despite picking up the loss on Feb. 8 at Long Beach State, Chico showed promise in the 2-0 defeat by pitching out of several jams. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Chico showed his versatility by being the designated hitter the following day and playing in left field in the series finale on Feb. 10. His best outing came on March 28 against California (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 13 SO) in the Trojans' 11-3 win. He is 6-3 on the season with a 5.34 ERA (55 2/3 IP, 62 H, 35 BB, 56 SO, .286 opponents' batting average). On April 20 at Washington State, he threw six scoreless innings, allowing two hits, to earn the victory. Chico earned his first collegiate win on Feb. 22 at UCLA in a 1-0 victory, throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings (5 H, 5 BB, 3 SO). He was selected in the second round (61st overall) by the Boston Red Sox in the 2001 draft.
CAREER MARKS - Here are some updated numbers for USC players currently in the Top 20 lists:- Brian Barre with 27 home runs needs one to tie Fred Lynn, Mark Smith, J.P. Roberge and Gabe Alvarez for 13th place.- Barre with 146 runs scored needs 10 to tie John Jackson and Gabe Alvarez for 10th place.- Barre with 43 stolen bases needs one to tie Cal Meier for sixth place and seven to tie Jon Wells for fifth place.- Barre with 106 walks needs six to tie John Jackson for eighth place.
TROJANS ON THE NET - For the first time, all USC baseball games this season will be broadcast live on www.usctrojans.com. USC students Ethan Rector, Matt Seigel, Scott Swords and Randy Ferrell will handle the majority of the broadcasts while baseball sports information director Jason Pommier will handle selected road games. If the Trojans reach the post-season, all games will also be broadcast live KMPC 1540 AM, USC's flagship radio station.
OPERATION: OMAHA - From 1948 to 1978, USC dominated the world of college baseball with 11 national championships in 17 appearances at the College World Series (the 1948 CWS was held in Kalamazoo, Mich., with the CWS moving to Omaha, Neb., in 1949). After the 1978 season, the Trojans went through a drought and did not return to Omaha until 1995, when Troy reached the national championship game. Since 1995, the Trojans have made four trips to Omaha in the last seven years (1995-1998-2000-2001), winning their 12th CWS title in 1998. USC has the most wins (74) at the CWS and is second for most appearances (21) behind Texas (27).
2001 SEASON RECAP - The Pac-10 Conference championship, a return visit to the College World Series and perhaps one of the greatest individual seasons in collegiate baseball history highlighted the 2001 season for the Trojans. USC finished with a 45-19 overall record and an 18-6 mark in Pac-10 play, winning the conference title on the final day of the regular season at Oregon State. The Trojans went 5-0 with sweeps at home in the NCAA First Round Regional and NCAA Super Regional to earn their 21st CWS appearance in Omaha. After an opening 11-5 win against Georgia, the Trojans' season ended with losses against eventual national champion Miami (4-3) and Tennessee (10-2). Pitcher Mark Prior turned in one of the best seasons ever, becoming the first Trojan to win the Golden Spikes Award, given by USA Baseball to the top amateur baseball player in the nation. Prior became only the second player in history to sweep every major national player of the year award. He earned first team All-America honors and was drafted No. 2 overall by the Chicago Cubs while senior pitcher Rik Currier earned third team All-America honors. Prior was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year while Currier and outfielder Brian Barre earned All-Pac-10 honors.
TEAM OF THE 20TH CENTURY - No other university can match the collegiate baseball tradition of USC, and it showed when Baseball America awarded the Trojans the title of 'Greatest Program of the 20th Century' in its Feb. 1, 1999 issue. Troy has an unprecedented 12 NCAA championships (no other school has more than five), 37 conference titles and 21 College World Series appearances (second most in the nation). Legendary former coach Rod Dedeaux was named 'Coach of the Century' by both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. Trojan players have been named All-American first teamers 80 times, and 85 players have gone on to play in the majors, including such stars as Randy Johnson, Mark McGwire, Bret Boone, Jeff Cirillo, Barry Zito, Geoff Jenkins, Jacque Jones, Tom Seaver, Fred Lynn, Roy Smalley and Ron Fairly.