Baseball Hosts Pepperdine Before Taking Nine-Day Break
April 30, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The No. 20 USC baseball team (28-17, 11-4 Pac-10) - winner of 12 NCAA championships, more than twice as many as any other school - will host Pepperdine (22-24) in a non-conference game on Tuesday (April 30) at 5 p.m. at Dedeaux Field before taking a nine-day break for finals. The Trojans are in first place in the Pac-10 Conference, 1 1/2 games ahead of second place Washington. USC will host Washington at Dedeaux Field on May 10-12. Tuesday's game will be broadcast live, along with Live Stats play-by-play, on www.usctrojans.com.
PEPPERDINE NOTES - Pepperdine is 22-24 on the season and were swept at Portland last weekend (2-11, 8-9, 8-14). Head Coach Frank Sanchez is 212-128 in his sixth season at Pepperdine. The team is batting .292 while its pitching staff has a 5.96 ERA. The Trojans won both games at Pepperdine on March 16 and 17 (5-3 and 18-6). USC leads the all-time series with Pepperdine by a 78-28-1 margin.
LAST WEEK - The Trojans went 4-1 last week, starting with non-conference wins against San Diego State (10-8) and UC Santa Barbara (11-7). USC took two of three in a Pac-10 series against Arizona (14-6, 12-10, 12-15). APRIL 28 VS. ARIZONA - The Wildcats scored four runs in the first two innings to snap the Trojans' win streak at a season-high eight games. Joey Metropoulos and Alberto Concepcion each homered as Metropoulos went 2-for-4 with four RBI. Cory Campos struck out the side in the ninth in relief as the Trojans' five-run rally in the eighth fell short. APRIL 27 VS. ARIZONA - Michael Moon went 4-for-4 with a double, home run and career-high five RBI while Nick Mosich hit two home runs. USC scored six in the third and held off the Wildcats as freshman Brett Bannister threw 3 1/3 innings in relief to get his fifth win of the season. APRIL 26 VS. ARIZONA - Joey Metropoulos and Alberto Concepcion both went 4-for-5 as the Trojans won their seventh straight. Metropoulos had a season-high five RBI with a double and a home run while Concepcion hit two doubles and a home run with two RBI. David Gordon hit his first homer of the season with a three-run shot while Anthony Reyes went seven innings for the Trojans to pick up the win (7.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO). APRIL 24 VS. UC SANTA BARBARA - Joey Metropoulos and Travis McAndrews had three hits each against UC Santa Barbara. The Trojans scored four runs in the first and held on to the lead as Brett Bannister improved to 4-2 on the season while Cory Campos picked up his third save. Bill Peavey went 1-for-3 to improve his hitting streak to a team-high 16 games. APRIL 23 VS. SAN DIEGO STATE - Michael Morales stole home on a bases-loaded triple steal in the bottom of the eighth to break a 6-6 tie. The Trojans rallied with six runs in the eighth, including three runs off one of the nation's top closers, Royce Ring. Alberto Concepcion and Bill Peavey each homered for the Trojans with their eighth and 11th homers of the season, respectively. Josh Rummonds threw 5 1/3 innings of relief, allowing only one run on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
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.
POTENT OFFENSE - The Trojans have scored double digits in their last eight games, which is a school record. USC is batting .405 during the streak with 16 home runs, averaging 12.75 runs per game. Four starters during the streak are batting over .450: Alberto Concepcion (.600), Bill Peavey (.500), Michael Moon (.486) and Joey Metropoulos (.464).
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'. APRIL 23 - With the score tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth and the bases loaded with a 2-1 count on Bill Peavey, USC head coach Mike Gillespie calls for a triple steal against No. 25 San Diego State closer Royce Ring and Michael Morales slides under the tag for the go-ahead run. The Trojans would go on to defeat the Aztecs by 10-8 score.
COACH'S CORNER - Mike Gillespie, in his 16th season as the Trojans' head coach, has a 636-349-2 (.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 and is making a push for All-America honors. Concepcion is batting .414 (70-for-169) with 16 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 43 RBI. He has an 11-game hitting streak, batting .548 (23-for-42) with five doubles, two triples, five home runs and 23 RBI. Concepcion earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors by going 9-for-16 (.562) in five games from April 23-28 with three doubles, three home runs, eight RBI, 12 runs and nine walks. On April 26 vs. Arizona, he went 4-for-5 with a two doubles, a home run and two 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 .380 (60-for-158) this season with 11 home runs and 58 RBI. He had a 17-game hitting streak snapped on April 27 vs. Arizona. 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'. In four games on the week of April 16-21, Peavey went 11-for-15 with three doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI, earning him Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week honors.
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 .395 (51-for-129) with 10 home runs and 49 RBI. He is batting .520 (13-for-25) in his last seven games with a double, three home runs and 19 RBI. Metropoulos recorded a season-high five RBI on April 26 vs. Arizona with a 4-for-5 performance with a double and home run. 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 3-0 with a 3.13 ERA (31 2/3 IP, 32 H, 12 BB, 25 SO, .262 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 .361 (61-for-169) with three home runs and 39 RBI. Moon has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games, hitting .435 (37-for-85) during that time with three home runs and 23 RBI. In his last seven games, Moon is batting .531 (17-for-32). Moon registered a career-high five RBI in a 4-for-4 day on April 27 vs. Arizona with a double and a three-run homer. He has registered four four-hit games this season (Feb. 10 at Long Beach State, March 30 vs. California, April 21 at Washington State and April 27 vs. Arizona). 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 .318 (57-for-179) 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 3.97 ERA and three saves (34 IP, 36 H, 10 BB, 39 SO, .267 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 5-2 this season with a 4.26 ERA and three saves (50 2/3 IP, 66 H, 13 BB, 23 SO, .310 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 20 starts in 26 games and is batting .362 (25-for-69) with a home run and 22 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.
BANNY SQUARED - Freshman Brett Bannister has been the most pleasant surprise this season. Bannister is 5-2 on the season with a 3.60 ERA (55 IP, 51 H, 23 BB, 47 SO, .244 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.
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 .307 (31-for-101) with a two home runs and 21 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.
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 5.43 ERA (58 IP, 64 H, 39 BB, 60 SO, .283 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 200 hits needs three to tie Bob Batesole and Dan Henley for 17th place and nine to tie Bret Boone for 16th place.- Barre with 27 home runs needs one to tie Fred Lynn, Mark Smith, J.P. Roberge and Gabe Alvarez for 13th place.- Barre with 157 runs scored needs two to tie Jacque Jones for ninth place and three to tie Wes Rachels for eighth place.- Barre with 46 stolen bases needs four to tie Jon Wells for fifth place.- Barre with 112 walks needs three to tie Steve Sogge and Dave Smith for sixth place.
SEASON MARKS - Here are some updated numbers for USC players currently in or close to entering the Top 20 lists:- Bill Peavey with 58 RBI needs one to tie Mark McGwire (1983) and Gabe Alvarez (1995) for 17th place, two to tie Pat Harrison (1966) for 16th place and four to tie Mike Roberton (1991) and Beau Craig (2000) for 14th place.- Peavey with 11 home runs needs three to tie eight players for 20th place.- Brian Barre needs with 58 runs scored needs two to tie Morgan Ensberg (1997) and Justin Gemoll (2000) for 20th place and four to tie Tom Satriano (1960), Bret Boone (1989), John Jackson (1989) and Greg Walbridge (1996) for 16th place.- Alberto Concepcion with 16 doubles needs two to tie 11 players for 17th 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 86 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.