Baseball Looks To Maintain Pac-10 First-Place Lead
May 15, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The No. 19 USC baseball team (30-19, 13-5 Pac-10) - winner of 12 NCAA championships, more than twice as many as any other school - will host No. 17 Cal State Fullerton (34-17) in a non-conference game on Wednesday (May 15) at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. Wednesday's game is the final regular-season home game for the Trojans. USC will then travel to Arizona State (28-18, 10-8) for a Pac-10 Conference series, beginning on Friday (May 17) at 6 p.m. and continuing on Saturday (May 18) at 6 p.m. and Sunday (May 19) at 1 p.m., with all three games at HoHoKam Park. All four games will be broadcast live, along with Live Stats play-by-play, on www.usctrojans.com.
THE RACE FOR FIRST PLACE - USC, the defending Pac-10 Conference champions, is bidding for its second straight title. The Trojans are in first place, two games ahead of Stanford (playing this weekend at UCLA) and Washington (playing at Oregon State) and three games ahead of Arizona State. USC has recorded 37 conference championships in the program's history.
RANKINGS - USC is ranked No. 19 in the nation by Baseball America, No. 20 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 21 by USA Today Baseball Weekly/ESPN. Cal State Fullerton is ranked No. 16 by USA Today Baseball Weekly/ESPN, No. 17 by Baseball America and No. 25 by Collegiate Baseball. Arizona State is not ranked in any of the three polls.
CAL STATE FULLERTON NOTES - Cal State Fullerton is 34-17 on the season and won two of three at home last weekend against UC Riverside. Head coach George Horton is 257-111-1 in his sixth season at Cal State Fullerton. The Titans are batting .313 as a team while the pitching staff has a 4.04 ERA. Outfielder Shane Costa is batting .382 with four home runs and 35 RBI. Wednesday's starter Wes Littleton is 9-3 with a 1.88 ERA (110 1/3 IP, 90 H, 26 BB, 75 SO, .223 opponents' batting average). The Titans defeated the Trojans, 8-1, on March 3 at Goodwin Field during the 2002 Kia Baseball Bash, but the Trojans responded with a 6-2 win against the Titans on April 9, also at Goodwin Field. Cal State Fullerton leads the all-time series with USC by a 31-30-1 margin.
ARIZONA STATE NOTES - Arizona State is 29-18 on the season and 10-8 in Pac-10 Conference play after dropping two of three last weekend at Stanford. The Sun Devils hosted Portland in non-conference games on Tuesday (May 14, 14-2 win) and Wednesday (May 15). Head coach Pat Murphy is 297-161-1 in his eighth season at Arizona State. The Sun Devils are batting .302 as a team while the pitching staff has a 4.31 ERA. Sophomore Jeremy West is batting .345 on the season with 11 home runs and 52 RBI. Saturday's starter Mike Esposito is 8-5 with a 3.21 ERA (87 IP, 86 H, 24 BB, 87 SO, .256 opponents' batting average). USC leads the all-time series with Arizona State by an 83-80-1 margin.
LAST WEEK - The Trojans took two of three games at home against Washington (4-1, 3-9, 8-6) after a nine-day layoff for finals. SUNDAY, MAY 12 VS. WASHINGTON - Joey Metropoulos' bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth snapped a 6-6 tie to win the series for the Trojans. Cory Campos retired the side in order, including two strikeouts, in the ninth to earn the victory. Brian Barre, Michael Moon and Bill Peavey had two hits each. SATURDAY, MAY 11 VS. WASHINGTON - Tyler Davidson hit three home runs to help Washington even the series with a 9-3 win over the Trojans. Sean White went 8 1/3 innings to earn the victory for the Huskies. The Trojans had taken a two-run lead in the third on Brian Barre's ninth homer of the season before Davidson begun his home run barrage, going 3-for-5 with five RBI. He also showed his versatility by hitting home runs to left, center and right field. Trojan first baseman Bill Peavey hit a solo shot in the ninth, his 12th of the season. FRIDAY, MAY 10 VS. WASHINGTON - Anthony Reyes won the pitching duel against Washington's Shawn Kohn. Reyes allowed one run on six hits in eight innings of work with eight strikeouts and no walks. Third baseman Jon Brewster snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run double to center in the sixth. Joey Metropoulos added an RBI double while Bill Peavey hit an RBI single for the Trojans. Kohn threw a complete game for the Huskies, allowing four runs (three earned) on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
LEADERS OF THE PAC - The Trojans' .324 team batting average leads the Pac-10 Conference as of May 14 and is tied for the 30th in the Division I level nationally. Catcher Alberto Concepcion leads the conference with a .399 batting average. First baseman Bill Peavey is tied for the conference lead with 61 RBI with California's Conor Jackson. Center fielder Brian Barre leads the conference with 37 walks.
FEAST OR FAMINE - In 24 of the Trojans' 49 games this season, the team has either won or lost by a margin of five or more runs. USC is 14-10 this season when the margin of victory or defeat is five runs or more.
POTENT OFFENSE - The Trojans had their school-record streak of eight games scoring in double digits snapped on April 30 against Pepperdine. USC batted .405 during the streak with 16 home runs, averaging 12.75 runs per game. Four starters during the streak batted over .450 during the eight games: 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 THE ROAD - With construction at Dedeaux Field, the Trojans played their first 22 games of 2002 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 was completed prior to the Washington series (May 10-12), adds a new clubhouse, players' lounge, expanded coaching offices, Hall of Fame and restrooms. Capacity at Dedeaux Field will be increased to 2,500 with additional seating on the first base side.
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 13-7 and has only 21 games on its home schedule.
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 was USC's 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. before playing 12 hours later at LMU. APRIL 20 - After going a career-best 5-for-5 the night before, 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 a 10-8 score.
COACH'S CORNER - Mike Gillespie, in his 16th season as the Trojans' head coach, has a 638-351-2 (.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.
A COACHING MILESTONE - If the Trojans reach the NCAA Tournament this season, head coach Mike Gillespie will record a milestone. The second game played in the NCAA First-Round Regional would be the 1,000th game coached by Gillespie in 16 seasons at USC.
MAKING IT TO THE SHOW - Former USC left-handed pitcher Randy Flores became the 86th player in Trojans' history to reach the major leagues on April 23 when he was called up by the Texas Rangers. Flores, the 18th player to have played for head coach Mike Gillespie and reach the majors, still holds school career records for wins (42) and innings pitched (484 1/3) from 1994-97. His 484 1/3 innings pitched is the most by a Pac-10 Conference pitcher as well. Former outfielder/pitcher Jason Lane became the 87th player on May 9 when he was called up by the Houston Astros. Lane was batting .303 with the triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs before getting the call. Last year, Lane was named as the Texas League Player of the Year with the Double-A Round Rock Express after batting .316 with 38 home runs and 124 RBI.
SHOOTING FOR THE SULLIVAN - Former USC standout pitcher Mark Prior was one of five finalists for the 2002 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. The award 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).
CLIMBING THE LADDER - Mark Prior continues his meteoric rise to the major leagues as a member of the Chicago Cubs organization. Prior, who was the No. 2 overall selection in last year's draft, was called up to the Iowa Cubs at the triple-A level and won both of his starts without allowing an earned run (12 1/3 IP, 7 H, 6 BB, 20 SO). In his first start on May 7 against the Tucson Sidewinder, Prior struck out 10 batters in 7 2/3 innings and received curtain calls after hitting two home runs. On May 12, he struck out 10 in 4 2/3 innings against the Las Vegas 51s and hit a bases-loaded triple. Prior leads all minor leaguers with 75 strikeouts in eight starts (two with Iowa and six with the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx at the double-A level). He was 4-1 with a 2.60 at West Tennessee (34 2/3 IP, 25 H, 10 BB, 55 SO).
USC: PITCHING PERFECTION - A member of the Trojans' pitching staff has won the honor of Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year the past four 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 three players with national team experience. Junior pitcher Anthony Reyes was a member of the 2000 and 2001 USA National Team. Freshman pitcher Matt Chico 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 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. He was named on May 14 as one of ten semi-finalists for the 2002 Johnny Bench Award, given by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission to the nation's top collegiate catcher. Concepcion is batting .399 (73-for-183) with 17 doubles, four triples, 10 home runs and 43 RBI. This season, he has had separate hitting streaks of 11 and 14 games. 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 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 in 2001 where he batted .305 with seven home runs and 48 RBI, which tied teammate Brian Barre for the team lead. He went to a speed and conditioning camp last summer and the 6-4, 240-pound Peavey has improved his hitting and defense. Peavey is batting .378 (65-for-172) this season with a career-high 12 home runs and 61 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 designated hitter Joey Metropoulos was drafted in the 16th round of the 2001 draft by the Detroit Tigers and is making a push for Freshman All-America honors. Metropoulos is batting .375 (54-for-144) with 10 home runs and 52 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 have 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 4-0 with a 2.72 ERA (39 2/3 IP, 38 H, 12 BB, 33 SO, .253 opponents' batting average). In his last five starts (all against Pac-10 teams), he is 4-0 with a 2.84 ERA (31 2/3 IP, 30 H, 4 BB, 30 SO). 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 shortstop 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 .341 (63-for-185) with three home runs and 41 RBI. 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 .325 (62-for-191) with nine home runs and 33 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.
BANNY SQUARED - Freshman pitcher Brett Bannister has been USC's most pleasant surprise this season. Bannister is 5-2 on the season with a 3.39 ERA (66 1/3 IP, 62 H, 27 BB, 58 SO, .244 opponents' batting average). On May 12 against Washington, he moved back into the starting rotation with his sixth start of the season, allowing three runs in five innings and recorded a no-decision. He threw 6 1/3 innings of relief on April 30 vs. Pepperdine, allowing only one unearned run on six hits with six strikeouts. 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 and has been sidelined all season after right elbow surgery, are the sons of Floyd, the former No. 1 draft pick out of Arizona State and major-league pitcher.
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 4-1 this season with a 4.17 ERA and four saves (41 IP, 45 H, 11 BB, 45 SO, .280 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.
GORDON IN A FLASH - Junior outfielder 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 23 starts in 29 games and is batting .346 (27-for-78) 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.
MAKING THE TRANSITION - Junior outfielder 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 .306 (33-for-108) with a two home runs and 22 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 - Pitcher 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 6-4 on the season with a 5.68ERA (63 1/3 IP, 73 H, 39 BB, 64 SO, .292 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 205 hits needs four to tie Bret Boone for 16th place and 12 to tie John Jackson and Morgan Ensberg for 14th place.- Barre with 28 home runs needs one to tie Jim Campanis and Bret Boone for 11th place and two to tie Dave Hostetler and Walter Dawkins for ninth place.- Barre with 159 runs scored needs one to tie Wes Rachels for eighth place and seven to tie Bret Boone for seventh place.- Barre with 46 stolen bases needs four to tie Jon Wells for fifth place.- Barre with 116 walks needs two to tie Marvin Cobb for fifth place and eight to tie Morgan Ensberg for fourth place..- Bill Peavey with 137 runs batted in needs one to tie Murph Proctor and Greg Walbridge for 13th place, three to tie Walter Dawkins and Robb Gorr for 11th place and four to tie Brett Jenkins for 10th place.
SEASON MARKS - Here are some updated numbers for USC players currently in or close to entering the Top 20 lists:- Bill Peavey with 61 RBI needs one to Mike Robertson (1991) and Beau Craig (2000) for 14th place, two to tie Ken Huizenga (1974) for 13th place and six to tie Ron Fairly (1958), Steve Kemp (1975) and Justin Gemoll (2000) for 10th place.- Peavey with 12 home runs needs two to tie eight players for 20th place.- Brian Barre needs with 60 runs scored needs two to tie Tom Satriano (1960), Bret Boone (1989), John Jackson (1989) and Greg Walbridge (1996) for 16th place, three to tie Alby Silvera (1984) and Robb Gorr (1998) for 14th place and four to tie Geoff Jenkins (1994), Walter Dawkins (1995) and Robb Gorr (1997) for 11th place.- Alberto Concepcion with 17 doubles needs one to tie 11 players for 17th place.
ROSTER CHANGE - Freshman J.P. Howell has left the team and will not return.
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.