Alberto Concepcion Named Pac-10 Baseball Player Of The Year
May 28, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- USC junior catcher Alberto Concepcion (El Segundo/El Segundo HS) was named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Year in a vote by the conference baseball coaches. Head coach Mike Gillespie was named Coach of the Year after guiding the Trojans to back-to-back conference titles with a 17-7 record.
Concepcion leads USC in several offensive categories, including batting average (.383), hits (82), doubles (20), triples (4), total bases (143) and on-base percentage (.482). He also ranks among conference leaders in batting average (2nd), on-base percentage (2nd), doubles (2nd), total bases (2nd), hits (3rd), triples (t-4th), slugging percentage (.668, 5th) and runs (56, 7th). He becomes just the fourth Trojan to ever win the honor (Tim Tolman, 1978; Mark McGwire, 1984; Geoff Jenkins, 1995).
Gillespie earned his fourth Coach of the Year award (1991, 1995, 1996).
Four Trojans earned Pac-10 honors: Brian Barre, Joey Metropoulos, Bill Peavey and Anthony Reyes while Cory Campos, Anthony Lunetta, Michael Moon and Nick Mosich earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention honors.
USC will host the NCAA First-Round Regional this weekend (May 31-June 2) with Cal State Northridge, Maine and BYU rounding out the four-team field. The Trojans will play BYU on Friday (May 31) at 3 p.m. with the Cal State Northridge-Maine game at 7 p.m. For regional ticket information, contact the USC ticket office at (213) 740-GOSC (4672).