Mark Prior Continues Amazing Rookie Season In The Majors

Aug. 15, 2002

LOS ANGELES -- Former Trojan pitcher Mark Prior was used to mowing down opposing batters at Dedeaux Field. Now one year removed from the college ranks, Prior is mowing hitters at the major league level. On Thursday, Prior struck out 12 batters in six innings of work as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Houston Astros, 6-4.

Prior did not get the decision, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits with one walk. He tied the club record with seven straight strikeouts, a record held by Jamie Moyer and Kerry Wood. The seven straight strikeouts are three short of the major league record of 10, held by another former Trojan, Tom Seaver.

He has 129 strikeouts in 100 innings this season. In his last 27 innings, Prior has registered 43 strikeouts and only three walks.

Prior was the No. 2 overall selection in the 2001 amateur draft by the Cubs after he earned National Player of the Year honors for the Trojans after going 15-1 with a 1.69 ERA in his junior season.

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