Jeff Clement Named Pac-10 Freshman Of The Year

May 27, 2003

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - USC catcher Jeff Clement was named Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Clement, from Marshalltown, Iowa, put up impressive statistics for the Trojans. He is tied for the league lead with 21 home runs, the most by any freshman in USC history. He ranks among Pac-10 players in slugging percentage (.649, 9th), RBI (53, 10th), and total bases (135, 6th). Clement started in all 56 games with 42 starts as the catcher and 14 as the designated hitter.

He led the Trojans in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, total bases, runs and walks. He recorded two or more home runs in a game five times during the season and hit three home runs with seven RBI on May 16 vs. Washington State. Clement was named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week twice during the season.

Next month, Clement will participate in the U.S. National Team Trials as the 20-man roster will be determined. The U.S. National Team will compete in August at the Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic.

Clement and senior teammate Anthony Lunetta earned All-Pac-10 honors while Brian Bannister, Travis McAndrews, Joey Metropoulos, Bobby Paschal and Anthony Reyes received honorable mention.

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