Jeff Clement Earns Baseball America Freshman All-America First Team Honors

June 17, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- USC freshman catcher Jeff Clement was named Tuesday to the 2003 Baseball America Freshman All-American Team, earning first team honors to become the ninth Trojan ever to earn the distinction.

Clement was named earlier this month Collegiate Baseball Freshman National Co-Player of the Year and earned first team Freshman All-America honors. Of the eight previous players who earned first team recognition by Baseball America, five have played in the major leagues (Bret Boone, Jacque Jones, Eric Munson, Randy Flores and Gabe Alvarez).

In his first season at USC, Clement earned Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year honors after batting .298 with 21 home runs and 53 RBI. His 21 home runs were the most by any freshman in USC history. 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.

This weekend, 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.

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