Jeff Clement Earns All-America First Team Honors
May 25, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Junior catcher Jeff Clement (Marshalltown, Iowa/Marshalltown HS) has been named to the 2005 USA Today Sports Weekly Baseball All-America first team, announced today. Clement becomes the 169th All-America selection in the history of the USC baseball program and the 86th first team selection.
He is the fifth catcher in USC history to earn All-America first team honors: Dave Van Gorder (1978), Jim Campanis (1988), Casey Burrill (1993) and Eric Munson (1999).
Baseball America has slated Clement to be selected in the middle of the first round in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft, held next month.
This season, Clement leads USC in several offensive categories including batting average (.358), hits (67), home runs (11), RBI (44), walks (39) and on-base percentage (.485). He has only three errors on the season (.993 fielding percentage) and has thrown out 20 of 51 runners (39%), including one pickoff at second base.
USC is 34-18 on the season, third place in the Pac-10 Conference with a 13-8 mark. The Trojans are currently ranked 21st in the nation according to ESPN/USA Today Sports Weekly and 24th by Baseball America.
Currently, Clement is fourth on USC's all-time list with 42 career home runs behind Mark McGwire (54), Geoff Jenkins (45) and Eric Munson (43).
Last summer, Clement made his second straight appearance for the U.S. National Team, batting .275 (19-for-69) with three home runs and 15 RBI. His team won the gold medal at the FISU II World University Baseball Championships in Taiwan, helping Team USA to the championship after hitting a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth in a 5-2 win over Chinese Taipei.
Clement was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in his 2002 season after batting .298 with 21 home runs and 53 RBI, as well as being named Collegiate Baseball Freshman National Co-Player of the Year and Baseball America Freshman All-America first team.
He finished his high school career in 2002 with 75 home runs, setting a national high school record. He led Marshalltown to the 2002 4-A state championship.