Ricky Oropesa Named Second Team All-American
June 16, 2010
LOS ANGELES -- USC sophomore first baseman Ricky Oropesa (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Etiwanda HS) has been named second team All-American by Baseball America. Oropesa led the Trojans this season in the triple crown categories, batting .353 (83-for-235) with 20 home runs and 67 RBI. He hit 22 doubles, recorded a .711 slugging percentage and led the team with seven stolen bases.
USC now has a total of 177 All-American selections in its history.
His 20 home runs placed him in a tie for sixth place all-time on the USC single-season list with Jason Lane (1999) while his 22 doubles put him in a tie for fifth place with three other players.
He finished the season with his first three-homer game on May 28 against Washington, the first to do so since Jeff Clement in 2005. He also hit two or more home runs in a game three times during the 2010 season.
He hit the walk-off homer in the 11th inning on May 18 in a 9-8 win against New Mexico State and went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBI on May 14 at No. 11 UCLA.
With 33 career home runs, Oropesa would need 21 home runs next season to tie the school career mark of 54, held by Mark McGwire (1982-84).
He earned 2010 All-Pac-10 Conference honors after registering Pac-10 honorable mention recognition last season as a freshman. He came to USC after being selected in the 24th round of the 2008 draft by the Boston Red Sox.