Baseball Game Notes For Saturday, February 10

Feb. 10, 2001

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#2 USC - #17 Long Beach State NotesFebruary 10, 2000

LOS ANGELES -- The USC baseball team (5-0) -- winner of 12 NCAA championships, more than twice as many as any other school -- hosts Long Beach State (3-1) at Dedeaux Field. Both teams will complete the three-game series tomorrow at Blair Field at 1 p.m.

RANKINGS -- USC is ranked No. 2 in the latest Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls and No. 3 in the ESPN/USA Today Baseball Weekly preseason poll.

LAST GAME -- Last night at Blair Field, USC's Mark Prior threw his second consecutive 10-strikeout game as the Trojans opened the weekend series with a 6-2 win over Long Beach State. Prior went 7 and 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out 10 batters while walking only one. So far in 2001, Prior is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 13 and 1/3 innings, with 22 strikeouts and two walks. USC took a 4-0 lead before the 49ers scored twice in the sixth inning as the Trojans' pitching staff stopped 49er rallies in the sixth and eighth innings. Brian Barre went 3-for-3 for the Trojans with two stolen bases and two RBI. Jeremy Reed had three stolen bases for the 49ers as Long Beach State recorded five stolen bases on the evening. The crowd of 2,389 was the largest for a Long Beach State home opener and the fifth-highest in Blair Field history.

PAC-10 PRESEASON POLL -- In a preseason poll of the Pac-10 coaches, USC was picked to win the conference title. In order, the poll went as follows: USC (six first-place votes), Arizona State (one first-place vote), Stanford (one first-place vote), Arizona, California, UCLA, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State.

COACH'S CORNER -- Mike Gillespie, in his 15th season as the Trojans' head coach, has a 568-313-2 (.644) career record and has led USC to the 1998 national championship, three conference titles (1991-95-96), 12 trips to the NCAA Regionals in 14 years (reaching the regional finals 10 times), and trips to the 1995, 1998 and 2000 College World Series (Troy finished as the nation's runner-up in 1995). He was named the 1998 National Coach of the Year, the Pac-10 Coach of the Year three times (1991-95-96) and the West Region Coach of the Year twice (1996-98). The starting leftfielder on USC's 1961 NCAA-winning team, he is one of just two men who have both coached and played on championship teams. Gillespie also was named by the United States Olympic Committee as the baseball coach of the year after serving as the head coach for the 2000 U.S. National Team, which posted a 27-3-1 record and the best winning percentage in club history.

A GOOD BEGINNING -- The Trojans are 5-0 to start a season for the first time since 1989.

CAREER MARKS -- Here are some updated numbers for USC players currently in the Top 20 lists:- Seth Davidson with 233 hits needs one to tie Wes Rachels for seventh place.- Davidson with 155 runs scored needs one to tie John Jackson and Gabe Alvarez for ninth place.- Davidson with 52 stolen bases needs one to tie Damon Buford for third place, two to tie John Jackson for second place, five to tie Mark Smith for first place.- Davidson with 37 doubles needs one to tie three players for 16th place.- Rik Currier with 27 wins needs two to tie Bill Lee and Greg Widman for ninth place.- Currier with 338 strikeouts needs 25 to tie Brent Strom for second place.- Mark Prior with 172 strikeouts needs 32 to tie Randy Johnson for 20th place.

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