Holy Cow! Prior Picked No. 2 In the Major League Baseball Draft

June 5, 2001

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LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Cubs selected USC junior pitcher Mark Prior as the No. 2 overall pick in today's Major League Baseball amateur draft. Prior becomes the highest Trojan drafted since Steve Kemp was drafted No. 1 in the January 1976 regular phase.

Prior is 14-1 this season with a 1.50 ERA. He was named as Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Year and earned Collegiate Baseball and USA Today Baseball Weekly All-America first team honors, along with being named as the Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year. In 131 2/3 innings this season, Prior has allowed only 91 hits, struck out 189 and walked only 17. The 189 strikeouts is a school and Pac-10 Conference single season record.

This season, he has made seven starts where he did not allow a walk. In those 57 innings, he has struck out 86 batters.

Prior will be the starting pitcher in Saturday's game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The game will start at 12:30 p.m. Central time (10:30 a.m. Pacific) and will be broadcast live on CBS.

The Trojans (44-17) are making their 21st appearance at the College World Series and are seeking their 13th national championship.

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