Baseball Announces Enrollees For 2003 Season
Aug. 28, 2002
LOS ANGELES - The baseball recruiting class for the 2003 season has enrolled at USC, Head Coach Mike Gillespie announced today. The group includes left-handed hitting catcher Jeff Clement (Marshalltown, Iowa/Marshalltown HS), who set a national high school career record with 75 home runs. Clement was drafted in the 12th round by the Minnesota Twins.
Other freshmen include first baseman/left-handed pitcher Bobby Paschal (Northridge/Chaminade HS) and outfielder Ryan Broderick (Palm Desert/Palm Desert HS), who was drafted in the 20th round by the Anaheim Angels.
Left-handed pitcher Mike Friedman (Fremont/Ohlone College) has also transferred to the program.'This is as strong of an incoming class as we have had in a while,' said Gillespie. 'We think this group will form a good nucleus for the next few years. The potential for these players is outstanding.'
Here are brief biographies on the key players:
Ryan Broderick, OF, Palm Desert (Palm Desert HS) -- Broderick batted .415 as a 2001 junior with six home runs (including two walk-off homers), 31 RBI and seven stolen bases. He was a TPX All-American and earned all-league honors in his sophomore and junior years. He sat out his 2002 senior season after being sidelined with a hip injury.
Jeff Clement, C, Marshalltown, Iowa (Marshalltown HS) -- Clement set a national high school career record with 75 home runs. He led Marshalltown to the 2002 4-A state championship and earned All-America honors after batting .509 with 16 home runs in his senior season. He was also a member of the 1996 Marshalltown squad that played in the Little League World Series.
Michael Cooper, RHP, Visalia (Redwood HS) -- Cooper was 6-5 last season as a 2001 junior. In 71 innings, he struck out 55 batters and had a 1.58 ERA. He earned all-area and all-league honors.
Jason Filarey, OF, Cypress (Cypress HS) -- Filarey batted .467 with five home runs and 24 RBI as a 2002 senior. He was also crowned as the home run derby champion at the 2002 Connie Mack World Series as a member of the Long Beach Cardinals. As a junior, he batted .380 with nine home runs, 31 RBI and a .898 slugging percentage. He earned All-Orange County and All-Empire League honors.
Mike Friedman, LHP, Fremont (Ohlone College) -- Friedman went 8-1 as a 2002 sophomore with a 3.22 ERA. He made 13 starts, throwing 95 innings with 83 H, 20 BB, 65 SO and four complete games.
Baron Frost, C, San Diego (St. Augustine HS) -- Frost was named CIF San Diego Division III Player of the Year as a 2002 senior after batting .541 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI. He was named Central League Player of the Year in his sophomore season after batting .418 with 11 home runs, 47 RBI and 11 stolen bases.
Bobby Paschal, 1B-LHP, Northridge (Chaminade HS) -- Paschal was named Daily News Pitcher of the Year in his 2002 senior season after going 9-2 with a 0.71 ERA. He threw 80 innings, allowing only 34 hits with 122 strikeouts. As a junior, Paschal was named California Player of the Year after going 12-1 on the mound with a 1.00 ERA and batting .460 with three home runs and 28 RBI. In 97 innings, Paschal struck out 128 batters.
The Trojans finished the 2002 season with a 37-24 overall record, winning their second straight Pac-10 Conference title with a 17-7 mark. USC made its 10th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and reached the NCAA Super Regional.