Summer League Update

July 28, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- In the normal tradition of year-round baseball, many USC baseball players are competing in various summer leagues around the nation.

Two players, Matt Cusick and Lucas Duda, will play in tomorrow's Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star game in Massachusetts. Cusick is batting .313 with a home run and nine RBI to go with an impressive .441 on-base percentage. Koss is 2-0 with four saves and has not allowed a run in 13 2/3 innings.

Senior shortstop Hector Estrella is playing again for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the California Collegiate League where he is batting .354 (57-for-161) with 31 RBI and 23 stolen bases.

Lucas Duda is leading the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods League in RBI with 32 and is batting .237 with three home runs.

J.J. Owen, Michael Torres and Steve Martlaro have played locally for the SoCal Fire, who qualified for the National Baseball Congress' World Series in Wichita. The NBC tournament starts today and goes through Aug. 12.

Sophomore left-handed starter Tommy Milone is 3-1 with a 3.19 ERA for the Wenatchee AppleSox of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League. Along with a save, Milone has thrown 36 2/3 innings and allowed 35 hits with seven walks and 26 strikeouts.

Garrett Gipe is playing for Danville of the Central Illinois Collegiate League. He played in the league All-Star Game in early July after being named as one of the league's top player in the first half where he batted .300 with two home runs, 18 RBI and 11 stolen bases.

Many Trojans are enjoying the beaches of Waikiki while playing in the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League: Sebastian Salinas, Barrett Sprowl, Johnny Bowden, David Parrow, Brandon Kotler, Adam Dedeaux and Kevin Zelenay.

USC opens the 2007 season under first-year head coach Chad Kreuter on Tuesday (Jan. 30) against Cal Poly in a 6 p.m. game at Dedeaux Field.

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