Former Trojan Jeff Clement Hits First Major League Homer

Sept. 27, 2007

SEATTLE -- Former USC catcher Jeff Clement (Marshalltown, Iowa/Marshalltown HS) hit his first major league home run in dramatic fashion Wednesday, hitting a solo shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game against the Cleveland Indians. The Mariners would score in the bottom of the 10th for the 3-2 win.

Clement, the third overall selection of the 2005 draft by the Seattle Mariners, made his major league debut for Seattle on Sept. 4. At the time of his callup, he was batting .275 (125-for-455) with 20 home runs, 35 doubles and 80 RBI for the Tacoma Rainiers as a catcher (Pacific Coast League-AAA). The left-handed slugger hit .370 in the month of June with eight home runs and 23 RBI and batted .333 with four home runs and 24 RBI.

As a 2005 junior, Clement finished his career at USC with the second-most home runs (46) in school history behind Mark McGwire (54). He won the 2005 Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top collegiate catcher after batting .348 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI. Behind the plate, Clement threw out 25 of 68 baserunners (37%), including one pickoff at second base.

He was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and led the Trojans to the NCAA Super Regional, the school's fifth appearance in the past seven years. Clement was a 2005 consensus first team All-American.

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