USC baseball may have only logged a 28-28 season in 2009, but six Trojans have already been selected in this week’s MLB draft.Highly touted junior shortstop Grant Green was the first to go, in the first round at 13th overall to the Oakland Athletics.Green hit .374 with four home runs and 32 RBI this season for the Trojans. In his three years, his .359 career average places him sixth on USC’s all-time list.Under baseball rules, Green still retains his eligibility to return to USC for his senior season if he wishes, but the 21-year-old has stated in the past that he feels ready to sign and go to the minor leagues.Last year’s No. 13 selection, former Pac-10 player of the year Brett Wallace, signed for a 1.84 million signing bonus with the St. Louis Cardinals.Green’s advisor, Scott Boras, has a history of holdouts and long negotiations with top prospects.Two other top USC juniors made waves on the first day of the draft, as righthander Brad Boxberger was selected 43rd overall by the Cincinnati Reds and catcher Robert Stock was taken with the 67th pick by the St. Louis Cardinals.Boxberger started his college career on the right track, earning second-team All-America honors and posting a 3.20 ERA as a freshman, but he slipped in 2008 and went 2-4 with a 6.14 ERA. He then spent the summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League and shined as a closer for the Chatham A’s before establishing himself as USC’s ace in 2009. In 14 starts, he went 6-3 with a 3.16 ERA and garnered All-Pac-10 honors.Boxberger’s father, Rod, was a first-round pick of the Houston Astros in 1978 out of USC. Rod Boxberger pitched six minor league seasons but never made a big-league appearance.Stock enrolled in USC after his junior year at Agoura High— where he was named Baseball America Youth Player of the Year — but failed to improve much at the plate in his three years as a Trojan. He never hit above .300 and recorded only a .226 average this season. Stock began the season as the Trojans’ closer but moved to the rotation mid-season. He became the Saturday starter for USC, going 5-4 and registering a 2.90 ERA. Stock struck out 66 hitters in 59 and two-thirds innings, but he has voiced a desire to play catcher at the next level and the Cardinals drafted him as a backstop.On the second day of the draft, three more Trojans were picked.Senior lefthander Anthony Vasquez and junior catcher Hector Rabago were each picked in the 18th round, by the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees, respectively.Vasquez went 4-6 with a 4.33 ERA in his final year with USC after transferring from Texas A&M prior to his sophomore season. He also served as a middle-of-the-lineup bat for the Trojans, hitting .307 with six home runs in 2009, but he was selected as a pitcher by the Mariners.Starting the season at second base Rabago hit only .257 in 183 bats but showed improvement defensively when he played primarily at catcher as the season went on. College catchers are often looked at as a valuable commodity in the draft.Senior righthander Daniel Cooper marked the final Trojan selection of the day, going in the 21st round (623rd overall) to the Mariners. Before 2009, Cooper had pitched just 18 and two-thirds major college innings, allowing 14 earned runs. This season, though, Cooper became USC’s most effective reliever, recording 34 and two-thirds innings pitched with a 2.08 ERA. The six-foot-three, 203-pound Cooper transferred to USC from Rice before his junior season.With the third day of the draft — meaning rounds 30-50 — yet to come, there are other Trojans who could hear their names called: namely junior righthander Kevin Couture.
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The USC Trojans went 1-2 in this weekend’s series against the No. 5 Arkansas Razorbacks at Baum Stadium, taking the Trojans record to 8-3 on the season.Junior infielder Brandon Perez catches a fly-ball. Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanThe Razorbacks ended the Trojans’ seven-game winning streak in game one of this weekend’s series. The Trojans lost to the Razorbacks by a score of 4-0; however, the game was closer than the score suggested.Star junior pitcher Blaine Knight pitched for the Razorbacks in game one against USC sophomore pitcher Chris Clarke. The Trojans managed to get seven hits off of Knight, who has a 0.53 ERA after three starts, however they were unable to score despite leaving eight runners on base throughout the game. The Razorbacks gained all the momentum in the first inning thanks to a 2-run homerun from senior outfielder Luke Bonfield. While the Razorbacks only had one more hit than the Trojans throughout the game, eight, they were able to score runners in scoring positions which helped them see off the game.Game two, however, saw the Trojans go back to their winning ways as they beat No. 5 Arkansas 3-1 on Saturday. USC junior pitcher Quentin Longrie pitched 7.1 strong innings allowing only one run with four strikeouts to help lead the Trojans to victory.Game two was a real team display from the Trojans as two of the runs scored were scored from sacrifice RBI’s. Unlike on Friday, the Trojans were able to score runners in scoring positions to close out game two. The scoring started late, as sophomore center-fielder Matthew Acosta singled in the top of the sixth to score junior shortstop Chase Bushor for the Trojans first run. Then, in the seventh, sophomore outfielder Brady Shockey hit a sacrifice fly to the outfield with junior second baseman Brandon Perez on third, scoring in the second run for the Trojans. In the bottom of the eighth inning, however, junior outfielder Eric Cole blasted a solo shot into left to score for the Razorbacks keeping the game close at 2-1. However, in the ninth, the Trojans scored one more run courtesy of a sacrifice bunt from Perez scoring Acosta and leading the Trojans to an upset 3-1 victory at Baum Stadium.“Quentin pitched a great game,” said head coach Dan Hubbs to USC Athletics. “That’s all you can ask of your starter. […] Overall this was a big win for a young team that’s still learning how to win.”Sunday’s rubber-match ended in a heartbreaker for the Trojans as they lost 7-6 on a walk-off single with bases loaded in what was a competitive game. The game had to be cut short to eight innings of play due to the Trojans’ travel arrangements, and unfortunately for the Trojans, the game was lost in the final inning of play.Freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt took the mound for the Trojans on Sunday and was in control of the game. He threw for 4.2 innings allowing only one earned run on three hits and five strikeouts. Meanwhile, the Trojans also looked great on the offensive side as they had 10 hits through eight innings of play. However, the Trojans were unable to close the game for the first time this season which resulted in a disappointing loss.The Razorbacks took an early one-run lead in the second, however, the lead didn’t last long as the Trojans scored a run in the fourth to tie the game up at 1-1 through four innings of play. The Trojans then had a big fifth inning as they managed to put 4 more runs on the board and take the lead. However, in the sixth, the Razorbacks fought back and scored four runs of their own to tie the game up at 5 runs apiece.Despite giving away the lead in the sixth, the Trojans did not put their heads down. In the seventh, sophomore catcher Blake Sabol hit an RBI single to retake the lead 6-5, giving the Trojans all of the momentum. The Trojans then went scoreless in the eighth after shutting out the Razorbacks in the seventh to go into the bottom of the eighth inning with a one-run lead and star sophomore closer Connor Lunn on the mound.Having not given up a run all season, it looked like a foregone conclusion that the Trojans would walk away from Arkansas with two victories when Lunn went to pitch. However, the Razorbacks showed composure and managed to score 2 runs in the final inning of play to steal game three from the Trojans.Despite losing two out of three games this weekend, the Trojans managed to keep every game relatively close against a great opponent in Arkansas.Next weekend, the Trojans will face off against three more ranked opponents in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic.
Their are some massive games in the Senior championship down for decision this weekend as Dungloe, Cloughaneely, Bundoran and Glenfin battle it out for the right to play Senior championship football in 2014. The four sides finished bottom of their respective groups and now have to navigate their way through a relegation series in order to avoid the drop down to Intermediate championship football.Dungloe face Cloughaneely on Sunday in the Banks and will be hoping to keep their proud tradition of being a Senior club intact when they face the men from Falcaragh. Cloughaneely suffered big defeats in all their group games, while Dungloe drew with Termon in their group before narrowly losing to both Killybegs and Gaoth Dobhair.Dungloe are expected to win this match and will look to current county player Adrian Hanlon and former All-star winner Adrian Sweeney to secure championship football for the Rosses outfit.In the other relegation play-off Glenfin face Bundoran in what should be a very close encounter.Glenfin will look to current star Frank McGlynn to lead by example while Bundoran will be hoping they can recapture the form that seen them hold St.Michaels in an earlier championship match this season. A late Christy Toye point denied the Bundoran men a famous win.It won’t be the end of the road for whatever side loses in both games, as the two losers from these matches will play each other and will be given one final chance to secure their club Senior championship football for next season. SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP RELEGATION PLAY-OFF MATCHES THIS WEEEKEND was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundoranCloughaneelyDonegal Senior ChampionshipdungloeglenfinRelegation play-offs