May 6, 1997

    USC Inks JC Standout From Santa Rosa

    LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Jason Lane, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder from Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College, has signed a letter-of-intent to USC, Trojan head coach Mike Gillespie announced today.

    "We're pleased that Jason Lane has chosen USC and we believe he is a legitimate two-position player," says Gillespie. "He is a fine hitter who has power and he is also an experienced left-handed pitcher. We expect him to be successful in both roles at USC."

    Lane, a right-handed hitter who stands 6-2 and weighs 205 pounds, is currently hitting .337 with 16 home runs and a school-record 47 RBI for the Bear Cubs. On the mound, he is 8-2 with a 1.59 ERA, and he has 11 walks and 74 strikeouts in 96 innings.

    As a 1996 freshman, he hit .302 with five home runs and a then-school-record-tying 44 RBI. On the mound, he was 7-4 with a 2.85 ERA. He was named to the 1996 All-Bay Valley Conference second team.

    Lane, who was a 1995 graduate of El Molina High in Forestville (Calif.), becomes the eighth player this year to sign a letter-of-intent to USC. The Trojans also signed the following players earlier this year: pitcher Rik Currier of Capistrano Valley High in Mission Viejo (Calif.), an All-State Underclassman pick by Cal-Hi Sports; shortstop Seth Davidson of University High in San Diego (Calif.); pitcher Jon Garland of Kennedy High in Granada Hills (Calif.), the 1996 Cal-Hi Junior Player of the Year; pitcher Jared Moon of Redondo (Calif.) Union High, a 1996 Cal-Hi All-State pick; outfielder Rodney Perry of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana (Calif.), who signed a football letter-of-intent; pitcher Robert Smith of St. John Bosco High in Bellflower (Calif.); and pitcher Tanner Eriksen of Bullard High in Fresno (Calif.).