Baseball

    Nov. 18, 1997

    USC Signs 5 Prep Baseball Players

    Five baseball players, including two 1997 All-State selections, signed letters-of- intent with USC, Trojan head coach Mike Gillespie announced today.

    All five players were selected to play in the prestigious Area Code Games (for the nation's top prep baseball players) this past summer. "We are very excited about this recruiting class," says Gillespie. "These five players are the ones we identified early on as the players we wanted to go after. Each of these players can be an impact player at USC from the outset and they have a great future in baseball."

    The Trojan recruiting class is as follows: third baseman Sean Burroughs of Wilson High in Long Beach (Calif.), a 1997 Cal-Hi All-State Underclassmen pick; catcher-infielder Beau Craig of Grossmont High in San Diego (Calif.), a 1997 Cal-Hi All-State Underclassmen selection; pitcher Ryan Madson of Valley View High in Moreno Valley (Calif.), a 1997 Cal-Hi All-State first teamer (the only junior selected to that team);

    Pitcher-outfielder Tim Petke of Portland (Ore.) Lutheran High, a two-time All-State pick; and pitcher-first baseman Eric Sandberg of Ferris High in Spokane (Wash.).

    Here are brief biographies of each player: Sean Burroughs, 3B, L-R, 6-1, 190, Wilson High (Long Beach)...He hit .456 (41-for-90) as a 1997 junior...On the mound, he was 7-1 with a 1.75 ERA, striking out 53 and walking just 8 in 44 innings...He was named to the 1997 Cal-Hi All-State Underclassmen team...He was an All-CIF Division I second team and All-Moore League first team pick in 1997...He played in the Team One Showcase All-Star game and for the 310 Dodgers at the 1997 Area Code Games...As a little leaguer, he led Long Beach to consecutive Little League World Series championships in 1992-93...He is the son of former major leaguer Jeff Burroughs, who was the 1974 American League MVP

    Beau Craig, C-IF, S-R, 5-10, 175, Grossmont High (San Diego)...He hit .398 with 9 home runs, 16 doubles and 49 RBI as a 1997 junior...He was named to the 1997 Cal-Hi All-State Underclassmen team and the USA Today Top 1998 Prospects team...He was selected as the San Diego County Defensive Player of the Year in 1997...He was named to the 1997 All-Grossmont North League first team....He played in the Team One Showcase All-Star game and he was a two-time (1996-97) participant in the Area Code Games for the 619 Padres team.

    Ryan Madson, RHP, R-R, 6-5, 175, Valley View High (Moreno Valley)...He was 9-2 with a 1.01 ERA as a 1997 junior...He struck out 85 batters in 62 innings...He threw two no-hitters...He was the only junior named to the 1997 Cal-Hi All-State first team...He was a 1997 All-CIF Division I first team pick and the 1997 Sun Belt League MVP...He played for the 714/909 Angels at the 1997 Area Code Games.

    Tim Petke, RHP-OF, R-R, 6-3, 195, Portland Lutheran High (Portland, OR)...He was 12-2 with a 1.34 ERA as a 1997 junior...He had 42 walks and 164 strikeouts in 83 innings pitched...He hit .447 with 8 doubles, 5 home runs and 29 RBI...He was 21 for 21 in stolen bases...He was twice named to the Oregon All-State first team--as a pitcher in 1996 and as an outfielder in 1995...He was a two-time All-Northwest League first team pick and the league's MVP in 1997...He played for the 206/509 Mariner team at the 1997 Area Code Games.

    Eric Sandberg, LHP-1B, L-L, 6-1, 215, Ferris High (Spokane, WA)...A lefthander, he was 6-0 with an 0.74 ERA as a 1997 junior, striking out 75 batters in 38 innings...He hit .404 with 5 home runs and 27 RBI...As a 1996 sophomore, he hit .519 with 6 home runs and 25 RBI and he was 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA, striking out 68 batters in 41 innings...He was named to the All-City first team in both 1996 and 1997...He was the MVP of the Greater Spokane League in 1996 after winning the league's Triple Crown...He played for the 206/509 Mariner team at the 1997 Area Code Games.