For the second straight year, Clement played on the U.S. National Team...batted .275 (19-for-69) with three home runs and 15 RBI...his team won the gold medal at the FISU II World University Baseball Championships in Taiwan...hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the eighth for a 5-2 win over Chinese Taipei in the semifinal...named most valuable player for Team USA during the 33rd Annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series in Japan, batting .429 (6-for-14) with a home run and two RBI.
Clement earned 2004 Baseball America Preseason All-America first team and NCBWA Preseason All-America first team honors, as well as Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America second team honors...named as a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award...led the team in home runs (10), RBI (43) and walks (38)...on April 4 at No. 14 Arizona State, he went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI...homered in back-to-back games on May 1 and 2 at UCLA...went 2-for-4 with a double and five RBI in the Trojans' final game on May 30 against Arizona...behind the plate, he threw out 27 of 66 runners this season (41%), including four of five runners on March 6 against No. 1 Stanford.
Clement made his mark during his 2003 freshman campaign...named Collegiate Baseball Freshman National Co-Player of the Year and Pac-10 Conference Freshman of the Year...earned Baseball America Freshman All-America first team and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American first team honors...named All-Pac-10...led the team in home runs (21), RBI (53), runs scored (53), walks (32) and slugging percentage (.649) while batting .298 (62-for-208)...set a new school record for most home runs by a freshman with his 14th homer on March 22 at Arizona, eclipsing mark held by Eric Munson (1997) and Joey Metropoulos (2002)...hit two home runs in a game four times during the season (Feb. 14 vs. South Alabama, Feb. 15 vs. South Alabama, March 11 at Pepperdine and March 21 at Arizona)...on March 15, he became the first player since Jason Lane (1999) to record multi-home run, back-to-back games...using a wood bat on May 5 against No. 4 Cal State Fullerton at Edison International Field in Anaheim, Clement hit an RBI double off the wall in right center...on a regionally televised broadcast, he hit three home runs in a 13-12 loss on May 16 against Washington State...had a season-high 14-game hitting streak snapped on April 17 at California...hit his first opposite-field homer with a three-run shot for the go-ahead runs in the seventh on April 15 at Loyola Marymount in an 8-5 victory...went 7-for-13 (.438) with three home runs, a double, nine RBI, five walks and eight runs scored against San Diego and Arizona to earn his second Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honor of the season...hit two home runs in the same inning on March 21 at Arizona in the third and went 3-for-5 with five RBI on the evening...tied the game with a leadoff homer in the seventh on March 14 against No. 5 Cal State Fullerton in USC's 3-2 win...started the season with a 1-for-15 streak, but snapped out of it by going 7-for-12 with four home runs and eight RBI in the South Alabama series (Feb. 14-16) and earned Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honors...during the summer, he played for the 2003 U.S. National Team, becoming the 12th USC player selected all-time...batted .256 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 25 games with Team USA as the team went 27-2 (.931 winning percentage, the highest in USA Baseball history).
As a catcher/pitcher at Marshalltown (Ia.) High, Clement had a storied four-year career and set the national high school career mark for home runs (75)...led Marshalltown to the 2002 4-A state championship, earning All-America honors after batting .509 with 16 home runs...featured in the Sept. 16, 2002, issue of Sports Illustrated as part as the "For the Love of the Game" article.
Clement played with the 1996 Marshalltown team in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Undecided as a major...parents are Brad and Diane...lists Lance Berkman as his biggest sports hero...favorite television show is Seinfeld...favorite movie is Good Will Hunting...birthdate is Aug. 21, 1983.
Clement's Career Statistics YEAR G-GS AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB-SBA BB SO 2003 (Fr.) 56-56 .298 208 53 62 8 1 21 53 1-2 32 43 2004 (So.) 52-52 .293 198 36 58 12 1 10 43 1-6 38 39 2005 (Jr.) 63-63 .348 230 52 80 17 0 15 54 5-11 44 43 Totals 171-171 .314 636 141 200 37 2 46 150 7-19 114 125