2001: Davidson returns for his final year as the Trojans’ starting shortstop...a solid player defensively, his speed and bat make him a potent player in the lineup.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: “We are tremendously fortunate to have Seth back. He should be one of the most outstanding players in the country. He brings great experience as a three-year starter and member of a national championship team and an All-Pac-10 Conference player. He is vastly improved hitter and has increased his strength and stamina. He absolutely has a magic glove, there can be no better defensive player in the country.”
2000: Started every game this season at shortstop...named to the All Pac-10 Honorable Mention list...named Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA First-Round Regional at Cal State Fullerton after going 10-for-14 (.714) with a double, home run and six RBI...tied a school record with his 26th stolen base of the season on June 3 at Georgia Tech...went 5-for-6 with a double and two RBI on May 27 vs. Loyola Marymount at the NCAA First-Round Regional...has hit safely in 25 of his last 27 games...his RBI bunt single capped a three-run rally in the ninth in a 4-3 win at Washington on May 21...had a team-high 13-game hitting streak snapped on May 19 at Washington...went 6-for-12 (.500) with a home run, four RBI and three stolen bases in the Arizona State series April 28 through April 30...Collegiate Baseball preseason All-American second teamer and made the Baseball America preseason All-American third team. CAREER: He currently ranks No. 4 on USC's career stolen base list with 52.
1999: Earned 1999 All-American third team honors (from the NCBWA) and, for the second straight year, All-Pac-10 first team notice...as the starting shortstop, he batted .345 with one home run and 35 RBI...tied for the team lead with 25 multiple-hit games and also had 10 multiple-RBI games...made the NCAA All-Los Angeles Regional team...in Pac-10 play, he batted .368 with a team-high 39 hits...had a 12-game hitting streak (.389, 21-for-54), the best by a Trojan in 1999...earlier in the year, he had an eight-game hitting streak (.429, 15-for-35) that included six multiple-hit games...had a career-high four hits at Texas (Feb. 6)...went 3-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored against Washington (May 16)...lone home run came against Oregon State (March 12)...did a nice job coming back from a broken jaw suffered in early January that cost him nearly all of the preseason practice time...missed only the first game of the season with that injury, but pulled a quadricep muscle in the Texas finale (Feb. 7) and missed the next four games...batted .545 (6-for-11) against Washington and .500 (7-for-14) against Arizona State.
1998: Won the starting job at shortstop early in the 1998 season as a true freshman and was one of Troy’s big surprises, as he went on to earn 1998 Freshman All-American first team honors (from Collegiate Baseball and The Sporting News), Freshman All-American second team notice (from Baseball America) and All-Pac-10 first team honors...batted .333 overall and hit a team-high .387 in Six-Pac play...had five home runs, 31 RBI and 17 stolen bases...in the Pac-10, he ranked No. 9 in stolen bases...had a midseason 10-game hitting streak (.390, 16-for-41)...had 21 multiple-hit games, including four with three hits...at the College World Series, Seth hit .333 (8-for-24)...hit his first career home run at Arizona (March 20) and his first grand slam against California (April 18)...feasted on Cal’s pitching, hitting .542 (13-for-24) with three home runs and 11 RBI in six games.
HIGH SCHOOL: As a 1997 senior at San Diego’s University High, Davidson (who was a four-year starter) hit .458 with 29 RBI and was named to the 1997 Cal-Hi Sports All-State team and the USA Today All-American honorable mention team...was selected to the 1997 All-San Diego County team (for the second year) and All-CIF Division II first team and was the Western League’s Player of the Year (he was selected All-Western League all four years)...his 172 career hits were two shy of the CIF record...hit .444 with 19 RBI as a 1996 junior and was 13-for-13 in stolen bases...had a .600 on-base percentage and struck out only three times in 124 at-bats.
PERSONAL: Seth played for the 1998 USA National Team and batted .288 with 11 RBI in 29 games...played on the USA Junior National Team in the summer of 1997, where he hit .338 with a team-leading 11 stolen bases...played for the Chatham A’s in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 1999...was drafted by the New York Mets in the 23rd round of the 1997 professional draft...majoring in economics...enjoys golfing in his spare time...lists his sports hero as Tony Gwynn...birthdate is Feb. 26, 1979.
DAVIDSON'S CAREER STATISTICS
YEAR G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB-SBA BB SO HBP S-SF SLG OBP AVG 1998 (Fr.) 60-58 204 46 68 13 2 5 31 17-20 20 27 3 19-3 .490 .396 .333 1999 (So.) 57-57 238 51 82 11 4 1 35 9-12 23 28 4 10-3 .437 .407 .345 2000 (Jr.) 64-64 262 56 80 13 2 4 34 26-32 27 20 7 10-3 .416 .381 .305 TOTALS 181-179 704 153 230 37 8 10 100 52-64 70 75 14 39-9 .445 .394 .327