The Trojans are looking to open their Pac-12 slate on a high note.
On September 1, 2010, Duda became the 97th former Trojan to play in the major leagues after being called up by the New York Mets.
In his 2007 junior season, Duda made 51 of 53 starts in left field...drafted in the seventh round by the New York Mets...led the team with seven home runs...on April 6 at No. 9 Oregon State, he hit two triples including a two-run hit to break a 1-1 tie in the eighth during USC's 4-1 victory...went 3-for-4 with two RBI on March 27 at UC Riverside... had a career day on March 25 against No. 17 Arizona State with two home runs and six RBI...hit a grand slam as part of an eight-run sixth inning against the Sun Devils and gave USC the 14-13 win with a walkoff, two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth...hit a three-run homer in USC's 6-4 win on Jan. 30 in the season opener against Cal Poly.
He batted .273 (59-for-216) with eight home runs, 12 doubles and 49 RBI for the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods League...he was named as a Northwoods League All-Star and also earned the Silver Glove Award at first base.
Duda started in 54 games as a 2006 sophomore, playing as the Trojans' first baseman...he batted .298 (57-for-191) with three home runs and 36 RBI...stole four bases in six attempts...had a 4-for-9 day with two doubles, a triple and two RBI in the doubleheader at Stanford on April 1...went 6-for-12 with four RBI in the Stanford series (March 10-12)...on March 4 against Georgia, he went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI with his home run tying the game at eight apiece in the fifth, leading to a 12-11 win...clubbed his first homer of the season on Feb. 4 against Long Beach State and had a four-hit game on Feb. 7 at UC Riverside.
Poised to have a solid 2005 freshman season, Duda sat out a month with a wrist injury suffered in the March 25 game against Arizona State during a collision at first base...started in 23 of 34 games and batted .208 (16-for-77) for the season with a home run and 11 RBI...hit his first collegiate home run on March 19 in a 10-0 win against Stony Brook in Irvine, Calif., as part of a 2-for-4 day and season-high three RBI.
He was named CIF-SS Division I Player of the Year in his senior season at Arlington High in Riverside, Calif...earned the save in Arlington's 4-3 win over Long Beach Wilson in the 2004 CIF Division I Championship game at Dodger Stadium...also earned all-state, all-county and All-Ivy League honors as a senior...named preseason All-American before his senior season...played as a first baseman and was the closer for Arlington...earned All-CIF, all-county and All-Ivy League honors in his junior season, batting .493 with nine home runs and 33 RBI.
He has not decided on a major...parents are David and Eleanor...has one brother, Justin, and one sister, Emily...favorite movie is Bull Durham...favorite TV show is Baseball Tonight...lists Bo Jackson as his biggest sports hero...birthdate is Feb. 3, 1986.