THIS YEAR: After seeing little playing time the last two seasons, Eriksen should be ready to earn a sizeable role as a 2000 sophomore ... At 6-foot-6, he and Chad Clark are the tallest Trojans in the last 10 years ... He throws a fastball, curveball and change-up.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: Tanner has made remarkable progress and has developed to the point where he is a potential starting pitcher and a legitimate pro prospect. His talent has a very high ceiling and we are excited to see what he might become.
1999: Eriksen did not see any action as a 1999 sophomore and redshirted.
1998: Eriksen pitched in two games as a 1998 freshman, going 1 1/3 innings while striking out three and giving up four runs ... In his first career game, he pitched one inning against Pepperdine (March 24) and loaded the bases before striking out the next three batters and ending the threat.
HIGH SCHOOL: As a 1997 senior at Bullard High in Fresno, Calif., Eriksen was 4-2 with a 3.95 ERA ... He struck out 54 batters in 44 innings to earn Northwest Yosemite League honorable mention honors ... As a 1996 junior, he pitched in relief (0-0) with a 4.03 ERA ... His team was two-time (1996-97) league champions ... Collegiate Baseball listed him on its 1997 Top Prospects Class ... He once pitched a three-hit complete game with 12 strikeouts.
PERSONAL: Eriksen was chosen by the Chicago Cubs in the 13th round of the 1997 professional draft ... His father, Bob, lettered at linebacker for the USC football team in 1971 ... As a 10-year-old, Tanner pitched to San Diego Padre star Tony Gwynn in a commercial for the Sports Illustrated magazine SI For Kids ... Tanner played for the Orleans Cardinals (Cape Cod League) in the summer of 1998 and for the Santa Barbara Foresters in 1999 ... He is a communications major at USC ... He enjoys surfing and playing golf in his spare time ... His birthdate is April 13, 1979.