THIS YEAR: As the most experienced lefthander in the bullpen, Flores should see his role increase as a 2000 junior ... He throws a fastball, curveball and change-up.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: Ronald has progressed as a pitcher in all facets of the game. His control, velocity and command have improved and he has positioned himself to pitch some very important innings for us. Certainly, he's the most advanced of all the lefthanders. If he was up to it, we could pitch him in every game.
1999: Flores was used primarily in situational relief roles as a 1999 sophomore ... He was 0-0 with a 5.14 ERA in seven innings ... Ronald appeared in 11 games ... He went a season-long two innings at Texas (Feb. 6) ... He struck out a season-high two batters twice.
1998: Flores saw time as a reliever as a 1998 freshman and went 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 15 innings and 11 appearances ... He set career highs of 3 2/3 innings and three strikeouts twice: against Arizona State (April 11) and UCLA (April 25).
HIGH SCHOOL: As a 1997 senior at El Rancho High in Pico Rivera, Calif., Flores was 7-3 with a 1.13 ERA ... He had 15 walks and 69 strikeouts in 69 innings ... He was named to the 1997 All-Del Rio League first team and was his team's MVP ... He was selected to the 1997 Rio Hondo Classic All-Star team ... He was also a guard on the El Rancho basketball team, earning 1997 All-League honorable mention notice.
PERSONAL: He is the younger brother of USC career win leader Randy Flores (1994-97) ... Ronald and Randy run a free baseball camp, the All-American Youth Baseball Clinic, each January for kids in the Pico Rivera area ... Ronald played for the Chatham A's (Cape Cod League) in the summer of 1998 and the Ontario Meadowlarks (in Oregon) in 1999 ... An economics major at USC, he enjoys playing basketball, golf and ping-pong in his spare time ... His birthdate is Aug. 9, 1979.