THIS YEAR: A solid hitter and a 2000 senior, Gemoll is in line to start for the second straight season for the Trojans ... After starting at five different positions last year, his first at USC after transferring from UC Santa Barbara, he should settle back in at third base.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: As a senior, Justin is a veteran of three college seasons. We will need him to be a leader and a successful player on offense and defense.
1999: Gemoll was valuable at a number of positions as a 1999 junior who transferred after two years at UC Santa Barbara ... He started at all four infield positions as well as left field ... He started most often at third base (30 games) but played first base in the postseason (starting there 16 times overall) ... He batted .300 with four home runs and 26 RBI ... At the NCAA Los Angeles Regional, he batted .308 (4-for-13) with a team-high five RBI ... In his best performances, he went 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBI against Long Beach State (Feb. 20), 3-for-4 with a home run against Washington State (March 28), 3-for-3 with four runs scored against Stanford (April 18) and 3-for-4 with three RBI against Pepperdine (May 30) ... He had 16 multiple-hit games ... Gemoll batted .455 (5-for-11) against Washington and .417 (5-for-12) against Washington State.
UC SANTA BARBARA: A two-year (1997-98) starter for the Gauchos, Gemoll made the 1998 All-Big West honorable mention team and was UCSB's MVP after batting .351 with nine home runs and a team-high 57 RBI ... He started all 51 games at shortstop as a sophomore ... Among his 1998 highlights was a streak that saw him deliver nine hits in nine at-bats against Cal State Fullerton ... In 1997, he started at third base and second base and batted .337 with five home runs and 39 RBI and was the Gauchos' Freshman of the Year.
HIGH SCHOOL: At Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, Calif., Gemoll earned All-State, All-Northern California and All-CIF Central Coast Section first team honors as a 1996 senior ... He also made All-West Catholic Athletic League three times ... In three years on the varsity he hit .387 ... He was an Area Code Games all-star in 1995 with the 800 Astros ... He won a silver medal in the 1994 AAU National Junior Olympics with the Nor-Cal Black Sox.
PERSONAL: Gemoll played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (Cape Cod League) in the summer of 1998 and the Santa Barbara Foresters in the summer of 1999 ... Justin, who is majoring in economics at USC, made the 1997 Big West All-Academic team ... His brother, Brandon, is a sophomore first baseman at Fresno State ... He enjoys fishing and watching movies ... He lists Cal Ripken Jr. as his favorite player ... His birthdate is Nov. 19, 1977.