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    Paul Koss
    Paul Koss

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Orange, Calif.

    High School:
    Orange Lutheran

    Height / Weight:
    6-4 / 215

    Position:
    Pitcher

    Bats/Throws:
    Right/Right

    Career
    Koss finished his career with 36 saves, placing him second on USC's all-time list...his 101 appearances also place him second with both career marks putting him behind Jack Krawczyk.

    2007
    Koss finished his 2007 senior season as one of the nation's top closers...finished with a 3-3 record and a 2.79 ERA in 29 appearances...in 29 innings, he allowed 31 hits, nine earned runs, nine walks and struck out 25 with a .277 opponents' batting average...finished in a tie for third place in the nation with 16 saves...earned the save with 1 2/3 scoreless innings on May 13 at No. 14 Arizona...recorded back-to-back saves at Washington (April 20-21), at Stanford (March 9-10) and at Georgia (March 2-4)...got the win on Feb. 11 in a 4-3, 10-inning win at No. 17 San Diego...passed Dan Hubbs (1991-93) for third place on Feb. 6 at Loyola Marymount with his third save in as many opportunities and passed Brian Nichols (1985-88) for second place on March 2 at Georgia.

    Summer
    As a member of the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod Baseball League, Koss went 2-0 with four saves in 11 appearances without allowing a run...in 13 2/3 innings, he allowed six hits, walked seven and struck out 17...played in the 2006 CCBL All-Star Game.

    2006
    It was a difficult 2006 junior season for Koss, who went 0-8 with a 6.28 ERA and six saves...in 38 2/3 innings, he allowed 50 hits, walked 20 and struck out 37...after giving up two runs in back-to-back appearances to begin the season, Koss allowed just two earned runs in 20 straight appearances (22 2/3 innings from Feb. 12-April 23)...registered his first save on March 4 with one scoreless inning against Georgia...threw two no-hit innings against Oregon State on March 19 for this third save of the year...a key save came on April 13 at No. 13 Arizona State when he struck out the side in the ninth to preserve the 13-12 victory...pitched in the summer for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League...he went 3-1 with a save and a 2.92 ERA in six appearances (12 1/3 IP, 13 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO).

    2005
    The Trojans found a dominant closer after Koss flourished in his 2005 sophomore season...Koss went 4-1 with a 2.81 ERA and 14 saves...his 14 saves placed him fifth on USC's all-time single-season list...in 51 1/3 innings, he allowed 39 hits, 16 earned runs, walked 21 and struck out 42...threw a season-high 4 2/3 innings to earn the win on June 12 at the NCAA Super Regional at Oregon State, allowing three runs on two hits with a walk and seven strikeouts during USC's thrilling, 9-8 victory in 10 innings...during the NCAA First-Round Regional in Long Beach, Koss recorded three saves with 3 2/3 scoreless innings (four hits, no walks and three strikeouts)...threw two no-hit innings on May 15 against Washington State for his 10th save of the season...on April 5 against Pepperdine, he allowed just one run in 2 2/3 innings for the save despite facing bases-loaded situations twice...earned the save on March 24 against Arizona State after throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings...retired four straight batters with two strikeouts for a save on March 12 against Wichita State at the USC/Public Storage Baseball Classic...earned his first collegiate win on March 6 against No. 21 Nebraska in Round Rock, Texas, throwing 3 1/3 innings...earned his first save of the season on at No. 17 Long Beach State with 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Feb. 12 and earned another save the following day against the 49ers with 1 2/3 scoreless innings...allowed just two runs in his first 12 appearances of the season (17 innings).

    2004
    In his 2004 freshman season, Koss went 0-2 with a 10.61 ERA in eight apperances.

    High School
    He earned all-league first team honors in his junior and senior seasons at Orange Lutheran High in Orange, Calif.

    Personal
    He is majoring in public policy and development...parents are John and Kathy...lists Cal Ripken, Jr., as his biggest sports hero...favorite television show is South Park...favorite movie is The Boondock Saints...birthdate is June 17, 1985.

    Koss' Career Statistics
    Year		W-L	SV	ERA	G-GS	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO
    2004 (Fr.)	0-2	0	10.61	8-0	9.1	16	11	11	6	8
    2005 (So.)	4-1	14	2.81	34-0	51.1	39	17	16	21	42
    2006 (Jr.)	0-8	6	6.28	30-0	38.2	50	30	27	20	37
    2007 (Sr.)	3-3	16	2.79	29-0	29.0	31	11	9	9	25
    Totals		7-14	36	4.42	101-0	128.1	136	69	63	56	112