THIS YEAR: Lepe is a fifth-year senior in 2000 who has improved each year and should see time as a righthanded relief pitcher ... Academically, he has already graduated and is seeking a master's degree at USC ... He throws a fastball, curveball and change-up.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: Raul might be the most accomplished student-athlete in the history of USC baseball. On the field, he's a bulldog in terms of his tenacity. He continues to strive to get better, and has pushed himself to the point where he is very much in contention to pitch key innings for us.
1999: As a 1999 junior, Lepe went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in five innings and six appearances ... None of his outings were more than an inning.
1998: Lepe did not see any action as a 1998 sophomore.
1997: As a redshirt freshman in 1997, Lepe appeared in one game and pitched one scoreless inning against UC Santa Barbara.
1996: Lepe redshirted as a 1996 freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: Raul prepped at St. Francis High in La Canada, Calif., where he played baseball (pitcher) and basketball (guard) ... He was 3-3 with a 2.90 ERA as a 1995 senior, earning 1995 All-Mission League second team honors ... He struck out 45 in 35 innings and limited opponents to a .225 batting average ... He twice struck out 10 batters: against Chaminade (in 7 1/3 innings) and against Leuzinger (in 6 1/3 innings) ... In basketball, he averaged 17.5 points as a senior, earning 1995 All-Mission League second team honors ... A fine student, he was his school's valedictorian as a senior.
PERSONAL: Lepe graduated from USC in 1999 with a degree in industrial and systems engineering major and a 3.70 GPA , and is now in the MBA program ... He enjoys playing basketball in his spare time ... His birthdate is Nov. 26, 1977.