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    Ricky Oropesa
    Ricky Oropesa

    Class:
    Junior

    Hometown:
    Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

    High School:
    Etiwanda

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 230

    Position:
    Infield

    Bats-Throws:
    Left-Right

    06/27/2013

    Catching Up with Trojans in the Minor Leagues

    22 Trojans are competing in the minors with hopes of one day making the big leagues.

    05/29/2013

    Three Trojans Earn Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 Baseball Honors

    Landecker, Stubbs and Zebrack represented the Trojans.

    Career
    In his three seasons at USC, Oropesa batted .331 in 170 games (with 167 starts)...he had 40 doubles, three triples, 40 home runs, 159 RBI and 13 stolen bases...he had a .596 career slugging percentage and a .409 on-base percentage...tied for fifth place on USC's all-time list with 40 career home runs (tied with Morgan Ensberg, 1995-98)...his 159 career RBI place him fifth on USC's all-time list...his slugging percentage ties him for ninth place on USC's all-time list (Morgan Ensberg, 1995-98, and Jeff Clement, 2003-05).

    2011
    For the second year in a row, Oropesa led the team in the triple crown categories, batting .322 (67-for-208) with seven home runs and 44 RBI and was named to the All-Pac-10 Conference Team...recorded 10 doubles, a triple and three stolen bases...posted a .481 slugging percentage and .402 on-base percentage...registered a season-long, 10-game hitting streak from March 5-19, batting .447 (17-for-38) with eight runs scored and eight RBI...tallied his final home run on May 27 against Washington State...his sixth homer of the season came on April 22 at Washington with a two-run shot to center field....on April 1 at No. 13 California, he belted two home runs and tied his personal best with five RBI....it was the fourth time in his career that he had two or more home runs in a game and the fourth time he recorded five RBI in a game...earned Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week honors on March 28 after going 9-for-17 (.529) in four games, including a 6-for-13 series at home against No. 24 UCLA (March 25-27)...had two home runs and seven RBI against the Bruins, including a 3-for-5 day on March 27 with a home run...tied a personal best with five RBI, the third time in his career he had five RBI in a game...went 3-for-4 with one RBI on March 16 against Louisville and recorded his first three-hit game of the season on March 11 against St. Mary's...had a bases-loaded double against North Carolina on Feb. 20...opened the season by hitting safely in seven of his first eight games...prior to the start of the season, Oropesa was named Baseball America Preseason and ESPN first team All-American and Louisville Slugger Preseason second team All-American...named to the Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List by USA Baseball.

    2010
    In his sophomore season, Oropesa earned Baseball America All-America second team honors after leading the Trojans in the triple crown categories, batting .353 (83-for-253) with 20 home runs and 67 RBI...he was the first Trojan to lead in all three categories since Jeff Clement (2005)...his 20 home runs tied him for sixth place on USC's single-season list with Jason Lane (1999)...his 22 doubles put him in a tie for fifth on USC's single-season list with three other players...with 167 total bases, he moved into seventh place on USC's single-season list...his .711 slugging percentage places him 10th on USC's single-season list...earned his first All-Pac-10 Conference honor...led the team with seven stolen bases...capped the season with his 20th homer on May 30 against Washington...recorded three home runs for the first time in his career on May 28 against Washington, going 4-for-5 with a double and a season-high five RBI...hit the walk-off homer in the 11th inning on May 18 in a 9-8 win against New Mexico State...went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBI on May 14 at No. 11 UCLA...hit two doubles to go with three RBI in a 5-4, 10-inning win on April 24 at No. 18 Oregon...on April 7 against Cal State Bakersfield, he belted a two-out solo homer run to snap a 3-3 tie as the Trojans went on for the 4-3 victory...his ninth homer came on a three-run shot on April 2 in an 8-2 win over No. 21 Oregon State...hit home runs in back-to-back games on March 27 and 28 at No. 19 Stanford...hit a solo home run in back-to-back games on March 20 and 21 at Pacific, batting .545 (6-for-11) in the series...drew four walks (two intentional) in the 15-9 win on March 21 at Pacific...his fourth homer of the season led the way to a 9-0 shutout on March 15 at Hawai'i after recording his first five-hit game the day before with two doubles and two RBI...hit a two-run homer in the first as part of a 6-2 win over New Mexico on March 7 in the first game of a doubleheader...broke a 4-4 tie in the ninth inning with a leadoff solo homer on Feb. 21 at Cal Poly with the Trojans going on to win by a 9-4 score.

    2009
    He earned Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America and Pac-10 Conference honorable mention honors...in 54 games, he made 51 starts and batted .314 (58-for-185) while leading the team in home runs (13) and RBI (48)...had eight doubles and one triple with three stolen bases...led the team with a .578 slugging percentage...also made four appearances on the mound with a 9.00 ERA... in three innings, he allowed three runs on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts...opponents hit .250 against him...his 12th homer of the season came on May 5 in the first inning during the Trojans' 5-0 shutout of No. 12 Cal Poly...his third home run in two games came on May 1 at Washington...recorded his second two-homer game in a little over a week came on April 29 at No. 6 Cal State Fullerton, adding five RBI...had his first two-homer game on April 21 in a 13-5 win at Loyola Marymount...hit home runs in back-to-back games on April 9 and 10 against Oregon...hit an opposite-field home run against UCLA's highly-touted freshman Gerrit Cole on March 21...broke out of an early season slump with a 7-for-12 weekend (March 13-16) against Winthrop...on March 14, he hit his first collegiate home run and had a season-high four RBI.


    High School
    He was a four-year varsity letterwinner at Etiwanda High in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., under coach Shane Moses...he was an Aflac High School All-American and rated as the No. 108 high school player in the nation by Baseball America...rated by Perfect Game as the No. 2 third baseman in the nation and No. 18 for first basemen...three-time All-Baseline League first team selection...earned Cal-Hi all-state honors in his junior and senior seasons...named Daily Bulletin All-Star in his senior season...earned All-Inland Valley honors in his junior and senior seasons...batted .563 (36-for-64) with six home runs, six doubles, two triples and 16 RBI in his senior season...as a junior, he hit .547 with 11 home runs, 46 RBIs, 11 doubles, 16 walks and seven strikeouts...he drove in a school-record 10 runs in his final game of the season, which included two home runs...has appeared in numerous showcases and tournaments, including the Tournament of Stars in Cary, N.C., and the Perfect Game National Showcase in Cincinnati...drafted in the 24th round by the Boston Red Sox in the 2008 major league baseball draft.

    Personal
    He is majoring in public policy and development...parents are Alfred and Ruthie...has one brother, Christopher, and two sisters, Julianna and Olivia...lists Derek Jeter and Manny Ramirez as his biggest sports heroes...his father's cousin, Eddie, played four seasons in the major leagues as a pitcher...favorite movie is Wedding Crashers...favorite television shows are Stand Up Comedy and Family Guy...listens to Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross and Eminem...birthdate is Dec. 15, 1989.

    Career Hitting Statistics

    Year GP-GS AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB-SBA BB SO HBP SF-SH SLG OBP
    2009 54-51 .314 185 35 58 8 1 13 48 3-7 23 46 1 4-1 .578 .385
    2010 60-60 .353 235 53 83 22 1 20 67 7-12 33 51 2 2-0 .711 .434
    2011 56-56 .322 208 35 67 10 1 7 44 3-5 29 46 3 6-0 .481 .402
    Totals 170-167 .331 628 123 208 40 3 40 159 13-24 85 143 6 12-1 .596 .409

    Career Pitching Statistics

    Year ERA W-L APP GS SVS IP H R ER BB SO WP HB BK BAVG
    2009 9.00 0-0 4 0 0 3.0 3 3 3 2 6 0 0 2 .250