THIS YEAR: After a solid freshman campaign, Petke should take another step forward as a 2000 sophomore righthanded pitcher ... He could fill any number of roles, from starter to long reliever to closer ... He throws a fastball, curveball, slider and change-up.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: Tim pitched extraordinarly well in the fall and has made progress in all aspects of his performance. His velocity and the command of his curveball and change-up have improved. Consquently, he is considered a very key pitcher and possibly even the closer.
1999: Petke, another member of USC's impressive freshman class, was effective as a relief pitcher in 1999 ... He was 0-0 with a 4.68 ERA and had 23 strikeouts in 25 innings and 15 appearances ... He had a relief outing against UCLA (March 6) that lasted a season-high 7 1/3 innings, and he had two strikeouts while giving up six hits, two walks and one run ... He had a season-high five strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings against Arizona (March 20) ... In his single plate appearance of the season, he laid down a sacrifice bunt.
HIGH SCHOOL: Petke was a three-sport star (baseball, basketball and football) at Portland (Ore.) Lutheran High, where he was named the 1998 Gatorade State Player of the Year for baseball as a senior ... He was a 1998 Louisville Slugger TPX All-American, a three-time All-State and All-Northwest League player as well as a two-time league MVP and state 2-A division player of the year ... As a 1998 senior, he went 8-6 with one save and a 1.70 ERA in 90 2/3 innings, striking out 170 and giving up 51 hits and 46 walks ... He was 12-2 with a 1.34 ERA as a junior, and had 164 strikeouts in 83 innings ... He once pitched a six-inning no-hitter in which he struck out all 18 batters ... In another no-hitter, he hit two home runs ... On the basketball court, he averaged 19.5 points and 11.0 rebounds a game as a senior and earned All-State second team notice ... He rushed for more than 1,500 yards in football as a senior ... He played for the 206/509 Mariners team at the 1997 Area Code Games.
PERSONAL: He played for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the summer of 1999 ... His father, Tom, played basketball and baseball at Yale ... Sam Petke, an infielder on California's baseball team, is a third cousin, as is Jonathan Petke, who played at Cal from 1993-96 ... He is majoring in exercise science at USC ... His favorite athlete is Barry Sanders ... His birthdate is April 17, 1980.