2001: As the Trojans' No. 1 starter, Prior turned in one of the most dominating seasons in collegiate history with the added pressure of being a top draft pick (he was drafted No. 2 overall by the Chicago Cubs)...one of five finalists for the Sullivan Award, only fourth baseball player in history to reach that level...won the Golden Spikes Award, given by USA Baseball to the top amateur player in the nation...first player in USC history to win the Golden Spikes Award...only the second player to sweep every national player of the year award (Baylor's Jason Jennings - 1999)...won the Dick Howser Trophy from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers' Association as the top player in the nation...won the 2001 Rotary Smith Award...named National Player of the Year by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and The Sporting News...earned the Louisville/American Baseball Coaches' Association National Player of the Year award...earned Collegiate Baseball and USA Today Baseball Weekly All-America first team honors...named as Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year, the fourth straight Trojan to earn the honor (Seth Etherton in 1998, Barry Zito in 1999 and Rik Currier as a co-POTY in 2000)...led the conference in victories, strikeouts, ERA and opponents batting average...third in the nation in earned run average and strikeouts per nine innings (13.2)...earned Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America second team honors...recorded 10 or more strikeouts in a game 13 times...his 202 strikeouts place him in a tie for 12th all-time for most in a season with Ben McDonald (LSU in 1989) and Richard Lewis (Florida State in 1986)...set the school and Pac-10 single season record for strikeouts on June 1 against Florida International, surpassing Seth Etherton (Cincinnati Reds) who set the mark for the Trojans in 1998 with 182...tied a conference record by being named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week five times during the season...in his first start on Feb. 3 vs. Louisville, he allowed three hits in five innings of work, striking out 10 batters while not allowing a walk...at one point against Louisville, he struck out five straight Cardinals en route to his first win of the season...recorded 10 strikeouts on Feb. 9 vs. No. 17 Long Beach State (7 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 10 SO)...struck out 12 on Feb. 16 at UCLA in seven innings (2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 SO)...struck out nine batters in six innings on Feb. 23 vs. Mississippi State...in the first game of a doubleheader at Houston on March 3, Prior struck out 10 and did not allow a walk in eight innings of work for his fourth victory of the season...he tied a career high by striking out 13 on March 9 at No. 10 Stanford (7 1/3 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 13 SO)...on the following week on March 17 at Washington, he pitched the 20th two-hitter at USC since 1976 with a complete game effort in the Trojans' 5-1 win...he set a new career-high with 14 strikeouts and did not allow a walk for his fifth win of the season...set another career-high the following week on March 23 at Arizona when he struck out 15 batters and did not allow a walk in a three-hit shutout, his first of his career...he pitched five innings in a mid-week game on March 28 against San Diego State and gave up his first earned run in 21 1/3 consecutive innings...pitched one inning in relief and recorded his eighth win of the season on April 3 at San Diego State (2-1 win in 10 innings) and added his ninth victory on April 6 vs. No. 10 Arizona State...he struck out seven in eight innings of work against Arizona State, allowing one run on seven hits...he threw his third complete game of the season on April 12 at California (1-0), throwing his second two-hitter of the season and striking out 14 batters with only one walk...with the game against California, he became only the second pitcher since 1976 to throw two solo two-hitters in a season (Barry Zito, now a member of the Oakland Athletics, in 1998)...avenged his only loss of the season with a win against No. 1 Stanford on April 20 at Dedeaux Field...allowed one run on five hits in a 2-1 victory against Jeremy Guthrie, striking out 12 and allowing one walk...threw his third straight complete game on April 27 vs. UCLA (2-0), allowing six hits, striking out 14 and did not allow a walk...throws a fastball, curveball and change-up...finished the month of April with a 5-0 record and a 0.50 ERA (36 IP, 20 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 58 SO).
2000: Served as the team's No. 1 starter for the first part of the season...pitched for the USA National Team, going 3-2 with a 1.60 ERA in six starts (33.2 IP, 16 H, 6 ER, 14 BB, 44 SO)...registered the win as the starting pitcher in an 8-5 win over Cuba in the championship game of the Baseball Week in Haarlem (The Netherlands) Tournament...named to the Pac-10 Honorable Mention list...pitched at least seven innings in 15 out of his 18 starts...led the team in innings pitched and strikeouts...struck out at least 10 batters in a game four times...walked two or less batters in 10 of his 18 starts...did not allow a run until the ninth inning on June 3 at No. 1 Georgia Tech at the NCAA Super Regional in the Trojans' 6-3 win; with the win, the Trojans clinched a spot in the College World Series...had his best outing at the plate on March 28 at San Diego State, going 2-for-4 with a double, home run and three RBI...allowed only three runs in eight innings in his only complete game of the season (4-3 loss) at Stanford on March 17...recorded two saves, including 1 1/3 innings of no-hit ball in the second game of a doubleheader on March 14 at the University of San Diego...struck out a season-high 13 batters in 7 2/3 innings on Feb. 25 vs. UCLA, retiring 19 straight batters at one point and walking only two batters...made the Baseball America Preseason All-America second team.
VANDERBILT: Prior earned 1999 Freshman All-American second team honors from Baseball America at Vanderbilt...started 13 games and went 4-8 with a 4.59 ERA and had 71 strikeouts in 82 1/3 innings...went a season-high nine innings in a complete-game victory against West Virginia (March 5)...had a season-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings against Mississippi (April 2)...also started at designated hitter and first base and batted .260 with four home runs and 28 RBI...had season highs of three hits and four RBI against Tennessee Tech in different games.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 1998 All-American and All-State selection during his senior year at University of San Diego High, Prior went 10-5 with a 0.93 ERA as a pitcher and .410 with 15 home runs at the plate...was also named the San Diego County Player of the Year by the San Diego Union-Tribune...holds school single-season records for strikeouts (110), ERA (0.93), home runs (15) and RBI (58), all set as a senior.
PERSONAL: Prior pitched for the 1999 USA National Team, going 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA, and made the 1999 Baseball America Summer All-American second team...was a first-round sandwich pick (43rd overall) of the New York Yankees in the 1998 professional draft...lists his most thrilling moment as "putting on a USA uniform and playing in front of 10,000 fans on the Fourth of July"...his father, Jerry, played football at Vanderbilt; his sister, Millie, played tennis at San Diego; and his brother, Jerry, played tennis at Villanova...majoring in business and has a 3.18 GPA...enjoys playing golf and basketball in his spare time...favorite baseball players are Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens...birthdate is Sept. 7, 1980.
PRIOR'S CAREER PITCHING STATISTICS YEAR G-GS CG IP H R ER BB SO IBB HB WP W-L SV ERA *1999 (Fr.) 13-13 1 82.1 107 56 42 23 71 0 5 6 4-8 0 4.59 2000 (So.) 23-19 1 136.1 126 70 54 46 150 3 13 10 10-7 1 3.56 2001 (Jr.) 20-18 6 138.2 100 32 26 18 202 1 4 5 15-1 0 1.69 TOTALS 56-50 8 357.1 333 158 122 87 423 4 22 21 29-16 1 3.07