2001: Currier will start the season as the No. 1 pitcher in the starting rotation...earned Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American first team honors...throws a fastball, curveball, slider and change-up.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: ďThe numbers speak for themselves, Rik is the returning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. He is a bona fide, legitimate All-American pitcher and a three-year starter like Seth Davidson. Itís a blessing to have him back as a senior and he should be one of the most outstanding pitchers in the nation. He is gifted with a special breaking ball, but throws with plenty of velocity to be a dominant pitcher. Rik is certainly one of the leaders of the team. His work ethic, approach, and quiet demeanor is such that he is a true leader.Ē
2000: Earned the No. 1 spot in the rotation on April 7 after teammate Mark Prior was sick with the flu and has a 7-1 record with a 1.99 ERA during that span....earned Collegiate Baseball All-America second team and The Sporting News All-America second team honors...named Pac-10 Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year, along with Stanford's Justin Wayne...threw the school's sixth no-hitter in five innings on March 4 vs. Mississippi State at the Kia Baseball Bash in Fullerton, California (5 IP, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 SO)...earned Most Outstanding Pitcher honors at the Kia Baseball Bash...won five straight starts from March 25 through April 20...has won nine of his last 10 starts...tied a season-high with 12 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings on May 12 vs. Oregon State...struck out 12 batters on April 7 at UCLA. CAREER: He currently ranks No. 1 in USC history in strikeouts per nine innings with an 10.75 mark (329 Kís in 275 2/3 innings)...ranks third with 329 career strikeouts.
1999: After a terrific freshman season, Currier had an up-and-down year as a 1999 sophomore...went 5-7 with two saves and a 6.38 ERA in 79 innings...appeared in 27 games and started 15...averaged 10.03 strikeouts per nine innings, good for No. 9 on the school single-season list...against Cal Lutheran (March 16), he went a season-best 7 2/3 innings, gave up one hit, one walk and zero runs and tied a career high with 14 strikeouts...recorded saves against Michigan (March 3) and Cal State Northridge (April 2)...was named a preseason All-American third teamer by Collegiate Baseball.
1998: Currier, who showed promise of future stardom as a 1998 freshman, moved into the starting rotation midway through the season and earned 1998 Freshman All-America first team honors from Collegiate Baseball and second team honors from Baseball America...went 6-1 with a 5.30 ERA in 20 appearances (14 starts)...had 100 strikeouts (second on the team) in 71 1/3 innings, an average of 12.62 Kís per nine innings (good for No. 2 in the nation, No. 1 in the Pac-10 and best in school history)...ranked No. 6 in strikeouts overall in the Pac-10...started twice at the College World Series, the first resulting in a victory against Mississippi State (June 2), where he went a career-long eight innings, striking out 12 and giving up four hits, three walks and one run...at the East Regional, he started twice and did not get a decision, though he had nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings...against Arizona (March 22), he had eight strikeouts in four innings of relief and got the win...in a pair of victories against California, he went 12 2/3 innings and struck out 19...went 7 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and one run with seven strikeouts to beat then-No. 1 Stanford (May 10)...struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings in a no-decision at Portland State (May 15).
HIGH SCHOOL: As a pitcher-infielder at Capistrano Valley High in Mission Viejo, Calif., Currier was named to Collegiate Baseballís 1997 Blue Chip Class of Top Rated Players...was 6-3 with a 2.33 ERA as a 1997 senior and had 36 walks and 103 strikeouts in 63 innings...offensively, he hit .308 with a team-leading six home runs and 21 RBI...named to the All-South Coast League first team and was his teamís MVP for the third straight year...as a 1996 junior, he was 9-3 with a 1.56 ERA, striking out 97 and walking 27 in 71 2/3 innings...was selected to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclassman team...was named to the 1996 All-Orange County and the 1996 All-South Coast League first teams...pitched a no-hitter against Marina High in 1996...as a 1995 sophomore, he led Orange County with a 0.49 ERA and was 8-3 with 98 strikeouts, earning All-County first team honors.
PERSONAL: He played for the Chatham Aís in the Cape Cod League during the summers of 1998 and 1999...Baseball America named him to its 1999 Summer All-American first team and he was named Pitcher of the Year in the Cape Cod League in 1999...played for the USA team at the 1996 Goodwill Games...an economics major at USC, he enjoys playing basketball in his spare time...lists Cal Ripken Jr. as his sports hero because of his work ethic...birthdate is May 26, 1978.
CURRIER'S CAREER STATISTICS
YEAR G-GS CG IP H R ER BB SO IBB HBP WP W-L SV ERA 1998 (Fr.) 20-14 0 71.1 73 44 42 39 100 1 6 16 6-1 0 5.30 1999 (So.) 27-15 0 79.0 101 70 56 43 88 0 8 8 5-7 2 6.38 2000 (Jr.) 22-18 2 125.0 116 56 46 56 141 1 7 12 15-3 0 3.31 TOTALS 69-47 2 275.1 290 170 144 138 329 2 21 36 26-11 2 4.71