Baseball
    Baseball Announces 2004 Recruiting Class
    Head coach Mike Gillespie signed four players for the 2004 baseball season
    Head coach Mike Gillespie signed four players for the 2004 baseball season

    Nov. 14, 2002

    LOS ANGELES - Four top high school players signed letters-of-intent to play baseball at USC for the 2004 season, head coach Mike Gillespie announced today.

    The class includes two teammates from La Quinta High in Westminster, Calif. -- 2002 U.S. Junior National Teamers Ian Kennedy and Ian Stewart -- plus Daniel Perales of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., and JoJo Reyes of Riverside (Calif.) Poly High.

    "This is as an exciting and promising class as we have ever had at USC," said Gillespie. "Kennedy was one of the most highly-recruited right-handers in the nation. He has an outstanding arm and is advanced in all areas of pitching. Stewart is a left-handed hitting third baseman who should fit in with our power hitters. Perales is a left-handed outfielder with a major league throwing arm. He is mature enough to start for us right away. Reyes is the No. 1 pitcher and leading hitter for his high school team. He is a legitimate two-position player.

    "I think this will be the nucleus for some outstanding Trojan baseball teams for quite some time."

    Here are brief biographies on each player:

    Ian Kennedy, RHP-OF, Huntington Beach (La Quinta HS) -- In his 2002 junior season, Kennedy was named as the CIF Division IV Co-Most Valuable Player and earned Orange County Register and league most valuable player honors. He recorded 13 wins and led the county with a 0.38 ERA (five earned runs in 90 2/3 innings) and strikeouts (168) while batting .373 with seven home runs and 31 RBI. As a member of the 2002 U.S. Junior National Team, Kennedy went 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA (13 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 20 SO) at the IBAF World Junior Championships. He led the team to a win in the bronze-medal game, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts.

    Daniel Perales, OF, Orange (Mater Dei HS) -- Perales batted .393 with 12 home runs in his 2002 junior season. He earned All-CIF, all-county and all-league first team honors and was named team most valuable player.

    JoJo Reyes, LHP-1B, Riverside (Riverside Poly HS) -- Reyes was named the CIF Division III Player of the Year in his 2002 junior season after going 10-2 with a 1.09 ERA, along with a .450 batting average with 40 RBI. He was named Riverside County and league most valuable player and also earned all-state honors.

    Ian Stewart, 3B, Garden Grove (La Quinta HS) -- Stewart batted .510 in his 2002 junior season and led Orange County with 15 home runs and 51 RBI. He earned All-CIF, all-county and all-league first team honors and has been a three-year varsity starter. As a member of the 2002 U.S. Junior National Team, Stewart batted .448 (13-for-29) with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI at the IBAF World Junior Championships.

    The Trojans finished last season with a 37-24 overall record and won their second consecutive Pac-10 Conference championship with a 17-7 mark. Troy will open the 2003 season on Tuesday (Feb. 4) at UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m.

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