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January 16, 2000 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
When you're a walk-on in college, there's no time to moan, groan or pout. You start at the bottom of the roster. You either accept it and try to make a positive impression or reject it, become disillusioned and eventually quit. Josh Persell, who turns 22 on Friday, has experienced the highs and lows of a walk-on since arriving at USC in the fall of 1996 after playing baseball at Montclair Prep. "There were times when I wasn't playing and just thought it was the end of the road," he said.
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January 16, 2000 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
When you're a walk-on in college, there's no time to moan, groan or pout. You start at the bottom of the roster. You either accept it and try to make a positive impression or reject it, become disillusioned and eventually quit. Josh Persell, who turns 22 on Friday, has experienced the highs and lows of a walk-on since arriving at USC in the fall of 1996 after playing baseball at Montclair Prep. "There were times when I wasn't playing and just thought it was the end of the road," he said.
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September 17, 1994
A team of Valley-area 14- to 16-year-old baseball players posted a 7-0 record recently in the U.S./Japan Friendship Series, playing teams in seven different Japanese cities. "The people treated us well and we played well," said Brian Kirby, a Chaminade freshman pitcher. Josh Persell of Montclair Prep and Rodell Desamparo of Camarillo High were among the top players for the U.S. team, which was coached by Scott Drootin, Larry Sneiderman and Ron Coleman.
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June 21, 1996
Mario Varela's two-run home run in the third inning lifted Antelope Valley North to a 3-2 District 20 victory over Antelope Valley South on Thursday at Rosamond High. Varela homered after Tommy Creighton reached base on a strikeout when the throw from catcher Brian Scoles caromed off his batting helmet, scoring Kevin Love. Kris Campbell (1-2) pitched a five-hitter, striking out five.
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March 28, 2001 | LON EUBANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Aaron Rifkin drilled a base hit through the hole between first and second in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Cal State Fullerton to a 12-11 victory over USC Tuesday night. The Titan victory, in front of 1,897 at Goodwin Field, ended a four-game Trojan winning streak and a streak of three consecutive victories over the Titans. Fullerton (16-10) scored four runs in the ninth for its eighth victory in the last 10 games.
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April 8, 2000 | From Staff Reports
USC shuffled its starting rotation Friday night in its Pacific 10 Conference series opener against UCLA and the move paid off as junior right-hander Rik Currier came through with an impressive performance. Currier pitched a five-hitter and struck out 12 as 14th-ranked USC defeated the No. 24 Bruins, 5-1, at Jackie Robinson Stadium. USC improved to 23-11 overall and took over sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 with a 6-1 record. UCLA is 20-13 and 5-2 in Pac-10 play.
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March 30, 2001 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
Kennedy High, defending City Section champion and ranked No. 1 in the region by The Times earlier this season, is suffering a pitching crisis that could result in a third-place finish in the Valley Mission League. All-City pitcher Adam Geery has a tender triceps muscle in his right arm and is not expected to pitch again until April 14 in Las Vegas, Coach Manny Alvarado said. No. 2 pitcher Eric Moore is sidelined with shoulder pain and plans to see a specialist.
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June 3, 2000 | From Staff and Wire Reports
USC starter Rik Currier kept Georgia Tech's hot-hitting offense off balance for 7 2/3 innings, leaving the Trojans one win away from advancing to the College World Series after a 7-2 victory Friday night at Atlanta. Currier yielded two runs on nine hits in Game 1 of the best-of-three NCAA baseball super-regional at Russ Chandler Stadium. Currier (14-3) struck out six. Anthony Lunetta and Josh Persell hit two home runs each for USC (42-18) and Seth Davidson added three hits.
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May 11, 2000 | LON EUBANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first two games between Cal State Fullerton and USC this season produced a one-run victory for each team, but the rubber game Wednesday night quickly turned into a runaway for the Trojans. USC broke it open with an eight-run second inning and coasted to an 8-3 victory at Fullerton after Trojan starter Ronald Flores pitched four perfect innings before being replaced. Only one ball reached the outfield against Flores (5-1), who struck out five.
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May 29, 2000 | LON EUBANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Solid pitching has been the key for USC most of this season, but strong hitting lifted the Trojans to their third consecutive NCAA regional baseball championship Sunday. The Trojans had 14 hits, including two home runs, to overwhelm Cal State Fullerton, 8-3, in front of 2,177 at the first regional tournament hosted by the Titans. The victory extended USC's winning streak to 13 games and sent the Trojans (41-18) into a best-of-three super-regional series against Georgia Tech (50-14).
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June 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Mark Prior shut down the high-powered Georgia Tech offense with eight shutout innings and USC earned its 20th trip to the College World Series, winning 6-3 on Saturday night at Atlanta to clinch the best-of-three NCAA super-regional. Josh Persell hit a solo homer in the second--his third homer in two days--and Rob Garibaldi added a two-run shot for the Trojans' second win in two days. Beau Craig drove in two runs with a sacrifice fly and solo homer.
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