USC baseball star Austin Overn is ready to justify his All-America status

Tustin, California, native and USC sophomore Austin Overn was recently named to the college baseball Preseason All-American Team. The USC captain is the best position player on the Trojans’ roster and the expected catalyst for an offense which needs to be able to help the Men of Troy’s strong pitching rotation in 2024.

Austin Overn started 58 games for a USC team on the rise. He was a freshman All-American who led the nation in triples.

Overn hit .314 with a .530 slugging percentage and a .402 on-base percentage. He also set a new single-season USC record for triples with 14, breaking the previous USC record of 10 set by Grant Green in 2008. At the end of the 2023 season, he was named a freshman All-American, an All-Pac-12 selection and a Pac-12 All-Defensive Team selection.

Overn will be eligible to declare for the MLB draft this summer. He hopes to impress scouts by backing up his freshman statistics with a stellar sophomore campaign. He will also try to carry USC to the NCAA Tournament, which the Trojans just missed in 2023.

The Trojans struggled last year when they weren’t playing at home. They posted an 8-17-1 record in road and neutral-site games, while going 26-6 at home. With Dedeaux Field under construction this season, USC will divide its home games across three stadiums in Southern California.

Overn and the Trojans return to the field on February 16 when they take on the BYU Cougars in their season opener in Arizona as part of the MLB Desert Invitational.

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