Walla Walla Sweets sign USC, UCLA players

Pairs of USC and UCLA players find themselves teammates on the new Walla Walla baseball team.

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WALLA WALLA — The campus battle between the two is among the greatest rivalries in college sports, and now a pair of players from USC and a pair from UCLA will become teammates in 2010 in Walla Walla.

The Sweets announced that they have added two infielders from the Trojans of USC, and an infielder and an outfielder from the UCLA Bruins. Matt Hart, a junior infielder from Tacoma, and Matt Foat, a sophomore infielder from Rescue, Calif., will be representing USC. Adrian Williams, a sophomore infielder from Moreno Valley, Calif., who played the 2009 summer season in the Northwoods League, and Kevin Williams, a freshman outfielder from Van Nuys, Calif., who helped lead his high school team to a Southern Section CIF Division II championship in 2009, will represent UCLA.

"USC and UCLA are the programs that I grew up admiring, and I was lucky to be part of the Trojan family as a player," said Cirillo. "This is a further indication that we are bringing top baseball talent to Walla Walla, and that our fans will be seeing future big leaguers at Borleske Stadium this summer."

USC, the alma mater of Sweets owner Jeff Cirillo, has won 12 national championships in college baseball, tops among Division I programs. The Trojans have a winning percentage of .699 over the past 90 years, and has produced such memorable big league names such as Cirillo, Fred Lynn, Mark McGwire, and Barry Zito. UCLA has perhaps the most inspirational baseball alumnus of all time, as Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson played college baseball in Westwood (as well as basketball, football and track). Other notable players for the Bruins program include Chris Chambliss, Todd Zeile, Eric Karros, Troy Glaus, and Chase Utley.

"These players come from two of the most decorated college programs in the history of the game," said Sweets GM Zachary Fraser. "We look forward to having these talented young men represent our club and community during the summer. These programs carry an enormous amount of respect within the game of baseball."

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