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Two Trojans join Oilers

Oilers Corner

Posted: Friday, January 19, 2007

University of Southern California sophomore John Dunn, a right-handed pitcher, will join the Oilers bullpen this summer.

After redshirting his freshman season, Dunn set the USC single-season record for most appearances last season. He made 40 appearances. He went 3-2 with a 4.00 ERA in 63 innings, allowing 58 hits, walking 32 and striking out 33.

Opponents batted .258 against him and he allowed only one home run in 225 at-bats. He also did not allow a run in 16 2-3 innings from Feb. 7 through March 4. Dunn calls Torrance, Calif., his home.

USC sophomore center fielder Nick Buss also will join the Oilers this summer. In 2006 as a freshman, Buss earned All-Southern California and All-Pacific Coast Conference first-team honors after leading San Diego Mesa Community College with a .382 batting average. He also scored 30 runs and had 22 RBI while stealing 21 bases in 25 attempts.

Buss was selected in the 35th round of the 2006 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The speedster is expected to start his sophomore season in center field and be the leadoff hitter. He calls Clinton Township, Mich., his home.

Oilers Corner is provided by Shawn Maltby, the general manager of the Alaska Baseball League club.



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