Scouting Report: Starting third baseman who made impact in first year at Purdue ... will also be used in relief late in games ... voted by Baseball America in preseason as having the “best arm” among Big Ten infielders ... drafted by Chicago White Sox in 1998 amateur draft.
2001 Summer: Played for the White Sox of the Arizona Summer League.
2001: Started all 50 games played ... batted .329 with three home runs and 29 RBI ... led team with nine hit by pitches ... pitched in two games, totaling 2.2 innings while allowing one earned run and striking out one ... recorded team-high .402 average in league play, second highest average among Big Ten regulars ... had 33 hits, including two home runs, while driving in 18 runs in conference play ... went 2 for 3 vs. Vanderbilt (3/4) ... belted first home run as a Boilermaker and went 3 for 6 with four RBI and two runs scored at Cincinnati (3/10) ... had two hits at Long Beach State (3/15) ... had one hit and pitched one scoreless inning at UC-Riverside (3/16) ... had two hits and one RBI vs. Minnesota (3/23) ... was 1 for 2 in second game of doubleheader vs. Minnesota (3/24) ... drove in four runs and was 2 for 4 at Michigan State (3/31) ... belted two doubles and one home run in 4-for-5 performance with three runs scored and three RBI at Northwestern (4/7) ... drove in two runs and had two hits at Northwestern (4/8) ... had double, scored two runs in 2-for-3 performance vs. Penn State (4/13) ... went 2 for 5 with one RBI against Illinois State (4/18) ... scored two runs, reaching base twice via hit by pitch, at Illinois (4/21) ... blasted home run and was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBI in nightcap at Illinois (4/21) ... had two hits at Valparaiso (4/24) ... scored two runs and had two hits at Indiana (4/27) ... had two hits, including one double, at Indiana (4/29) ... went 3 for 3, scored two runs and had one RBI vs. Indiana State (5/6) ... reached base three times, twice via hit by pitch and once by base hit, scored one run and had one RBI at Chicago State (5/8) ... registered two hits, scored one run and pitched 1.2 innings with one strikeout against Evansville (5/10) ... went 2 for 3 with stolen base vs. Iowa (5/12) ... had two hits and one RBI against Iowa (5/13) ... was 2 for 3 and scored two runs vs. Iowa (5/14).
Arizona State University (1999-2000): Played freshman and sophomore seasons at Arizona State ... totaled 49 games in two seasons ... had first collegiate hit versus Howard (1/30/99).
High School: Four-year baseball letterwinner and two-year team captain at Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Ariz. ... hit .500 with 8 HR, 36 RBI and 42 runs scored as senior to earn first-team All-USA Today selection in 1998 ... also earned first-team all-state and all-region honors.
Personal: Born Sept. 18, 1979, in Chicago, Ill. ... son of John and Susan Gusich ... both older brothers played college baseball, Eric at Evansville and Jim at Mesa State College ... sociology major.
Gusich’s Career Bests:
Hits (At-Bats): 4 (5), at Northwestern, 4/7/01
Runs Scored: 3, at Northwestern, 4/7/01
Doubles: 2, at Northwestern, 4/7/01
Home Runs: 1, three times, last at Illinois, 4/21/01
Runs Batted In: 4, twice, last at Michigan State, 3/21/01
Stolen Bases: 1, four times, last vs. Iowa, 5/12/01
Hit .402 in Big Ten play (33 for 82), the highest average among Boilermakers and second-best among Big Ten regulars. Led team with nine hit by pitches during season and was hit five times during conference play.