LOS ANGELES, JULY 17 -- For two years, Filip Sirovy dreamed of defecting from Czechoslovakia. When the chance came three weeks ago in New York, he ducked into a restroom stall, changed his shoes and socks to fool officials, and waited.

Ninety minutes later, Sirovy, 20, emerged to find that the 26-member Czechoslovakian baseball team he played for had gone. And he was still in New York.

The young baseball player has requested asylum and has discussed enrolling at California State University at Northridge to study business, the Daily News of Los Angeles reported Saturday.

Sirovy now lives in Studio City with one of his father's former classmates, Alex Pivonka, who himself defected with his wife and child in 1966, the newspaper said.

Pivonka, who translated for Sirovy during the newspaper interview last week, said Sirovy wants to play baseball in the United States.

"He's a young kid, very talented, very intelligent -- he'd be lost over there {in Czechoslovakia}," Pivonka said.

Karol Liker, second secretary at the Czechoslovakian embassy in Washington, D.C., said his office was unaware of the defection, but he said he might be informed at a later date. U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service policy does not allow confirmation or denial of defections.

Sirovy, a left-handed pitcher, played exhibition games with the Czechoslovakian baseball team, the Black Horses, in Minnesota and Washington, D.C., between May 23 and June 8, the Daily News said.

He slipped away from his teammates in New York between homebound flights, Sirovy said. Hiding in a restroom stall, he changed his shoes and socks so Czechoslovakian officials peering below the door would not recognize his apparel.

An unidentified New York man who has become known for his aid to Czechoslovakian defectors referred Sirovy to New York attorney Milan Ganik, who specializes in handling defections from Communist countries. Ganik agreed to take the case.

Sirovy, who lived in Hybeinski, Czechoslovakia, said he secretly had planned to leave his native land for nearly two years.

"He didn't tell his father because it's better his father didn't know," Pivonka said. "That way, if the secret police ask, he can say he knows nothing about it."