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Packing Perfection

USC baseball is off to a 4-0 start after sweeping Coppin State and then pulling off a thrilling comeback to top Long Beach State in extra innings. Now, the Trojans will test their mettle on the road at Wake Forest and Duke, playing three against the Deacons (February 24-26) before one versus the Blue Devils (February 27).

USC's bats warmed up quickly this season, scoring 37 runs over the first three games, but the Trojans needed clutch pitching to stay in the Tuesday game against Long Beach State before Lars Nootbaar was able to deliver the game-tying home run in the eighth inning. The sophomore slugger is expected to anchor the middle of the lineup, and he's setting a blistering pace through the opening week. In only 12 official at-bats, he has 8 hits (2 homers), 5 walks and 10 RBI.

Click here to watch highlights of the comeback over LBSU.

In episode two of The Road, head coach Dan Hubbs and the Trojans look back at the opening weekend sweep and ahead to the southern swing through North Carolina.

Season-Opening Sweep

USC baseball kicked off its 2017 season with a three-game sweep of Coppin State this weekend.

Mitch Hart got the start at pitcher on Opening Day and helped the Trojans dial up a dominant 22-2 win. USC lunged ahead early, with 12 runs in the second inning -- the first time scoring more than 10 in an inning since 2009.

In the second game of a double header, the Trojans topped the Eagles again, 6-2.

Sunday marked the third game of the series, during which the Trojans had to come from behind to pull off the victory. Coppin State got out to a 3-0 lead before USC broke out in the sixth inning to take the lead. The Trojans went on to earn a 9-4 win. Starter Marrick Crouse enjoyed his longest career outing with a six-inning performance.

The Trojans get right back to work with a Two Dollar Tuesday matchup against Long Beach State tonight. Fans can purchase tickets for $2 at Dedeaux Field starting at 4 p.m. this afternoon, and $2 food items will be sold throughout the game. First pitch is at 6 p.m.

Check out team photographer John McGillen's photos of the Opening Day action!

Playing Hardball

USC baseball begins its 2017 season this weekend, and the Trojans are ready to return to their roots of fundamental hardball under fifth-year head coach Dan Hubbs.

In the offseason, USC lost a program-record 12 players to the MLB Draft, leaving the roster short on star power, so Hubbs is pushing his young team to employ the game plan that got the Trojans back on the map in the first place. During the buildup to this season, the team has focused on being defensively sound, executing pitch location, and being aggressive and efficient on the base paths.

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USC will begin the season with four consecutive home games, hosting Coppin State on Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) before a Tuesday matchup with Long Beach State (6 p.m.) at Dedeaux Field. Junior right-hander Mitch Hart will get the ball as the Trojans' opening night starter. Please follow @USC_Baseball on Twitter for updates on weather-related schedule changes.

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Here is the first episode of "The Road" which previews the upcoming season:

Take Me Out

Trojan baseball is just around the corner, and there are a number of exciting promotions going on at Dedeaux Field.

Whether you make it out to the home opener, a $2 Tuesday or a bobblehead giveaway night, there are prizes and deals for people of all ages.

Click here to check out all the promos and to purchase tickets!


Crosstown Clash at Chavez Ravine

With the USC baseball season just around the corner, it's time to mark your calendars for the next chapter in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic.

On Sunday, March 5, USC takes on crosstown rival UCLA in a 3 p.m. tilt at the legendary Dodger Stadium.

Last year saw the Trojans and Bruins battle it out for 14 innings, before UCLA eked out a 5-3 victory. This March, the Trojans hope to flip the script.

Tickets are available for purchase online or at the phone numbers below!



To get into the Halloween spirit and give back to the community, members of the USC baseball team attended Mayor Eric Garcetti's Halloween Spooktacular on Sunday.

Junior pitcher Mason Perryman, sophomore catcher/pitcher C.J. Stubbs and redshirt sophomore outfielder Roosevelt Bates represented the Trojans at the event, where they gave out posters and interacted with local children.

The Trojans were joined by other prominent Angelenos, including the recently crowned WNBA Champion L.A. Sparks. Members of USC's Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry also attended the event and handed out toothbrushes to the candy-crazed children.


#USCtotheMLB 2016 Recap

The MLB's regular season is over, and several USC products enjoyed a solid year in 2016.

Ian Kennedy, SP, Royals

In the first season of his 5-year, $70 million deal with the Kansas City Royals, pitcher Ian Kennedy (pictured) had the second-most wins (11) and the second-most strikeouts (184) for the defending World Series champs. He finished the season with an 11-11 record and a 3.68 ERA in 33 games.

Here is how all the Trojans in the MLB fared in 2016:

Lucas Duda, 1B, Mets - .229 BA, 7 HR, 23 RBI in 47 games (back injury sidelined him for the majority of the season, but he's been impressive since returning)

Tommy Milone, P, Twins - 3-5 with a 5.71 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 19 games

Brad Boxberger, P, Rays - 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in 27 games

Nick Buss, LF, Angels - .198 BA, 1 HR, 8 RBI in 36 games in his first MLB action

Grant Green, 2B, Giants - .261 BA, 1 HR, 7 RBI in 18 games

Andrew Triggs, P, A's - 1-1 with a 4.31 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 24 games

Danny Couloumbe, P, A's- 3-1 with a 4.53 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 35 games

J.P. Howell, P, Dodgers - 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 64 games

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MLB Draft Live Blog

USC baseball players are coming off the board thick and fast at the 2016 MLB Draft.

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Swinging Success

all-pac-12-oppenheim.jpgUSC baseball landed a trio of power hitters on the All-Pac-12 First Team - DH David Oppenheim, C Jeremy Martinez and OF A.J. Ramirez - after impressive seasons at the heart of the Trojans' offense. Oppenheim, who hit .387, led the way as USC's first conference batting champion since Geoff Jenkins in 1995 and only the fourth since 1978.

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Martinez, who earned Pac-12 honorable mention status as a freshman and sophomore, was bumped up to the first team after a junior campaign in which he hit .376, good for third in the league, 6 HR and 42 RBI. He slugged a team-best .563, while also doing the job behind the plate, throwing out 24-of-54 would-be base stealers and starting all 56 games, including 54 at catcher.

After leading the team in homers as a junior, Ramirez returned for his senior season and doubled down on the feat. He belted a team-leading 9 long balls, while driving in 44 runs and hitting .301.

In all, nine Trojans earned All-Pac-12 honors. Along with the first team selections, Corey Dempster, Brooks Kriske, Marc Huberman, Joe Navilhon, Frankie Rios and Timmy Robinson picked up honorable mention status.

Historic Finale

IMG_5406.JPGUSC baseball ended its 2016 season by scoring 31 runs on 30 hits against Arizona State, the second highest single-game totals in program history. The 31-9 victory capped a series win for the Trojans, bringing their season-ending record to 28-28 overall and 15-14 in conference.

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While 12 of the 14 Trojans that played had at least one hit, Timmy Robinson, Frankie Rios and Angelo Armenta collected four hits apiece. The trio combined to drive in 15 runs and score 14 times.

David Oppenheim went three-for-three to finish the season with a .387 batting average, the top mark in the Pac-12. Jeremy Martinez added two more hits to his career total, which is now over 200, and he ended the season with a .376 batting average, third in the Pac-12.

Here are the highlights from a remarkable performance in Tempe:

Photo Gallery: Baseball Senior Salute

USC baseball closed the home schedule by dropping two of three to Oregon State this weekend. The Trojans opened the series with a 3-1 loss, but responded by clubbing the Beavers, 10-1, on Saturday.

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Sunday's rubber match went to OSU, 4-1, but USC was able to honor its seniors before their final home game. The "group helped turn our storied program around."

USC is now 25-27 overall, 13-13 in the Pac-12, with four more games to go. The Trojans will travel to Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday and then finish the season with a three-game weekend trip to Arizona State.

Here are the Senior Day photos by John McGillen:

One Final Weekend at Dedeaux

On Sunday, nine USC baseball seniors will play beneath the afternoon sun at Dedeaux Field for the final time. Four years after starting their Trojan careers, a lot has changed within the most successful program in college baseball history, and the positive growth is due in large part to this class of talented players who ushered in the start of a new era of USC baseball.

Just two days before the start of the 2013 season, previously-titled associate head coach Dan Hubbs was named the team's head coach, faced with leading a USC program that had settled into mediocrity. It was time to rebuild, and Hubbs would begin that process with the 24th-best recruiting class in the country. The Trojans posted a 20-36 record in Hubbs' first season, but the head coach and his resilient group of freshmen were confident things were headed in the right direction. Four years later, the departing class, which includes Turner Clouse, Kyle Davis, Brooks Kriske, Marc Huberman, David Oppenheim, AJ Ramirez, Timmy Robinson, Reggie Southall and Brent Wheatley, has won 112 total games over three seasons together. Last season, the class led USC to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005. 

It will be a special weekend for the core group of players that trusted their head coach, invested in each other and saw the rebuilding process through. In the midst of a season in which the Trojans have hovered around .500, the group stands as a reminder that while success in college baseball comes in waves, one committed unit of players can turn things around in a flash.

USC hosts Oregon State, which is just one game back from the Trojans in the Pac-12 standings, for a decisive series beginning Friday at 7 p.m. PT. Saturday's game will begin at 1 p.m. PT and Sunday's will start at Noon. All three games will be televised on the Pac-12 Network. Be sure to follow @USC_Baseball for in-game updates, photos from Senior Day and more!


Building from the Backstop

bench-martinez.jpgUSC junior catcher Jeremy Martinez has been named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, marking the second consecutive year that a Trojan has been so honored. Martinez took over catching responsibilities from Garrett Stubbs, who won the Johnny Bench Award last season.

Like Stubbs, Martinez has been an anchor and leader of his team, orchestrating the game from behind the plate and keying the offense from the middle of the lineup. He has started 47 games behind the dish, throwing out 22 would-be base stealers in 52 attempts, and he is second on the team in hitting (.376 batting average) and RBI (37). Martinez has prodigious power with five home runs and a .554 slugging percentage, but remarkably, he is the 16th toughest hitter in the nation to strike out.

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Jeff Clement, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft, is the only other USC catcher to reach this stage, and he also won the award. Finalists will be announced June 6.

Boone Bio

USC baseball alum Bret Boone is the first third-generation baseball player in Major League Baseball history. The former three-time all star published a book to tell 70 years of stories about "baseball's first family."

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Bret Boone is the grandson of former big leaguer Ray Boone and the son of former MLB player and manager Bob Boone. He is also the brother of former all-star Aaron Boone, another fellow Trojan.

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More Runs for Ramirez

As the 11th-best hitter in the Pac-12 conference with a .331 batting average, USC's AJ Ramirez is enjoying a very solid offensive season. His stat sheet grew even more impressive in the Trojans' Tuesday night victory over UC Irvine when the senior ripped off his second grand slam of the season, helping his team tally seven runs in the third inning alone. USC's 8-3 win brings its season record to 24-25 as it nears a crucial Pac-12 series against Oregon State this weekend.

With the bases loaded and a 1-0 lead in the third, Ramirez stepped to the plate and fired off his ninth overall homer of the year and third career grand slam on Tuesday. David Oppenheim, who leads the Pac-12 in batting average, was the only other Trojan with multiple RBIs on the day. The Trojans recorded eight runs on 13 hits with 10 different players tallying at least one hit in the victory. Freshman Marrick Crouse added power on the defensive side of the game, pitching five complete shutout innings and holding the Anteaters to just two hits in his first win of the year. 

The final two weeks of the regular season should be exciting for the Pac-12, as the conference's top 10 teams are separated by four games with six to play. USC's sixth-place conference record of 12-12 is tied with Oregon's and one better than Oregon State's at 11-13. Utah leads the conference with a 15-9 Pac-12 record.

The Trojans host the Beavers at Dedeaux Field this weekend with games at 7 p.m. PT, 1 p.m. PT and 12 p.m. PT on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. All three games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Be sure to follow @USC_Baseball for in-game updates, stats, photos and more!


9-0 Party

USC has already clinched the SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup, but that did not stop the Trojans from beating the Bruins again this weekend. USC baseball went into Westwood and took two out of three from its rival, including a 9-0 thumping to swing the series on Sunday.

Freshman Mitch Hart set the tone by throwing six innings of shutout ball, striking out three and giving up only three hits. Jeremy Martinez (three hits) and Corey Dempster (three RBI) provided more than enough offense in support of Hart.

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USC is now 12-12 in Pac-12 play (23-25 overall), having split the season series with UCLA, 2-2. The Trojans other win came Friday night courtesy of a strong outing by Joe Navilhon, who threw 8 innings before handing the ball to Marc Huberman for the save.

Here are the highlights of the Trojans thumping the Bruins on Sunday:

Championship Season

With six active teams in the national Top 5, including four conference title winners and two programs on undefeated runs, USC is ready for championship season.

A Day at Dedeaux

It's a great time of year to spend a day at Dedeaux Field, and the Trojan Family has three more chances to catch USC baseball this weekend against Washington.

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Here is a look at the beauty of baseball played under the Southern Californian sun:

Boys of Summer

With the NFL Draft behind us and baseball season in full swing, it's a good reminder that the Trojans have more than one pipeline to the pros. Last week, USC baseball alum Andrew Triggs was called up to the Oakland A's, making him the 111th major leaguer in Trojan history, the most by any school.


Mother's Day Baseball Brunch

What mom doesn't love diamonds as a gift on Mother's Day? Baseball diamonds that is. Join USC Baseball this Sunday (May 8) at 1 p.m. for a Mother's Day Brunch special ticket pack which includes two game tickets, brunch for two, a USC tote bag, O-P-I nail polish, an autographed poster and more! 

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