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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! 

Grand Slam Weekend

Having lost the first game of the series and locked in a one-run battle, senior A.J. Ramirez belted a grand slam to turn USC baseball's fortunes around, galvanizing an 8-5 win on Friday followed by a 5-2 victory on Saturday. The Trojans took two out of three from No. 24 Arizona to improve to 9-9 in Pac-12 play, moving into a fifth place tie in the conference standings.

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Ramirez now leads USC with 8 home runs and 35 RBI, but Timmy Robinson (7 HR and 34 RBI) and Jeremy Martinez (5 HR and 34 RBI) follow closely behind. Robinson delivered a clutch two-run single before Ramirez's grand slam, and Martinez keyed USC's offense with three hits in Saturday's win.

USC has another three-game home series this week to keep the momentum going. The Trojans will host Washington on Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (6 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at Dedeaux Field.

Haden's Last Pitch

As his tenure as USC athletic director winds down, Pat Haden wound up for the first pitch before last night's baseball game against Arizona. The Trojans lost the series opener, 8-5, but the two teams will square off again tonight (7 p.m. PT) and Saturday (2 p.m. PT) at Dedeaux Field.

Here is video of Haden's final toss:

Triggs to the Bigs

Former USC baseball pitcher Andrew Triggs got called up to "The Show" and made his big league debut for the Oakland A's last night. The 27-year-old right-hander is the 111th Trojan to make it to the majors, the most all-time by any program.

In his first appearance, Triggs tossed a 1-2-3 inning, highlighted by his first career strikeout.

On Saturday, April 30, Dedeaux Field belongs to the kids. USC baseball will host Arizonaat 2 p.m. and we are offering our second "Kids Take Over the Ballpark" package for only $25 which includes two tickets (adult and youth), youth t-shirt, a mini USC baseball helmet with ice cream, USC baseball trading cards, two food vouchers and much more.

Winning Week

playeroftheweek-ramirez.jpgUSC baseball won three of four games this week at Dedeaux Field, including two of three from Utah, to creep above .500 in the Pac-12 at 5-4 and even its overall record at 15-15. The Trojans matched their season-long three-game winning streak by beating Pepperdine on Tuesday and the Utes on Friday and Saturday before falling on Sunday.

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Senior A.J. Ramirez paced the attack with a .538 batting average, five RBI and two home runs to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week. He is now tied for the team lead in homers (5), and saw his season batting average jump 23 points to .370.

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USC will now play its next four on the road, making the return trip to Pepperdine on Tuesday (3 p.m.) before traveling to Eugene for a three-game series with the Ducks (Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at Noon). The entire Oregon series will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Network.

Here are the John McGillen photos from Sunday's game vs. Utah:

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