Baseball Announces 2002 Schedule
Aug. 31, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- The USC baseball team will have a unique 55-game schedule for the 2002 season. With construction at Dedeaux Field, the Trojans will play 19 of their first 22 games on the road. The lone exception will be Feb. 15-17 when USC plays Baylor in a three-game series at Dodger Stadium.
Dedeaux Field is undergoing a $4 million renovation with the bulk of the construction taking place on the first base side. A new locker room and team clubhouse are part of the project which will move the Trojans from their normal third base side to the renovated first base area. An expanded Hall of Fame and additional seating will also be part of the revamped Dedeaux Field. Construction is expected to continue until late March with the Trojans playing their first game at Dedeaux Field on Friday (March 28) against California at 6 p.m.
USC will play in two major tournaments in March. The Trojans will play at the Kia Baseball Bash in Fullerton, Calif., on March 1-3. The tournament features three participants from last year's College World Series (USC, Cal State Fullerton and national champion Miami). The following weekend, the Trojans will travel to Round Rock, Tex., for a tournament played at the Dell Diamond, home of the Double A affiliate for the Houston Astros. USC will play TCU, Notre Dame and Creighton during that weekend.
Due to the schedule, USC will play all six games against UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium with the non-conference series taking place from Feb. 22-24 and the Pac-10 Conference series from May 24-26 to conclude the regular season. USC will host Stanford in a non-conference series at Blair Field in Long Beach with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 23 and the finale on Sunday, March 24. The Trojans will host California, Oregon State, Arizona and Washington during the Pac-10 Conference season while traveling to Stanford, Washington State, Arizona State and UCLA.
USC finished the 2001 season with a 45-19 record and the Pac-10 Conference championship with an 18-6 mark. The Trojans made their second straight appearance and 21st in school history at the College World Series.