No. 23 USC Heads For Austin's City Limits This Weekend

March 2, 2005

No. 23 USC at 2005 Maxwell Auto Group Round Rock Classic
This Weekend's Schedule
Friday, March 4 vs. No. 15 Texas A&M - 6:30 p.m. Central Gametracker
Saturday, March 5 vs. No. 12 Rice - 3 p.m. Central Gametracker
Sunday, March 6 vs. No. 21 Nebraska - 10 a.m. Central Gametracker

LOS ANGELES -- The No. 23 USC baseball team (6-2) -- winners of 12 NCAA championships, more than twice as many as any other school -- will continue nonconference action at the 2005 Maxwell Auto Group Round Rock College Baseball Classic. USC faces No. 15 Texas A&M on Friday (March 4) at 6:30 p.m. Central, No. 12 Rice on Saturday (March 5) at 3 p.m. Central and Nebraska (ranked No. 21 by ESPN/USA Today) on Sunday (March 6) at 10 a.m. Central. Due to home event conflicts, all three games in Round Rock will not be broadcast, but Gametracker live stats will be available.

RANKINGS -- USC is ranked No. 18 by ESPN/USA Today Sports Weekly and No. 23 by Baseball America. Texas A&M is ranked No. 15 by Baseball America and No. 20 by ESPN/USA Today Sports Weekly. Rice is ranked No. 7 by ESPN/USA Today Sports Weekly and No. 12 by Baseball America. Nebraska is ranked No. 21 by ESPN/USA Today Sports Weekly.

NO. 15 TEXAS A&M NOTES -- No. 15 Texas A&M is 9-4 on the season after winning three of five games at home last weekend in the Domino's Pizza Aggie Baseball Classic (two wins against Evansville and one against No. 19 Washington). Head coach Mark Johnson is 855-410-2 in his 21st season at Texas A&M. The team is batting .269 while its pitching staff has a 2.40 ERA. Junior infielder Cliff Pennington is batting .429 (18-for-42) with a home run and eight RBI. The Aggies feature a strong 1-2 pitching punch with Kyle Marlatt (2-0, 0.59 ERA) and Jason Meyer (3-0, 1.40). USC leads the all-time series with Texas A&M by a 4-1 margin. The Trojans swept the Aggies in a two-game series in College Station during the 1994 season, the last time both teams faced each other.

NO. 12 RICE NOTES -- No. 12 Rice is 11-2 on the season after winning two of three games last weekend and defeating Lamar, 10-0, on Tuesday. Head coach Wayne Graham is 593-240 in his 14th season at Rice. The Owls are batting .281 while the pitching staff has a 2.23 ERA. Danny Lehmann is batting .304 (14-for-46) with three home runs and 14 RBI. Right-hander Josh Geer is 3-0 with a 1.07 ERA (25 1/3 IP, 16 H, 3 ER, 9 BB, 25 SO). This is the first-ever meeting between USC and Rice.

NEBRASKA NOTES -- Nebraska is 7-0 on the season after a 12-0 win last week against New Mexico and a 6-3 win against Rice. Head coach Mike Anderson is 90-41 in his third season at Nebraska. The team is batting .309 while its pitching staff has a 1.20 ERA. Junior infielder Brandon Buckman is batting .524 (11-for-21) with four RBI. Right-hander Joba Chamberlin is 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA (11 1/3 IP, 0 BB, 19 SO). Nebraska leads the all-time series with USC by a 2-0 margin. The Huskers won the last meeting, 9-6, on March 7, 1984, at Dedeaux Field.

ORANGE BOWL OFFENSE -- It was not Matt Leinart, Pete Carroll and the USC football team at Dedeaux Field, but it was awfully close. On March 1 against UC Riverside, the Trojans rallied from an 8-2 deficit in the fourth to score 19 unanswered runs for a 21-8 victory. It was the most runs scored by USC since a 26-4 win at UCLA on Feb. 23, 2002. Both teams stranded 13 runners and accounted for one grand slam. Catcher Jeff Clement went 1-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI. As a note, UC Riverside's Matt Cunningham came to bat in three consecutive innings with the bases loaded, hitting a three-run dobule in the third, a grand slam in the fourth and lining out to second in the fifth for a seven-RBI night.

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