USC Baseball Opens Pac-12 Play at Washington, Hosts San Diego
THIS WEEK: The USC baseball team opens Pac-12 play on the road at Washington this weekend, before returning home for a midweek contest against San Diego on Tuesday.
Friday - USC at Washington (Seattle, Wash.), March 19, 1 p.m. (Washington Live Stream)
Saturday - USC at Washington (Seattle, Wash.), March 20, 5 p.m. (Washington Live Stream)
Sunday - USC at Washington (Seattle, Wash.), March 21, 1 p.m. (Washington Live Stream)
Tuesday - USC vs. San Diego (Dedeaux Field), March 23, 6 p.m. (USC Live Stream)
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS:
Friday - USC: LHP Isaac Esqueda (1-1, 2.28 ERA) vs. WASH: RHP Logan Gerling (0-1, 3.00 ERA)
Saturday - USC: RHP Chandler Champlain (1-1, 4.79 ERA) vs. WASH: RHP Jack Enger (2-0, 1.02 ERA)
Sunday - USC: LHP Alex Cornwell (2-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. WASH: TBA ()
BROADCAST INFO: All three games at Washington will be streamed live on Pac-12+ via gohuskies.com and Tuesday's game will be streamed on USCTrojans.com. Links to all of the broadcasts are available on the baseball schedule page at USCTrojans.com.
FOLLOW: Fans can also follow the action through live stats on USCTrojans.com. Live, in-game updates will be available for all games from @USC_Baseball on Twitter as well.
GET SOCIAL: Follow USC Baseball on social media to get updates on everything going on with the team this season. The Trojans can be found at @USC_Baseball on Twitter, @sctrojans_baseball on Instagram and USC Trojans Baseball on Facebook.
MEDIA POLICY: Limited media members will be allowed to apply for credentials to USC baseball home games. Credentialed media members will only have access to a designated media area, and no in-person interviews will be allowed. All postgame and weekly interviews will be conducted virtually and upon request. Please contact Jacob Breems (Breems@usc.edu) for more media information and to apply for credentials.
LAST WEEK: The Trojans swept a three-game series at home against Nevada last weekend. The Trojans won the opener 3-1 before getting a dramatic walkoff two-run homer from Jamal O'Guinn to win 5-4 on Saturday. USC hit four homers in the finale to win 7-2.
WILD WALKOFF: The Trojans' Saturday contest was a back-and-forth affair, with USC jumping ahead 3-0, only to see Nevada come back and tie it in the seventh. The Wolfpack got a solo-homer in the ninth to go up 4-3, but Jamal O'Guinn played the hero in the ninth, hitting a two-run homer to end it. John Thomas also opened the bottom of the ninth with a clutch single.
POWERFUL FINALE: The Trojans hit four homers in their series finale against Nevada. Jamal O'Guinn, Rhylan Thomas, Garret Guillemette and Nate Clow all went deep int he game. It was the most home runs hit in a game by a USC team since May 26, 2017 at Washington.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Freshman Nate Clow has been a star on the mound and at the plate so far, currently sitting second on the team with a .286 batting average, three homers and nine RBI. He has also made four appearances as a reliever, recording two saves, no runs and just two hits in 3.2 innings pitched.
2021 SQUAD AT A GLANCE: The 2021 Trojans return 27 lettermen from last year, have three players coming off of redshirt seasons and have added 15 newcomers to the roster.
On the position player side, the most notable returning veterans are INF/OF Jamal O'Guinn (.378/.500/.564), 1B/DH Clay Owens (.346/.400/.577) and Ben Ramirez (.310/.375/.552). Another pair of underclassmen returners who impressed during the 15-game 2020 season are Rhylan Thomas (.356/.412/.422) and Tyresse Turner (.257/.372/.371, 6-6 SB).
On the pitching side, starters LHP Isaac Esqueda (0-1, 1.20 ERA) and LHP Alex Cornwell (2-1, 3.66 ERA) lead the charge, while RHP Chandler Champlain (1.23 ERA) looks to lock down a starting role as well. The Trojans had five relievers post sub-2.00 ERA's last year, losing just RHP/DH Ben Wanger of the group.
DRAFTED/SIGNED: The Trojans lost a pair of key players to the MLB last year. RHP Kyle Hurt was selected in the fifth round of the shortened 2020 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins and chose to sign with the club. Hurt was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers this February. LHP John Beller was later snatched up in the undrafted free agent market by the St. Louis Cardinals.
LAST YEAR: The Trojans had their 2020 season cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic, finishing the year 10-5. During the abbreviated season, USC picked up signature wins over No. 2 and defending National Champs Vanderbilt and No. 22 TCU.
USC TO THE MLB: No other school can claim a larger number of alumni who have made it to the big leagues, with 116 Trojans having played in the MLB. The list includes three Trojans who have made it to the MLB Hall of Fame (Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver, Pat Gillick), nine Cy Young Awards (Johnson 5 times, Seaver 3 times, Barry Zito once), three Rookie of the Years (Seaver, Fred Lynn, Mark McGwire), one American League MVP (Lynn), one World Series MVP (Johnson), 29 World Series appearances and 67 All-Star Game appearances. In all, 341 Trojans have been selected in the MLB Draft.
CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: The Trojans have an unparalleled history of championship success at the College World Series, winning 12 total national titles (1948, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1998). The 12 titles are double any other team in the country and were won in 21 CWS appearances by the Trojans. USC won five straight NCAA Championships from 1970-74, a feat no other program has accomplished.