UW Opens Pac-12 Play With Home Series Against USC
SEATTLE -- The Washington Huskies (8-6) open Pac-12 conference play with a three-game series against USC (6-6) at Husky Ballpark. The Huskies are riding a four-game winning streak and most recently swept Seattle U in a three-game set at Husky Ballpark. The Trojans are coming off a sweep of their own, winning all three games in their series against Nevada.
Scouting the opposition
USC at a Glance: The Trojans make the trip up to Seattle after a three-game sweep at home over Nevada last weekend. They combined for four home runs in their final game against the Wolfpack, a 7-2 victory. USC is 6-6 on the season and started off 2021 by winning two straight against Loyola Marymount. The Trojans then lost 6 of 7 before sweeping Nevada.
Man in Charge: Jason Gill leads USC in his second year as the head coach. It will be his first time coaching against Washington and his first Pac-12 conference game with the Trojans. USC and UW were set to play one another last season
Unique History: UW was scheduled to play USC in last season's Pac-12 opening series as well. The Huskies had boarded their bus to make the trip to California, but the series -- and season -- would ultimately get canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic before the teams could play a game.
By the Numbers: On offense, the Trojans are led by Tyresse Turner, who slashes .317/.488/.420 and is nine-for-nine stealing bases. Jamal O'Guinn, Nate Clow and Clay Owens are tied for the team lead with three home runs, while O'Guinn leads USC with 11 RBI. On the mound, Clow has also thrown 3.2 scoreless innings and has two saves. Isaac Esqueda has been the most successful Trojan starter, with a 2.28 ERA in a team-high 23.2 innings pitched.
|Date||Time||UW Starter||USC Starter|
|Mar. 19||1:00 p.m.||RHP Logan Gerling (0-1, 3.00 ERA)||LHP Isaac Esqueda (1-1, 2.28 ERA)|
|Mar. 20||5:00 p.m.||RHP Jack Enger (2-0, 1.02 ERA)||RHP Chandler Champlain (1-1, 4.79 ERA)|
|Mar. 21||1:00 p.m.||TBA||LHP Alex Cornwell (2-1, 3.38 ERA)|
All three games will be streamed on Pac-12 Plus on the Washington Livestream-3 Channel. Jason Dorrow will be on the call for Friday and Saturday's games. Lyle Goldstein will handle play-by-play duties on Sunday afternoon. Streaming and Live Stats links can be found on the schedule page.