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Huskies Head To USC For Pivotal Pac-12 Series

May 12, 2022

Washington Huskies at USC Trojans
Los Angeles, CA
 

 Washington Starter Date/Time USC Starter
RHP Jared Engman
 3-5, 4.55 ERA
May 13
7:00 PM PST
RHP Jaden Agassi
3-1, 4.02 ERA 
RHP Calvin Kirchoff
 2-3, 4.74 ERA
May 14
1:00 PM PST
RHP Ethan Flanagan
1-5, 4.18 ERA 
TBD
 0-0, 0.00 ERA
May 15
12:00 PM PST
RHP Charlie Hurley
6-1, 3.08 ERA 

The Series
The Washington Huskies head to Southern Cal this weekend with a ticket to the Pac-12 Tournament riding on the three-game series. At 11-16, the Huskies are currently tied with Cal for the eighth and final spot, though Cal holds the edge having taken two of three back in April. Mathematically-speaking, the Dawgs have the ability to overtake Utah (10-14), Arizona State (12-12), Oregon (13-11), and even fourth place UCLA (14-10). Plus, Cal and Utah square off next week, further opening the door for the Huskies. We're all set up for an exciting finish to the Pac-12 regular season, but the Dawgs will need to take care of business down at USC first.

How To Follow
Games will be broadcast on Pac-12 Washington this Friday (https://gohski.es/3sw5JBH), Saturday (https://gohski.es/3L13BZ3), and Sunday (https://gohski.es/3MjXd0o). Live stats will be available via GoHuskies.com and fans can also track the action on Twitter (@UW_Baseball).

Matchup History
The Dawgs hold a 36-24 edge in the series dating back to 2000. They'll be looking to right the ship after being swept in Seattle last year, but had won five straight before that. Dalton Chandler and Will Simpson each had a pair of hits in each of the last two games.

Scouting The Huskies
Head coach Lindsay Meggs has a re-loaded roster for 2022, featuring 23 newcomers, including 10 JUCO transfers, 10 true freshmen, and three four-year college transfers.

Husky pitchers are fourth in the conference with a 4.39 team ERA. Friday's game will feature RHP Jared Engman starting his thirteenth game, while RHP Calvin Kirchoff starts his twelvth on Saturday. Sunday's starter is TBD. Out of the bullpen, RHP Stefan Raeth is fifth in the Pac-12 with a 2.88 ERA and third in strikeouts with 81 over 59.1 innings. RHP Ryan Velazquez has come on as of late, holding opponents scoreless with a BA of just .125 over the last two weeks (10 innings).

R-So. 1B Will Simpson leads multiple team offensive categories, including runs (33), doubles (13), home runs (9), RBIs (32), and slugging percentage (.503). Batting .296 in 169 at bats, R-Fr. C Johnny Tincher leads the team among regular starters, while Jr. CF McKay Barney sets the team mark in hits with (52).

Scouting The Trojans
Head Coach Jason Gill is in his third season at USC (59-53, 21-33) after 11 seasons as the skipper at Loyola Marymount. He holds an overall record of 416-370-1.

USC pitching is ranked seventh in the Pac-12 with a 4.91 ERA and their 7.78 strikeouts per game is ninth. RHP So. Matt Keating is fourth in the conference with seven saves. He has a 3.60 ERA and 2-3 record in 21 appearances. R-Jr. RHP Carson Lambert has also carried much of the load in relief, earning a 5-2 record and 3.33 ERA in 23 appearances.

On offense, R-So. OF Rhylan Thomas leads the team with a .358 BA, 190 ABs, and 68 hits. Utility player R-So. Tyresse Turner is second batting .351, while leading in OPS (.974), runs (36), doubles (14), total bases (94), SLG% (.540), walks (22), and OB% (.434). Plus, his 14 stolen bases are fifth in the conference. Contributing with power are R-Jr. C Tyler Lozano with 11 HRs, while So. INF D'Andre Smith and R-So. OF Adrian Colon-Rosado each have eight.