USC Baseball Plays at San Diego, Hosts UC San Diego

Baseball | April 01, 2024

THIS WEEK: The USC baseball team plays a pair of midweek contests this week, heading to the University of San Diego to take on the Toreros on Tuesday, and then hosting UC San Diego on Wednesday at LMU. The game on Wednesday is a rescheduling of the teams’ previously scheduled contest that was rained out on Feb. 20.
 
GAME SCHEDULE:
Tuesday – USC at San Diego (San Diego, Calif.), April 2, 6 p.m. (ESPN+)
Wednesday – USC vs. UC San Diego (LMU), April 3, 6 pm (USC Live Stream)
 
BROADCAST INFO: Tuesday’s game at San Diego will be on broadcast on ESPN+ and Wednesday’s home game at LMU will be on the USC Live Stream. Links to 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 X 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 X, @sctrojans_baseball on Instagram and USC Trojans Baseball on Facebook.
 
SERIES VS USD: USC is 20-5 all-time against the Toreros, with the teams last playing in 2021. USD won the 2021 midweek matchup in Los Angeles, 8-3. The Trojans’ last win against USD came in 2008 when USC beat the then 17th-ranked Toreros 3-2 in San Diego.
 
SERIES VS UCSD: USC is 2-0 all-time against UC San Diego, with the Trojans picking up wins in 2022 and 2023. The teams played in Los Angeles last season, with USC winning 4-3.
 
LAST WEEK VS OSU: USC won both of its games against then-No. 2 Oregon State this past week, with the finale getting rained out on Saturday. The Trojans won the opener in dramatic fashion, picking up a 2-1 win thanks to a walk-off single from Brayden Dowd in the bottom of the ninth inning. Caden Aoki tossed 6.0 brilliant innings in the start as the USC pitching staff held the Beavers to one run on four hits. It was the first time Oregon State had been held to one or fewer runs since April of 2023.
 
The second game of the series was a blowout for the Trojans, with USC winning 17-4. The Trojans broke the game open with 10 runs in the fifth inning and the USC pitching staff again held the Beavers in check with four runs on six hits. It was the most runs Oregon State had given up since 2022 and the 13-run margin was the largest defeat for the Beavers since 2012. The two victories marked the first series win over Oregon State for USC since 2019. It also marked the second straight year that the Trojans have picked up a series win over a Top 2 opponent, with USC taking two-of-three from No. 2 Stanford last year.
 
TUESDAY VS FRESNO STATE: The Trojans picked up a dominant midweek win over Fresno State their last time out, beating the Bulldogs 10-1 at Great Park in Irvine. Four USC pitchers combined to hold Fresno State to one run on six hits and two walks. USC broke a 1-1 tie with a six-run sixth inning.
 
SERIES AT UCLA: USC had a promising start to its rivalry series at UCLA last weekend, beating the Bruins 15-2 in the opener. The Trojans lost a tight one on Saturday, 7-6, and then fell in the finale, 6-3, however. The 15 runs in the opening game win were the most for a USC team against UCLA since 2002 and the 13-run margin of victory was also the best since 2002.
 
PLAYER/TEAM NOTES:

  • The Austin Overn triple machine keeps rolling as he has four triples this season, good for the 3rd most in the country and 1st in the Pac-12. Overn set USC’s single season triples as a freshman last year with 14, and is now just two away from tying the program’s career record at 20.
  • Overn also has 29 runs scored on the season, good for 3rd in the Pac-12. His 10 stolen bases are 3rd most in the Pac-12.
  • Jacob Galloway has been leading the Trojans at the plate all season, hitting a team-high .372 on the year. Galloway also leads the team with 27 RBI and a 1.085 OPS. He owns 7 Multi-hit games, 7 multi-RBI games and had a 22 game hitting streak earlier this year, all good for team highs. Galloway has reached base in all 26 games so far this season.
  • Caden Aoki has now put together three straight stellar starts following the worst start of his career four weeks ago against Arizona (2.2 IP, 9 ER). He had his best start of the season in a 5-2 win at Stanford, tossing 6.0 innings and givning up just one run on four hits and then matched that performance last week against Oregon State. After giving up a run in the second inning, Aoki allowed only one runner past first base the rest of his outing. He followed that up with 6.0 IP, 5H, ER, 2BB, 4K against UCLA. Aoki was through six scoreless innings before giving up a solo-homer in the seventh against Oregon State. He also had a career-high 8 strikeouts against the Beavers. Over his last three starts, Aoki has lowered his ERA by over 2 full runs.
  • Xavier Martinez leads USC with 13 pitching appearances this year, good for 5th in the Pac-12.
  • USC is 3rd in the Pac-12 with 29 stolen bases this year.
  • USC owns a .975 fielding percentage, 3rd best in the Pac-12.
  • After starting the year 3-11, USC has won 9 of its last 14.

First appeared on usctrojans.com

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