USC came in to the weekend series winners in three of their last four games, and were facing the hottest Pac-12 team around in Washington Huskies, holding a prime opportunity to showcase where they sat amongst the conferences best.
The much-improved pitching staff took a major step back this weekend, and USC failed to keep alive its perfect record (now 4-1) in extra inning games this season. Plenty of games remain in Pac-12 play, but the last three games certainly do not help the Trojans' cause as the schedule only gets tougher moving forward.
Check out College Baseball Daily highlights from USC's tough weekend against the first place Washington Huskies.
SUNDAY: WASHINGTON 8, USC 3 (14 innings)
Kyle Davis pitched six scoreless innings in relief, striking out six, but things fell apart after he came out of the game to start the 14th inning. Washington (20-5-1, 8-1) had 15 hits, but the Huskies were able to score the go-ahead run in the 14th inning without a single hit as a hit by pitch, walk and error led the way for a sacrifice fly.
With the assistance of another error, Washington scored five runs in the 14th inning to take an 8-3 win and a series sweep at USC (13-13, 3-6) who will now battle with Long Beach State on Tuesday night to avoid dropping below .500 this year.
Washington's Robert Pehl was 3-for-5 with two walks and Trevor Mitsui had three hits, including a two-run homer. Garrett Stubbs had three hits with an RBI while Reggie Southall reached three times and scored a run.
The game never would have made it to extra innings if it wasn't for this spectacular running and leaping catch by Braden Bishop to rob Omar Cotto in the seventh inning:
SATURDAY:WASHINGTON 19, USC 4
The Huskies (19-5-1, 7-1) absolutely throttled USC (13-12, 3-5) to take a big road series win. Washington knocked 25 hits and scored in every inning. The Huskies were led by Brian Wolfe's MONSTER game. Wolfe blasted a pair of three-run homers on his way to a 4-for-6, 4 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI day.
Not much more needs to be said about this game, except for the fact that senior pitcher Bob Wheatley has struggled in each of his past three starts on the bump. The Trojans will need Wheatley to regain his ace-like stuff from the first three starts of the year if USC wants to get back to their winning ways.
FRIDAY:WASHINGTON 8, USC 2
The Huskies jumped on USC starter Wyatt Strahan for seven runs in five innings and rode that start to an 8-2 win. Trevor Mitsui was 2-for-3 with a run and three RBI for the Huskies (18-5-1, 6-1). Branden Berry finished 2-for-4, 3 R, 2B, RBI, SB.
Strahan pitched very well in his last two Pac-12 starts (beating Oregon and Stanford) but he labored through five innings, throwing 110 pitches, and could not slow down the Huskies bats after impressively striking out the side in first frame.
IT WASN'T ALL BAD
USC Baseball celebrated a monumental achievement over the weekend, honoring the 40th anniversary of the first official game ever played from the hallowed grounds at Dedeaux Field way back on March 30th, 1974.
Russ McQueen, who threw a no-hitter in the first half of a double header against California that day, threw out the first pitch to commemorate the parks historic anniversary. That 1974 team ended up winning the College World Series, competing an epic run of five-straight National Championships under legendary coach Rod Dedeaux.
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