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USC Baseball Back In Business

They haven't made the playoffs since 2004, and no winning season since 2005, but that could all change as the Trojans continue to power out victories this year under second-year head coach Dan Hubbs.

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USC Baseball Commit Wins All-American Game

The 6-foot-3 right-hander looked good in red, striking out one in a hitless inning.


Trojans Take Flight For Summer Baseball

Players are spanned out across the nation for some baseball.


Drafted Trojans Embark on MLB Careers

The USC to the MLB pipeline continues following MLB Draft Weekend


Trojan Prospect Drafted 41st Overall

Another top USC recruit will certainly be heading to the MLB farm system right out of high school.


USC Baseball Wins Oregon State Series

The Trojans hopes will now rest in the NCAA Selection Committee.


Trojans Prepare For Top-Ranked Beavers

We spoke with Connor Pelton of Building The Dam to preview the series.


USC Pitching Guru Tom House Featured In Million Dollar Arm

Long-time USC pitching guru Tom House knows all that and has spent a lifetime coming up with novel ways to improve players, physically and spiritually.

Along the way, he has worked with some of the best guns in the history of American warfare: Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, even a couple of quarterbacks you might've heard of — Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

But his heralded efforts training Rinku and Dinesh into MLB prospects really tested his skills to the highest level, resulting in an emotional journey and a Hollywood movie.

Postseason Chances Hanging On For Dear Life

The Trojans lost a weekend series they just couldn't afford to squander.


USC Going Four More: 1973

Back at Omaha for the fourth straight year, the Trojans continued the onslaught winning the first three games to setup a semifinal match up for the ages against Minnesota in what became one of the best comebacks in Rosenblatt history.

The Golden Gophers had won the national championship in 1960, handing the Trojans their most bitter defeat in a highly controversial game, and USC wanted revenge.

But the Trojans were forced to face Minnesota ace Dave Winfield, yes that MLB Hall of Famer. Along with his 465 career MLB HR's and outstanding arm defensively, Winfield was on his game from the very start on the bump, fanning 15 Trojans heading into the 9th inning leading 7-0.

The rest is history as they say, and USC baseball crafted its own marvelous tale once again under Rod Dedeaux scrapping together 8 runs against Winfield in the last inning, sending the Trojans to the national championship.

Once again facing off rival Arizona State, the Trojans defeated the Sun Devils 4-3 and then said goodbye to the honorable contributors Randy Scarbery (1st Round), Fred Lynn (2nd Round), Edwin Bowman (8th Round) and Cliff Holland (June secondary draft, 1st Round) shortly after winning the College World Series for the fourth-consecutive year.

The Trojans Upset-Minded Three Peat: 1972

After winning back-to-back National Championships, Rod Dedeaux's USC Baseball program had its backs against the wall against the Arizona State Sun Devils, who won a program-record 60 games that season.

Many considered the Sun Devils one of the best teams of all-time, but that did not stop our young Trojans who featured four prominent sophomore contributors from nabbing the 1972 World Series crown 1-0 behind the dazzling efforts of pitching wonder Russ McQueen.

McQueen, who was honored earlier this season during USC's 40th Anniversary Celebration of Dedeaux Field, took center stage out of the bullpen earning Most Outstanding Player Honors in the 1972 College World Series by notching an incredible 14 consecutive scoreless innings.

Following his collegiate career, he was drafted by the California Angels in the 14th round of the 1974 amateur draft. He played two seasons in their minor league system, 1975 and 1976, never reaching the majors.

McQueen not only dominated the rubber in Omaha, he pitched in the final game at Bovard Field where the current Annenberg Building is located and then started the first-ever game at Dedeaux Field way back in 1974.

Reliving USC's Historic 5-Straight Championships

USC baseball (25-20, 13-11) is celebrating the 40th anniversary of winning five consecutive national championships from 1970-74 under Rod Dedeaux by recognizing the Trojans' dynasty before Saturday's game against Cal (2 p.m. first pitch).

The "Five Jewels in the Crown" were seen as an impossibility when the streak started as experts predicted parity in college baseball due to the major league draft, increased competition and the inconsistent nature of the sport.

Instead, USC, which had already won five national championships (1970-74), only asserted its dominance further completing what John Wooden once called maybe "the most remarkable achievement in sports history."

USC Struggles in Pullman, Return Home Needing W's

If USC wants to make the tournament for the first time since 2005, they're gonna have to win some big series down the stretch.


USC Sweeps UCLA On The Diamond

USC wins the Crosstown series over UCLA for the first time since 2008.


UCLA and USC Set For Critical Baseball Series

With nearly identical win-loss records, the Trojans and Bruins meet in Westwood as the final race to the NCAA regionals begins.


Trojans Take Two of Three From Stanford

College Baseball writer Shotgun Spratling (College Baseball Daily) fills us in on USC's strong showing against Stanford.


Baseball's Back In Business

The Trojans have not had a winning season since 2005, yet plenty of optimism surrounds the program heading into the first series of the season.

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