It's been one heck of a start to the 2015 USC Baseball campaign.
The Trojans are now 9-0 following a 3-2 extra-inning victory over Fresno State on Tuesday night, giving them back-to-back road wins to begin the season. Junior reliever Marc Huberman recorded his second save of the season, while sophomore slugger Jeremy Martinez fueled the come-from-behind effort with a bases-loaded RBI walk.
USC started 7-0 last season, but crashed back down to earth in record time losing six of their next seven games. The Trojans eventually finished 29-24 last season in what experts called one of the "last four teams out" of the tournament.
The 12-time National Champions have missed the postseason for an entire decade now, a shocking drought given USC's long standing success playing at Rod Dedeaux Field. It's been a long, arduous journey back to the top but USC has taken advantage of an easier part in the schedule with convincing victories over subpar opponents.
Led by a veteran laden roster with eight upperclassmen starting on a given night, the USC Trojans return an experienced corp to a roster that almost tasted postseason baseball last season. Brooks Kriske got the start last night for USC, pitching five innings of solid baseball striking out a career-high 10 batters.
The Trojans almost ended up kicking themselves in the foot after stranding 16 runners on base, but were able to strike with one run in the 10th to secure the win. That was highly in question, however, when Fresno State had the winning run at second base with one out in the 9th, before Jeff Paschke shut the door to force extra innings.
USC (9-0) returns home this weekend to face Fordham University in a three-game series beginning Friday night, running all the way through Saturday afternoon. Then USC will head up the 101 Freeway for a mid-week tilt with No. 21 UCSB before hosting ranked foes No. 1 Vanderbilt, No. 4 UCLA and No. 7 TCU in the Dodgertown Classic.