Salvaging their opening series against North Dakota (2-1), #21 USC (1-2) looks to rebound on their first road game of the season against Loyola Marymount (1-2), Tuesday Feb. 23.
USC didn't exactly have the ideal start to their season, but nonetheless are looking to improve upon their first win of the year. In dramatic fashion, Trojans senior outfielder Timmy Robinson scored the walk-off run to give USC their first win of the year on Sunday, Feb. 21.
Then ranked #12 in the NCAA Division I standings, the Trojans' opening blunder has had them tumble all the way down to #21.
This early into the season, it's difficult to know what to make out of this team. They went from an opening day game where gave up only five hits that resulted in the lone run of the game to their last game where they chipped away at a deficit while amassing seven runs on 11 hits.
Regardless of how the Trojans fared early on, it is evident that this is not the way fourth year head coach Dan Hubbs wanted to start considering how strong they finished last season.
USC has climbed out of obscurity in Hubbs' tenure thus far as they've have two consecutive seasons with winning records as well as earning a NCAA tournament bid last season, the school's first in ten years.
Following consecutive shutout losses to TCU, Loyola Marymount will attempt to jumpstart their offense against a USC team that has been generous in giving up both hits and runs in the past two games.
With the Lions already giving up 30 hits this season, keep an eye on sophomore infielders AJ Ramirez and Frankie Rios as they aim rack up the offense in this contest.
With a depth of veteran talent and 53 games left, the Trojans will have plenty of time to figure out how to return to last season's prominence.