Arizona State at USC
When: 6 p.m. Friday; 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Dedeaux Field, Los Angeles.
TV: Pac-12 Network, Saturday and Sunday.
ASU: The Sun Devils (9-10, 0-3) were swept at home last week by No. 2 Oregon State, scoring just one run in the series. There were some positives on the pitching side with Eli Lingos working seven innings (six hits, two runs) in Game 1, and Eder Ervies going a season-high 4.2 innings (seven hits, two runs) in Game 3. ASU also was swept by Oregon State to open Pac-12 play last year but stood 14-6 overall after its first 20 games. The Sun Devils lost two of three to USC last season, including 31-9 in the regular-season finale, the most runs allowed in school history. They are playing on the road for the first time since Feb. 26 following a 12-game homestand.
USC: The Trojans (12-7, 2-1 Pac-12) took two of three from Washington State to open Pac-12 play then had a midweek game against UC Irvine rained out. Their strength of schedule is No. 127 (Boyd’s World), while ASU is at No. 17. 2B Brandon Perez (.359), OF Corey Dempster (333), SS Frankie Rios (.328) and 1B Lars Nootbaar (.322) are the hitting leaders. Nootbaar has four home runs and 18 RBIs. Scheduled starting pitchers are Chris Clarke (2-0, 3.47 ERA), Brad Wegman (2-2, 5.06) and Marrick Crouse (2-2, 8.74). Reliever Austin Manning is 1-1 with three saves. Dan Hubbs is in his fifth season as coach. USC was 28-28 last season, also splitting in the Pac-12.
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