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Baseball off to best start since 1988

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first_imgDuring the NBA playoffs and March Madness you can definitely find me glued to my TV and getting constant game updates on my phone. During the regular season, however, I cannot be bothered to sit through an entire game unless USC is playing. Football and baseball reign supreme in my heart, and the months between February and April feel empty and unfulfilling.Thankfully the drought is cut short by the start of college baseball. And right now is a great time to be a Trojan baseball fan. After jumping out to an 8-0 start, the Trojans are looking at their best start since 1988.USC opened its season against Towson with a dominating sweep of the Tigers. Pitching was the controlling factor in the first two games of the series. Junior right-handed pitcher Brent Wheatley took the mound in the season opener and led the Trojans to a 17-1 win. In six innings pitched, Wheatley only allowed one run on five hits. Following Wheatley’s dominant start, junior left-handed pitcher Kyle Twomey helped USC earn another forceful win over Towson, 10-0. Twomey threw seven innings and only allowed two hits and no runs.After the homestead against Towson, the Trojans hit the road to take on No. 25 Cal State Fullerton. This time, the Trojans showed off their prowess on the other side of the ball. Junior college transfer David Oppenheim hit his first home run in a USC uniform. Senior catcher Garrett Stubbs followed suit with a two-out, two-strike double to clear the bases to give USC a lead.The game against Fullerton also demonstrated the solidarity of the team, as the lead changed hands and was never completely secure, and the bullpen rallied around each other to secure the victory. Freshman Mason Perryman got his first collegiate start, pitching four innings and allowing two runs on six hits. Sophomore Bernardo Flores relieved Perryman and threw a career-high four strikeouts in three innings. Junior left-handed pitcher Marc Huberman pitched the eighth inning and struck out the side to set up junior closer Kyle Davis, who earned his second save of the season.The Trojans again flaunted their dominance in pitching in the win over Kentucky. Junior Santa Barbara City College transfer and left-handed pitcher Tyler Gilbert was on the bump for the first time as a Trojan and did not disappoint. Gilbert threw seven innings and allowed only two runs on seven hits and struck out eight.On the other side of the ball, junior Timmy Robinson sparked the Trojan offense with two hits, including a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Oppenheim again helped the Trojans out with his bat with a two-out double to drive in a run. Davis closed out the game and earned his third save of the year.The first game in the series against Oakland proved to be a test for the otherwise spotless Trojans. USC won 8-6, but not before overcoming a 4-0 deficit. Teamwork was again what seemed to give USC the edge in tight situations. Wheatley struggled and wasn’t getting much help on defense, and USC allowed five runs in the fourth inning. Senior Dante Flores entered the game in relief and kept his team in the game. The sophomore lefty threw 3.2 innings, allowing only one hit to a career-high seven strikeouts and no walks.The Trojans bats came alive as well, with Stubbs leading USC going 4-for-5. He drove in a run and scored two himself. Flores, redshirt junior Bobby Stahel, junior Blake Lacey, Oppenheim and Robinson all contributed to the offensive effort as well.The second game against Oakland proved to be much easier for the Trojans as they cruised to an 11-1 victory. Twomey got his second win of the year, throwing seven innings, giving up only four hits, one run and a walk. He struck out six in the win. Junior AJ Ramirez led the team offensively with four RBIs. Five different Trojans had multi-hit games. Two freshmen, Brad Wegman and Alex Chavarria flaunted the strength of the bullpen as they closed out the game.Finally, in the third win against Oakland to secure the sweep, the Trojans made an 8-0 start. Freshman Mitch Hart got his first collegiate start and spent six innings on the mound, allowing only two runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Despite an early 2-0 deficit, Hart and the Trojan offense rallied to come back and win 7-3. Ramirez hit his first home run of the season in the win.This has been a PSA. If you have not been following the Trojans so far this season, now is the time to start.Regan Estes is a sophomore majoring in public relations and Spanish. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, Wild Wild Westes, runs on Tuesdays.last_img read more