#USCtotheMLB 2016 Recap

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The MLB's regular season is over, and several USC products enjoyed a solid year in 2016.

Ian Kennedy, SP, Royals

In the first season of his 5-year, $70 million deal with the Kansas City Royals, pitcher Ian Kennedy (pictured) had the second-most wins (11) and the second-most strikeouts (184) for the defending World Series champs. He finished the season with an 11-11 record and a 3.68 ERA in 33 games.

Here is how all the Trojans in the MLB fared in 2016:

Lucas Duda, 1B, Mets - .229 BA, 7 HR, 23 RBI in 47 games (back injury sidelined him for the majority of the season, but he's been impressive since returning)

Tommy Milone, P, Twins - 3-5 with a 5.71 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 19 games

Brad Boxberger, P, Rays - 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in 27 games

Nick Buss, LF, Angels - .198 BA, 1 HR, 8 RBI in 36 games in his first MLB action

Grant Green, 2B, Giants - .261 BA, 1 HR, 7 RBI in 18 games

Andrew Triggs, P, A's - 1-1 with a 4.31 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 24 games

Danny Couloumbe, P, A's- 3-1 with a 4.53 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 35 games

J.P. Howell, P, Dodgers - 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 64 games

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Team Edward

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After racking up seven goals in three games, USC water polo's Lachlan Edwards was named the MPSF Player of the Week.

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It's Edwards' second such award this season, having also won it on Sept. 12. This week. Edwards scored two goals against Concordia, two goals against Fresno Pacific and a team-high three goals against Pacific.

Edwards is now USC's second-leading scorer, with 21 goals this season.


Clay Helton Q&A - Colorado

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After a resounding win against previously undefeated ASU, the Trojans set their sights on another Pac-12 South matchup this weekend. Hear what head coach Clay Helton has to say about the game and his scouting report on No. 21 Colorado, who USC hosts on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Wonderful Whittingham

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Taylor Whittingham, a senior libero on USC's women's volleyball team, earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts against Colorado and Utah this weekend.

After missing the last two matches due to injury, Whittingham came back to lead the team in digs in both contests this weekend, with 19 against the Buffaloes and 28 against the Utes, for an average 5.22 digs per set.

Whittingham, one of USC's team captains, has now registered 20+ digs in six matches this season. Overall, she leads the team with 222 digs (4.83 digs per set).


Water Polo Keeps Winning

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No. 3 USC men's water polo handled No. 4 Pacific in a 15-7 victory on Saturday to improve to 12-1 on the season.

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Just a day after a double-header in Riverside, CA, the Trojans showed no signs of fatigue, rattling off the first seven goals of the game against the Tigers. Junior two-meter Lachlan Edwards scored three goals to lead the 10 Trojans who found the back of the net on Saturday.

Meanwhile, junior goalie McQuin Baron posted 14 saves to pull within two of tying for second place on USC's all-time ranks. Baron's next chance to move up on that list comes on Friday at 5 p.m. at home against No. 9 Pepperdine.

Check out John McGillen's gallery of USC's big win:

Big Bounce Back

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After dropping its first two Pac-12 matches, USC women's volleyball bounced back with two wins over ranked opponents over the weekend.

Freshman outside hitter Khalia Lanier led the way with a career-high 18 digs, plus 19 kills and three blocks in the 23rd-ranked Trojans' 3-1 win over No. 20 Colorado.

On Saturday, USC earned a hard-fought, five-set win over No. 25 Utah. Lanier posted another double-double --- her seventh of the season --- and senior middle blocker Elise Ruddins (pictured) hit .727 plus a career-high three solo blocks.

USC is now 10-5 overall and 2-2 in Pac-12 play. Next, the Trojans set up for what could be the program's 1000th win on Wednesday vs. Arizona State.

That match kicks off at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Galen Center.


Racking Up Records

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USC women's soccer's shutout streak ended, but the team accrued two more huge achievements this weekend.

On Friday, the Trojans beat the Ducks, 3-1. USC's shutout streak ended at eight games and 729 minutes --- both school records. Morgan Andrews scored a brace and Sydney Sladek contributed another goal in the Trojans' win.

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Sunday saw the Trojans secure their ninth-straight win, tying a school record set in 2008 and 2009. Katie Johnson's hat trick --- the second of her career --- lifted USC to a 3-1 victory over Oregon State. Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme made two saves against her former team.

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During USC's nine consecutive wins, the team has outscored its opponents 25-2.

Next, the Trojans face their biggest test of the season, when top-ranked Stanford comes to town. The Cardinal are 10-0-1 and undefeated in the Pac-12 so far. USC hosts Stanford at 4 p.m. on Thursday at McAlister Field


Trojan of the Game vs. ASU: JuJu Smith-Schuster

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For the second time in as many victories, the Trojan Family voted WR JuJu Smith-Schuster the Mercury Insurance Trojan of the Game. There were several good candidates from which to choose, including QB Sam Darnold, RB Justin Davis and CB Jonathan Lockett, but none better than Smith-Schuster, who has five touchdown catches combined in USC's two home games.


McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Arizona State

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The Trojans got back to their winning ways on Saturday night in front of the Coliseum faithful. Team photographer John McGillen captured the victory from arrival to celebration.

Trojans Top ASU

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Trojans Rout Sun Devils in Darnold's First Home Start