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USC baseball opened up Pac-12 play this weekend by hosting Washington State and winning the series, 2-1.

The Trojans started off with a bang, taking the series opener, 12-3, behind a stellar outing from freshman Chris Clarke (7 IP, 7 K, 8 H, 3 R (2 earned)) and an impressive offensive output. On his 22nd birthday, senior Corey Dempster led the Trojans with 3 RBI on 2 hits.

On Saturday, USC downed WSU once again to take the series. Dempster drove in 2 runs on the day, as did sophomore Brandon Perez and freshman Blake Sabol, to help the Trojans rack up a 4-2 win.

After two straight games with 11+ hits, USC struggled in the last game of the series against the Cougars, only connecting 6 times. The Trojans put a game-tying run on the plate in the ninth, but couldn't come through, falling 4-1.

The Trojans now stand at 12-7 on the season (2-1 in Pac-12 play) heading into today's game at UC Irvine at 6:30 p.m.

Catch the latest episode of The Road, featuring head coach Dan Hubbs, Dempster, Clarke and pitcher Brad Wegman:

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