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Playing Great Like '88

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At 8-0, USC baseball is off to its best start since 1988 after sweeping Oakland in a three-game series at Dedeaux Field this past weekend. The Trojans had to wait out a two hour and 20 minute rain delay to celebrate their latest victory Sunday, but the weather could not wash away the positive mojo flowing through the clubhouse right now.

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The Trojans' bats have ignited the fast start, scoring at least five runs in every game and averaging nine runs per contest. The offensive attack is balanced as can be with nine USC regulars hitting over .300 paced by senior catcher Garrett Stubbs who is 16/33 (.485 BA) on the season.

USC travels up the road to Fresno State tomorrow (6:35 p.m. first pitch) before hosting Fordham in a three-game series at Dedeaux Field this weekend.

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3-Points: ASU 64, USC 59

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom and Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributors

The Trojans were unable to finish with a win against Arizona State despite a 10-point lead early in the second half.

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Whiplash

Sunday night's game looked all too familiar to USC, as the Trojans failed to hold onto their lead and were outscored by the Sun Devils 14-3 in the final four and half minutes. This is the eighth game since the start of conference play in which USC has lost in the final minutes, a continually heart-breaking statistic for the young team. A large factor in the Trojans' loss was their number of fouls down the wire, making a potential victory especially challenging with such a thin bench.

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Sophomore Kahlil Dukes' number was called early on Sunday with Jordan McLaughlin out due to injury and Katin Reinhardt and Chass Bryan out for a violation of team rules. The guard rose to the challenge, scoring a career-high 18 points in 29 minutes. Prior to Sunday's performance, Dukes averaged 1.2 points per game and scored 18 points collectively all season. Also stepping up to the plate for the Trojans was USC Student-Athlete of the Week Elijah Stewart who scored 11 points and had four blocks in the loss. The two guards provided the dynamic offensive threat necessary to give the Trojans the lead for most of the second half.

Best Ensemble in a Losing Effort

USC put forth a true team effort against Arizona State, with all eight Trojans who played in the game scoring at least twice. The team shot 45.5 percent from the field to ASU's 32.8 percent and boasted a 40.0 percent mark from beyond the arc. Nikola Jovanovic had six boards to go with Julian Jacobs' seven rebounds and eight assists. Despite the loss, head coach Andy Enfield emphasized how proud he is with the way the Trojans have continued to stay and fight together, learning from their losses. "They hate losing. They hate this feeling," he said, adding that his team has trust in the big picture of the program and a great attitude about the future.

Here are the SnappyTV highlights from Sunday's game...

#USCBHM: Keidane McAlpine

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USC women's soccer head coach Keidane McAlpine grew up in the heart of football country, but inspired by Pelé and his father, the Alabama native went against the grain and discovered the sport that would become his life's passion.

Click here for McAlpine's story on USCBHM.com!

McAlpine is now one of the sport's ambassadors spreading his love for the beautiful game from coast-to-coast and paving the way for African-Americans to establish themselves in the soccer world.

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3-Points: Arizona 87, USC 57

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 No. 7 Arizona blasts the young Trojans in Tucson.

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U of A+

The Trojans were simply outmanned by a Top 10 team with a massive front court and an experienced roster. Arizona made 47.7% of its shots and collected 22 offensive rebounds as part of a dominant offensive display. Defensively, the Wildcats held USC to 31.6% from the field and forced 16 turnovers. "They really dominated us in the lane," said head coach Andy Enfield. "We need to figure out what to do from a physicality standpoint."

Not All Bad

While a 30-point loss is nothing to celebrate, Malik Martin and Julian Jacobs provided a pair of silver linings. Martin scored a career-high 15 points to go with 6 rebounds in just 21 minutes. Jacobs, who handled the point guard duties again with Jordan McLaughlin out, filled up the box score with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists with only one turnover. "I thought Malik gave us a solid game. He was active," Enfield said about Martin. "Julian Jacobs was aggressive, but to beat a team like Arizona, we need five guys on the same page."

Short Memories

USC was carrying some momentum into this game after beating Oregon State, so the Trojans need to erase this loss from their memory with more winnable games on the future schedule starting Sunday at Arizona State (5:30 p.m. PT tip). "That's part of college basketball. We need to be resilient, and we've shown that," said Enfield referring to the tough losses during conference play. "We've come back every game, the next game, and played well."

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#USCBHM: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke

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USC women's basketball head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is credited with helping to launch the WNBA as the league's first superstar. While she is considered a pioneer now, back then, she had the humblest of goals. She just wanted to make her mother proud.

Click here to read her story for USC Black History Month!

Cooper later lost her mother to breast cancer, so she will "play for" mom Friday night as the Women of Troy host their annual "pink game" supporting the Play4Kay organization. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive FREE pink shirts that say, "I Play For ____".

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Roaming the Desert in Search of Wins

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Coming off a momentum building victory over Oregon State, USC men's basketball hits the road this week hoping to keep that winning feeling alive. The Trojans have a tall task tonight facing No. 7 Arizona (6 p.m. PT tip on Pac-12 Networks) before another tough contest on Sunday at Arizona State (5:30 p.m. PT tip on Pac-12 Networks).

Katin Reinhardt's resurgent play has buoyed the Trojans of late, averaging 16.8 points per game in the last 8 contests. He is the team's top marksman from three-point range (39%) and the free throw line (82%).

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#USCBHM: John Jackson

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As a former two-sport star and Academic All-American, John Jackson has one of the accomplished resumes in USC history. Now, he serves as the color commentator for Trojan football making him one of the most respected voices in Southland sports.

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Here is an in-depth conversation with Jackson on race in sports and society:


Human Energy Stories: Flora Bolonyai

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

Former USC women's water polo goalie Flora Bolonyai blows the competition out of the water in the pool and in the classroom. The Olympian was named a Capital One Academic All-American her junior and senior seasons at USC for her effort in pursuing degrees in mathematics and economics. 


The 2013 NCAA champion and MVP holds the USC record for career saves and finished with four All-American honors all while managing a rigorous academic schedule for her two majors. The Pac-12 teamed up with Chevron to feature Bolonyai's success as both a student and an athlete.


Kids Take Over Dedeaux

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After knocking off Cal State Fullerton on the road Tuesday night, USC baseball is back home at Dedeaux Field to host Kentucky on Thursday (6 p.m. first pitch) and then Oakland this weekend (Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.) looking to improve on its 4-0 start.

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On Sunday, March 1, for the USC vs. Fordham game at 1 p.m, fans can purchase our "Kids Take Over the Ballpark" package for $20, which includes 1 adult ticket, 1 kid ticket, 1 t-shirt, 1 'color me' pennant and 2 food vouchers (hot dog, drinks and chips). Plus, 35 kids will be selected at random for game day activities.

Click here to purchase the package.

Bring the family all season long for fun in the sun at Dedeaux Field.

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No. 2 Entering Year Three

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USC women's sand volleyball spent its first two seasons knocking on the door of a national championship, and now the Women of Troy are ready to bust it open and claim their prize. The Trojans begin season three ranked No. 2 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) preseason poll behind only Pepperdine.

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The Women of Troy have accounted for the pairs national champion each of the last two years with Kirby Burnham and Stevi Robinson winning the title in 2013, and Burnham and Sara Hughes claiming the crown in 2014. Hughes returns to lead the team in 2015.

The season officially begins March 12 against TCU at Merle Norman Stadium on campus.

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