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tf.jpgUSC's women's track and field came out on top, while the men's team fell to UCLA in this weekend's USC-UCLA Dual Meet at Loker Stadium.

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The Women of Troy won 11 of 19 events to earn an 86-77 victory -- their fourth straight over the Bruins.

Brittany Mann opened up USC's scoring by winning the hammer throw and the shot put. Amalie Iuel won the high jump in her first try at the event this season. Dior Hall, Ky Westbrook, Destinee Brown and Deanna Hill teamed up to win the women's 4x100. Freshman Anna Cockrell PRed to win the women's hurdles event, while Margaux Jones won the long jump. Kendall Ellis led a USC sweep of the 400m, while Hill led a USC sweep of the 100m and 200m, and Iuel led a USC sweep of the 400m hurdles. USC's 4x400 team ran uncontested to pick up the final five points of the meet and seal a victory for the Women of Troy.

On the men's side, Eric Sloan won the long jump and the triple jump. Freshman Michael Norman won the 400m in his outdoor season debut. USC's 4x100 team of Marquis Morris, Alexander Barnum, Christian Sourapas and T.J. Brock came out on top. Morris also won the 110m hurdles, while Sourapas won the 200m. Robert Ford won the 800m. Matthew Katnik won the shot put and Michael Gonzalez PRed to win the pole jump and USC's 4x400 team ran uncontested to earn the 10th event win for USC's men's team.

Despite winning 10 of 21 events, USC's men fell, 88-75.

Next up for the Trojans are the Pac-12 Championships in Corvallis, OR.

Battle With Beavers

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USC baseball took one game out of three in its series against No. 1 Oregon State this weekend.

Oregon State's Luke Heimlich, the nation's leader in ERA (0.78), held the Trojans to just one hit and one run in USC's 3-1 loss on Friday evening.

The Trojans bounced back on Saturday, handing the Beavers their first home loss of the season. USC and Oregon State went back and forth all game, with the Trojans getting the run they needed to tie it up in the top of the eighth and ultimately send the game to extra innings.

USC charged out of the gates in the top of the 10th, loading the bases with just one out. Senior Cris Perez stepped up and drove in two runs to help USC earn a 7-5 victory -- only the fourth loss for the Beavers this season.

USC's offense stalled on Sunday, though, as the Trojans fell 10-1 to move to 19-22 (6-12 Pac-12) on the season.

This week, the Trojans host a series against UCLA. With the Bruins leading 95-90 in Crosstown Cup standings, USC must take two out of three to tie up the score. Two months ago, the Trojans topped the Bruins, 4-3, in the Dodgertown College Baseball Classic. This week, they face off on Thursday at 6 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Snowy Session

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The Trojan men's golf team braved the elements to tie for third at the Pac-12 Championships in Boulder, CO this weekend.

USC was tied for fourth after one day of play, but saw play suspended on Saturday due to the five inches of snow that fell overnight and the freezing temperatures.

The Trojans got back to it on Sunday, managing a 1-over final round to finish at +32 1082 (366-365-351), tied with Washington for third. Oregon and Stanford finished first and second, respectively.

Senior Rico Hoey tied for second in individual play -- USC's highest finish at Pac-12s since 2011. Sophomore Justin Suh, meanwhile, used a huge final round to tie for ninth in the tournament.

On To Indy

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USC women's water polo beat Cal to earn third place in the MPSF Tournament in Westwood, CA this weekend.

The No. 3 Trojans kicked off the tournament by dominating San Jose State to set up a semifinal clash with No. 2 Stanford on Saturday. The Trojans battled all the way until the finish, but wound up just short, losing 6-5 to earn a spot in the consolation game.

There they faced No. 5 Cal, a squad USC had beaten just two weeks before. The Trojans and Bears were even through two periods, but USC's 2-0 run in the third period was all the team needed to secure an 8-6 win and the third place prize.

Senior Stephania Haralabidis led the way with three goals, while sophomore Amanda Longan racked up 14 saves.

The Trojans now look ahead to the NCAA Tournament, which takes place from May 12-14 in Indianapolis. After an undefeated 2016 season which saw USC emerge as the national champion, the Trojans take a 28-3 record into this year's NCAAs.


Sweet Sixteen

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Yesterday, USC women's rowing beat UCLA to extend its all-time record against the Bruins to 16-0.

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UCLA started off a point ahead, as the Trojans didn't enter a boat in the 3V8+ race. USC tied it up with a win in V4, but the Bruins surged ahead after earning two points by winning the 2V8+ race.

Trailing 3-1, USC needed a first place finish in the 1V8+ to secure a win in the dual. The Trojans finished 1.4 seconds ahead of the Bruins to clinch the victory.

Next up for the Trojans are the Pac-12 Championships in Gold River, CA. Competition begins on May 14.

Kings Of The Conference

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Youth trumped experience on Saturday night when USC men's tennis freshman Brandon Holt topped UCLA's senior leader to clinch the Pac-12 Tournament title.

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The third-seeded Trojans topped Utah and Cal to set up their fourth meeting this season with their crosstown rivals. After falling in two of the previous three, the Trojans had revenge -- and a Pac-12 crown -- on their minds.

USC got right to work, winning a tight doubles point to take an early lead. UCLA tied it up with a win in singles, but the Trojans won the next two singles matches to take a 3-1 lead with three courts still playing. When the Bruins took the first two of those courts to tie things up at 3, all eyes focused on Court 1, where 19-year-old Holt was battling UCLA senior Gage Brymer.

Holt took the first set, 7-5, but dropped the second, 6-3. He seemed to have the edge in a majority of the games, but Brymer continued to come through in the clutch, taking advantage of the tournament's no-ad scoring to steal a few points. Holt's strong serving and even keel put him in position to break Brymer at the very last minute, earning a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win.

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The win catapulted No. 7 USC to a 4-3 victory, its third Pac-12 tourney title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The 2017 NCAA Tournament begins on May 18 in Athens, GA.

Trojans Take The Crown

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Yesterday, USC women's lacrosse topped Colorado to win its second consecutive MPSF Tournament title and its 22nd straight conference matchup.

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The top-seeded Trojans earned a trip straight to the semifinals, where they beat San Diego State, 18-7. That set up a rematch with Colorado in the finals -- a team USC topped, 11-5, earlier in the season.

In the senior class' last career game at McAlister Field, MPSF Player of the Year Michaela Michael and All-MPSF first teamer Gabby McMahon led the way with four goals each in the 16-11 win over the Buffs.

With four goals in the title game, Michael set a new USC and MPSF single-season scoring record (71), passing UC Davis alum Katie McMahon's mark of 69 goals, set in 2005.

Michael has set and broken USC's single-season goals record three years in a row now.

Michael, McMahon, junior goalie Gussie Johns and freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff were all named to the all-tournament team for their performances across two games.

The conference title has a bit of extra meaning for the Women of Troy because the MPSF will dissolve after this season and USC will join the Pac-12.

The win also locked in a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Trojans, who have won 10 straight games. USC learns its seed and opponent on Sunday.

Going Back-To-Back

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This weekend, USC beach volleyball took a unique path to its second straight Pac-12 Tournament title.

No. 1 USC steamrolled its first two opponents (Utah and ASU) before facing No. 2 UCLA in the winners bracket semifinals on Friday. The Bruins snapped USC's 62-match win streak by a tight 3-2 margin, handing USC its first-ever Pac-12 loss and sending the Trojans into the contender's bracket.

The Trojans bounced back with a sweep of Washington, earning them a rematch against UCLA in the Pac-12 title match.

USC (34-1) got revenge over its crosstown rival with a 3-2 win in the championship. It all came down to the final match, where seniors Sophie Bukovec and Allie Wheeler earned a three-set victory on Court 2.

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Bukovec and Wheeler continued their clutch play by making it all the way to the finals of the Pac-12 Pairs Championship, where they faced teammates Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes. Top-seeded Claes and Hughes downed their teammates in straight sets to earn their second straight Pac-12 Pairs crown.

With two consecutive conference titles under their belts, the No. 1 Trojans are now gunning for their third straight national title. The back-to-back champs head to Gulf Shores, AL this week, where they'll kick off their NCAA conquest against No. 8 seed South Carolina.

First to 500

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To add to its already illustrious history, USC is the first school to reach 500 all-time NFL Draft picks. Officially, the Trojans are at 501 and counting as Leon McQuay III became the man to crack the milestone.

USC is the first school to reach 500 all-time #NFLDraft picks! #USCtotheNFL

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2017 NFL Draft: Stevie Tu'ikolovatu

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Stevie Tu'ikolovatu.jpgAfter one monstrous year at USC, DT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu was selected in the 7th round (223 overall) of the NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Utah grad transfer aced the NFL Draft process, starring at the Senior Bowl before impressing at the NFL Combine and USC Pro Day to solidify his reputation as a top notch run stuffer. He made 53 tackles last season as an indispensable leader on and off the field for the Trojans' defensive line.

Tu'ikolovatu becomes part of USC's storied NFL Draft tradition as the 501st all-time pick, more than any other school. He is the Trojans fifth and final player selected in the 2017 class.