The Trojans will be back in action in game two on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.
Marc Huberman threw five scoreless innings in relief.
Starter Marrick Crouse went six strong in his first collegiate start.
The rubber match is set for 1 p.m. PT on Sunday at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans got home runs from Frankie Rios and David Oppenheim in the win.
2015/JUNIOR: In his sophomore season for the Trojans, Ramirez appeared in 57 games with 54 starts, earning an All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection...Appeared at bat 212 times...Had an at bat in every game but two...Had 55 hits and 26 runs...Hit a career high nine home runs for the season, the most by one Trojan in the BBCOR bat era...Had two six-game hitting streaks from February 17 to February 24 and April 28 to May 8...Had a career high 5 RBI on May 2 against Utah, earning Pac-12 Player of the Week honors...Hit 15 doubles and two triples...Had nine stolen bases...Recorded 45 RBI...Batted .259 for the season (55-for 212).
2014 SUMMER BALL: Played for the Ocean State Waves in the New England Collegiate League ... Batted .263 in 40 games with 35 hits ... Had 22 runs with an RBI of 25 ... Recorded nine doubles, one triple, and four home runs ... Waves placed second in the Western Division of the New England Collegiate Baseball League with a record of 24-20.
2014/SOPHOMORE: In his sophomore season of work for the Trojans, Ramirez made 40 appearances with 35 starts ... Batted .246 with 31 hits including six doubles and one triple ... Recorded 13 runs and drove in 13 RBI ... Tallied seven multi-hit games and two multi-hit RBI outings ... Went 2-for-3 in stolen bases ... Tallied two hits on six different occasions ... Had an on base percentage of .324 and a slugging percentage of .310 ... Was hit-by-pitch twice, once on March 21 at Stanford, and again on March 30 versus Washington ... Went on a 10 game hitting streak from March 4-March 21, the longest of any Trojan player on the season ... Tallied two hits on six different occasions ... Had a season and career-high of four hits on Feb. 16 versus Northwestern where he went 4-for-4, collected one double, scored once and drove in a season and career-high three RBI.
2013 SUMMER BALL: Played for the Peninsula Pilots in the Alaska League ... Earned All-Alaska League honors for his performance throughout the summer ... Named to the Alaska Baseball All-Star Team ... Batted .282 in 29 games with 31 hits *Recorded six doubles, two triples, and one home run ... Pilots placed fifth in the Alaska Baseball League.
2013/FRESHMAN: AJ Ramirez appeared in 34 games, making 29 starts as a true freshman ... Hit .250 with eight RBI, three doubles and one home run ... His first collegiate home run came on March 29 in a victory at California ... Twice had a season-high three hits, first coming on Feb. 24 vs. Cal State Northridge and again on March 1 at Fresno State ... Also had two hits on five different occasions ... Had a season and career high two RBI in victory over Cal State Northridge (Feb. 24) ... Had a four-game hit streak twice during the season ... Made starts at DH, first base and third base and did not make an error.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played four years of varsity baseball for head coach Tom McCormick at Bakersfield Christian HS in Bakersfield, Calif. ... Was South Sequoia League Co-MVP and All-Area Co-MVP as a senior in 2012 ... Earned First Team All-South Sequoia League honors as a sophomore in 2010 and a junior in 2011 ... All-Area Second Team as a junior ... Led the state in runs in 2012 ... Won CIF Central Section as a junior ... Competed for the Bakersfield Dodgers.
PERSONAL:Goes by AJ ... An international relations major at USC ... Parents are Roberto and Kristen ... Father Roberto played professional baseball for 13 years ... Has two brothers, Ramsey and Josiah ... Lists Albert Pujols as his biggest sports hero .. Favorite movie is The Dark Knight Rises ... Favorite TV Show is the George Lopez Show ... Would like to visit Europe ... Birthdate is April 4, 1993.
Pac-12 Conference Career Statistics