USC with five games this week to close out the regular season.
The Trojans are riding a five-game winning streak entering this week.
Game one of the series is set for Friday, April 11 at 6 p.m.
Trojans looking to even the series on Tuesday at Eddy D. Field Stadium
Game is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Dedeaux Field
USC baseball great and former major leaguer Gabe Alvarez is set to enter his fourth season as an assistant coach at USC in the 2013-14 season.
Alvarez played at USC as a shortstop from 1993-95 and had a career .338 batting average for the Trojans with 28 home runs and 163 RBI. He earned Baseball America All-America second team honors in his 1993 freshman season after batting .326 with eight home runs and 53 RBI. In 1994, he was a first team All-America pick by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after batting .326 with seven home runs and 51 RBI.
In 1995, he was part of the Trojan squad that made its first trip to the College World Series since 1978 as USC reached the national title game. After batting .361 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI, Alvarez earned ABCA and NCBWA All-America first team, Collegiate Baseball All-America second team and Baseball America All-America third team honors.
He was a second-round selection in the 1995 major league baseball draft by the San Diego Padres and played three seasons in the major leagues (1998-2000). He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1997 expansion draft before being traded to the Detroit Tigers. He made his debut in 1998 with the Tigers, batting .231 with five home runs and 29 RBI. He was eventually traded to the San Diego Padres in 2000, where he finished his career by playing 92 total major league games.
The El Monte native and graduate from Bishop Amat High has an 12-year-old daughter, Madison.