Matthew Acosta's solo home run in the second inning was the first of his collegiate career.
The Trojans have won back-to-back Pac-12 weekends to start Conference play.
A fielding error with bases loaded brings home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning.
Game three is set for 11 a.m. PT on Sunday at Dedeaux Field.
Trojan starter Chris Clarke was outstanding in a career-high seven innings of work.
2016/JUNIOR: 2016 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention Selection…2016 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention selection…Appeared in 49 games, starting 41 of those, including all in Pac-12 play…Batted .290 on the year, including fifth highest on the team….Tallied six home runs, good for tied for third best on the team…Stole a team-high 10 bases (10-for-12 overall)…Drove in 24 runs and scored 35 as the team’s leadoff hitter…Had a career-high three hits in back-to-back games against Arizona, 3-for-5 on April 28 and 3-for-5 on April 29…Had a career-high three RBI on four different occasions on the year (March 18 vs. Cal, April 2 vs. Stanford, April 9 vs. Utah, May 15 vs. UCLA)…Had an 11 game hit streak from April 17 thru May 7…In Pac-12 play, batted .292 in 30 games, with three home runs and 19 RBI with nine doubles…Those nine doubles were third-most on the year…Drew 17 walks in Pac-12 play and stole six-of-seven bases.
2015/SOPHOMORE: In his sophomore season for the Trojans, Dempster appeared in 22 games with 4 starts...In his first start on February 15 versus Towson he had 3 at bats, scored one run and earned one RBI...Appeared at bat 28 times with three runs, five hits and a total earned RBI of four...Batted .179 for the season (5-for-28)...Had an on base percentage of .207 and a slugging percentage of .179.
2014 SUMMER BALL: Played for the Springfield Sliders in the Prospect League ... Hit .233 with 45 hits ... Recorded three doubles, one triple, and one home run ... Had 14 RBI for the season ... Played with fellow Trojan teammate, A.J. Fritts ... Sliders finished the in fifth place in the West Division of the Prospect League with a record of 9-21.
2014/FRESHMAN: In his first season of action for the Trojans, Dempster batted .200 while appearing in three games ... He recorded one hit from five at bats ... His first career hit came on May 20 at Cal State Fullerton, going 1-for-2.
HIGH SCHOOL: Dempster was a four-year varsity letterwinner at Loyola High School for coach Brian Felten...2013 Rawlings California All-Region Second Team...2013 Second Team All-Mission League selection...Ranked the #202 baseball player in the country by Perfect Game USA in 2012...Competed for the Milwaukee Brewers Area Code team in 2013 ... 2012 Perfect Game First Team Preseason HS Underclassman All-American...2011 Perfect Game USA Second Team Preseason HS Underclassman All-American.
PERSONAL: Parents are Katie and Gary, both USC alums... Has a brother, Jamison... Grandfather is the legendary Trojan men's tennis coach George Toley...Undecided major...Lists his biggest sports hero as Derek Jeter, "Because he plays with class and plays for his teammates each and every day"...Favorite movie is The Sandlot... last book read was Into the Wild... listens to Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, Kid Cudi...Would like to sky dive one day...Hopes to travel to Jamaica, Paris, New York, Boston and Croatia...Hopes to play professional baseball...Favorite food is breakfast burritos...Birthdate is March 17, 1995.