Frankie Rios and Brandon Perez drive in runs for the Trojans.
Behind a strong start from Mitch Hart, the Trojans put up nine runs on 13 hits in the rubber match.
The Trojans got home runs from Frankie Rios and David Oppenheim in the win.
Game two of the series is set for 7 p.m. PT on Friday.
Starter Kyle Davis threw eight-complete innings, allowing just one run on three hits with nine strikeouts.
2015/SOPHOMORE: In his second season with the Trojans, Rios appeared in three games...Appeared at bat four times...Scored one run on February 13 versus Towson...Earned a medical redshirt for the season. 2014 SUMMER BALL: Played for the Willmar Stingers in the Northwoods League ... Batted .221 in 51 games ... Had 38 hits with five of those being doubles and one home run ... Recorded 16 RBI for the season ... Stingers placed first in the Northern Division of the Northwoods League with a record of 46-26.
2014/FRESHMAN: In his first season of action for the Trojans, Rios batted .145 while starting 19 of 29 games ... Tallied one triple and drove in four runs ... His first career hit came on Feb. 14 versus Northwestern where he went 2-for-4 to drive in one run ... Recorded two hits on three separate occasions: Northwestern (Feb. 14), North Dakota State (Feb. 22) and Oregon State (May 23) ... Finished the season with nine hits off 62 at bats and 11 runs.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year baseball letterwinner for head coach Toby Hess at Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach Calif...2013 MaxPreps Large School All-State Team, 2013 All-CIF Division I selection, 2013 Rawlings California Region Honorable Mention, First Team All-Moore League, Press-Telegram First Team Dream Team, and team MVP as a senior... In 2013 went .406 at the plate, 39 hits, 30 RBI...As a junior in 2012 earned First Team All-Moore League honors, Press-Telegram Dream Team Player of the Year, offensive MVP...2012 Connie Mack Western Regional MVP and World Series Co-MVP......He lead his team on the Honor Roll...Received the Pursuit of Excellence award...Says his most thrilling moment was when he played in a perfect game a hit the only run scored.
PERSONAL: Undecided major at USC...Parents are Frank and Rosie...Has two brothers, Isaiah and Josh, and one sister, Gemma...He enjoys hanging out at the beach...Biggest sports hero is Derek Jeter because he "is a respectable player and plays hard baseball the way it should."...He chose USC because he believes it will benefit his future in both baseball and academics...Favorite foods are steak and mashed potatoes...Would like to visit Hawaii and Miami, Fla...Favorite movie is The Rookie...Listens to Red Hot Chili Peppers ...Birthdate is May 27, 1995.