Trojan starter Chris Clarke was outstanding in a career-high seven innings of work.
Starter Marrick Crouse went five complete innings.
The rubber match of the series is set for 1 p.m. PT on Sunday at Dedeaux Field.
Adalberto Carrillo launches his first career grand slam in the victory.
The Trojans open a three-game series at Wake Forest on Fridady, Feb, 24.
2016/RS SOPHOMORE: 2016 All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection…Appeared in 55 of 56 games in 2016, starting 51 of those games, all at second base…Batted .323 (60-for-186) on the year, good for third-best on the team…Drove in 20 runs, with two home runs, three triples and six doubles on the year…Scored 32 runs on the year and stole five bases…Was consistent in nonconference and conference games alike, batting .324 in Pac-12 games (34-for-105)…Drove in 13 runs in conference play with his two home runs both coming in conference play…Had a seven-game hit streak from March 11 thru March 19…Also had a six-game hit streak from April 15 thru April 23, during which five of the six games were mutli-hit outings…Tallied 21 multi-hit outings on the year…Had a career-high four-hit outing against Arizona State on May 29 (4-for-4), with a career-high six RBI and five runs scored…Had his first collegiate home run on April 2 at Stanford…Added his second home run of the year on May 6 vs. Washington…Boasted a .386 on-base percentage.
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.