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
Vinny Lopez begins his first year as an assistant coach with the Trojans.
Prior to USC, Lopez spent the last three seasons with the Texas Rangers organization as a minor league coach. The Texas Rangers minor league system has been at the top of organizational rankings for the past five years due to its exceptional reputation for discovering and developing talent.
In the 2012 and 2013 seasons Lopez was an assistant coach with the Spokane Indians, a short season single A affiliate of the Texas Rangers in the Northwest League. While there he worked with the hitters, outfielders, base runners and catchers. In 2012, Lopez assisted in the development of Rangers prospects - second round draft pick Joey Gallo, third rounder Patrick Cantwell and sixth rounder Royce Bollinger who was name a Northwest League All-Star. In 2013, Lopez assisted in the development of fifth rounder Joe Jackson and 11th rounder Ryan Cordell who was named a Northwest League All-Star. He then worked the 2012 Arizona Instructional League.
Lopez started the summer of 2011 coaching in the Cape Cod Collegiate League with the Orleans Firebirds. While with Orleans, Lopez coached first base, worked with the outfielders and assisted with the hitters. Midway through the season, Lopez joined the Texas Rangers organization with the Hickory Crawdads, a full season single A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. The Crawdads featured current major leaguers Jurickson Profar, Nick Tepesch and Joseph Ortiz. Lopez then worked the 2011 Arizona Instructional League and the Dominican Republic Instructional League.
In the spring 2010-2011 Lopez earned his Master's degree in education with an emphasis in athletic administration from USC. While working on his masters, Lopez worked as a graduate assistant manager with the USC baseball program. Lopez assisted with day-to-day baseball operations as well as working with various camps and managerial duties. In addition he also worked with Tom House and the Rod Dedeaux Research Baseball Institute (RDRBI) as a hitting/defensive instructor and bullpen catcher.
In the summer 2009 Lopez started his coaching career with the MLB Urban Youth Academy Barons of the California Collegiate League. He also coached in the Hawai'i Collegiate Baseball League for the Kauai Menehunes in 2010.
Lopez is a 2008 graduate of California Lutheran University. He was a member of the Dean's List and holds a bachelor's degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations and advertising. He lettered in baseball at Cal Lutheran after transferring from Westmont College. Lopez finished with a .315 career average with 34 stolen bases, four home runs, 62 RBI and a 1.000 fielding percentage.
During his one season at Westmont, Lopez was awarded the Gold Glove award as the team's most outstanding defensive player. At Cal Lutheran, his teammates awarded him the Hard Hat award for the team's hardest worker and the Mr. Clutch award.
After graduating, Lopez played professionally for the Savigny Sur Orge Liones of the French Federation Baseball League in the 2008 season.
A native of Temple City, Calif., Lopez resides in Pasadena, Calif., with his wife Christina.