USC meets Pac-12 foe Washington in weekend series

first_imgThe Trojans improved their record to 12-9 after their midweek 3-1 victory against Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday. Coming into that game, the Trojans were desperate for a win, having lost their previous four games in miserable fashion.Redshirt junior infielder Stephen Dubb takes a swing against Washington on Thursday. Jonathan Wong | Daily Trojan“The offense going out and putting up a three-spot in the first was big,” sophomore pitcher Austin Manning said to to USC Athletics. “It being my first start of the year, there were obviously a few nerves, but them doing that helped me just focus on going out there and doing my job.”Now, USC turns its attention to Washington for a weekend series. The Huskies are currently tied for fourth place in the Pac-12 with an 11-10 overall record on the year and a 4-2 conference record. The Trojans, meanwhile, are tied for sixth in the conference despite posting a better overall record than the Huskies. Furthermore, after their most recent victory against the NCAA’s top ranked team in the country, Oregon State, the Huskies are entering this game with a ton of momentum. After losing their first two games in their series against the Beavers, the Huskies ended the Beavers’ 15-game winning streak in the third game with an impressive 8-4 victory. “I’m just happy for our guys,” Washington coach Lindsay Meggs said to University of Washington Athletics. “We’re a little beat up and we were short-handed today. That is a great team, so this is a good win for us.” On paper, this should be a pretty evenly matched series. Both the Trojans and Huskies post similar batting averages — .240 and .252, respectively — and a similar on-base percentage; the Trojans’ .336 just shy of the Huskies’ .340. However, the Huskies do have a slight advantage in ERA compared to the Trojans. As freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt and company proved in their no-hitter against Utah earlier in the season, the Trojans’ pitching staff is capable of rising up to the occasion. Junior shortstop Chase Bushor is a player to watch in this series for the Trojans. After freshman shortstop Ben Ramirez sustained injuries, Bushor has stepped in and made an instant impact on this Trojan offense. He currently bats .317 on the season and has looked equally impressive in the field. Meanwhile, junior Mason Cerrillo is the player to watch for the Huskies in this series. On the year, he’s batting an impressive .393 in 56 at bats.The Trojans took Thursday’s series opener 1-0 courtesy of a go-ahead solo shot by redshirt junior third baseman Angelo Armenta in the eighth inning. “It felt good [to hit the homerun]. I was just trying to stay inside the ball and get a good piece so it felt nice,” Armenta said after the game. “It was a good win on Tuesday, and it was just important to get back on track and keep playing good baseball.”Heading into the game, Armenta was batting .220 on the season with 4 RBI’s to his name. He batted ninth in the lineup, and Hubbs seemed satisfied with his performance and the depth of his lineup after the game.“[His homerun] was big,” said Hubbs. “He’s been scuffling a little bit, but he’s been starting to swing a little bit better. Hopefully it’s a good sign to come.”The Trojans pitched a shutout in Thursday night’s game as freshman pitcher Kyle Hurt pitched seven innings, allowing no runs on only three hits. He looked in control for most of the game, throwing eight strikeouts on the day.“As poorly as we pitched the past week and half that’s how well we pitched the first two games this week,” Hubbs said. “I’m pleased I thought Kyle was strong for seven innings. His first time on short rest.”After Thursday night’s victory, the Trojans improved their record to 13-9 on the season and 3-4 in the Pac-12. The next game will take place on Friday night at 6 p.m. and the following game will be a game on Saturday at 2 p.m. Both games will take place at Dedeaux Field.last_img read more

Arum open to Pacquiao-Matthysse but not in April

first_imgFILE – This file photo taken on September 3, 2014 shows boxing promoter Bob Arum gesturing while speaking at a press conference for boxers Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTOTop Rank chief Bob Arum is open to the possibility of making a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Lucas Matthysse of Argentina happen.Just don’t expect it to happen soon with Arum planning to pit Pacquiao against a different opponent in Mike Alvarado for the Filipino boxing icon’s scheduled ring return on April 14. Alvarado is also promoted by Top Rank.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:06Manny Pacquiao trains in LA for last time before Keith Thurman fight01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City READ: Pacquiao wants Matthysse; Arum picks AlvaradoIn an interview with BoxingScene.com, Arum said a Pacquiao-Matthysse bout is “something that he’s willing to explore in the future,” according to the story.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Well, [it wasn’t possible to do next] because nobody’s ever talked to Matthysse, about whether he’s ready [to even fight in April]. I think some writer asked [Pacquiao] if he’d want to fight, and he said ‘yes,’” Arum explained in a separate interview. “Would he fight Matthysse down the road? Why not? But we were up against a deadline in April, so at that point not having talked to the opponent, it was a non-starter.”The potential duel surfaced after Matthysse called out Pacquiao among the top fighters he want to face this year following his eighth-round knockout of Tewa Kiram of Thailand last month at The Forum in Los Angeles where he won the WBA “regular” welterweight belt.center_img MOST READ The 39-year-old Pacquiao then, added fuel to Matthysse’s comments in a interview with the Manila Bulletin a week ago.“I want Matthysse,” Pacquiao told the Manila Bulletin. “This is the fight that I like… a fight fans would also like to see. I can fight in April or even May.”Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) hasn’t fought since yielding the WBO welterweight title to Jeff Horn in a controversial decision last July in Brisbane, Australia.If the fight eventually comes to fruition later in the year, it promises to be no cakewalk for Pacquiao with the 35-year-old Matthyse armed with knockout power, having won 36 of his 44 fights by stoppage against four losses.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program View commentslast_img read more