The USC Trojans and Northwestern Wildcats played back-to-back extra-inning games on Friday and Saturday, which the Trojans were able to grit out, but Sunday’s series finale was in hand early.
Behind an 18-hit effort, the Trojans soundly defeated the Wildcats, 13-6, to move to 3-0 on the season in head coach Dan Hubbs’ second season.
Sophomore AJ Ramirez led the offensive surge with a four for four performance at the plate and three RBIs. Right fielder Vahn Bozoian went two for four with two RBIs, hitting the Trojans’ first home run on the season.
The Trojans trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the second inning, but were able to plate two runs to take a 3-2 lead and they never trailed the rest of the way. The game was tied at 5-5 when the Trojan bats came to life in the bottom half of the fifth inning.
During the fifth frame, the Trojans batted around, collecting seven hits and scoring seven runs to take a commanding 12-5 lead. The Trojans would tack on their final run in the sixth inning and breeze through the rest of the game.
With the 18 hits on Sunday, it upped the Trojans’ total for the series to 41.
The sweep coincided with the unveiling of a life-size statue of former legendary Trojans coach Rod Dedeaux. Monday would have marked Dedeaux’s 100th birthday.
Next up for the Trojans is a home game on Tuesday against nationally ranked Cal State Fullerton.