With a four-game losing streak in hand, the USC Trojans host the Loyola Marymount University Lions at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
In stark contrast to the Trojans, the Lions enter the game riding a seven-game winning streak, including a 6-1 road win over No. 13 UCLA.
The team’s seasons have essentially gone in opposite directions since the start. The Lions began the season 2-7 before they rattled off the seven-straight wins, while the Trojans began 7-0 and are just 1-6 since that point.
Both pitching staffs will have their hands full as each team presents its share of challenges with their respective batting order.
Four Lions are hitting over .300, led by freshman Austin Miller, who is batting .373. While Miller leads the Lions in terms of average, Tommy Cheek leads the team with 16 RBIs.
Cheek is one game removed from a 4-for-5 effort with his first career home run, two RBIs and two runs scored in the finale of the Lions’ three-game sweep over Northern Kentucky.
The Trojans also have four players who are hitting over .300 and two of them, Jake Hernandez and Kevin Swick, are hitting above .400.
Hernandez is batting . 435, which is tops in the Pac-12, and Swick leads the team with six doubles and his play this season earned him Pac-12 player of the week honors for games played Feb. 24 – March 2.
Brent Wheatley (1-0, 3.65 ERA) will take the mound for the Trojans and the Lions will send Brenton Arriaga (1-0, 0.00 ERA) to the hill.