USC returns to Dedeaux Field on Friday to host Washington for a three-game set. The Huskies head into the series with a 5-1 record in Pac-12 play, which is good for a three-way tie atop the conference with Oregon and UCLA.
After ending Loyola Marymount’s six-game winning streak on Tuesday, the Trojans have another opportunity to stop a streaking team. The Huskies have won seven straight and are 14-1 in their last 15 games.
Brandon Bishop has been a major force for the Huskies, hitting from the leadoff spot. Bishop is batting .349 and has stolen seven bases, while only being caught once.
The Trojans may have an uphill battle as they will face a trio of right-handers who all present their share of challenges. Friday’s starter, Jared Fisher, leads the Huskies with 35 innings pitched and 29 strikeouts, which is also good for ninth in the conference.
Tyler Davis has pitched at least 6.0 innings in his previous three starts and earned a victory in two of them. Jeff Brigham, who will start Sunday’s game, has allowed one run or less in all six of his starts this season.
The conference games will be the first the Trojans are playing at Dedeaux Field this season, where they are 9-5. The Huskies meanwhile are 9-5-1 in road and neutral location games.
Friday, March 28, 6 p.m.
Wyatt Strahan (2-2, 3.57 ERA) vs. Jared Fisher (1-2, 6.43 ERA)
Saturday, March 29, 2 p.m.
Bob Wheatley (2-2, 2.25 ERA) vs. Tyler Davis (4-1, 1.36)
Sunday, March 30, 1 p.m.
TBA vs. Jeff Brigham (4-0, 1.06 ERA)