Last weekend, the baseball team played its first Pac-12 series of the season, taking two of three games against Washington State at Dedeaux Field.The Trojans started off the homestand with a major bang, as they defeated the Cougars 12-3 off of 15 hits in the Friday opener. Five different players in the lineup recorded multiple hits, while senior Corey Dempster led the way with three RBIs on his birthday.“I was just trying to be more patient in the box,” Dempster said. “I decided to let the ball get to me and then be aggressive early and then with two strikes, really bear down and try to stop chasing pitches.”Washington State led 1-0 on an RBI double in the second inning, however the advantage would not last long. In the bottom of the third with the bases loaded, Dempster launched a double to right field sending all baserunners home. After that game-changing swing, the Trojans’ offense was a runaway train. They would go on to score seven runs in the next two innings.“[The pitcher] was coming at me with fastballs, and I was fouling them off,” Dempster said on his big hit. “I was just under them and I was trying to think of an adjustment, trying to get more on top. He threw another fastball away, and I just went with it. I was trying to get the ball deep and I did.”USC carried over its momentum from an explosive Friday game into Saturday. This time, the hitting proved the difference once again as the lineup produced 11 hits en route to a 4-2 victory. Freshman catcher Blake Sabol recorded his first career highlight play with a two-run stand-up double in the second inning. In the bottom of the third, Dempster continued his hot streak with an RBI single to extend the lead to 3-0. He went 3-of-4 on the game with one run.Pitching was also a strong suit for USC on Saturday. Junior Brad Wegman got the start after uneven performances in his previous four outings. This time Wegman was strong on the mound, giving up just one run in six innings with five strikeouts. His record improved to 2-2 on the season with a 5.06 ERA.In the third and final game of the series on Sunday, the Trojans were unable to replicate their previous performances from the plate. Washington State pitcher Cody Anderson was excellent from the mound, throwing eight innings and striking out six batters.After the Cougars left the first inning with a 1-0 lead, senior Cris Perez tied the game up with athird-inning solo home run that was launched to left field. Washington State would respond with a run in the fifth to reclaim the lead. In the seventh inning, the game was broken open with a Cougar home run and sacrifice fly that extended the away team’s lead to 4-1. Pitchers Marrick Crouse and Solomon Bates gave up two runs apiece.After going 2-1 against Washington State, the Trojans are 12-7 on the year. Next, they face UC Irvine on the road this Tuesday before returning home for a series with conference foe Arizona State.
The Galaxy will play Mexico’s Chivas de Guadalajara on July 24 and against Pachuca on July 28 and then travel three days later to play at FC Dallas, the only MLS team that will not see Beckham during the regular season. Sixteen of the Galaxy’s final 17 games are scheduled to be broadcast. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Adjustments were made to maximize David Beckham joining Galaxy in mid-July,” said Dan Courtemanche, MLS’ senior vice president of communications and marketing. “There was no major upheaval to ensure every team will have the Galaxy at home after mid-July.” The Galaxy will begin a four-game, East Coast road trip with the Aug. 5 game in Toronto, followed by games at D.C. United on Aug. 9, the New England Revolution on Aug. 12 and the New York Red Bulls on Aug. 18. Beckham announced his transfer to the Galaxy in January, saying he would move to the United States when his contract with Real Madrid expires June 30. The U.S. transfer window doesn’t close until April 15, however, leaving open the possibility that Beckham could arrive earlier if he parted ways with Real Madrid before his contract expires. After Beckham’s scheduled arrival, only the Galaxy’s Aug. 5 game won’t be televised on one of MLS’ four national outlets: ESPN2, Fox Soccer Channel, HDNet and the Univision Spanish-language channels. Each of the league’s 195games will be broadcast – a league first – and 113 will be at home, nationally nationally at least regionally nationally televised – most in league history. The season will open April 7. NEW YORK – David Beckham will visit every Major League Soccer city after his U.S. arrival in mid-July, and television viewers will see lots of him. The former England captain likely will make his MLS debut Aug. 5 at Toronto, according to the MLS schedule released Tuesday. But he could don his Galaxy shirt for the first time in late July, when Los Angeles plays in the SuperLiga, an eight-team exhibition event between MLS and Mexican clubs.