Trojan Baseball Finishes Tied for Eighth in Pac-12

The once-venerable and long ago all-time winning USC baseball team (final 2018 record 26-28, 12-18 in Pac-12) closed out the regular season with a three-game home series against CSUN: The Trojans lost game one 2-1 in 10 innings, game two 9-3, and won their final game of the season 8-4 on Saturday afternoon).

The Trojans finished tied with Oregon for eighth, 10 games back, ahead of Washington State and Utah.

Stanford won the Pac-12 conference race over #2 Oregon State and #3 Washington.

The Trojans have won a record 12 baseball national championships, 11 under “Coach of the Century” Rod Dedeaux (’48, ’58, ’61, ’63, ’68, ’70, ’71, ’72, ’73, ’74, ’78, 1,332 Trojan wins) and the last under Mike Gillespie (’98, 763 Trojan wins), who has just retired (and had his #19 jersey retired as well) after coaching the UCI Anteaters since 2008.

The Trojans are now coached by USC alumnus Dan Hubbs, who led the nation in pitching saves with 18 in 1993 and played under Gillespie. Hubbs has coached the Trojans since 2013 and has compiled an overall 167-172 W/L record.

Hubbs’ best season and only NCAA playoff appearance was in 2015 when he coached the Trojans to a 39-21 record and a 14-10 loss in the Lake Elsinore Regional final to Virginia.

Prior to 2015, USC’s last appearance in the college baseball playoffs was back in 2005, when the Trojans lost to Oregon State in the Corvallis Super Regional.

USC hasn’t made an appearance in the College Baseball World Series since 2001, when the Trojans finished 5th.

 

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SDSU just won its 5th MWC in 6 years. Maybe coach Mark Martinez would like a raise and move up to the Pac 12? wink

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Baseball is a question mark for me. I know that Mike Garrett’s largest errors were in baseball: he fired a great coach in Gillespie and hired a really awful coach. SC has never recovered from those errors. I know the small # of scholarships combined with the cost of SC education argument, but if Stanford and Vanderbilt can be competitive, why not SC? The same issue exists in men’s water polo and swimming and track and field, but we are competitive in those disciplines. Not certain what the answer is.

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Very disappointing!! Watching other college teams vying for the baseball playoffs makes me long for the good old days of Trojan baseball domination. Not sure what the answer is but I would think playing for USC would be a great recruiting tool. Pitching is soooo important that’s what my focus would be. I coached football, basketball and baseball at the high school level. Baseball was the one where I felt I had the least control during a game.