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.