The USC men’s tennis team trailed Stanford 3-2 before winning the final two matches to pull a 4-3 victory for the Pac-12 championship in Ojai. USC’s Nick Crystal defeated Stanford’s Maciek Romanowicz 7-6, 6-4 to tie the match, 3-3.
Then No. 100-ranked Eric Johnson upset No. 69-ranked John Morrissey, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, to give the Trojans the Pac-12 title.
The Beavers scored a run in the ninth inning to win the game. Starter Kyle Twomey allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings. Garrett Stubbs and Dante Flores each went 2 for 4 for the Trojans (30-11, 11-6).
Here’s a picture from Bob Boyd’s greatest USC team in 1970-71, which went 24-2 and was ranked No. 1 in the nation. This picture features his successor, then-assistant coach Stan Morrison (looking down on the huddle). Players include guard Paul Westphal, forward Ron Riley and forward Monroe Nash.
The Bruins’ spring game is on the Pac-12 Network right now, which means I cannot watch it. Freshman QB Josh Rosen was 13 of 17 with two touchdowns and an interception in his first three series. And what will the game’s attendance be?
UPDATED: The game is over and Rosen’s above stats are final. Will he start the season opener a la Matt Barkley?
Hey, Andy Enfield isn’t the only guy to lose three times this season to his crosstown rival! The No. 8-ranked USC men’s tennis defeated No. 15 UCLA, 4-1, tonight in a Pac-12 Tournament semifinal match. The tennis team is now 3-0 against the Bruins.
Apparently this does little for the Gauntlet/Crosstown Cup/Whatever standings (above) because USC already clinched the tennis points, although who knows what happens if UCLA were to upset USC in the NCAA Tournament.
USC plays top-seeded Stanford today in Ojai for the Pac-12 title. Results of today’s match are after the jump:
USC pitcher Tyler Gilbert struck out 10 and gave up three earned runs in seven innings to shut down the Beavers. Oregon State pitcher Andrew Moore had a 1.40 overall ERA and 0.68 ERA in the Pac-12 but allowed six runs in six-plus innings.
The Trojans (30-10, 11-5) have now surpassed last year’s victory total.
That’s the headline the Rich Eisen used for the following Steve Sarkisian interview. Eisens asks about Marcus Mariota and it turns into a long answer about why the NFL combine has quarterbacks take snaps under center. Interview here
“It just bothered me. It bothered me. I sat here and I watched all these guys get under center and I love Mike Mayock and all these guys, believe me. You guys do a fantastic job covering the combine and covering the draft and we’re critiquing these guys’ drops from under center,” Sarkisian said. “How many times did Tom Brady put his hands under — I don’t even know who the center is at New England, and drop back to pass?”