Sweep Avoided

USC defeats Arizona State 8-2 as Robert Stock wins his first college start. The Trojans are 11-12 overall and go on the road for the next four games after playing 19 of the first 23 at home.

Claiborne Returns

Former Butkus Award winner Chris Claiborne is back in Southern California and attended yesterday’s practice. Claiborne said he has spoken to the coaches about helping out in some capacity and is interested in coaching one day.

ASU 10, USC 1

The Trojans scored the first run but No. 3-ranked Arizona State had too much quality to be held down. USC catcher Robert Stock makes his first career start as a pitcher tomorrow as the Trojans try to avoid a sweep.
That 13-game homestand intended to rig the season ends Sunday with the Trojans 6-6 on it. USC is 10-12 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10.

Recruit Watch

Tight end Xavier Grimble (6-foot-5, 245 pounds) of Las Vegas attended practice. Grimble lists USC as one of his top choices and is expected to make his college choice before the season.

Kicking It

Today was not exactly a rousing start for the kickers. Joe Houston had a kick blocked, missed another and made one field goal. Jordan Congdon made his first attempt than missed his next two.