USC, with its nine-game winning streak and 24-17, swept UCLA for the first time since 2005. The Trojans are also on course to post a winning record for the first time since 2005. And make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.
Before the season, USC coach Dan Hubbs said the key to the team was quality pitching. Staff ace Wyatt Strahan has thrown 20 straight scoreless innings while No. 2 Brent Wheatley is 4-1 with a 2.82 ERA.