There were a couple reasons not to attend UCLA’s spring game: It was really more of a practice, which is not fan friendly. And it started at 10 a.m., not 3 p.m. like the USC game. But an attendance of 8,738 seems a little low. You would think about 10,000 would show with the success in recent years.
But what I really want to know is if Pete Carroll attended the game. Isn’t that him wearing the shades in the stands?
Today is the Bob Boyd memorial service at the Galen Center at 2 p.m. It is easy to forget that besides coaching at USC, Boyd played basketball and was the team MVP in 1952. Above is a page from the 1952 USC yearbook.
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.