USC starting pitcher Kyle Davis greets Timmy Robinson after a home run (Shotgun Spratling)


Top 25 Breakdown: No. 12 USC

Getting To Know The Trojans

2015 Record: 39-21. RPI: 25.
Coach (Record at school): Dan Hubbs (88-81, 3 years).
Ballpark: Dedeaux Field (Capacity: 2,500).
Postseason History: 37 regionals (active streak: 1), 21 CWS trips (last in 2001), 12 national titles (last in 1998).
Five-Minute Focus on the Trojans.
More: Fall Report on Southern California | Season Preview Index

USC's Projected Lineup

CJeremy Martinez, Jr..296/.395/.3671450
1BDillon Paulson, Fr.HS—Solana Beach, Calif.
2BFrankie Rios, So.DNP—Injured
3BAdalberto Carrillo, So..245/.302/.347131
SSReggie Southall, Jr..250/.362/.32011910
LFCorey Dempster, Jr..179/.207/.179044
CFTimmy Robinson, Sr..295/.391/.44275319
RFA.J. Ramirez, Sr..259/.307/.4769459
DHDavid Oppenheim, Sr..284/.406/.3923273
RHPKyle Davis, Sr.3-34.0593.245186
RHPMitch Hart, So.7-34.0786.151380
RHPBrent Wheatley, Sr.4-44.507063340
RPMarc Huberman, Sr.6-42.3649.248344

Hitting: 50

USC catcher Jeremy Martinez (Shotgun Spratling)USC catcher Jeremy Martinez (Shotgun Spratling)

USC must replace its top three hitters and four of its top six from last year’s regional team, leaving a lineup with no players who hit .300 last year. Martinez, who led all the returnees with a .296 average last year, controls the strike zone very well (32 walks/17 strikeouts) and was driving the ball with more authority in the fall. He and the physical Robinson should be a formidable duo in the heart of the lineup. The Trojans need the switch-hitting Southall (a seasoned, athletic spray hitter) and Oppenheim (who has advanced bat-handling skills and situational hitting ability) to replace Bobby Stahel and Garrett Stubbs as the igniters atop the lineup — no easy task. Rios had a good fall and could be another candidate for the leadoff spot. Dempster is the wild card; he has strength, bat speed and athleticism, and the Trojans hope he can follow in Stahel’s footsteps as a late-blooming impact player. One of the big stories of the fall was the impressive performance of Paulson, an advanced freshman with a knack for barreling up hard line drives from the left side.


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