Brayden Dowd hit his first career home run to help USC beat Cal in the semifinals. (Shotgun Spratling)

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Pac-12 Dispatches: USC, Arizona to meet in championship

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Andy Stankiewicz did the uncommon Friday afternoon.

USC’s head coach strolled to the mound in the third inning during the Trojans’ Pac-12 Tournament semifinal matchup against California. The Golden Bears already had a 2-0 lead and had the bases loaded with no outs for their No. 3 and No. 4 hitters, a pair of double-digit home run hitters with more than 100 combined RBIs this season. 

Normally, when Stankiewicz crosses the chalk, it means there is about to be a pitching change. Pitching coach Seth Etherton makes the mound visits to chat. Stankiewicz brings in a new[…]

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