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LOS ANGELES — The last time USC righthander Kyle Davis took the mound against Oregon State at Dedeaux Field, he was electric. After picking up a four-out save two days earlier, Davis took the ball in the Trojans’ 2014 season finale and tossed a 14-strikeout, one-run gem against what would be announced as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament the next day.
That outing wasn’t lost on Davis when he took the mound Saturday afternoon for the final home start of his USC career.
“Last time I faced Oregon State here, it was probably the best weekend I ever had in my life,” Davis said. “Last year at Oregon State, I didn’t throw too well. They had a couple of walk-offs off me in the [bull]pen, so I wanted to come out and get a good start.”
Davis pitched a crisp five innings, allowing three hits and no runs. The Trojans’ workhorse the last couple of years got a light workload with USC dominating in route to a 10-1 rout. It was a fitting end for his final start in front of the home crowd.
“I was emotional. It’s crazy how fast four years has gone by,” Davis said. “I was a little nervous. It was the last time I’ll be out on that mound.”
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