USC baseball prepares for home series face-off with Stanford

first_imgNo. 23 Stanford is coming off a marquee moment and the Trojans will have to try to stop their losing skid.Last week, Stanford (15-9) head coach Mark Marquess earned his 1,600th win in a 8-4 victory over Cal. Meanwhile, the Trojans (15-12) have lost four straight games, scoring only six runs across them.Despite their records going in opposite directions, the Trojans have  more wins in Pac-12 play, 4-to-3 against the Cardinal.The struggle to score is still plaguing the Trojans. The team has been unable to use free passes from errors such as being hit by pitches or walked to their advantage, often stranding runners.It is a dramatic difference from the team of the beginning of the season that won its first games against Coppin State and Wake Forest in blowouts. Back then, the Trojans’ pitching had been weaker, but the offense saved them. Now the pitching is stronger, giving up fewers runs than some of their earlier losses. However, the offense has been dormant with runners on.Freshman Chris Clarke will most likely start on the mound for the Trojans on Thursday. He took a beating in his last outing, but has otherwise proven to be a strong spot in the rotation, especially given the loss of junior Mitch Hart.The rotation against Stanford will change for USC as the team attempts to make adjustments. Previously, junior Brad Wegman (2-2) had been the No. 2 starter. However, sophomore CJ Stubbs took over his role last week and Wegman has been switched to long relief. Wegman seems to have had more success there, tossing three scoreless innings against Arizona on Saturday and a scoreless inning against Long Beach State on Tuesday.Sophomore Marrick Crouse is still the No. 3 starter. With Stubbs’ promotion, however, junior Mason Perryman has taken over the duties of being the No. 4 starter. Freshman Connor Lunn has also success coming out of the bullpen, throwing 3.2 scoreless innings against Long Beach State in relief of Perryman.Luckily for the Trojans, USC boasts a better record at home (11-5) while Stanford has struggled on the road, going 3-for-4 while visiting opponents.Of all the teams in the Pac-12, Stanford ranks last in runs scored and runs batted in, which is good news for the Trojan pitching staff. If the Trojans score even a handful of runs, they should be in decent shape to win the game.“Our pitching has been doing well, so we’re hoping they can keep doing that and trying to get those timely hits,” redshirt junior Frankie Rios said. “We haven’t been hitting so well lately.”The series will be a good chance for the Trojans to regain their confidence in bringing in runners in scoring position.One troublesome aspect of batting for USC has been the number of strikeouts the team allows on offense. They are second in the Pac-12 in strikeouts, which is not aiding their struggle to score.The Trojans will face Stanford in a three-game series starting Thursday at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.last_img read more

Paa Kwesi Fabin named Uganda U-17 and U-20 coach

first_imgUganda have named Ghanaian coach Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabin as new coach of their national U-17 and U-20 sides.The 60-year-old has joined the east Africans on a one-year contract, his first assignment set to be next month’s Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania.He comes with wealth of experience, having guided Ghana to silver at the 2017 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Gabon and to the quarter-finals of the Fifa U-17 World Cup in India same year.“Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has confirmed the appointment of Samuel Fabin Kwasi as the head coach for the national U-17 and U-20 teams for a period of one year,” the football federation announced via their official website on Wednesday.Samuel Paa Kwesi Fabian has been appointed the new Uganda youth (U17, U20) teams coach.— FUFA (@OfficialFUFA) March 20, 2019“FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, flanked by the second vice president Darius Mugoye and CEO Edgar Watson officially introduced Kwasi before the media.“Kwasi’s immediate task at hand will be to handle the team at the 2019 Total Africa U-17 finals in Tanzania.”Fabin’s rich profile also includes coaching Ghana’s two biggest clubs Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak, as well as Inter Allies and Heart of Lions.“I am here for a mission,” said the coach at his unveiling on Wednesday.“First, I want to guide the Uganda U-17 team at the Afcon U-17 finals.“The time is very short but I will give it all my best shot.“The youth need patience to work with and develop to their best.”Uganda will face hosts Tanzania, Nigeria and Angola in Group A at the U-17 Afcon.–Source: Goal.comlast_img read more