Playing without three potential starting pitchers, including ace Kyle Davis, USC dropped a pair of games on the road at a quality UC Santa Barbara (18-4) squad, but bounced back for a much-needed 9-5 win over the Gauchos at Dedeaux Field Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans got a solid start from Joe Navilhon, a bounceback right-hander who began his career at Cal State Fullerton, and Timmy Robinson provided the fireworks with two monster home runs and five RBIs.
After the game, USC head coach Dan Hubbs talked about the Trojans' weekend and his belief in the team. Hubbs expects the team to go on a run at some point this season, but he doesn't know when that will happen. Though they are now back to .500, USC still has a great opportunity to make some noise in the second half of the season due to all the quality opponents still remaining on its schedule.
Getting healthy would definitely help as well. Along with Davis, who Hubbs hopes can be back next weekend at Stanford after having some arm soreness following his last start, the Trojans are without projected No. 2 starter Mitch Hart and freshman power arm Marrick Crouse. Hubbs is expected Hart to be available in two weeks while he said Crouse is three and a half weeks away.
The Trojans are next in action on Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Loyola Marymount at Dedeaux Field.