Junior outfielder Matthew Acosta’s five RBIs led USC to victory over ASU Friday. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) Sophomore infielder Spencer Torkelson gave ASU a 1-0 lead on a homer in the third inning. Sabol’s three hits added to the 14-hit attack for the Trojans, but Acosta led the charge with four, also collecting five RBIs on the night. The Trojans kicked off the weekend strong with a 10-6 victory Friday night. USC jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on RBI singles by junior outfielder Matthew Acosta in the first and third innings. Junior pitcher Chris Clarke closed out the victory with two scoreless innings in relief. Lunn credited the performance as a team effort. “[Scoring insurance runs] makes the pitchers way more at ease,” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “They know that they can make a mistake and can overcome it. It allowed [junior pitcher] Connor [Lunn] to pitch with a lot more freedom.” USC will take on Cal State Fullerton at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Dedeaux Field. The 14-14 Titans defeated USC 10-4 in March, but Hubbs is hopeful after Sunday’s promising performance. USC won two out of three games against No. 7 Arizona State over the weekend. Despite the loss, the series victory against the Sun Devils was a positive sign for the Trojans, who move to 12-18 overall and 5-7 in conference play. When ASU made the score 6-3 in the top of the sixth, USC scored 3 more runs in the bottom half. Junior outfielder Brady Shockey scored when ASU catcher redshirt sophomore Sam Ferri made a throwing error on a double steal. Acosta doubled home Sabol, then stole home when Ferri tried to catch sophomore infielder Ben Ramirez stealing second. “I was just trying to pound the zone … let them get themselves out,” Lunn said. “[The defense] is huge, it gives me time to relax and just focus, and I know that the guys behind me will do what they do.” The Trojans battled. Owens’ 2-run single in the fifth, sophomore first baseman Jamal O’Guinn’s RBI double in the sixth and Owens’ first career home run in the seventh made it an 11-7 ballgame. On Saturday, the Trojans came back from a small deficit early to win 7-3. An opposite field home run by Perez in the seventh gave the Trojans their 10th run of the game. ASU’s 3-run homer in the ninth was too little too late, as junior pitcher Austin Manning shut the door. However, the lead was short-lived. Sabol tripled home Perez to knot things up at 1. Redshirt junior catcher CJ Stubbs followed with his third home run of the year — a moonshot to left field — for the 3-1 lead. It was one of the longest home runs hit by any Trojan all season. Lunn held one of the nation’s top offenses in check with 6.1 innings of 3-run ball. He was assisted often by incredible defense, highlighted by a SportsCenter-worthy home run robbery by Acosta in the third inning to steal 3 runs from ASU. The red-hot Acosta homered again in the seventh inning. As soon as he hit it, Acosta stopped, watched it sail and gave an emphatic bat flip before breaking into his home run trot. Perez tied the game with a triple in the second, but ASU took off from there. A 3-run home run from Torkelson helped the Sun Devils build an 11-3 lead. Sophomore pitcher Kyle Hurt started for USC, struggling through 3.1 innings and allowing 5 earned runs. Freshman pitcher Chandler Champlain allowed 4 runs in the fifth inning but would settle down to shut ASU out the rest of the way. After Stubbs struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth, O’Guinn walked to bring the winning run to the plate in Acosta, who lined out to right field to end the rally. A home run by ASU sophomore infielder Alika Williams tied it up in the sixth. Acosta homered in the same inning to put the Trojans up 4-3. An error on a bunt by senior infielder Chase Bushor scored Ramirez, and an RBI single by freshman designated hitter Clay Owens gave USC a 3-run lead. “Right off the bat, I thought it was gone,” Acosta said. “And then I was like, ‘I’ve got a chance for that,’ … I found the wall, got a good jump and I got that.” ASU cut its deficit to 2 in the top of the fourth, but USC fired back in the bottom half with 3 more runs. After senior infielder Brandon Perez hit an RBI triple and junior outfielder Blake Sabol provided an RBI groundout, Acosta again drove in a run on a single for a 6-1 Trojan lead. On Sunday, the Sun Devils avoided the sweep by defeating USC 11-8. Whenever ASU chipped into the lead, USC responded to keep the game out of reach. ASU took a 2-0 lead in the first inning before Stubbs answered with his second home run of the series, a solo shot. “We know they’re good,” Hubbs said Sunday. “If we have at bats like we did today and all weekend … we’re going to be in good shape.”
LOS ANGELES — Patrick Beverley sat out Monday for the third consecutive game because of a sore right knee. Danilo Gallinari couldn’t play for the fourth game because of a strained left glute muscle. Milos Teodosic was sidelined for the 11th game because of a plantar fascia injury in his left foot.Clippers coach Doc Rivers couldn’t say with any degree of certainty when any of them would be sound enough to play again. He did guess that Beverley and Gallinari could return to the active roster at some point during the Clippers’ upcoming five-game trip that begins Friday in Cleveland.“To be honest, I have not heard that,” Rivers said before the Clippers faced the Philadelphia 76ers at Staples Center, their lone home game during a stretch in which they play eight of nine on the road. “It just seems like that from the way they’re moving they’ll be back pretty soon.”Beverley, Gallinari and Austin Rivers were injured during training camp in Hawaii and Doc Rivers believes it’s no coincidence each of them has been hurt in recent games. Austin Rivers suffered a mild sprain of his left ankle during a practice last week, but has not missed a game. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t want to play more preseason games, but I would love another week,” Doc Rivers said.REDICK’S HOMECOMINGMonday marked the first of several homecomings for former Clippers now playing elsewhere after the team’s offseason roster makeover. J.J. Redick returned to Staples Center for the first time since signing a one-season, $23 million contract with the 76ers.Redick told reporters after the 76ers’ shootaround at Santa Monica High that he was surprised the Clippers’ core group stayed together as long as it did. The Clippers also traded point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets and dealt Sixth Man Jamal Crawford to the Atlanta Hawks last summer.“I don’t know if I was surprised we were together that long because we had a lot of success as far as winning, but we were never the winner,” Doc Rivers said. “J.J. was the first guy I went after (in a three-team trade in July 2013) and I thought we saw in him what he ended up doing.”Redick averaged 15.8 points in 266 games with the Clippers.“His career took off here,” Doc Rivers said. “We put him in great positions and he took advantage of it. He was terrific for us. I thought he was far more for us than just a shooter. People just gave him credit for making shots. I think his way of playing was infectious.“I don’t think he got enough credit there, not just for his shooting, but for his energy level. When J.J. missed a practice, practice was bad. When J.J. missed a game, our energy was low. That had nothing to with him making shots. … when he’s not here you miss that, for sure.” Teodosic was injured while stepping on the foot of an opposing player.“The whole league, maybe we need to reassess these short camps,” Doc Rivers said. “When you sustain injuries to your key guys in camp, it’s tough to catch up. We had a ton of guys injured in training camp, forget now. We’ve gotten a double-whammy.”Doc Rivers recalled the days when he played and teams held training camp for several weeks before starting to play exhibition games. He remembered spending one month or more practicing before suiting up for preseason contests in the 1980s and ’90s.Asked if training camps are too short, Doc Rivers said, “I don’t know.”The Clippers practiced for five days in Hawaii and then played their first exhibition game.