March 20, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - LMU baseball wraps up its current homestand this Tuesday and Thursday when the Lions host USC and Northwestern, both at 2:00 p.m. The Trojans (14-11), who have ranked as high as 17th in the nation in the Baseball America Top-25 Poll, will take on LMU (10-15) in the first of two meetings between the teams this season on Tuesday. Northwestern (3-11) and LMU will then meet on Thursday at Page Stadium.
While LMU and Northwestern have only faced each other one other time in program history, the Lions and Trojans are familiar foes. Since LMU Head Coach Frank Cruz took the helm of the program in 1997, LMU and USC have battled each other in a home-and-home series each season. In those midweek match-ups under Cruz, the Lions have gone 9-9 against USC. Cruz joined the Lions after serving as an assistant coach with the Trojans for four seasons.
The last meeting between LMU and USC came on April 26, 2005. The Lions topped the then-21st-ranked Trojans 5-3 as part of their late-season run of six straight mid-week wins. That run involved victories over three ranked programs and kept the Lions perfect in mid-week match-ups in April and May.
Northwestern will visit Page Stadium as part of its Spring Break West Coast Conference road swing. The Wildcats dropped three games at Santa Clara last weekend and will take on Pepperdine following the contest with LMU. The Lions and Wildcats will meet Thursday, exactly 23 years to the day after their one and only meeting on March 23, 1983. That game saw the Wildcats top the Lions 7-3.
This week marks the only week of the 2006 season where the Lions will face two mid-week games. LMU will then take on UC Riverside, with a game Saturday night and a doubleheader on Sunday.