After a win over crosstown rivals UCLA, the USC women’s tennis team is ready to leave for Ojai, Calif., to compete in the Pac-12 championships from Wednesday until Sunday. The Women of Troy are seeking their first Pac-12 title since 1985.The No. 19 Women of Troy are currently undefeated in the Pac-12 with a 7-0 record. Overall they are 12-4 on the season, with the last loss coming at the hands of UCLA on Feb. 25.The Trojans currently have three players in the singles rankings. At No. 24 is senior Giuliana Olmos. The senior has an 11-3 record on the season and has a perfect 5-0 record in conference matches, with all wins coming from the top spot. At No. 115 is freshman Rianna Valdes, followed by sophomore Madison Westby at No. 116.In the doubles field the Women of Troy are led by Olmos and her partner, sophomore Gabby Smith, who are ranked No. 7 in the country. They are followed by Westby and junior Zoe Katz, ranked No. 80 in the country.The Women of Troy will face No. 13 Stanford (13-5, 8-1) to decide the Pac-12 champion. It’s the first meeting between the two teams, as their previous match on March 11 was canceled due to weather conditions.Stanford upset Cal last week 4-3 to hand the top-ranked Golden Bears their first loss of the season and set up Wednesday’s title match.In singles, four players are ranked nationally. Junior Carol Zhao is currently at No. 33, followed by junior Taylor Davidson at No. 40. Junior Caroline Doyle is currently ranked at No. 82, followed by senior Krista Hardebeck at No. 93.In doubles, Doyle and Davidson and are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation. Hardebeck also enjoys a spot in the doubles ranking, currently at No. 67 with freshman Caroline Lampl.On Thursday, the singles action will start. The format consists of a 32-player draw, with three players from each of the top-10 schools and two players from the 11th-place team. The Women of Troy will be represented by Olmos, Westby and Katz. The last Trojan to win the singles title is Amanda Fink, who was crowned back in 2009.The doubles draw will start on Friday. The format is a 16-team draw. Each school will have its top pair, plus five additional pairs selected by the Draw Committee. USC will have both Olmos/Smith and Katz/Westby in the draw. Olmos won the doubles crown in 2014, when she partnered with former Trojan Kaitlyin Christian.
SUBSCRIBE TO US Orlando Arcia’s pinch-hit single with two outs in the eighth inning drove in the tiebreaking run as the Milwaukee Brewers slipped past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday night.Ben Gamel led off the eighth with a double against Nick Turley (0-1) and scored on Arcia’s hit off Chris Stratton as the Brewers took three of four in the series.Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in his first appearance since walking five of the six batters he faced while trying to close out Saturday night’s game. Hader has yet to give up a hit this season.Devin Williams (3-1), the fourth of five Brewers pitchers, struck out four and didn’t allow a hit in 1 1/3 innings to pick up the win.Keston Hiura homered for the Brewers, who also took advantage of shoddy fielding by the Pirates.The Brewers got two runs in the second when Pittsburgh second baseman Kevin Newman bobbled Eric Sogard’s grounder with the bases loaded. Sogard was awarded a hit and an RBI, with the second run crossing on Newman’s throwing error to first.Pittsburgh tied it in the third on Erik Gonzalez’s two-out, two-run homer off Brent Suter, who retired eight straight to start the game before walking Cole Tucker.The Brewers took advantage of another error by Newman in the fourth that allowed struggling Omar Narvaez to score after his leadoff double.Milwaukee extended its lead to 5-3 in the fifth on Hiura’s leadoff homer that chased starter Trevor Williams. Hiura has four home runs in 10 games against the Pirates this season and 10 in 26 career games versus Pittsburgh.Williams gave up seven hits and five runs (three earned) in four innings.The Pirates tied it again in the sixth on Jose Osuna’s two-run single off reliever Freddy Peralta.DEADLINE DEALThe Brewers traded reliever David Phelps to the Phillies for three lower-level prospects to be named later. Phelps, 33, was in his first season with Milwaukee after signing as a free agent on Jan. 30. He appeared in 12 games and had a 2.77 ERA in 13 innings. “It became very clear early on that David was an attractive player to a number of teams,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: Reinstated 3B Colin Moran from the seven-day concussion injured list and optioned 1B Will Craig back to their alternate training site in Altoona, Pennsylvania.Brewers: OF Avisail Garcia was out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game due to ankle soreness. He came on as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. … OF/DH Ryan Braun sat out with back soreness. … Placed RHP Brandon Woodruff on the paternity list. … Sent RHP Corey Knebel to the alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin, on a rehab assignment. Knebel has been dealing with a strained hamstring. … Recalled RHP Trey Supak and RHP Justin Topa from the alternate training site.UP NEXTPirates: Chad Kuhl (1-1, 2.52 ERA) will take the mound Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs as Pittsburgh begins a nine-game homestand. Kuhl is 1-6 with a 6.75 ERA in nine career starts against the Cubs.Brewers: Josh Lindblom (1-2, 6.31) gets the start in the opener of a two-game interleague series against the Tigers at Miller Park. Michael Fullmer (0-0, 8.79) goes for Detroit.Image credits: AP LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Written By Last Updated: 1st September, 2020 09:15 IST Arcia’s Pinch Hit In 8th Lifts Brewers Over Pirates 6-5 Orlando Arcia’s pinch-hit single with two outs in the eighth inning drove in the tiebreaking run as the Milwaukee Brewers slipped past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday night FOLLOW US First Published: 1st September, 2020 09:15 IST COMMENT