Saugus graduate remains in Trojans’ pitching rotation

first_imgA year after being the most successful part of the USC baseball team’s weekend pitching rotation, Tommy Milone is notably absent from the first few weekends of this season. The Trojans want to make it clear Milone, a Saugus High graduate, hasn’t been demoted and he could return to the weekend rotation. The Trojans had intended to start Milone last Sunday, but his high pitch count in season opener earlier in the week forced a change of plans. `We wanted to win the very first game the most,” Lawn said. `So we started him against Cal Poly. By virtue of using up the maximum pitch total in that game, we weren’t going to bring him back for the weekend. He did pretty much the same thing this week, so he won’t start this weekend. He’ll probably start (Tuesday) against Pepperdine, so we’ll go from there…. We’ve got probably four or five guys who are interchangeable.” USC faces No. 17 San Diego this weekend. The Trojans entered the series with a 3-2 record. Clutch Curtis: Hart product John Curtis was Cal State Fullerton’s second-leading hitter during the Titans’ season-opening sweep of Stanford last weekend. Curtis, a senior catcher, hit .556 with five RBIs in the three-game series. Curtis and the No. 12 Titans play at UNLV this weekend. `That’s a real good chance,” USC pitching coach Dave Lawn said. Milone earned his second win of the season Tuesday when he allowed six hits in six innings in a 5-2 victory over Loyola Marymount. The sophomore left-hander is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA, 12 strikeouts and two walks in 12 innings. center_img Susdorf producing again: Hart graduate Steve Susdorf entered the weekend leading Fresno State in RBIs, having driven in four runs on four hits through the Bulldogs’ first four games. Fresno State plays at Stanford this weekend, then faces Cal State Northridge on Tuesday Not their day: If not for Saturday doubleheaders, The Master’s College would be off to a pretty good start. The Mustangs are winless on Saturdays, having lost doubleheaders the past two Saturdays, but are undefeated any other day of the week. The Masters’ tries to end the Saturday losing trend today, but it won’t be easy. The Mustangs travel to Riverside for a doubleheader against Cal Baptist starting at 11 a.m. Cal Baptist is the defending Golden State Athletic Conference champion and is off to another successful start at 8-0. The Master’s improved to 3-4 by defeating Claremont 7-4 on Tuesday, the final tuneup before today’s GSAC opener. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Youthful Muluya chases maiden Sharks’ title

first_img0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya issues instructions during the side’s training session at the Utalii Grounds on October 17, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 19 – William Muluya will be leading his Kariobangi Sharks side to their second consecutive Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield final when they take on three-time champions Sofapaka at the Moi Sports Centre on Mashujaa Day.They played in their first ever final last year but lost 2-0 to an experienced AFC Leopards side, coming just a year after they finished third. Muluya, chasing a piece of history on his collar as the man to lead Sharks to their first ever major title wants nothing short but the Shield on Saturday.“The first time we were number three, last year we were number two and this year, the only place to go is number one. We have one choice and I think that is only winning the trophy,” the tactician said as he looks forward to the 3pm kick off at the lush green Kasarani Stadium.Sharks have had a relatively similar season to last year, but the hunger to cap it off with a trophy has been hugely evident and their 4-1 thrashing of Ulinzi Stars in the semis sent a huge statement that they are not just about to come in and enjoy being in the final.Kariobangi Sharks players warm down after the side’s training session at the Utalii Grounds on October 17, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMuluya who began learning his coaching ropes at Mathare United and was the side’s team manager before moving to Sharks while they were still in the National Super League is keen to ensure he becomes the first coach to aid the side to a title.Looking at the team’s training sessions this week, the tactician is more than convinced they have gathered enough momentum to win and is confident his team will deliver.“Morale is very high and the boys are eager to play and win the final. The energy is very positive and sometimes when you can transform that energy to the match, it becomes easy,” Muluya noted.He says the team has matured better compared to last year and they are now a more improved team and they will definitely play better football against the three-time champions.History will favor Sharks as they have never lost against Sofapaka in their last six meetings including last year’s Shield Quarter Final which they won 3-1 at the Nyayo National Stadium.Kariobangi Sharks winger Harrison Mwendwa controls the ball under pressure from Vincent ‘Crucial’ Wasambo during the side’s training session at the Utalii Grounds on October 17, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMuluya hopes history will favor them and continue their dominance against Batoto ba Mungu. They have won three of those six meetings and drawn the other three scoring four goals and conceding only once.“Sometimes history and the culture tells it all. Hstory favors us but we need to respect them (Sofapaka) because they are a good side with experienced players and a very good coach. I think whoever makes less mistakes will win the match and I know we will not have any room for mistakes,” the 32-year old tactician further stated.Muluya will have no fresh injury worries with the only absentees being goalkeeper John Oyemba and midfielder Sven Yidah who have both been long term absentees. Both though have started on-field rehabilitation.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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