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Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic
Location: Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium, Chavez Ravine, Calif.
Host Teams: University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles
League: NCAA Division I
Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic TicketsFormerly known as the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic, the Southern California College Baseball Classic matches the USC Trojans and UCLA Bruins with two of the top teams in NCAA Division I baseball. USC leads UCLA 263-144 in all-time meetings going back to 1928. In the classic, UCLA has a narrow lead over USC of 5-4. The southern California rival teams historically faced each other while the invited teams faced off. The format of the event changed in 2020 from a doubleheader to a three-day event. Competing with USC and UCLA were Texas Christian University and Vanderbilt. Traditionally played in Dodger Stadium, the 2020 Baseball Classic was held on the USC and UCLA campuses due to renovations at Chavez Ravine. This event is a great opportunity for fans to see four of the best NCAA Division I baseball teams in the country compete against each other. Get your Southern California College Baseball Classic tickets at StubHub.
How many years has the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic/Southern California College Baseball Classic been played?The inaugural year of the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic was 2010. The event was renamed in 2020. The Baseball Classic was moved from Chavez Ravine due to renovations in 2013 and 2020 and was not held in 2014.
Which teams have participated in this event in the past and who won?In 2010, Vanderbilt defeated Oklahoma State 7-6 while UCLA defeated USC 6-1. Georgia defeated St. Mary’s 3-0 and USC defeated UCLA 2-0 in 2011. Pepperdine bested UC Irvine 3-2 in 2012 while UCLA defeated USC 7-2. The 2013 classic was held at Jackie Robinson Stadium on the campus of UCLA due to construction at Dodger Stadium and saw Notre Dame defeat Oklahoma 6-5 in two extra innings and UCLA defeat USC 6-1. In 2015, TCU defeated Vanderbilt 4-2, and USC defeated UCLA 8-4. The first tie game of the Classic occurred in 2016 with Oklahoma State and Mississippi State ending at 5-5 while UCLA defeated USC 5-3 in 14 innings. Michigan defeated San Diego 3-1, and USC defeated UCLA 4-3 in extra innings in 2017. Vanderbilt defeated TCU 7-4, and USC defeated UCLA 3-2 in 2018. In 2019, Oklahoma State defeated Michigan 3-2 in 10 innings while UCLA defeated USC 7-5.
What was the format for the 2020 Southern California College Baseball Classic?USC hosted TCU on March 6 and Vanderbilt on March 7. On March 8, TCU faced Vanderbilt followed by the traditional USC versus UCLA matchup. The doubleheader was played on the USC campus.
Who are the coaches of USC and UCLA, and how long have they been with their programs?John Savage is the head coach of the UCLA Bruins baseball team. Hired in 2005, Savage led UCLA to its first-ever NCAA College World Series National Championship title. With a career record at UCLA of 244-171, Savage is known as a tenacious recruiter. Head Coach Jason Gill was hired by USC on June 14, 2019. Formerly with Loyola Marymount for 11 seasons, Gill has reached the College World Series as a player or coach on nine different occasions. Gill succeeded Dan Hubbs at USC.
Who are some notable players for USC and UCLA?For the USC Trojans, returning starting position players or key reserves include Jamal O’Guinn, Tyler Pritchard, Ben Ramirez and Tyler Lozano. On the mound, USC returns John Beller, Isaac Esqueda, Carson Lambert and Kyle Hurt. Returning to positions for the Bruins are Chase Strumpf, Jeremy Ydens, Michael Toglia, Jack Stronach, Kevin Kendall, Ryan Kreidler and Garrett Mitchell. Returning pitchers for UCLA are Ryan Garcia and Zach Pettway.
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