Baseball tops No. 19 Stanford in series opener

The Trojans are in Palo Alto, Calif. for the weekend, with a key three-game series against No. 19 Stanford on the schedule. In the opener of conference play Friday, USC managed to dispatch the Cardinal with relative ease, earning a 13-8 victory on the strength of a big day from shortstop Taylor Wrenn.

Wrenn, a sophomore transfer from Manatee College (Fla.), had the eventual game-winning two-run single in the sixth inning that gave the Trojans the lead and recorded three hits, two RBI and four runs scored on the night.

The top four hitters in the Trojans' lineup — Wrenn, Joe De Pinto, Ricky Oropesa and Matt Foat — went a combined 10-for-16 at the plate with four walks and five RBI. Kevin Couture started on the mound for USC and was chased in the fifth inning after allowing seven runs (five earned). Reliever Shuhei Fujiya picked up for him and pitched three innings to earn his third victory.

USC (12-10, 1-0 Pac-10) plays Stanford again Saturday and Sunday.