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Baseball: USC vs. UCLA features lots of local talent

Baseball: USC vs. UCLA features lots of local talent
UCLA pitcher James Kaprielian delivers during a game against Arizona State in March 2014. (Don Liebig / UCLA)

It's going to be quite a three-game series this weekend at USC's Dedeaux Field, where first-place UCLA (23-6, 10-2) faces second-place USC (25-6, 7-2) in a battle for leadership in the Pac-12 Conference and bragging rights in L.A.

The first game is Friday at 3 p.m., the second game is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and the final game is Sunday at 2 p.m.

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Lots of local players figure to be prominent.

Leading USC in hitting is former Palos Verdes outfielder Bobby Stahel, who's batting .435. Former St. John Bosco shortstop Dante Flores has hit three home runs. The Trojans' standout pitchers are Kyle Twomey from El Dorado (5-1, 2.05 ERA) and Brent Wheatley from Orange Lutheran (2-1, 2.18 ERA).

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No. 2 in hitting at UCLA is former Mater Dei outfielder Ty Moore, who's batting .378. Former Beckman pitcher James Kaprielian is the Bruins' ace with a 6-2 record and 2.09 ERA. The closer is former Bishop Amat standout David Berg, who's 3-0, has a 1.21 ERA and seven saves.

It should be a great weekend for Southern California baseball.

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