USC right-hander Wyatt Strahan limited the Arizona Wildcats to five hits as the Trojans opened a three-game series with a 1-0 win at Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Strahan (3-3) walked two and struck out eight in the shutout, out-dueling Arizona right-hander James Farris.
Farris dropped to 4-5 despite giving up just six hits in eight innings. He struck out six and did not allow a walk.
The Trojans (18-17, 7-9 Pac-12) scored the game’s only run in the first inning. Jeremy Martinez singled up the middle to drive in Garrett Stubbs.
The Wildcats (17-21, 6-10) had the bases loaded with one out in the second inning, but Strahan struck out Joseph Maggi and Zach Gibbons to get out of the jam.
The series will resume tonight at 7.