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Arizona loses to USC but wins series, Mason White hits another home run

Salpointe graduate Mason White’s seven home runs in the first 14 games puts him only two shy of the school’s record by a shortstop in a season (Arizona Athletics photo)

Information from the Arizona media-relations department contributed to this report:

Arizona lost to USC 4-1 in the series finale Sunday, but the Wildcats left Great Park at Irvine, Calif., with the series win after beating the Trojans Friday and Saturday nights.

Arizona (7-7, 2-1 Pac-12) will play at Loyola Marymount in a non-conference game on Monday at 6 p.m. before returning to Hi Corbett Field on Friday to start a three-game series with rival Arizona State at 7 p.m.

The Wildcats played USC (4-11, 1-2) in Irvine because Dedeaux Field on the Trojans’ campus is undergoing renovations.

Shortstop Mason White, a Salpointe graduate, plated Arizona’s first and only run of the game in the top of the first inning, sending a two-out home run over the wall in right field for his conference-leading seventh home run of the season.

White, who finished 2 for 3, is on the verge of joining elite company with his early home run production.

In the StatCrew era (1998-current), only three Arizona shortstops have hit more home runs in a single season. Jason Donald (2004) and Brad Hassey (2002) lead the way with nine each.

Hassey, a Salpointe product as well, is the son of former big-leaguer and Arizona standout Ron Hassey.

Starting pitcher Cam Walty (3-1) had a strong outing for Arizona against USC on Sunday but ultimately took the loss. The right-hander worked 6 1/3 innings and limited the Trojans to just four runs while striking out four.

Reliever Casey Hintz locked down the final 1 2/3 nnings, holding USC without a hit and allowing just one baserunner.

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