USC sophomore catcher Jacob Galloway’s hot start carries Trojans’ bats in 2024

Jacob Galloway, the 5-9, 175-pound sophomore catcher from Camarillo, California, has had a hit in every USC baseball game this year except the season opener against BYU.  He hopes to continue his success from last season. Last year, he appeared in 24 games and started 19 of them. He led the 2023 Trojans in batting with a .365 average.  USC needs his bat to stay hot as the team navigates a rough start to the 2024 campaign. The Trojans are 1-5 to start the year through Saturday, February 24.

Much of the Trojans’ struggles, which have kept them from winning consistently, have come at the plate. Of the players with at least two plate appearances per game, only two Trojans have an OPS north of .600 and a batting average above .250. J.T. Walton is hitting .500, but he only has eight at-bats on the season, so the only everyday starter who has been reliable at the plate has been Galloway.

Jacob has started every game for USC this season at catcher and is batting .400 with a SLG% of.800 and an OPS of 1.280. In the third game of the season, he went 3-4 with two doubles and a run scored. This effort was squandered as the rest of the team mustered only two hits in a loss to Ohio State. The Trojans ended a five-game losing streak with a win over the Portland Pilots on the back of Galloway’s 3-RBI night.

The Trojans will rely on Galloway’s consistency since he first stepped on Dedeaux Field last year. They will try to wake up their bats, which have been hovering around or below the Mendoza Line (.200) all season.

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