Corrigan Sac Fly RBI Lifts Trojans Over Wildcats in 15 Innings
Feb. 15, 2014
LOS ANGELES - In another wild extra innings contest, the USC baseball team finally came through in the bottom of the 15th inning as freshman infielder Joe Corrigan's sacrifice fly brought home the game-winning run on Saturday evening as the Trojans won 2-1 at Dedeaux Field over visiting Northwestern.
Trojan starter Bob Wheatley (Villa Park, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) went a solid six innings, allowing only one run on seven hits, while striking out three. Freshman Jeff Paschke (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS) was solid in his collegiate debut on the mound. He threw three shutout innings, allowing one hit. Junior Nigel Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) was masterful for the Trojans, striking out eight in five innings of relief. But for the second-straight night, senior James Guillen (Covina, Calif./Damien HS) earned the victory, throwing a shutout in the top of the 15th inning before Corrigan's walk-off sac fly in the bottom half of the inning.
The Wildcats scored first, getting to the Trojans in the top of the fourth inning, however USC answered in the bottom half of the inning, as Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) led off the inning with a single. With one out, catcher Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) walked, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. With runners on second and third, Vahn Bozoian (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala HS) came through with an RBI groundout to plate the run.
Both the Trojans and the Wildcats left significant runners on base throughout the game, with USC stranding 14 to Northwestern's 13.
In the bottom of the 15th inning, the Trojans were finally able to cash in. Flores walked to start the inning. With one out, Martinez singled up the middle and the speedy Flores was able to go first-to-third on the hit. That set up freshman Corrigan to come through with his first collegiate RBI, as he sent the first pitch he saw from Wildcat reliever Ethan Bramscheriber to deep right center for the sacrifice fly to score Flores and give the Trojans the 2-1 victory.
The Trojans will go for the series sweep tomorrow at 1 p.m. PT at Dedeaux Field. Please join us at 11:30 a.m. PT as we unveil a statue of legendary USC head coach Rod Dedeaux. Iconic Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, five-time Cy Young winner Randy Johnson, USC Athletics Director Pat Haden and USC President C.L. Max Nikias will speak at the unveiling ceremony.