Trojans Drown Dolphins 11-3|
Feb. 18, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team exploded for eight runs on five hits in a lengthy seventh inning to seal an 11-3 victory over Jacksonville (0-2) Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans (2-0) went into the bottom of the seventh with the game tied 3-3 and proceeded to send 15 batters to the plate in an inning that saw junior Adam Landecker reach base twice to raise his on-base percentage to .889. He is hitting a team-high .883 (4-6) to start the season. Seniors Alex Sherrod and Matt Foat added to the tally with a combined three RBI in the frame.
The frenzied afternoon started with a bang as Foat was robbed of a 2-run homer in the first after JU's Jonathan Murphy made an incredible leaping catch over the left field wall to keep the Trojans off the board for the time being.
Senior designated hitter Brandon Garcia launched USC's first home run of the season with a solo blast to right field in the sixth inning off the Dolphins Drew Woods (0-1). Garcia went 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI to lead Troy on the day.
Senior right hander Ben Mount was solid in his first start of the season allowing only one run and three hits in six innings of work but was saddled with a no-decision for his efforts. USC's Bobby Wheatley (1-0) stepped in for the win after an inning of relief.
The Trojans conclude their series with Jacksonville Sunday at Dedeaux Field as freshman lefty Stephen Tarpley will make his USC debut against right-handed pitcher Alex McRae. Game time set for 1 p.m.