North Carolina Wins Tournament With 11-7 Win Over USC
Feb. 20, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Tommy Coyle went 3-for-6 with two doubles, a triple and three RBI Sunday as the North Carolina Tar Heels won the 2011 USC Baseball Tournament with an 11-7 victory over the host USC Trojans. North Carolina (4-0) utilized a 16-hit attack to hand USC (2-1) its first loss on the young season.
The Tar Heels' bullpen threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings after the Trojans posted seven runs off UNC starter Michael Morin. Colin Moran went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the top five spots in the Tar Heel lineup accounted for 11 hits in the game. Shane Taylor picked up the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits with two strikeouts, while Cody Penny notched his second save on the year with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
USC's two products from Rancho Cucamonga produced at the plate as All-America third baseman Ricky Oropesa went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI for the Trojans while freshman catcher Jake Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Jacob Stallings and Moran led off the North Carolina half of the second with back-to-back singles. Seth Baldwin, who had hit a two-run homer in the earlier win against Missouri, hammered a two-run triple to right center for the early 2-0 lead for the Tar Heels.
In the fourth, USC started with a leadoff single from Alex Sherrod and double by Joe De Pinto. After UNC retired the next two batters, Hernandez delivered the two-out, two-strike double to right center to tie the game. Matt Hart then followed with a single to left to plate Hernandez, putting the Trojans ahead by the 3-2 score.
RBI doubles from Coyle and Moran was a part of a four-run fifth as North Carolina retook the lead, 6-3. Moran made it a four-run lead with an RBI single in the sixth.
The Trojans came back to tie it with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. USC loaded the bases on singles by De Pinto, Brandon Garcia and Hernandez. Freshman shortstop James Roberts was hit by a pitch to force in a run before Oropesa lined a bases-loaded double down the first base line for the 7-7 score.
Baldwin doubled off Chad Smith in the seventh to lead off the inning and scored the eventual game-winning run on Chaz Frank's single to left. The Trojans had a chance to tie in the eighth after Kevin Roundtree hit a pinch-hit, one-out double. After shortstop James Roberts was hit by a pitch, Tate Parrish entered the game for UNC and struck out Oropesa. Penny then entered the game and got Matt Foat to hit a fly ball near the fence in right for the final out of the inning.
Coyle hit a two-run triple in the ninth and later scored on a wild pitch for three insurance runs in the ninth for the Tar Heels.
USC travels to UC Riverside on Tuesday (Feb. 22) for a 6 p.m. game before a three-game series next weekend at No. 18 Rice. Friday's game at Rice will start at 4:30 p.m. Central time with a 2 p.m. start on Saturday and 1 p.m. start on Sunday. All four games will be broadcast (audio only), along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
Notes: USC wore yellow jerseys in today's game, a color that was used during Rod Dedeaux's tenure as head coach...this was North Carolina's first win in baseball against USC as the Trojans previously was a perfect 7-0 against the Tar Heels...all seven of USC's runs today came with two outs...Joe De Pinto finished the weekend with a 6-for-11 effort (.545) with two RBI while Alex Sherrod was 6-for-12 (.500) with three RBI...the Trojans hit .357 as a team on the weekend...North Carolina won the USC Tournament with a 3-0 record (UNC played a non-tournament game yesterday at Cal State Fullerton) while USC finished with a 2-1 record, Missouri finished 1-2 and Cal Poly went 0-3.
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