USC Homers Way To 9-4 Win At Cal Poly
Feb. 21, 2010
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Sophomore third baseman Ricky Oropesa (Rancho Cucamonga) broke a 4-4 tie with a solo home run to lead off the ninth inning Sunday as the USC Trojans defeated the host Cal Poly Mustangs, 9-4, to win the non-conference series.
Senior right-hander Shuhei Fujiya (Irvine/Northern Iowa) threw 1 1/3 innings in relief to earn the victory after USC (2-1) rallied to take the lead in the eighth and scored five times in the ninth.
Down 3-2 in the eighth, freshman designated hitter Cade Kreuter (Newhall) launched a two-run homer to left to put the Trojans ahead. Elliot Stewart then tied it for Cal Poly (1-2) with an RBI single to center before Fujiya came in to strike out Evan Busby. Busby made a costly error in the top of the ninth with the bases loaded as USC added the insurance runs.
Kevin Couture went seven innings for the Trojans, allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Kyle Anderson did not figure in the decision for Cal Poly, allowing four runs in 7 1/3 innings although he retired 11 straight batters at one point.
USC plays its first home game at Dedeaux Field on Tuesday (Feb. 23) against Loyola Marymount at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast through a live video webcast on usctrojans.com.
Notes: USC is now 19-5 all-time against Cal Poly...the Trojans hit .321 for the series with Joe De Pinto, Matt Hart and Matthew Foat collecting six hits each...freshman shortstop Adam Landecker made his collegiate debut while Kreuter had his first start as well.
USC 101-000-025---9-11-1 CP 200-100-010---4-9-1
WP - Fujiya (1-0) LP - Reed (0-2) T - 2:48 ATT - 1,049 Records: USC (2-1), Cal Poly (1-2)
Couture, Cabral (8), Fujiya (8) and Castillo, Stock (6). Anderson, Reed (8), Jensen (9) and Brayton, Stewart (9).