Trojans Zip Past Akron 12-1
Feb. 24, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Staff "Ace" Andrew Triggs allowed only one run on four hits while striking out eight in eight innings of work to power the Trojans to a 12-1 victory over Akron Friday night at Dedeaux Field.
USC (5-0), under the direction of second-year head coach Frank Cruz, is off to its best start since 2001 when the team started the season 6-0 en route to a Pac-10 title and a College World Series appearance.
Triggs (2-0) was polished and effective in his second start of the season throwing 4.2 hitless innings before Akron's Joey Havrilak beat out an infield single to snap the streak. Triggs only surrendered three hits over his next 14 batters before senior Brett Williams struck out the side in the ninth to slam the door.
Senior Matt Foat led the Trojans on offense going 2-for-4 with four RBI. With junior Adam Landecker on base in the fourth inning, Foat crushed his first home run of the season as he took starter Andrew Brown (0-2) deep to left to put USC up 7-0.
Landecker was a major contributor at the plate as well, going 2-for-4, reaching base three times and scoring three runs.
Sophomores Kevin Swick and James Roberts added to the tally as well to represent the underclassman. Swick went 2-for-4 with two runs raising his average to .412 (7-for-17), while Roberts added two RBI.
The Trojans piled on five runs in a disastrous eighth inning for the Zips that included three hit batters, three walks and two wild pitches.
Freshman Garrett Stubbs saw his four-game hitting streak come to an end after a 0-for-3 night at the plate.
The Trojans return to action Saturday at 2 p.m. as they face Akron at Dedeaux Field. Senior RHP Ben Mount will be on the mound for USC facing Zips righty Myles McVeigh.