USC Handles Akron 10-2, Stays Unbeaten|
Feb. 25, 2012
LOS ANGELES - For the second consecutive game the Trojans put up double digits in the score column against the Akron Zips which was more than enough coupled with the solid outing delivered by senior righty Ben Mount (1-0). Mount allowed only two runs in seven innings while equaling his career-high with eight strikeouts en route to USC's 10-2 victory this afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans move to 6-0 on the season and with a win over Akron tomorrow in the series finale, USC would have its best start since 1988 when the team started 15-0.
Akron bounced back with a two-run home run from Joey Havrilak to tie the game at 2-2 in the second inning.
Highly touted freshman Dante Flores made his first start of the season and delivered his first hit as a Trojan when he tripled to right field off Akron's Myles McVeigh (0-2) in the third inning. He would score on a grounder from Garrett Stubbs later in the inning to retake the lead 3-2.
Mount hit his stride in the fifth inning when he struck out the side in order before adding two more scoreless frames to end his day.
Sherrod belted his first home run of the season in the fifth when he crushed a 3-0 offering from McVeigh off the parking structure behind the right field wall. The Trojans tacked on two more runs in the inning on RBI's from senior Brandon Garcia and sophomore James Roberts. Sherrod along with Garcia both delivered multi-hit games for USC.
Up 9-2 in the seventh, senior Garret Houts came off the bench with a crisp liner up the middle to score Roberts tacking on Troy's final run of the day.
USC returns Dedeaux Field Sunday at 1 p.m. as they face Akron in final game of the series. Freshman lefty Stephen Tarpley, coming off a nine strikeout performance in his first start as a Trojan, will face Zips RHP Jon Pusateri.