USC Wins In 10 Innings, 7-6, To Record Series Sweep At Georgia|
March 4, 2007
ATHENS, Georgia - Pinch hitter Michael Torres' RBI sacrifice fly in the 10th provided the winning run Sunday as the USC Trojans defeated the Georgia Bulldogs, 7-6 in 10 innings, at Foley Field to complete the nonconference series sweep. It was USC's first series sweep since the Trojans beat Cal (April 7-9, 2006) and the second time this season that Georgia has been swept at home by a Pac-10 Conference squad (Oregon State).
USC (13-7) held a 6-0 lead at one point before Georgia (4-7) rallied back to send the game into extra innings. The Trojans banged out a season-high 16 hits in winning their fourth series in a row.
Freshman Robert Stock improved to 2-0 on the season after going 2 2/3 innings in relief, allowing two runs on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Georgia closer Joshua Fields dropped to 0-2 on the season after allowing a run on three hits in two innings. The Bulldogs got a strong relief performance from Justin Earls, who threw five scoreless innings and allowed just three hits.
Spencer Pabst, who came in as a defensive replacement in left field, led off the 10th for USC by pushing a bunt on the first base side that Fields was unable to handle. Estrella moved Pabst to third after his third hit of the afternoon with a single to right before Torres scored the game winner.
Sophomore lefty Tommy Milone (Saugus/Saugus HS) went six innings for the Trojans and allowed three runs on four hits. Milone walked four batters and struck out two.
The Trojans knocked out Georgia starter Jason Leaver in the second with four runs. Owen scored USC's lone run in the first with an RBI single to open the scoring. Hector Rabago hit an RBI double in the second, followed by Darren Gemoll's two-run single as the Trojans recorded seven hits off Leaver.
USC's bottom of the order did it again in the third with three consecutive singles by Estrella, Lopez and Rabago with Estrella scoring the team's fifth run. Nick Buss brought home Gemoll with a groundout to first as the Trojans took the 6-0 lead.
Georgia finally got to Milone in the fourth when Matt Olson drilled a two-run double to left center, cutting the Trojan margin to 6-2. Milone then retired Jake Crane on a fly ball to left to end the inning.
Ryan Peisel doubled in the bottom of the fifth and scored on Jonathan Wyatt's RBI bloop single to make it 6-3 for USC. Crane knocked out Milone with a leadoff single in the seventh, but freshman reliever Kevin Couture (Coronado/Coronado HS) came in and kept the Bulldogs off the board. Peisel hit a chopper down the third base line with two outs, but Rabago made the play with a strong throw to end the seventh.
The Bulldogs cut the Trojan lead to two in the eighth. Wyatt led off with a walk against Couture and stole second before scoring on an RBI double by shortstop Gordon Beckham. Joey Lewis singled to put runners at the corners before Stock entered the game. Stock gave up a walk to Olson to load the bases, but came back to strike out Crane and retire pinch hitter Travis Parrott on a fielder's choice to maintain USC's two-run cushion.
USC lost the cushion in the ninth when Georgia scored two runs in the ninth with two outs. Wyatt singled to left and stole second before Beckham was hit by a Stock pitch. Both runners stole bases before Luke Stewart hit a two-run single to left for the tying runs.
Stock hit Crane with a pitch and one out in the bottom of the 10th, but retired Miles Starr on a ground out and struck out Matt Cerione looking to secure the series sweep.
USC returns home to play UC Riverside on Tuesday (March 6) at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field before a nonconference series next weekend at Stanford (March 9-11). All four games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com with a live video webcast for Tuesday's home game.
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