New Mexico Wins In The Ninth With 3-2 Victory
March 5, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Justin Howard went 3-for-4, including an RBI double in the top of the ninth Friday, as the New Mexico Lobos defeated the USC Trojans, 3-2, in non-conference action at Dedeaux Field. The Lobos (7-3) rallied from a 2-0 deficit with two in the eighth and one in the ninth to earn the win.
Redshirt sophomore Andrew Triggs (Nashville, Tenn.) struck out a career-high nine batters for USC (4-5), but did not figure in the decision. Triggs gave up two runs on five hits and two walks.
Rudy Jaramillo picked up the win for New Mexico with eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout. Edwin Carl got his first save of the season with a perfect ninth, striking out pinch-hitter Richard Stock to end the game.
In the bottom of the first, Jaramillo hit Matt Foat to load the bases before Alex Sherrod hit a two-run single to right. After allowing three hits in the first, Jaramillo allowed just two hits for his final seven innings.
Howard led off the sixth with a double and moved to third on a balk called against Triggs, but the USC righty recorded two strikeouts and a groundout to strand the runner at third. In the UNM eighth, Max Willett, Howard and Rafael Neda registered consecutive singles to knock out Triggs and bring home the Lobos' first run. Chris Juarez drew a bases-loaded walk from reliever Ryan Cabral (0-1) to tie the game at 2-2. Cabral then struck out Cameron Smith and got Alex Allbritton to pop up behind home plate for the third out.
Daniel Gonzalez hit a one-out single in the ninth before Howard ripped his second double of the game, hitting a laser to right for the game-winner.
The series continues tomorrow night, weather permitting, with a 6:30 p.m. game on usctrojans.com with a live video webcast and Sunday's series finale starting at 1 p.m.
Notes: Andrew Triggs' previous high for strikeouts was seven, recorded twice last season...USC first baseman Ricky Oropesa and catcher Kevin Roundtree combined for 25 putouts out of 27 possible outs (13 and 12, respectively)....Matt Hart went 1-for-4 to continue his season-opening hitting streak at nine games...this was the first meeting between New Mexico and USC since 1985 when the Lobos took a 7-1 win at Dedeaux Field.
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