Trojans Take Advantage Of Roadrunner Errors In 6-5 Win
March 10, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Kevin Swick's ninth inning walk-off RBI single gave the Trojans a 6-5 win over CSU Bakersfield tonight in an error filled game at Dedeaux Field. USC moves to 10-3 on the season with the victory.
USC took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as a fielder's choice off the bat of sophomore Jake Hernandez scored senior Kevin Roundtree who had reached on a throwing error to lead off the inning. The Trojans would tack on another run in the fifth when Omar Cotto Lozada was hit by CSUB starter Jeff McKenzie. He would steal second base and then score on a two out error from shortstop Tyler Shryock to put the Trojans up 2-0.
Bakersfield jumped back into the game in the sixth inning when Kevin Younger tripled to center off Andrew Triggs to score two Roadrunners and even the game at 2-2. Triggs allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits in 6.1 innings while taking a no decision.
With two on and two out in the seventh, Dylan Christensen singled to center of sophomore James Guillen to give CSUB a 4-2 lead.
The Trojans wasted no time evening the score as they took advantage of another Roadrunner error. A routine grounder to shortstop was thrown away allowing junior Sean Spear to score and cut the lead to 4-3. Swick followed with a high chopper to short to score Adam Landecker and tie the game at 4-4.
Things looked bleak for the Trojans in the eighth as Matt Foat appeared to lose an infield pop-up in the lights allowing a hustling Oscar Sanay to score from second and take a 5-4 lead.
USC's Garrett Stubbs reached on a crisp liner to center in the bottom of the inning but the Trojans weren't able to convert the run and after freshman Wyatt Strahan (2-0) delivered a 1-2-3 top of the ninth, Troy was down to their last chance.
Keeping true to game riddled with defensive blunders, Landecker reached on an error by CSUB third baseman DC Legg to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Foat singled to right to give the Trojans runners on the corners and Roundtree tied the game on a ground out to second base. With the game on his shoulders, Swick singled to center and Foat came around from second beating the throw to the plate to give the Trojans the walk off win.
Swick, Roundtree and Landecker all had multi-hit games for USC.
The Trojans return to action Saturday at 2 p.m. as the series continues at Dedeaux Field.