USC Outruns CSU Bakersfield 9-8
March 10, 2012
LOS ANGELES - For the second consecutive game the Trojans needed a ninth inning come back to defeat the CSUB Roadrunners and junior Adam Landecker was the hero of the afternoon as he delivered a walk of RBI single for the 9-8 victory today at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans move to 11-3 on the season with the win.
In an offensively driven game that featured a combined 28 hits and 17 runs, the Trojans struck early scoring three times in the first inning. Senior Kevin Roundtree continued his stellar season at the plate as he laced a bases loaded single to center to score Landecker from third. Sophomore sensation Kevin Swick then followed suit with a two-run single to left to plate Matt Foat and Alex Sherrod.
The Roadrunners returned the favor in the third inning as DC Legg's ground-rule RBI double to center off starter Ben Mount got the ball rolling. Dylan Christensen then singled to left to score two more and even the game at 3-3. It was a rough day for Mount who allowed seven runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings en route to the no decision.
A sac-fly from Landecker in the fourth scored freshman Dante Flores, who had doubled earlier in the inning and the Trojans took a 4-3 lead.
CSUB would rebound in the fifth as they tacked on four runs on four hits. Christensen and Cael Brockmeyer both added RBI singles and Andrew Letourneau tripled to right off junior Matt Munson to add two more runs for the 7-4 lead.
Swick's infield single in the fifth scored Roundtree on a close play at the plate and sac-fly RBI's from Jake Hernandez and Sherrod kept the Trojans close in the middle innings.
Trailing 8-7 entering the bottom of the ninth, USC would need an all hands on deck effort to pull out the win. Roundtree singled to left to open the inning and was replaced on the base paths by speedy freshman Nigel Nootbaar. Senior Brandon Garcia reached after being hit by James Barragan (0-3) and also left the game for a pinch runner in junior Sean Spear. Sophomore James Roberts came off the bench to pinch hit and was subsequently drilled by Barragan as well. With the bases full of Trojans, Flores drew an all-important walk to score Nootbaar and tie the game at 8-8. Landecker, one of USC's most reliable hitters, stepped to the plate and sealed the win with a walk-off flare to right that fell just inside the foul line to score Spear from third.
Senior Martin Viramontes(1-0) continued to be a dominant force out of the bullpen and he tossed as scoreless 1.2 innings of relief to pick up the win.
Flores, Swick and Roundtree all had three-hit games for USC while freshman Garrett Stubbs had two.
USC faces CSUB in the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.