No. 21 Trojans Fall To No. 9 Bruins 7-2|
March 14, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 21 USC baseball team had its five-game winning streak snapped in a 7-2 loss to crosstown rival UCLA before a crowd of 6,034 in a non-conference contest at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. The Trojans fall to 12-4 on the season with the loss.
The Bruins (13-3) got on the board in the fourth inning when Trevor Brown doubled to right off USC starter Brandon Garcia to score Jeff Gelalich. UCLA added another run on a throwing error by Roberts that pulled Matt Foat from the bag at first allowing Brown to score to take a 2-1 lead. Brown went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI on the night.
UCLA Starter Grant Watson (4-0) went on to hold the Trojans to one run and seven hits in six innings to pick up the win.
UCLA's Kevin Williams homered to right-center in the fifth inning off Garcia to push the lead to 3-1. They would tack on another run on an RBI single to center by Brown to plate Cody Keefer.
Garcia (1-2) took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) and four hits in four innings of work.
UCLA cemented the win in the eighth inning when Pat Valaika singled up the middle off Roberts' glove scoring two, to take a 7-1 lead.
The Trojans loaded the bases in the ninth and added a run on a bases loaded walk to senior Kevin Roundtree, but would get no closer.
Roberts went a perfect 3-for-3 on the night with two runs and one hit-by pitch. Senior Alex Sherrod also added two hits for the Trojans.
USC returns to action Friday at 6 p.m. when they host Utah for a three-game series to Open Pac-12 play.