USC Swept By No. 2 Stanford In Doubleheader|
March 25, 2012
STANFORD. Calif. - The No. 29 USC baseball team (13-8, 1-4 Pac-12) was swept by No. 2 Stanford (15-2, 2-0 Pac-12) in a doubleheader today at Sunken Diamond losing 4-2 and 3-2 before a crowd of 2,568.
Cardinal right fielder Austin Wilson was the hero of game one as he delivered a two-run walk-off home run off Andrew Triggs (2-3) who took the loss despite a strong outing in which he allowed four runs in 8.2 innings. At one point, Triggs retired 14 straight Stanford hitters and allowed just one run through the first seven innings.
Stanford starter Mark Appel (3-1) picked up the win and held the Trojans hitless until the fifth inning when Brandon Garcia doubled to right field. James Roberts followed with a rocket directed at Appel's head which he gracefully gloved to get out of the jam and keep the Trojans off the board.
Tyler Gaffney scored on a fielder's choice in the seventh to put Stanford up 1-0 and it would stay that way until the ninth inning when the Trojans put together a two-out rally to jump back in the game.
Matt Foat reached on a single to the right side and Kevin Roundtree followed with a double to right giving USC two runners in scoring position. Kevin Swick delivered a two-run single up the middle to take a 2-1 lead. Unfortunately, the lead wouldn't last.
In the bottom of the ninth Stanford tied the game on a sac-fly to left scoring Stephen Piscotty who had doubled to lead off the inning. Later in the inning with a man on, Wilson delivered the crushing blow with the two-run blast to left to seal the 4-2 win.
In the nightcap, pitching was the story as Stanford starter Brett Mooneyham improved to 5-0 after allowing only one run and striking out nine in seven innings.
Stanford got on the board in the first inning on an RBI single to center by Piscotty to make it 1-0. Later in the inning Gaffney tagged up from third to score at a vacant home plate as catcher Jake Hernandez and first baseman Matt Foat converged on the ball near the Stanford dugout for the out.
Foat chipped away at the Cardinal lead in the fifth inning with a hard single up the middle to score Adam Landecker from second to make it a 2-1 game.
Ben Mount (1-2) took the loss allowing three runs in six innings but finished strong striking out the side in the fifth inning against the heart of the Stanford lineup.
The Cardinal tagged on another run in the sixth on a sac-fly RBI form Lonnie Kauppila to go ahead 3-1.
USC loaded the bases in the eighth and managed to plate one run on a fielder's choice from Sean Spear but wouldn't get any closer. With the bases still loaded, Garrett Stubbs grounded up the middle to second baseman Kenny Diekroeger who flipped to the shortstop Kauppila for an incredible barehanded turn for the 4-6-3 double play to end the Trojans final threat of the day.
Foat collected two hits in each of the games and Hernandez had two in the second game.
The Trojans close the series with Stanford with a 4 p.m. contest tomorrow at Sunken Diamond.