No. 19 Stanford Wins In The Ninth, 5-4
March 27, 2010
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Zach Jones singled to right with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth Saturday as the No. 19 Stanford Cardinal beat the USC Trojans, 5-4, to even its Pac-10 Conference series. Jones' only hit of the day came as the Cardinal rallied with two outs and a runner at first.
Brian Busick (2-0) picked up the win in relief with two innings of no-hit pitching for starter Jordan Pries, who went seven innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits. Jake Stewart finished with a 3-for-4 day for the Cardinal.
Brandon Garcia (1-2) took the loss in relief, giving up one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings after starter Ben Mount went seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
On the first pitch of the game, Joe De Pinto hit a ground ball that went through Stanford third baseman Kenny Diekroeger's legs for the error. De Pinto scored on Taylor Wrenn's RBI double to left field. Stanford took the 2-1 lead in the first after Mount loaded the bases on walk and two hit batters. Justin Ringo hit a sacrifice fly to left and Jonathan Koskow followed with an RBI single to right.
Pries hit Cade Kreuter on a 1-2 pitch to lead off the second. Matt Hart then singled to center and both Kreuter and Hart advanced on Kevin Roundtree's groundout. Mike O'Neill lifted a sacrifice fly to center as Kreuter scored to tie it at 2-2.
Both pitchers put goose eggs on the scoreboard until the bottom of the sixth when Ringo had his second RBI, singling home Stephen Piscotty, who singled and stole second. The Trojans answered with two outs in the seventh when Ricky Oropesa launched his seventh homer of the season with a two-run line drive to right as USC retook the lead, 4-3.
With two outs in the seventh, Stewart hit a double over the head of right fielder Alex Sherrod and scored when Colin Walsh hit a ground ball through the right side into right.
Koskow was hit by a Garcia pitch on a 1-2 count in the ninth, but pinch-runner Ben Clowe was retired at second on a fielder's choice from Diekroeger with the Trojans unable to turn the double play. Jake Schlander flied out to center for the second out, but Stewart singled to center and Walsh walked to load the bases for Jones, who then dribbled a ground ball through the right side as Diekroeger plated the walk-off run.
The series concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Ricky Oropesa is hitting .425 (17-for-40) in his last 10 games with five doubles, a triple, four home runs and 13 RBI...Oropesa now has 20 career home runs after hitting 13 last year as a freshman.
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