USC Salvages Series With 6-2 Win Over No. 24 UCLA
March 27, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Junior All-America first baseman Ricky Oropesa went 3-for-5 with a home run, tying his personal best with five RBI, as the USC Trojans defeated the No. 24 UCLA Bruins, 6-2, in the final game of a Pac-10 Conference series at Dedeaux Field.
Logan Odom pitched another gem for USC (9-15, 1-2) in his second start against UCLA (11-8, 2-1) this season. Odom allowed just one run on two hits in seven innings with three walks and a season-high seven strikeouts.
Freshman J.R. Aguirre flared a fly ball to right in the bottom of the first that Jeff Gelalich was unable to see in the partly cloudy skies, falling for a leadoff double. James Roberts moved Aguirre to third on a sacrifice before Oropesa hit an RBI infield single for the first run. Kevin Roundtree lined a double to right, leading off the USC second and would later score on Brandon Garcia's groundout for a 2-0 score in favor of USC.
With runners at the corners in the third, UCLA left fielder Cody Keefer blooped an RBI single to left for the 2-1 Trojans' lead. USC made it a three-run lead when Oropesa belted a two-run shot to dead center in the bottom of the third. In the seventh, Oropesa capped his day with a two-run, line-drive single over Cody Regis' glove at third base.
The Bruins scored a run in the ninth and loaded the bases against Trojan closer Chad Smith before Smith struck out Tyler Rahmatulla to preserve the win.
USC concludes its 10-game homestand on Tuesday (March 29) with a 3 p.m. game against UC Irvine. The game features a live video webcast, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Ricky Oropesa with 35 career home runs is now in sole possession of sixth place for USC career homers and needs five home runs to tie Morgan Ensberg (1995-98) for fifth place...Oropesa's previous five-RBI games were April 29, 2009 at Cal State Fullerton and May 28, 2010 vs. Washington...Oropesa is hitting .500 (13-for-26) in his last seven games with four three-hit games during that time...in two wins against UCLA this season (first one on March 13 at Dodger Stadium), Logan Odom allowed only one run on three hits in 14 1/3 innings (0.63 ERA) with five walks and 11 strikeouts...Odom has the lowest ERA (3.31 ERA) among the three Trojan weekend starters with opponents hitting just .180 against him this season...freshmen J.R. Aguirre and Kevin Swick made their first collegiate starts for the Trojans.
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