No. 19 Stanford Wins 3-1 In Pac-10 Series Finale
March 28, 2010
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Colin Walsh broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh with a two-run single Sunday as the No. 19 Stanford Cardinal defeated the USC Trojans, 3-1, to win the Pac-10 Conference series. Stanford won the series after losing to USC, 13-8 on Friday, but came back with a 5-4 win yesterday with a run in the bottom of the ninth.
Walsh finished 3-for-4 on the day for the Cardinal.
Alex Pracher improved to 4-0 on the season with 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief for Brett Mooneyham, who posted his best start of the season for Stanford (12-6, 2-1). Mooneyham entered the game with an 0-3 record and an 8.82 ERA, but allowed only one run on three hits in six innings with six walks and seven strikeouts. Andrew Triggs was equally effective for USC (12-12, 1-2), going 6 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Ricky Oropesa, batting in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, blasted his eighth home run of the season and fourth in his last six games, with a solo shot to right center in the first off Mooneyham. Cade Kreuter reached first after Oropesa's homer on a strikeout with Mooneyham's third strike hitting the dirt and bouncing away for a wild pitch. Matt Foat followed with a single to center and Alex Sherrod walked to load the bases. Matt Hart then hit a ground ball to third as Stanford's Kenny Diekroeger touched the bag at third and threw to first for the 5-3 inning-ending double play.
Walsh opened the first with a single to center, advancing to third on Tyler Gaffney's single up the middle. Stephen Piscotty brought home Walsh with a sacrifice fly to right, tying the game at one run apiece.
The Trojans loaded the bases in the fifth after three walks by Mooneyham, but he struck out Sherrod looking with two outs to preserve the tie.
In the Stanford seventh, Jonathan Kaskow singled to right off Triggs and was replaced by pinch-runner Ben Clowe. Diekroeger hit a slow roller back to the mount with Triggs throwing him out at first and Clowe moving to second. Jake Schlander walked for runners at first and second as the Trojans brought in reliever Chad Smith. Against pinch-hitter Kellen Kiilsgaard, Smith uncorked a wild pitch as the runners moved up 90 feet. With the infield in, Kiilsgaard hit a line drive to shortstop Adam Landecker for the second out, but Walsh provided the winning runs with the two-run base hit to right field.
A balk called against Pracher put runners at second and third with two outs in the USC half of the eighth, but pinch-hitter Mike O'Neill hit a chopper to third that Diekroeger handled and threw to get O'Neill by a step for the final out of the inning with the Trojans going down in order in the ninth.
USC travels to Loyola Marymount on Tuesday (March 30) for a non-conference game, starting at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
Notes: With no errors today, USC has committed only 21 errors in 24 games this season...Ricky Oropesa, who started the weekend with the conference lead for homers, now has 21 home runs in his career.
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