Arizona Rallies For 7-6 Win Over USC
April 3, 2009
TUCSON, Arizona - Brad Glenn's two-run, two-out single with the bases loaded in the ninth Friday provided the Arizona Wildcats with the come-from-behind 7-6 win over the USC Trojans in the first game of a Pac-10 Conference series. The Wildcats bounced back from a four-run deficit with three runs in the eighth and two in the ninth.
Arizona improved to 13-12 overall on the season and 2-5 in Pac-10 play while USC fell to 11-14 overall, 2-5 in conference as winds gusting up to 30 miles an hour played havoc for both teams throughout the game.
Jason Stoffel got the win for Arizona with a scoreless inning in the ninth while Robert Stock (1-1) took the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in the Wildcat ninth. Stock went 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI while Joe De Pinto was 2-for-3 with two walks.
Neither starter figured in the decision as USC's Brad Boxberger gave up four runs on five hits in seven innings while Arizona's Preston Guilmet gave up five runs on eight hits with 10 strikeouts.
De Pinto singled to lead off the game and advanced to second on a Mike O'Neill sacrifice. Grant Green grounded out and moved De Pinto to third before Guilmet struck out Anthony Vasquez for the third out. The Trojans scored a run in the fourth when Ricky Oropesa tripled off the fence in center and scored on Robert Stock's sacrifice fly.
Arizona took the lead with two runs in the fourth. Hunter Pace and Brad Glenn recorded singles before Dillon Baird was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Boxberger then induced the 6-4-3 double play from Shaun Cooper as Pace scored on the play. UA right fielder Bobby Coyle then hit a high infield chopper to third and beat it out to tie for the second run.
USC answered with three in the fifth. Green singled to center with one out and Vasquez followed with a double. Hector Rabago then hit a fly ball to shallow right field, but Coyle misplayed the ball which allowed the tying run to score. Stock then drove a two-run single up the middle for the 4-2 Trojans' lead. Rabago reached on a two-base error in the seventh and scored on another error charged to Coyle. The Trojans later loaded the bases and made it 6-2 when De Pinto walked to force in the run off reliever Cory Burns.
Boxberger hit Bryce Ortega with a pitch to lead off the bottom of the eighth and walked Pace before being relieved by Daniel Cooper. Baird then laced a two-run triple down the first base line as USC led, 6-4.
Stock started the ninth for USC and hit leadoff hitter Mike Weldon with a pitch. Dwight Childs sacrificed Weldon to second for the first out. Pinch hitter Jett Brady then hit a high pop up, but miscommunication between the Trojan infield allowed the ball to drop to put runners at first and second. Ortega was hit by another pitch from Stock to load the bases, but Stock struck out Pace for the second out before Glenn hit a ground ball past Green for the game-winner.
The USC-Arizona series continues tomorrow with a 6 p.m. start and noon start on Sunday. Both games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
USC 000-130-200---6-8-1 UA 000-200-032---7-8-3