USC Defeats Pepperdine 5-4
April 3, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The USC baseball team outlasted the Pepperdine Waves 5-4 Tuesday night at Dedeaux Field as sophomore Bobby Wheatley made his first career start tossing a sparkling three innings of no-hit baseball. Wheatley retired all nine batters he faced in order while striking out three.
The Trojans got on the board in the first when Garret Houts scored on a 4-3 fielder's choice from Kevin Roundtree for the 1-0 lead. Kevin Swick followed with a hard single to right and Adam Landecker tried to score from second but was cut down by Aaron Brown's throw to the plate.
Wheatley departed after the third to ensure his ability to pitch in this weekend's series with California.
Matt Munson entered in relief and surrendered back-to-back singles to start the fourth. Zach Vincej scored on an error by James Roberts whose hurried throw got away from Jake Hernandez at first to start the scoring for the Waves. Pepperdine would add another run on an infield single and scored once again on a fielder's choice double play to close the frame up 3-1.
The Waves tacked on another in the fifth on a botched double-play attempt to extend the lead to 4-1.
USC rallied in the bottom of the inning as Brandon Garcia led off with a double to left. Roberts knocked him in with a single to right to chip away at the lead. With the bases loaded, Hernandez continued his red-hot streak at the plate with a two-run single to right off starter Matt Mauer that scored Roberts and Houts to tie the game at 4-4.
Garcia would take to the mound throwing two hitless innings to pick up the win and improve to 2-3 on the year.
Eric Karch (1-1) took the loss after walking Houts in the seventh who advanced to third before he was relieved by Brian McIlHenny. Roundtree delivered the game winning hit as he laced a single to right to bring Houts in from third and go ahead 5-4.
Senior Martin Viramontes pitched the eighth and ninth innings for the Trojans, allowing no hits en route to his fourth save of the season.
Garcia had two hits on the night to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Roundtree and Hernandez each had two RBI's in the Trojans win.
USC begins a three-game home series with California on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.