Trojans Score Twice In Ninth For 2-1 Comeback Win Over Cal
April 6, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team mounted a two-run comeback in the ninth inning to defeat Cal 2-1 after Andrew Triggs allowed just one run while striking out eight in a complete game effort Friday night at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans improve to 18-10 (4-6) while the Bears fall to 17-11 (2-6).
It was a pitcher's duel form the start as each team's starter was sharp and effective.
Triggs (3-3) retired the Bears in order to start the game striking out Mitch Delfino and Tony Renda.
Cruising until the fourth inning, Triggs found himself in a tight spot with runners on the corners but managed to fan Chad Bunting to get out of the jam and keep the game scoreless.
USC's first hit of the game didn't come until the fifth inning when Matt Foat ended Matt Flemer's no-hit bid with a double to right field. The Trojans weren't able to convert the run and the game remained scoreless.
The Bears struck first when Vince Bruno scored from third on a sac-fly to center by Chadd Krist in the sixth to go up 1-0.
USC had their chance in the sixth when Alex Sherrod doubled off the right field wall to start the inning. The Trojans would load the bases but Flemer was able to get Foat to pop out to short and caught Dante Flores on strikes to preserve the lead.
As the offense sputtered for the next two innings, Triggs kept USC in the game and finished with authority retiring the Bears in order in the ninth to give Trojans one more shot in the bottom of the frame.
Foat led off the inning with a rocket up the middle off Logan Scott (0-1) to get the Trojans rolling. Omar Cotto Lozada entered to run for Foat and bring some speed to the base paths. Flores laid down a sac-bunt to move Cotto to second putting the tying run in scoring position. Kevin Swick was then hit by a pitch and the winning run was aboard. Brandon Garcia advanced Cotto to third with a fly out to center and Swick then stole second base. Garret Houts entered to run for Swick and the table was set for James Roberts with runners on second and third. With the game on his shoulders, Roberts grounded though the left side to score Cotto and a hustling Houts who beat the throw to the plate to seal the comeback win for the Trojans.
Sean Spear and Foat both had two hits for the USC while Roberts supplied the two RBI's.
The Trojans return to action tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the rubber match of the series with Cal at Dedeaux Field.