Trojans Beat Cal 3-2 For Series Win
April 7, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Garrett Stubbs drew a bases loaded walk in the ninth inning to beat Cal 3-2 and give the USC baseball team their second walk-off win in as many days Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans improve to 19-10 overall (5-6 Pac-12), while the Bears fall to 17-12 (2-7).
Senior co-captain Garret Houts led off the game for USC with a triple to right field off starter Justin Jones and then scored on a wild pitch to give the Trojans an early 1-0 lead.
A 4-3 fielder's choice off the bat of Darrel Matthews scored Andrew Knapp from third to tie the game for the Bears in the fourth.
James Roberts gave USC the lead for the second day in a row with a chopper over the head of third baseman Derek Campbell in the fifth to plate Kevin Swick from second and put the Trojans back on top 2-1.
Senior Martin Virimontes came on in relief in the seventh inning and pitched 2.1 scoreless frames before giving up a game-tying home run to Cal's Chris Paul in the top of the ninth.
Alex Sherrod came off the bench a ripped a pinch-hit single to right to start the inning for Troy. Right-hander Joey Donofrio (3-1) intentionally walked left-handed hitters Brandon Garcia and Dante Flores to load the bases with two outs. Head coach Frank Cruz then sent freshman lefty Garrett Stubbs in to pinch-hit for the right-handed hitting Houts. Stubbs was able to work the count in his favor to 3-1 before drawing the bases loaded walk to score Sherrod and secure the series win for the Trojans.
Notes - USC's Ben Mount started the game as scheduled after his status had been in question as a result of a line-drive off his knee in the Washington State series. He took the no-decision allowing one run and striking out three in 4.2 innings of work. Adam Landecker (2-for-4) now has 14 multi-hit games this season to lead the team. Matt Foat, Garcia and Swick have reached base in 12 straight games and James Roberts has a seven-game hitting streak.
USC returns to action Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. as they host LMU.