USC Records 3-1 Win Against No. 11 Stanford To Even Series
April 9, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Junior right-hander Austin Wood (Niceville, Fla.) allowed just one unearned run in eight innings and struck out a career-high eight batters Saturday as the USC Trojans evened its Pac-10 Conference series with the 3-1 victory over the No. 11 Stanford Cardinal. Wood allowed seven hits and just two walks in his best start as a Trojan this season.
Jordan Pries took the loss for Stanford (15-8, 3-2) after giving up three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts.
Wood opened the game by striking out the side in the first. Stephen Piscotty and Tyler Gaffney, who had two hits each for the Cardinal, knocked back-to-back singles to lead off the second, but Brian Ragira hit a ground ball to third that Ricky Oropesa turned into a 5-3 double play.
J.R. Aguirre singled to lead off the USC third, advancing to second on a wild pitch by Pries. Kevin Roundtree hit a hard ground ball to first to move Aguirre. On the first pitch to Garret Houts, Aguirre was able to steal home after Houts missed a bunt. Stanford catcher Zach Jones was unable to hold onto the ball as Aguirre registered the first run of the game. The Trojans' bottom of the order loaded the bases in the fourth and another wild pitch from Pries scored Matt Foat from third for the 2-0 lead.
Stanford scored its only run of the game in the fifth when Zach Jones scored from third on a ground ball with Oropesa's throw pulling Roundtree off home plate. USC answered after intentionally walking Oropesa to put runners at first and second with one out. Pries then walked Joe De Pinto to load the bases and Garcia hit an RBI groundout to second for the 3-1 advantage.
Gaffney singled to lead off the Stanford ninth as Wood gave way to Smith, who induced a 6-4-3 double play from Brian Ragira and struck out Lonnie Kauppila for the save.
The USC-Stanford series concludes tomorrow with a 1 p.m. start and will be broadcast through a video webcast, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
Notes: The eight strikeouts by Austin Wood tonight were the most by any USC pitcher this season...J.R. Aguirre's steal of home was the first Trojan to do so (not on a double steal) since Joe De Pinto last season against Oregon State on April 1.
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