Odom Pitches USC To 6-2 Win Over No. 11 Stanford
April 10, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Senior righty Logan Odom (Central Point, Ore.) threw seven scoreless innings and struck out a career-high eight batters Sunday as the USC Trojans earned its first Pac-10 Conference series win of the season with the 6-2 victory over the No. 11 Stanford Cardinal.
Odom gave up six hits with five walks as the Trojans improved to 13-19 on the season, 4-5 in conference play. Dean McArdle (4-1) took his first loss of the season for the Cardinal (15-9, 3-3).
Kevin Roundtree opened the USC first with a bloop double down the left field line, later scoring on Ricky Oropesa's sacrifice fly to left. Matt Foat was hit by a McArdle pitch in the second inning, moved to second on Alex Sherrod's sacrifice and advanced to third on James Roberts' groundout. McArdle then threw a wild pitch to score Foat for the 2-0 lead.
Jake Stewart and Stephen Piscotty hit singles in the top of the third, but Kenny Diekroeger grounded into a 5-3 double play to halt the Stanford threat. The Trojans responded by loading the bases against McArdle in the bottom of the third, adding two more runs on RBI singles by Oropesa and Foat. The Cardinal again put runners at first and second in the fifth, but Odom got another double play turned as Ben Clowe hit into the 5-4-3 twin killing.
Down 6-0 in the eighth, the Cardinal loaded the bases against reliever Brandon Garcia. Chad Smith entered the game and relinquished a two-run single to catcher Zach Jones. Smith walked Stewart to load the bases, but got Clowe to strike out looking to finish off the inning. In the ninth, Smith registered back-to-back strikeouts as Dave Giuliani grounded out to short to hand the Trojans the series.
Notes: USC recorded its first series win in the last five series against Stanford with the last series victory coming in 2007 in Palo Alto when the Trojans took two of three games...Logan Odom now has a 3.06 ERA (lowest among all Trojan starters) with opponents hitting just .202 against him...all three of Odom's wins have come against ranked opponents...Brandon Garcia was the only USC starter in the lineup not to record a hit today.
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