Trojans Fall 5-1 To No. 21 ASU In The Desert

    James Roberts extended his hitting-streak to a team-leading nine games.

    April 13, 2012

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    TEMPE, Ariz. - The USC baseball team played No. 21 Arizona State close through six innings but eventually dropped a 5-1 contest at Packard Stadium Friday night. The Trojans fall to 19-12 (5-7) while the Sun Devils improve to 21-13 (7-6) on the season.

    USC starter Andrew Triggs (3-4) pitched well after allowing a two-run double to left-center by Abe Ruiz in the first, stifling the ASU lineup until the seventh inning.

    James Roberts extended his hitting-streak to nine games on a single to left in the fifth that scored Brandon Garcia for the Trojans only run.

    The Sun Devils tacked on insurance runs in the seventh when Devan Marrero belted a two-run homer to left off Triggs to stretch the lead. Joey DeMichele followed with a triple down the right field line and was knocked in on a single up the middle by James McDonald to make it 5-1.

    ASU's Brady Rodgers surrendered only one run on six hits while striking out seven in eight innings of work to move to 6-1 on the season.

    USC returns to action tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in game two of their series with ASU.