USC Uses Big First Inning For 7-4 Win At Loyola Marymount
April 19, 2011
LOS ANGELES -Alex Sherrod collected a season-high four RBI Tuesday as the USC Trojans beat the Loyola Marymount Lions, 7-4, in non-conference action at George Page Stadium. USC (16-20) used a five-run first inning to earn its fifth win in the last six games.
Kyle Richter with the designated start threw two perfect innings to go to 2-1 on the season while Brandon Garcia picked up his first save of the season for the Trojans. Garcia threw two-thirds of an inning for the save while going 3-for-5 at the plate with one RBI.
Jacob Smigelski (0-2) hit Kevin Roundtree on a 2-2 pitch in the first before allowing walks to Ricky Oropesa and Joe De Pinto to load the bases. Sherrod then belted a bases-loaded double to clear the bags to start the five-run inning for the Trojans.
The Lions came back with two runs in the bottom of the third, but Chris Mezger got Matt Koch to fly out for the final out with a runner at third. Alex Guthrie's sacrifice fly in the sixth made it a 5-3 lead for the Trojans, but USC added a run in the seventh. Garcia's RBI infield single made it a four-run lead in the ninth inning.
Guthrie led off the LMU ninth with a single, followed by Jason Barmasse's double off Ben Mount. After Mount got a 1-3 groundout from Zac Fujimoto, Garcia entered the game with a 2-0 count to Colton Plaia, who hit an infield single to score Guthrie. Garcia then struck out pinch-hitter Joe Vierra on the full count pitch and Matt Lowenstein grounded out to second for the game-ender.
USC travels to Washington for a Pac-10 Conference series, Thursday-Saturday (April 21-23). Thursday and Friday's games start at 6 p.m. with a noon start on Saturday. All three games will be broadcast live (audio only) on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Matt Foat went 1-for-5 to extend his season-long hitting streak to 11 games for the Trojans.
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