Trojans Fall 5-4 To Gauchos In Extras|
April 18, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team gave up three runs in the ninth en route to a 5-4 12-inning loss to UC Santa Barbara Wednesday night at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans fall to 20-15 while the Gauchos improve to 18-17 on the season.
After opening the game with back-to-back singles, UCSB got on the board first as they pushed a run across from third on a 4-6-3 double play.
In the second, James Roberts extended his hitting-streak to a team-leading 13 games with a sharp single to left.
UCSB starter Kevin Gelinas departed in the third after striking out four in 2.2 scoreless innings.
Senior Brandon Garcia came off the bench in the sixth and delivered the game-tying RBI with a hard single up the middle to score Adam Landecker from third. With runners on the corners, Kevin Roundtree smoked a liner up the middle but was robbed by Brandon Trinkwon who made a fully-extended diving snare to keep the game notched at 1-1. Matt Foat would later score on a passed ball to take a 2-1 lead. The Trojans then loaded the bases for Alex Sherrod who hit a rocket to Trinkwon that was too hot to handle. Roberts and Dante Flores would come around to score on the error to give the Trojans a 4-1 lead.
Starter Andrew Triggs worked into the seventh seamlessly, at one point retiring 16 of 17 batters until Roenick legged out an infield single when Foat's foot came off the bag at first. Triggs allowed only one run and three hits while striking out four in the no-decision.
Martin Virimontes came on in relief in the eighth and sat the Gauchos down in order.
In the ninth, the Gauchos cut the lead to 4-2 after three-straight singles to open the frame. Peter Maris popped out to the mound on a bunt, but Viramontes' throw to first to double up Roenicke sailed wide allowing Brett Vertigan to score to make it 4-3. Wyatt Strahan came on to face pinch hitter Marc Venning who singled up the middle to plate Roenicke and even the game at 4-4 erasing Triggs' solid night on the mound.
With Landecker on third and Foat on second in the ninth, Greg Mahle was able to get Brandon Garcia swinging to retire the Trojans and send the game to extra innings.
UCSB would threaten in the 10th with runners on the corners and Roenicke at the plate, but Strahan got him to pop out to right field to keep the Trojans hopes alive.
Maris gave the Gauchos a 5-4 lead in the 12th with hard single to left off Matt Munson (2-1) that scored Vertigan from second and proved to be a crushing blow.
USC would head to the bottom of the 12th with the heart of the order due up at the plate. Foat worked a 3-2 count before he went down looking on strikes. Garcia was hit on the arm but called back for leaning into the pitch before he struck out swinging for the second out. Roundtree then popped out to the shortstop to end the game.
UCSB's Greg Mahle (1-2) picked up the win tossing the final four scoreless innngs of relief.
USC returns to action next Tuesday at 6 p.m. when they host Long Beach State.