USC Wins Fifth Straight In 12-9 Decision At Washington
April 22, 2011
SEATTLE - Ben Mount threw 2 1/3 perfect innings in relief Friday to get the save as the USC Trojans held on for the 12-9 win over the Washington Huskies. USC (18-20, 8-6) registered its season-high fifth straight win as well as recording a season high for run production.
Washington (11-25, 2-9) made things interesting after the Trojans built a nine-run lead in the seventh by putting up seven runs against the USC pitching staff.
Oropesa belted his sixth homer of the year with a two-run shot to center in the first off starter Aaron West. The Huskies began the first with four straight hits off Austin Wood (4-5), who ended up with the win after giving up five runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Garret Houts laid a squeeze bunt down in the third to score James Roberts as USC took the 3-2 lead. Matt Foat's RBI double and Adam Landecker's RBI single made it a three-run lead in the fourth. The Trojans took advantage of UW shortstop Ty Afenir's error in the fifth to produce three unearned runs and the 8-2 advantage.
With two outs in the seventh, Zach Wright hit Landecker and James Roberts back-to-back before Roundtree launched a three-run homer to right for the 11-2 lead.
Afenir walked with one out in the bottom half of the seventh off Wood before Brendan Gardner-Young and Brian Wolfe collected back-to-back singles to load the bases. Brad Douthit relieved Wood, but walked Jacob Lamb with the bases loaded to force in a run and then gave up a single by Troy Scott. Eric Peterson hit a ground ball to first as Oropesa stepped on the base for the second out. B.K. Santy then hit a two-run single to left off Matt Munson before Chase Anselment hit a two-run homer to cut the deficit to two. Joe Meggs doubled down the left field line before Mount came in and got Afenir to fly out to center to halt the rally.
Alex Sherrod added the insurance run in the USC eighth on a sacrifice fly to score Oropesa.
The series concludes tomorrow at noon and will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
Notes: With 39 career homers, Ricky Oropesa needs one to tie Morgan Ensberg for fifth place on USC's all-time list...the Trojans' previous best for runs this season in a game was 10 (two times)...Mount recorded his second save in a week for the Trojans...Matt Foat had three RBI for the first time this season...with three RBI, Kevin Roundtree had more RBI than he had combined (two) prior to tonight's game.
USC 201-230-310---12-11-0 UW 200-000-700---9-15-3