Pitching Carries USC To 3-2 Win Over No. 19 Oregon State
April 28, 2012
LOS ANGELES-- USC starter Andrew Triggs pitched into the eighth inning allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out five to lead the Trojans to a 3-2 victory over No. 19 Oregon State Saturday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
"Our pitching was tremendous today between Triggs and Martin Viramontes," said USC head coach Frank Cruz. "Triggs was his typical self...a true leader. He put us in a position to win that game and we were able to capitalize. Viramontes was as good as I've seen him in the five years I've known him. We've had some hard times the last couple weeks, but this team has battled back. That's what we do around here."
USC loaded the bases in the first but Oregon State starter Jace Fry worked out of the jam as Jake Hernandez flew out to the warning track in right. Fry (4-3) took the loss but was impressive in his own right, surrendering three runs on six hits in 7 2/3 innings.
OSU drew first blood with an RBI single to center from Jake Rodriguez to score Ryan Dunn who had doubled to start the inning.
The Beavers would retake the lead in the fifth after Rodriguez doubled to the corner in right, moved to third on a sac-bunt and scored on a sac-fly to left.
Roberts continued to swing a hot bat as he laced a single to left center to score Adam Landecker in the bottom of the fifth. Kevin Roundtree followed with a chopper over third base to score Matt Foat for what would prove to be the game-winning run and go up 3-2.
Triggs (4-4) departed in the eighth and senior Viramontes held the Beavers at bay with a runner on second as he retired the heart of the OSU order. He got Ryan Gorton to fly out to right and caught Dunn looking on strikes to preserve the Trojans lead.
Viramontes returned to pitch the ninth and fanned Ryan Barnes, Joey Matthews and Rodriguez in order to cap a dominating 1 2/3 innings of relief. The senior struck out four of five batters faced and picked up his fifth save of the season in the Trojans win.
"I knew it was a big situation for the team and I needed to step up," said Viramontes. "I was confident in my stuff and attacked each hitter one pitch at a time. My arm has been feeling really good and the ball has been coming out smooth. When that happens you can locate all your pitches and that's when you see results. We feel good as a team and built some solid momentum going into tomorrow's game."
Roberts and Landecker each had multi-hit games for the Trojans to raise their averages to .294 and .322 respectively. In doing so, Roberts also extended his hitting-streak to 15 games.
USC returns to action tomorrow at 11 a.m. for the rubber match of their series with the Beavers at Dedeaux Field.