Arizona Clinches Win In Bottom Of The 10th, 4-3
April 29, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - Johnny Field flared an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday as the Arizona Wildcats recorded the 4-3 win against the USC Trojans. Field plated Bryce Ortega from second for the walk-off win against USC reliever Brandon Garcia (both Field and Garcia played at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas).
Arizona improved to 25-16 overall and 7-9 in conference while USC fell to 18-23 overall and evened its conference mark to 8-8.
Joe De Pinto and Alex Sherrod led the Trojans with three hits each as Andrew Triggs had another strong outing for the Trojans, allowing three runs (one earned) in 7 2/3 innings on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Arizona entered the game with a .320 batting average as a team, but Triggs kept the Wildcats off the scoreboard through the first four innings.
Matt Chaffee (5-2) earned the win in relief for the Wildcats with three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit with two walks and five strikeouts.
USC used four hits in the first inning to produce two runs off Arizona starter Kyle Simon. Matt Foat, who finished with two RBI in the game, hit a high chopper to third for an infield single to score Kevin Roundtree. Sherrod then laced a single up the middle for the 2-0 lead. In the USC fourth, Sherrod lead off with a double, but Simon worked out of the jam as the Trojans stranded 12 runners in the game.
Arizona tried a hit-and-run in the fourth, but Cole Frenzel's fly ball went straight to Sherrod in right field for an easy double up at first.
Robert Refsnyder walked to lead off in the bottom of the fifth. Triggs threw the ball away on a pickoff attempt to move Refsnyder to second. UA designated hitter Bobby Brown grounded out for the second out before Alex Mejia singled home Refsnyder. Seth Mejias-Brean then laid down a bunt with two outs in front of the mound, but Triggs' throw glanced off Ricky Oropesa's glove at first and went down the line as the three-base error tied the game with Mejia scoring.
De Pinto was hit by a pitch in the seventh and would later score the go-ahead run on Foat's sacrifice fly to right for the 3-2 advantage. Brown hit a one-out triple in the bottom of the inning. Mejia then hit a fly ball to right near foul territory that Sherrod caught and threw to the plate as Roundtree applied the tag on Brown for the 9-2 double play to end the inning and maintain the Trojans' lead.
Pinch-hitter Bobby Rinard led off the Arizona eighth with a single up the middle, sacrificed to second by Joey Rickard and advanced to third on a groundout by Ortega. Cole Frenzel then found the hole on the right side with the RBI single to tie the game. De Pinto singled to start the USC ninth before Oropesa hit a ground ball to second. Ortega attempted a double play as the first out was recorded, by Mejia's throw went to the Arizona dugout to move Oropesa to second. Chaffee answered by striking out Foat and Sherrod to send it to the bottom of the ninth.
With one out and runners at first and second after an intentional walk to Brown with first base open, Mejia hit a ground ball to third that was smothered by Adam Landecker and turned into the second out after Landecker tagged Refsnyder. Josh Garcia was intentionally walked to load the bases against Brandon Garcia. Garcia fell behind 3-0 to Rickard, but rallied back to a full count and then struck out Rickard on an inside fast ball to send the game to extra innings.
After Chaffee recorded two strikeouts in the 10th, Ortega was hit on a 0-1 pitch by Garcia in the bottom of the inning. Frenzel sacrificed Ortega to second before Field provided the heroics with the game-winning single.
The series continues tomorrow with a 6 p.m. start and a noon game time for Sunday's series finale. Both games will be broadcast live in usctrojans.com.
Notes: Tonight was officially USC's first extra-inning game of the season (the April 12 game at Pepperdine was suspended with a 5-5 tie after the 11th inning and will be resumed on May 24)...Andrew Triggs has a 1.54 ERA in his last three conference starts (23 1/3 innings, four earned runs, five walks and 23 strikeouts).
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