USC Shuts Out No. 19 Arizona, 6-0
April 30, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore right-hander Andrew Triggs (Nashville, Tenn.) threw seven scoreless innings and allowed only three hits Friday as the USC Trojans shut out the No. 19 Arizona Wildcats, 6-0, in the first game of a Pac-10 Conference series at Dedeaux Field. Triggs struck out eight while giving up just one walk as the Trojans handed Arizona freshman Kurt Heyer (6-1) his first loss of the season.
Ricky Oropesa went 3-for-4 for USC (18-23, 4-12) while Kevin Roundtree also had three hits on the evening. Cole Frenzel was the only player for Arizona (28-12, 8-8) with more than one hit. Heyer went 5 2/3 innings for the Wildcats, giving up three runs (two earned) on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
Triggs struck out four of the first seven batters he faced until a double by Bobby Brown in the third inning. Arizona had runners at second and third with two outs in the third for their best scoring opportunity, but Triggs got Rafael Valenzuela to pop up to third for the final out. Triggs retired the side in order four times during the game.
USC greeted Heyer in the bottom of the first with singles from Joe De Pinto and Oropesa, followed by a walk to Matt Foat to load the bases. Alex Sherrod then hit a ground ball to third base as the Wildcats looked to turn the double play, but the throw from second baseman Robert Refsnyder was wild as two runs scored for the Trojans. Foat hit an RBI sacrifice fly in the third for the 3-0 lead and another error by the Wildcats with the bases loaded led to two more unearned runs in the seventh. Mike O'Neill capped the scoring in the eighth with an RBI single to score Ashton Kent while Chad Smith threw two scoreless innings in relief to close out the game for the Trojans.
The series continues tomorrow with a 1:30 p.m. start and a 1 p.m. start on Sunday. Both games will be broadcast live through a video webcast on usctrojans.com.
Note: Arizona has not scored a run at Dedeaux Field in 27 consecutive innings, dating back to the 2008 series when USC posted two straight 5-0 shutouts against the Wildcats...USC won for the first time in the first game of a Pac-10 series since March 26 at Stanford.
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