Arizona Bats Come Alive In 20-4 Win Over USC
April 30, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - Robert Refsnyder went 2-for-5 with a triple, home run and five RBI Saturday as the Arizona Wildcats routed the USC Trojans, 20-4, in Pac-10 Conference action. The Wildcats used 20 hits in the game as every player in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit to win the first two games of the weekend series.
Bryce Ortega went 4-for-5 with two RBI while Cole Frenzel and Johnny Field had three RBI each for Arizona (26-16, 8-9). Vincent Littleman picked up the win for the Wildcats after entering for starter Konner Wade in the fifth, throwing 4 2/3 scoreless innings and allowing only three hits.
Austin Wood was roughed up for seven runs in three innings for the Trojans (18-24, 8-9), who allowed a season high for runs (previous high was 11 runs allowed on Feb. 20 against North Carolina). Alex Sherrod led USC at the plate with a 2-for-3 night with a double and two RBI.
With two outs in the third, Joey Rickard scored on a wild pitch by Wood for the first run. Wood ran into trouble in the fourth when he led off the inning by hitting Refsnyder with a pitch, followed by a single from Jett Bandy and a walk to Bobby Rinard to load the bases. Alex Mejia hit an infield single and Wood allowed back-to-back walks with the bases loaded to force in two more runs. Bryce Ortega greeted reliever Chris Mezger with a sacrifice fly to left for the first out. After Mezger struck out Frenzel, Field singled to left for another run and Refsnyder blasted a two-run triple to left to cap the seven-run inning.
It was the Trojans' turn in the fifth despite the seven-run deficit. USC led off with four consecutive singles to knock out Wade as the Trojans produced three runs to cut into the Arizona lead, 8-4. Arizona, however, salted the game away in the bottom half of the inning with six runs. Frenzel hit a three-run homer to right, followed by Refsnyder's two-run home with the Wildcats adding three runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
The series concludes tomorrow with a noon start and will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Logan Odom (3-5, 3.49) will start tomorrow for USC against Arizona ace Kurt Heyer (6-3, 2.20)...the worst loss to Arizona in USC history came in 1982 when the Wildcats defeated the Trojans, 20-2, in Tucson.
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