Arizona Rallies To Defeat USC, 8-5
May 1, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - Seth Mejias-Brean hit an RBI single up the middle for the go-ahead run Sunday in the sixth inning as the Arizona Wildcats rallied for the 8-5 win over the USC Trojans to complete the Pac-10 Conference series sweep. The Wildcats trailed 5-0 after the third inning, but scored eight unanswered runs against the Trojans.
Robert Refsnyder went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI for Arizona (27-16, 9-9) while Jett Bandy and Bobby Brown collected three hits each. Bryce Bandilla picked up the win with two scoreless innings for the Wildcats, allowing one hit with two hits and three strikeouts while Matt Chaffee pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for his fifth save on the season.
Arizona had runners at first and third in the first, but USC starter Logan Odom picked off Johnny Field at first for the final out. The Trojans used the momentum to get to UA starter Kurt Heyer in the second. Brandon Garcia doubled down the third base line to put runners at second and third with one out. James Roberts hit an infield single for the first run, followed by RBI singles from Alex Glenn and Roundtree. With Glenn at third, De Pinto hit a line drive to center field to make it a 4-0 lead on the sacrifice fly.
Sherrod belted his fifth homer of the season with a line drive over the fence in right for the 5-0 lead in the third. Arizona, who entered the game with a .324 team batting average, finally got to Odom in the fourth after the USC senior had thrown three scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Odom walked Field before Refsnyder laced an RBI double to left to score Field. After a wild pitch from Odom moved Refsnyder to third, Brown hit an RBI ground out to short as the run made it a 5-2 score in favor of USC.
In the Arizona sixth, Field led off with a triple off the fence in left center. Refsnyder followed with a two-run shot to left for his sixth home run on the year to cut the deficit to one. Bandy followed by recording his first career triple and Brown tied it up with the RBI single to left off reliever Ben Mount (1-2). Alex Mejia moved Brown to second on a groundout before a wild pitch put Brown 90 feet away at third. With a drawn-in infield, Mejias-Brean chopped Mount's pitch to center as the Wildcats held the lead for the first time on the afternoon.
De Pinto singled in the top of the seventh while Ricky Oropesa walked against Bandilla, but the Wildcat lefty came back to strike out Matt Foat and retire Sherrod and Adam Landecker on fly balls to keep the Trojans off the scoreboard. Arizona would add two insurance runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Mejia and Joey Rickard as Chaffee threw a perfect ninth for the win.
USC hosts UC Riverside in a non-conference game on Tuesday (May 3) at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast through a video webcast on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Joe De Pinto finished the weekend with a 7-for-10 (.700) series with a double while Alex Sherrod batted .538 (7-for-13) with a home run and four RBI...USC lost a Pac-10 series for the first time in four tries after wins over Stanford, Oregon and Washington...this was Arizona's first series sweep of USC since 2006.
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