No. 19 Arizona Rallies For 9-7 Win Over USC
May 2, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Bryce Bandilla threw 3 1/3 innings of relief Sunday as the No. 19 Arizona Wildcats scored six runs in the eighth inning for a 9-7 win over the host USC Trojans in Pac-10 Conference action. Bandilla allowed just one run (a solo homer to Joe De Pinto in the ninth) on two hits with no walks and five strikeouts as Arizona rallied from a 6-0 deficit to salvage a win in the series.
Arizona improved to 29-13 overall and 9-9 in conference while USC fell to 19-24 overall and 5-13 in conference. Despite the loss, the Trojans recorded their first Pac-10 series win of the season.
Robert Refsnyder, Cole Frenzel and Alex Mejia recorded two hits each for the Wildcats. Alex Sherrod led the Trojans with a 2-for-4 day, hitting his fifth homer of the season and second in as many games with three RBI while Mike O'Neill was 3-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI. Junior right-hander Chris Mezger made his first collegiate start for the Trojans, throwing an effective five innings and allowing just two runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout.
O'Neill led off the bottom of the first with a double to right center off Arizona starter Daniel Workman. Ricky Oropesa then walked before Sherrod launched a three-run homer to right center for the 3-0 lead in favor of the Trojans. Ashton Kent doubled to lead off the second and scored on O'Neill's RBI double to left with RBI singles from Adam Landecker and De Pinto making it a 6-0 advantage in the fourth.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Trojans loaded the bases when Sherrod was hit by a pitch and Cade Kreuter and Kevin Roundtree both walked. Arizona brought in Stephen Manthei, who induced a ground ball from Kent. Wildcat third baseman Sean Mejias-Brean tagged the base at third and threw home as Sherrod was tagged out by Jett Bandy for the double play. Manthei then struck out Alex Glenn to stop the Trojan threat.
The momentum shift aided the Wildcats in the sixth after Steve Selsky and Refsnyder led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Mejias-Brean and Mejia put the Wildcats on the scoreboard with RBI singles for the 6-2 score. Pinch-hitter Bobby Rinard hit a ground ball to second, but Kent's throw was offline as Mejias-Brean scored to cut the lead in half.
Brandon Garcia hit pinch-hitter Ethan Chavez on a 2-2 count to load the bases in the Arizona eighth with no outs. Mejia then lined a sacrifice fly to center for the Wildcats' first run of the inning. Rinard flied out to center for the second out, but Josh Garcia hit a two-run single up the middle to tie the game. Bandy then laced a double to left, but the Trojans' cutoff throw came well ahead of Josh Garcia with a play at the plate. Garcia slid into Roundtree's left leg at the plate as the ball came loose with Arizona taking the 7-6 lead. Bandy took third on the play and later scored on a wild pitch with the Wildcats adding one more run for the three-run lead.
De Pinto hit a one-out solo homer in the ninth off Bandilla, but Bandilla came back and got a groundout from Oropesa and struck out Sherrod looking to close out the game.
USC travels to UC Irvine on Tuesday (May 4) for a non-conference game, starting at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
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