USC Beats No. 6 Arizona State, 5-1, In Series Opener
May 13, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Junior right-hander Andrew Triggs (Nashville, Tenn.) threw his third complete game of the season Friday as the USC Trojans defeated the No. 6 Arizona State Sun Devils, 5-1, in a Pac-10 Conference series opener at Dedeaux Field. Triggs allowed one unearned run on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts as the Trojans (19-26, 9-10) snapped a six-game losing streak.
Johnny Ruettiger, Riccio Torrez and Joey DeMichele had two hits each for Arizona State (35-12, 13-6) as Brady Rodgers was touched up for five runs (four earned) in seven innings. Rodgers allowed nine hits, walked two and struck out eight.
With runners at first and third in the top of the first, Torrez hit a chopper that Roberts mishandled at short to plate Ruettiger for ASU's lone run of the game before DeMichele grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Ricky Oropesa singled home Kevin Roundtree to tie it in the USC half of the first. De Pinto sacrificed runners to second and third and Alex Sherrod hit a ground ball to second. Zack MacPhee's throw pulled Zach Wilson off the bag as the error made it a 2-1 USC lead. Matt Foat then hit a ground ball and beat out a throw for the possible double play as the Trojans' third run of the inning scored.
Roundtree's RBI single in the second gave USC a 4-1 advantage with De Pinto adding an RBI single to right center in the inning for the commanding 5-1 lead. Triggs would keep the Sun Devils off the scoreboard in the final eight innings as ASU put a runner at third twice, but would be unable to score both times.
The series continues tomorrow at 3 p.m. with a 1 p.m. series finale on Sunday. Both games will be broadcast through a live video webcast, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Andrew Triggs has a 1.11 ERA in his last four Pac-10 Conference starts, allowing only four earned runs in 32 1/3 innings (seven walks and 29 strikeouts)...Adam Landecker had three hits for the second time this season (April 19 vs. Loyola Marymount)...USC unveiled "Sparky's Corner" in right field prior to tonight's game, a tribute to the late Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson...Anderson was a batboy for USC's first national championship squad in 1948.
ASU 100-000-000---1-7-3 USC 320-000-00x---5-10-2