No. 6 Arizona State Evens Series With 7-4 Decision Over USC
May 14, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Andrew Aplin went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and two RBI Saturday as the No. 6 Arizona State Sun Devils evened a Pac-10 Conference series with a 7-4 win over the USC Trojans. Mitchell Lambson threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief for the victory after the Sun Devils broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the eighth inning.
Riccio Torrez went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI for the Sun Devils (36-12, 14-6) while Austin Barnes was 2-for-4 with one RBI.
ASU loaded the bases off USC starter Austin Wood before Zach Wilson's sacrifice fly gave the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead in the first. Wood ended up going seven innings, allowing four runs on five hits with six walks and two strikeouts. Aplin tripled home Barnes in the second for a 2-0 advantage. In the top of the fourth, the Sun Devils would improve their lead to four runs as Torrez hit a two-run single up the middle.
The Trojans finally got on the board in the bottom half of the fourth after Garcia hit a two-run blast off starter Kramer Champlin. Alex Glenn followed with a solo home run to right to cut the deficit to one. Landecker and Ricky Oropesa singled to lead off the Trojan fifth as Joe De Pinto grounded into a double play to tie the game with Landecker scoring.
Matt Newman greeted reliever Kyle Richter (2-3) in the top of the eighth with a ground-rule double to right center. Deven Marrero sacrificed Newman to third before Austin Barnes blooped a single to center for the go-ahead run. Aplin then doubled to right to score another run, advancing to third on the throw home and would score on the next at-bat as Johnny Ruettiger lifted a sacrifice fly to center. USC put runners at first and second with two outs in the ninth off Lambson, but Matt Foat lined out to short to end the game as the Trojans stranded 11 runners on the afternoon.
The series concludes tomorrow with a 1 p.m. start and will be broadcast live through a video webcast, along with Gametracker live stats, on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Adam Landecker became the first Trojan to record four hits in a game this season...Landecker is 7-for-9 (all singles) in two games against Arizona State.
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