No. 11 UCLA Defeats USC, 13-7, In Pac-10 Opener
May 14, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The No. 11 UCLA Bruins scored four runs in the first inning Friday on their way to a 13-7 victory over the USC Trojans in the Pac-10 Conference series opener at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The top four spots in the Bruins' lineup combined for nine hits, including a 3-for-4 effort by designated hitter Blair Dunlap.
Gerrit Cole (8-2) got the win for UCLA (35-11, 11-8) after going five innings and allowing five runs on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Ricky Oropesa led the Trojans (23-26, 5-14) by going 4-for-5 at the plate with a double, home run and four RBI. Ben Mount (5-4) took the loss after being knocked out in the fourth inning, giving up seven runs (three earned) on eight hits with five walks and two strikeouts.
Beau Amaral legged out a double to lead off the UCLA first. After being sacrificed to third by Dunlap, Amaral scored after Tyler Rahmatulla's ground ball to USC shortstop Joe De Pinto turned into a throwing error. Justin Uribe then plated Rahmatulla from second on an RBI double for the 2-0 score. Brett Krill hit a fly ball to center that rolled past a diving Mike O'Neill for a triple, followed by Cody Keefer's single to right to cap the scoring.
With runners at second and third in the top of the second, Adam Landecker hit a one-out single down the first base line as the Trojans cut the deficit in half, 4-2. UCLA loaded the bases with no outs in the third, but only got one run out of it on Niko Gallego's fielder's choice for the 5-2 UCLA lead. The Bruins added two runs in the fourth for a 7-2 score with Rahmatulla's RBI double and a run scoring when Krill grounded into a double play with the bases loaded.
Oropesa's two-run double to left center in the fifth scored O'Neill and De Pinto, but Amaral added a run with a single in the bottom half of the inning with UCLA on top, 8-4. It was another bases-loaded situation in the sixth for the Bruins as pinch-hitter Dean Espy lifted a sacrifice fly to center. After Gallego was hit by a Brad Douthit pitch to load the bases again, Steve Rodriguez hit a ground ball to second. USC second baseman Ashton Kent underhanded the ball to second, but Gallego beat the throw as two runs scored to make it 11-5.
In the seventh, Oropesa blasted his 14th homer of the season with the two-run homer as the Trojans trailed by four runs. UCLA added two insurance runs in the eighth on Dunlap's two-run single.
The series continues tomorrow with USC's Chris Mezger (4-0, 2.57) going against Trevor Bauer (7-3, 3.01) at 2 p.m. with Sunday's game at 1 p.m. between UCLA's Rob Rasmussen (7-2, 3.36) against a yet to be announced starter for USC.
Notes: Mike O'Neill extended his season-high hitting streak to 12 games after hitting a single in the third...O'Neill is batting .500 (26-for-52) during the streak with eight doubles and 10 RBI...Ricky Oropesa now has 27 home runs in his Trojan career, five away from breaking into the school's all-time list...he needs four home runs to break into the school's single-season list...USC turned a season-high three double plays...tonight was Ben Mount's shortest stint of the season (three innings) with his previous being 5 2/3 innings (March 7 vs. New Mexico and March 20 at Pacific).
USC 020-021-200---7-11-2 UCLA 401-213-02x---13-13-1