Trojans Fall 11-1 To No. 14 Wildcats|
May 18, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The USC baseball team lost its ninth consecutive game in an 11-1 loss to No. 14 Arizona Friday night at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans fall to 22-26 (7-18 Pac-12) on the season while the Wildcats improve to 35-15 (17-8 Pac-12).
The Trojans didn't get off to the start they had hoped as Ben Mount hit the first batter he faced and James Roberts committed a throwing error to give Arizona two men on with no out. The runners would advance on a wild pitch before Joey Rickard scored on a ground out to second by Alex Mejia for a 1-0 lead.
Mount rebounded to toss four scoreless innings before the Arizona offense struck in the sixth. With two on, Bobby Brown delivered a bases clearing triple down the right field line to put the Wildcats up 3-0. Mount stayed in the game to retire the final out of the inning but the damage was done.
After a leadoff single in the in the seventh by Joseph Maggi, Mount would give way to junior Matt Munson. Mount allowed three runs on six hits while striking out two on the night.
Arizona would load the bases after a walk and two singles and Mejia pushed another run across on a ground out to shortstop to go up 4-0. After loading the bases again, Brown reached on an error by Matt Foat at first as two additional runs came across. Arizona then converted a double steal to stretch the lead to 7-0.
The Trojans strung together three singles in the seventh to load the bases for Andres Rodriguez who put USC on the board with a sac-fly to left. That would be the only run of the inning as the Trojans went to the eighth trailing 7-1.
Nick Berhel came on to pitch the eighth for USC and looked solid striking out Trent Gilbert and Brandon Dixon before allowing three runs on three hits including doubles to Mejia and Robert Refsnyder. USC trailed 10-1 after the inning.
Arizona starter Kurt Heyer impressed allowing just one run while striking out four to move to 10-2 on the season.
James Roberts singled in the first and has now reached base safely in 25-straight games.
USC returns to action tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the second game of their series with Arizona.