Trojans Lose 6-1 To No. 14 Wildcats
May 20, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Kevin Roundtree led off Senior Day with a bang as he took Arizona's James Farriss deep to right for his first home run of the season in the first inning. They rest of the day didn't go as well as the Trojans dropped the rubber match of their series with No. 14 Arizona 6-1. USC falls to 23-27 (8-19 Pac-12) on the season while Arizona improves to 36-16 (18-9 Pac-12).
A pre-game ceremony honored outgoing seniors Brad Douthit, Matt Foat, Brandon Garcia, Jordan Hershiser, Garret Houts, Ben Mount, Kevin Roundtree, Alex Sherrod, Andrew Triggs, Martin Viramontes and Brett Williams for their dedication and contributions to the USC baseball program.
In the second, Arizona loaded the bases on two singles and a walk as starter Stephen Tarpley was put to the test early on. Robert Refsnyder scored on a passed ball to even the game at 1-1. Tarpley got Riley Moore to pop out to second and struck out Trent Gilbert to work out of the jam.
The Wildcats would load the bases again in the third on two singles and an error to put Tarpley in another trying situation with no outs. Tarpley issued a walk to Seth Mejias-Brean to plate the go ahead run. Booby Brown followed with a two-run single to right and Arizona scored another on an error by the sure-handed Andres Rodriguez at second as the Trojans quickly trailed 5-1. Tarpley (L 5-3) took the loss allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out seven.
Still down four runs the Trojans loaded the bases in the fifth but couldn't convert as James Roberts hit a hard roller right at the second baseman Gilbert.
Garcia came on to pitch in the seventh only to load the bases on two walks and a hit batter. Matt Munson entered and allowed a single to left by Refsnyder to go up 6-1. Munson would work out of the jam to limit the damage but the Trojans faced a five-run deficit.
Farriss (6-3) picked up the win for Arizona allowing just the one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He was relieved by Matthew Troupe who went the final 2 2/3 scoreless innings.
Garcia led the way for the Trojans with three hits while fellow seniors Roundtree, Foat and Houts all had multi-hit games and accounted for all of the Trojans hits...Roberts was not able to reach base today and had his 27-game streak snapped.
USC returns to action Tuesday at UC Santa Barbara before hosting UC Riveside Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans then close the season at UCLA.