Trojans End Season With 7-6 Loss At UCLA
May 27, 2012
WESTWOOD, Calif. - The USC baseball team fought back hard and often but came up short in a 7-6 loss to No. 9 UCLA this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. With the win, the Bruins completed a season sweep of the Trojans and clinched a share of the Pac-12 Championship.
The Trojans end the season with a record of 23-32 overall (8-22 Pac-1) while the Bruins head into the postseason at 42-14 overall (20-10 Pac-12).
Brandon Garcia opened the second with a hard single to center and Kevin Swick singled through the left side to keep the Trojan bats going. Andres Rodriguez advanced the runners on a sacrifice bunt and Kevin Roundtree knocked in USC's first run on a single up the middle. With Garret Houts at the plate the Trojans executed a perfect double-steal as Swick stole home to take a 2-0 lead.
USC relinquished the lead in the second as Jeff Gelalich singled and Trevor Brown doubled to start the inning. Pat Valaika plated Gelalich with a sac-fly to deep right field and UCLA scored another on an infield single from Kevin Kramer to tie the game at 2-2.
Rodriguez scored from second on a throwing error by Brown in the fourth as the Trojans took a brief 3-2 lead.
With two on in the fourth, UCLA's Beau Amaral singled to left to tie the game at 3-3. The Bruins would load the bases but USC starter Stephen Tarpley struck out Gelalich to end the inning as UCLA stranded three.
USC would go ahead again in the sixth as Houts scored on a grounder to third by Foat that was booted by Kevin Kramer.
In the bottom of the inning the Bruins loaded the bases and Tarpley was lifted for James Guillen. With two out and the runners in motion, Brown singled through the left side to score two and put UCLA up 5-4.
Tarpley allowed five runs on eight hits while striking out three in 5 2/3 innings but took the no decision.
With the bases loaded in the eighth, Scott Griggs struck out James Roberts on a breaking ball in the dirt that squirted towards the USC dugout allowing Alex Sherrod to score from third and once again tie the game at 5-5.
Martin Viramontes (L 1-2) entered to pitch the eighth but after a hit batter, a walk and an error at first by Foat found himself in a trying situation. Valaika then delivered a hard single to left to score two for UCLA as they took a 7-5 lead.
In the top of the ninth, Swick and Jake Hernandez singled to put the tying runs on board for the Trojans. Sean Spear came off the bench with a RBI single to left to score Swick and cut the Bruin lead to 7-6. USC wouldn't get any closer as Griggs (W 3-1) was able to get Foat to roll into a force-out at second to end the game.
USC received two-hit games from Sherrod, Foat, Flores and Swick in the loss...Foat finishes the season with a team-leading 22 multi-hit games.