No. 15 USC Completes Incredible Comeback to Defeat San Diego State 12-11 to Advance to Regional Finals|
May 31, 2015
LOS ANGELES - In an incredible, never-say-die elimination game the No. 15 Trojans fought back from an 11-7 deficit in the seventh inning to score five unanswered runs to defeat San Diego State 12-11 to advance to the regional final on Sunday afternoon.
The Aztecs (41-23) jumped out to a 3-0 lead with two runs in the first and one in the second. However, the Trojans answered with two runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth to take a 7-3 lead. The Aztecs were not going to go down easily however, and in the back-and-forth game, they put up five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take an 8-7 lead. The Trojans kept fighting, even after the Aztecs extended their lead to 11-7. The Trojans then scored five unanswered runs with two in the eighth and three in the ninth to take the 12-11 lead.
Every Trojan in the lineup had at least one hit, with first baseman Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) going 2-for-6 with a team-high four RBI, including the the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth on a two-out, two RBI single in the top of the ninth.
The Trojans have a quick turnaround after the elimination game to advance to the regional final, with the game just one hour after the Trojans' emotional victory vs. San Diego State, they Trojans will face Virginia in the regional final.