Oropesa Cranks Walk-off Homer In 9-8 Win Over New Mexico State
May 18, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore third baseman Ricky Oropesa (Rancho Cucamonga/Etiwanda HS) led off the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday with his 15th home run of the season as his solo shot gave the USC Trojans a 9-8 win victory over the New Mexico State Aggies. Oropesa, who had struck out his previous four times in a row, belted an 0-1 pitch from reliever Jared Jordan for the game winner.
For the evening, Oropesa finished 2-for-6 with the home run and three RBI for USC (24-28), snapping the Trojans' four-game losing streak. This season, 11 of Oropesa's 15 home runs have come in the seventh inning or later. With 28 career home runs, Oropesa needs four to break into USC's all-time top ten list and three more home runs this season to break into the school's single-season top ten list.
Shuhei Fujiya (4-1) picked up the win for the Trojans with his longest stint of the season, throwing 4 1/3 scoreless innings with four hits, one walk and four strikeouts.
Parker Hipp went 3-for-6 with two RBI for New Mexico State (36-20-1) while Ryan Aguayo was 2-for-4 with three RBI.
Nate Shaver led off the game with a double to left center, scoring on Ryan Aguayo's RBI single for the 1-0 lead. USC took the lead on Oropesa's two-run double to left center, but the Aggies regained the advantage with two in the second on run-scoring singles from Wesley Starkes and Aguayo. The Trojans tied it at 3-3 on Kevin Roundtree's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
The Trojans took advantage of three errors by the Aggies to put up five runs in the sixth. Garret Houts capped the scoring with a two-run single. The Aggies answered with their own five-run inning in the seventh. NMSU had the bases loaded on three consecutive walks with two outs before Fujiya entered the game and got Aguayo to ground out to keep it a tied ballgame.
In the ninth inning, both teams put runners at first and second with no outs before Fujiya and Aggie reliever Steven Anderson came back to send the game into extra inning.
Both teams will play again tomorrow at 4 p.m. (a change from the original 7:15 p.m. start) and the game will not be broadcast.
NMSU 120-000-500-00---8-13-3 USC 200-105-000-01---9-12-1