Walk This Way: No. 20 USC Stuns No. 13 Arizona State, 13-12
April 13, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - Cyle Hankerd (Covina/South Hills HS) drew a bases-loaded walk to cap a five-run ninth inning Thursday as the No. 20 USC Trojans stunned the No. 13 Arizona State Sun Devils, 13-12, in Pac-10 Conference action. The Trojans won their first game in 15 tries this season when they trailed after the eighth inning.
USC won its fifth straight game, improving to 22-14 overall. The Trojans are now 3 1/3 games ahead of Arizona State and Oregon State with an 8-2 conference record. ASU dropped to 25-11 overall, 4-3 in the Pac-10.
Steve Martlaro (1-0) earned the win for the Trojans with 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief while closer Paul Koss picked up his fifth save of the season by striking out the side in the ninth. He struck out ASU second baseman Eric Sogard to end the game after Sogard had reached safely in all five of his previous plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a double and triple.
The Trojans' rally was remarkable after they held an 8-1 lead in the sixth before the Sun Devils exploded for 10 runs to take the 11-8 lead. ASU added another run in the seventh and looked to close it out in the ninth but USC head coach Mike Gillespie used his bench to produce the rally.
Hankerd led off the ninth with a walk against Brett Bordes. Pinch hitter Josh Fogel laced a double to right and Baron Frost walked to load the bases. Zinicola entered the game and gave up a two-run double by pinch hitter Kyle Degener. Hector Estrella then grounded out to Zinicola and Darin Vieira struck out for the second out. With pinch runner Spencer Pabst at second, pinch hitter Roberto Lopez completed the comeback with a two-run single with a line drive to center. Matt Cusick singled up the middle and another walk to Blake Sharpe loaded the bases for Hankerd. Reliever Brady Martinez walked Hankerd for the go-ahead run.
Willy Fox walked in the bottom half of the ninth and advanced on a Koss wild pitch, but was stranded there after Koss got Colin Curtis and Sogard out on strikes.
Neither starter got past the sixth as USC's Ian Kennedy allowed eight runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings while ASU's Pat Bresnehan allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings.
ASU had 10 hits as part of the 10-run sixth inning with Ike Davis starting the rally with an RBI double, followed by a two-run homer from Preston Paramore to right center. The Sun Devils sent 14 batters to the plate.
In a matchup of two of the Pac-10 most prolific offenses, all 18 players for both starting lineups had at least one hit on the evening.
The Trojans scored four runs in the first, all with two outs. Sharpe, who was aboard on a walk, moved to second on a Bresnehan wild pitch. Daniel Perales then bounced a single up the middle, followed by Frost's two-run homer to left center. Lucas Duda doubled and Estrella singled Duda home. Both teams traded a run in the fourth before USC scored three times in the sixth.
The series continues tomorrow with a 7 p.m. game, concluding at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Both games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
USC 400-103-005---13-16-1ASU 000-10(10)-100---12-16-1
WP - Martlaro (1-0) LP - Zinicola (2-1) S - Koss (5)T - 3:55 ATT - 3,024Records: USC (22-14, 8-2), ASU (25-11, 4-3)
Kennedy, Parrow (6), Dunn (6), Zelenay (7), Martlaro (7), Koss (9) and Bowden, Salinas (9).Bresnehan, Satow (6), Barnette (6), Bordes (7), Zinicola (9), Martinez (9) and Paramore.