USC Uses 16 Runs In Season-Opening Win At Florida International

Feb. 22, 2008

MIAMI - Senior designated hitter Mike Roskopf (Prescott, Ariz./North Carolina State) capped a six-run third inning Friday with a grand slam as the USC Trojans opened the 2008 season with a 16-9 victory against the Florida International Golden Panthers. Roskopf finished with a 3-for-5 performance and five RBI as the Trojans matched their highest total for a season opener since 1998 when USC defeated Long Beach State, 16-4.

The Trojans hammered out 16 hits with three-hit nights from center fielder Nick Buss, right fielder/first baseman Anthony Vasquez and third base/shortstop Hector Rabago. Vasquez and Buss later homered in back-to-back at-bats for the Trojans, who only had 25 home runs as a team last season.

Sophomore right-hander Brad Boxberger (Tustin/Foothill HS) earned the win, allowing four runs in five innings. All four runs came in the FIU fourth after Boxberger threw three no-hit innings with five strikeouts.

Derek Perren led off the USC third with the first of two doubles on the night, rifling a ball down the right field line. After Rabago sacrificed him to third and Vasquez reached first by being hit on a Chris Allen pitch, Buss hit an RBI single to left. Grant Green, who left the game in the fourth with a pulled muscle, hit an RBI single to left for a 2-0 lead. Roskopf then hit an opposite line-drive grand slam off the scoreboard in left for the 6-0 lead. The Trojans took advantage of a two-run error by FIU second baseman Ryan Mollica in the fourth for a commanding 10-0 advantage.

The series continues tomorrow at 7 p.m. Eastern (4 p.m. Pacific) with the finale on Sunday (Feb. 24) at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific). Both games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com with live stats and video webcast at fiusports.com.

Game notes: Green is listed as day-to-day...the starting 7-8-9 players in the Trojans' lineup (Perren, Rabago and Vasquez) were a combined 8-for-12 with eight runs scored and four RBI...Adam Dedeaux, grandson of the late Rod Dedeaux, made his collegiate debut, pitching in the ninth inning for the Trojans...the most runs scored by USC in a season opener was 1936 when the Trojans scored 25 runs against Loyola.

USC	 006-410-500---16-16-1FIU	 000-400-122---9-11-3

WP - Boxberger (1-0) LP - Allen (0-1)T - 3:18 ATT - 1,057Records: USC (1-0), FIU (0-1)

Boxberger, Couture, (6), Urso (8), Dedeaux (9) and Stock, Castillo (7).Allen, Lajiness (4), Martinez (7), Marban (9) and Mirabal, Rodriguez (9).

  
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