Long Beach State Scores In The Ninth For 5-4 Win
Feb. 22, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Derek Legg scored the eventual game-winning run in the top of the ninth Sunday while Charlie Ruiz threw 1 2/3 perfect innings in relief as the Long Beach State 49ers beat the USC Trojans, 5-4, at Dedeaux Field. The 49ers recorded 13 hits in the game after a combined seven hits in the first two games of the series.
Legg went 3-for-5 for the 49ers (1-2) with catcher Kellen Hoime also having a three-hit game. Ruiz earned the win after entering the game with runners at first and second in the eighth, but inducing ground outs by Joe De Pinto and Ricky Oropesa.
In the top of the third, Legg singled and third baseman Taylor Krick was hit by an Anthony Vasquez pitch before Devin Lohman delivered a two-run single to right.
USC shortstop Grant Green snapped his hitless streak on the season with a solo shot to left in the sixth. The Trojans loaded the bases after Krick's error on pitcher Jeff Lease's throw. A double play scored the tying run in Robert Stock and Krick got credit for another error off Oropesa's ground ball that gave USC the 3-2 lead.
The 49ers tied the game in the seventh after Jonathan Jones doubled to left and scored on Legg's RBI single. Long Beach State took the lead in the eighth after three consecutive singles was capped by Trever Blood's RBI single for the go-ahead run. USC would tie the game at 4-4 in the eighth after Green scored from third, thanks to Keith Castillo's infield single.
With one out in the ninth, the 49ers were able to load the bases off USC reliever Philip Urso (0-1). Lohman hit a ground ball to Castillo at first, who tagged the bag at first and threw to second for the double play, but Brandon Young made a heads-up play to get in a rundown and allow Legg to score. Krick was later thrown out at home for the final out, but not before the winning run had scored for the Dirtbags.
USC will host Pepperdine in nonconference action on Wednesday (Feb. 25) at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast by a live video webcast on usctrojans.com, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.
LBS 002-000-111---5-13-2USC 000-003-010---4-9-1
WP - Ruiz (1-0) LP - Urso (0-1)T - 3:01 ATT - 674Records: Long Beach State (1-2), USC (2-1)
Gagnon, Lease (6), Ruiz (8) and Hoime.Vasquez, Urso (8) and Stock.