USC Takes Four-Game Series With 10-2 Win Against Winthrop

March 16, 2009

LOS ANGELES - Redshirt freshman Andrew Triggs (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) made his first collegiate start and threw seven innings to earn the win Monday as the USC Trojans beat the Winthrop Eagles, 10-2, in the final game of the four-game nonconference series. Triggs, who celebrated his 20th birthday today, allowed only two runs (one earned) on six hits as the Trojans (7-8), won the series three games to one.

The Trojans broke the game open with a seven-run sixth inning. The top three batters in the USC lineup of Joe De Pinto, Grant Green and Anthony Vasquez produced three hits each with Vasquez recording two doubles.

Vazquez hit a sacrifice fly in the first for the first run of the game. Winthrop (11-6) answered with two run in the second. With runners at first and second, Tyler McBride hit a ground ball to first. Keith Castillo tried to turn the double play, but his throw to second bounced off Garrett Koster's back which allowed Sean Sullivan to score. Koster later scored on Kevin Nolan's sacrifice fly. Hector Rabago tied it at 2-2 with an RBI groundout in the fourth.

In the sixth, the Trojans sent 12 batters to the plate and knocked out Winthrop starter Robert Lake (3-1), who gave up nine runs on nine hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Robert Stock was intentionally walked to put runners at first and second. Rabago then singled to center to bring home Green from second and a fielding error by Bryn Henderson during the play put runners at second and third. Ricky Oropesa was then walked intentionally to load the bases, but Lake walked Castillo to bring home another run. A passed ball charged to catcher Chas Crane and a wild pitch by Lake added two more runs and De Pinto later hit an RBI double, along with an RBI single from Green.

USC opens Pac-10 Conference play next weekend at Dedeaux Field against UCLA, Saturday-Monday (March 21-23). Saturday and Sunday's game starts at 2 p.m. with a 6 p.m. start on Monday. All three games will be broadcast live through a video webcast on usctrojans.com.

Notes: USC recorded six runs or more in an inning in its third straight game...the Trojans are now batting .253 on the season...USC batted .331 in the four-game series against Winthrop...freshman Ricky Oropesa batted .583 (7-for-12) in the series with a home run and six RBI.

WU	 020-000-000---2-6-1USC	 100-107-01x---10-12-1

WP - Triggs (1-0) LP - Lake (3-1)T - 2:31 ATT - 140Records: Winthrop (11-6), USC (7-8)

Lake, Hough (6), Mizenko (8), Yoder (8) and Murrian, Crane (6).Triggs, Cooper (8), Smith (9) and Stock.

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