Arizona State Beats USC, 2-1, In Pac-10 Opener
March 27, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Josh Spence threw a complete game, giving up one unearned run with 10 strikeouts Friday, as the No. 3 Arizona State Sun Devils beat the USC Trojans, 2-1, at Dedeaux Field. Spence allowed seven hits and walked three to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Arizona State improved to 18-3 overall and remained perfect in Pac-10 Conference play, moving to 4-0. USC fell to 10-11 overall and 1-3 in conference.
Junior right-hander Brad Boxberger was the hard-luck loser (2-3) despite throwing a no-hitter through 5 1/3 innings. He finished with eight innings of work, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Anthony Vasquez reached on an error by ASU first baseman Riccio Torrez in the fourth. Spence quickly got two outs in the inning, but a catcher's interference was called against Carlos Ramirez on Billy Pinkerton's swing to keep the inning alive. Freshman Ricky Oropesa, who finished 2-for-4 in the game, laced an RBI single to left to give USC the 1-0 lead.
The Sun Devils finally got to Boxberger in the sixth after he had retired the side in four of the first five innings. Boxberger hit Raoul Torrez with a pitch and pinch-hitter Mike Leake broke the no-hitter with a bloop single to right. Jason Kipnis then hit a fly ball to deep center to score Torrez from third. Matt Newman then singled to right, moving Leake to third. Leake then scored the eventual winning run when Ramirez singled to left.
USC put runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth, but Spence induced a groundout from Grant Green for the final out.
The series continues tomorrow at 2 p.m. with the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast via a live video webcast on usctrojans.com. Saturday's game will be broadcast (using the Arizona State feed) on XM satellite radio on channel 193.
ASU 000-002-000---2-4-2USC 000-100-000---1-7-0
WP - Spence (5-0) LP - Boxberger (2-3)T - 2:30 ATT - 713Records: Arizona State (18-3, 4-0), USC (10-11, 1-3)
Spence and Ramirez.Boxberger, Cooper (9) and Stock.