Pacific Holds On For 6-5 Win Over USC
March 20, 2010
STOCKTON, Calif. - John Haberman went 3-for-3 with two RBI, including the eventual winning run with an RBI single in the seventh, as the Pacific Tigers took its second straight game against the USC Trojans with the 6-5 victory. The Trojans had the tying run on with two outs in the ninth, but freshman pinch-runner Alex Glenn was cut down at second by Joe Oliveira's throw to end the game.
David Rowse (4-0) gave up four runs on 12 hits, but still earned the win for Pacific (12-6). Hunter Carnevale threw two innings of relief to earn his first save on the season. Nick Longmire went 3-for-4 with a home run and RBI for the Tigers.
Longmire greeted Ben Mount's first pitch of the game with a home run to right center. After striking out Brett Christopher and Brian Martin, Mike Walker hit a long solo shot to right for his fifth of the season and giving Pacific the 2-0 lead. The Tigers loaded the bases twice against Mount, but the sophomore was able to get out of both jams. Mount ended up with the no-decision, giving up four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
With the Tigers unable to score with the bases loaded in the second, the Trojans responded with a two-out rally in the third. Houts hit an RBI double to right center, scoring Joe De Pinto from first and Oropesa followed with a single under the glove of second baseman J.B. Brown into right field. Both teams traded runs in the fourth and sixth innings, adding to the back-and-forth nature of the game.
Rowse gave up a single to Houts in the seventh and double to Oropesa with no outs. He would come back to induce a pop-up from Matt Foat and Matt Hart followed with a line drive snared by Martin at first base. On a 1-2 count, Rowse hit Kreuter with a pitch to load the bases, but Roundtree hit a soft grounder to short as Martin was able to hang on the one-hop throw from Ben Gorang for the third out.
Martin led off the UOP seventh with a single, followed by Walker's double that bounced over Oropesa near the bag at first. Matt Fuson later lifted an RBI sacrifice fly to right before Haberman made it a two-run lead with a single to right, plating Walker.
Houts struck out in the top of the ninth against Carnevale before Oropesa launched his fifth homer on the year with the solo shot to right center. Foat grounded out to short and pinch-hitter Keith Castillo drew the full count walk. With pinch-hitter Richard Stock at the plate, Oliveira secured the win by throwing out Glenn at second as Gorang applied the tag to end the game.
The series concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Tonight's crowd of 1,433 set a new Pacific record for the most fans ever to watch a Tigers' home baseball game...Garret Houts is now batting .476 on the season...Ricky Oropesa now has 18 home runs in his USC career...Cade Kreuter bounced back after striking out three times in last night's game with three hits tonight...Pacific has recorded 27 hits so far in the series...this is USC's first series loss on the road in three tries after the Trojans entered the weekend with a 7-2 road mark.
USC 002-101-001---5-13-0UOP 200-101-20x---6-13-1
WP - Rowse (4-0) LP - Smith (1-3) S - Carnevale (1)T - 2:50 ATT - 1,433Records: USC (9-10), Pacific (12-6)
Mount, Smith (6) and Roundtree.Rowse, Carnevale (8) and Oliveira.
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