Trojan Bats Come Alive In 15-9 Win At Pacific
March 21, 2010
STOCKTON, Calif. - The USC baseball team posted season-highs for runs and hits Sunday as the Trojans salvaged a non-conference win in the 15-9 victory over the Pacific Tigers. The Trojans used four home runs as part of a 21-hit attack, including two home runs by freshman designated hitter Cade Kreuter and one by Ricky Oropesa, who hit his second in as many games.
Brandon Garcia (Las Vegas, Nev.) earned his first collegiate win with 4 1/3 innings in relief, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Kreuter finished 3-for-6 with the two home runs and four RBI. Joe De Pinto went 4-for-6 with a double while Alex Sherrod was 4-for-6 at the plate as well. Matt Foat recorded five RBI for the Trojans (10-10).
Jake Hummel took the loss for Pacific (12-7) after he threw two scoreless innings in relief on Friday. Hummel allowed seven runs in 1 2/3 innings while USC starter Kevin Couture gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. J.B. Brown went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI for the Tigers, who won two of three games in the series after an 8-2 win on Friday and 6-5 win last night.
Kreuter lifted his third homer of the season with a two-run shot to left as the Trojans opened the second inning with four consecutive hits. Alex Glenn's sacrifice fly brought home the third run and back-to-back walks to Taylor Wrenn and Ricky Oropesa loaded the bases for Foat. After drawing a full count, Foat hit a grounder under J.B. Brown's glove for the three-run single. Kreuter added another RBI single as the Trojans put up seven runs in the inning.
Three more runs in the fifth gave USC the commanding 11-2 lead, but the Tigers fought back with five runs in the fifth. Garcia entered the game with runners at first and third, getting a ground ball from Ben Gorang to get out of the jam and keep the Trojans ahead. Neither team scored in the seventh and eighth innings, but USC led off the ninth on back-to-back blasts by Oropesa and Foat to complete the scoring.
USC hosts Pepperdine in a non-conference game on Tuesday (March 23) at 6:30 p.m. before beginning Pac-10 Conference play next weekend at Stanford. All four games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com with a video webcast only for the Pepperdine game.
Notes: The Trojans set then-season highs last Sunday at Hawai'i with 12 runs and 17 hits...the seven-run second matched the Trojans' similar seven-run inning on March 2nd at Long Beach State (3rd inning)...Cade Kreuter was the first Trojan to hit two homers in a game since Robert Stock (vs. Loyola Marymount-May 23, 2009)...Ricky Oropesa and Matt Foat's back-to-back homers in the ninth was the first time USC went back-to-back since Derek Perren and Mike Roskopf did so on March 29, 2008, at Arizona State (6th inning)...Ricky Oropesa became the first Trojan to walk four times in a game since Robert Stock (vs. Arizona State - March 30, 2008).
USC 070-132-002---15-21-2UOP 011-052-000---9-14-2
WP - Garcia (1-1) LP - Hummel (2-1)T - 2:54 ATT - 1,201Records: USC (10-10), Pacific (12-7)
Couture, Garcia (5) and Roundtree.Hummel, Neimeyer (2), Prado Matthews (5), Richardson (5) and Oliveira.
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