No. 3 Arizona State Defeats USC, 5-4, In Pac-10 Opener
April 16, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - Jordan Swagerty struck out Joe De Pinto with the tying run at second in the top of the ninth Friday as the No. 3 Arizona State Sun Devils held on for the 5-4 victory over the USC Trojans. De Pinto, who had a 3-for-5 night with one RBI, was the only batter Swagerty faced to pick up his ninth save of the season as Arizona State (29-3, 7-3) is now in first place in the Pac-10 Conference after Washington recorded the 7-3 win at California earlier today.
USC (15-18, 2-8) limited an ASU team to five hits on the night as the Sun Devils entered tonight with a .346 batting average, but it was three errors that led to three unearned runs that proved to be the difference.
Seth Blair improved to 6-0 for Arizona State, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Andrew Triggs (1-6) took the loss, giving up five runs in five innings (two earned) while Brandon Garcia and Chris Mezger combined for three scoreless innings of relief.
De Pinto and Ricky Oropesa recorded back-to-back doubles in the first to produce the Trojans' first run. In the bottom of the second, Arizona State loaded the bases with no outs. Johnny Ruettiger lined a double play to Oropesa at first, but Raoul Torres lined a 1-2 pitch from Triggs up the middle for the 2-1 Sun Devil lead.
Riccio Torres reached in the fourth on a Matt Hart throwing error and Matt Newman walked. A Triggs wild pitch moved the runners up for Zach Wilson, who made it a 3-1 score with an RBI groundout. Ruettiger then brought home Newman with a single to right. Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run, his fourth of the season, in the fifth as ASU led, 5-1.
In the sixth, the Trojans got leadoff back-to-back singles from De Pinto and Oropesa. Both runners advanced on a passed ball against Austin Barnes and Matt Foat plated De Pinto on an RBI groundout. Alex Sherrod then hit a grounder that shortstop Drew Maggi pulled Riccio Torrez off the bag at first as Oropesa scored to cut the deficit to two. De Pinto hit an RBI single in the seventh for the 5-4 score, but the Trojans were unable to complete the rally.
The series continues tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. with a 12:30 start on Sunday for the series finale. Both games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
USC 100-002-100---4-7-3ASU 020-210-00x---5-5-1
WP - Blair (6-0) LP - Triggs (1-6) S - Swagerty (1)T - 2:45 ATT - 4,279Records: USC (15-18, 2-8), Arizona State (29-3, 7-3)
Triggs, Garcia (6), Mezger (7) and Roundtree.Blair, Lambson (7), Swagerty (9) and Barnes.