First-Place No. 3 Arizona State Defeats USC, 5-3

April 17, 2010

TEMPE, Ariz. - The No. 3 Arizona State Sun Devils won its second straight Pac-10 Conference game on the weekend with the 5-3 win over the USC Trojans as every member of the starting lineup recorded at least one hit. The Sun Devils improved to 30-3 on the season and remain in first place in the conference, one game ahead of California with an 8-3 mark.

Jordan Swagerty, who started the game at catcher, became a pitcher with two outs in the top of the ninth and got the Trojans' tying run at the plate in pinch-hitter Mike O'Neill to ground out for his second save in as many games. Merrill Kelly (8-0) gave up three runs in seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Ben Mount (3-3) took the loss for USC (15-19, 2-9) after allowing five runs (four earned) on 12 hits in 6 2/3 innings. Ashton Kent was 2-for-3 with a home run for the Trojans.

The Sun Devils scored three runs on five singles after only having five hits in Friday's 4-3 victory. Joe De Pinto hit a two-run single in the fifth as the Trojans pulled to within one run. ASU made it 4-2 in the sixth with two outs after Swagerty and Raoul Torrez registered back-to-back doubles.

Kent launched his second homer of the season in the seventh for another one-run deficit. Kevin Roundtree singled and Adam Landecker walked with both runners later advancing on a wild pitch. ASU used its bullpen as Brady Rodgers struck out De Pinto and Jimmy Patterson got Ricky Oropesa to hit a high chopper to second. Deven Marrero made the game-saving catch on the one-hopper and retired Oropesa by a step to maintain the Sun Devils' lead. Mitchell Lambson struck out back-to-back Trojans in the ninth before pinch-hitter Keith Castillo laced a two-out single to left. ASU then made the pitching change as Swagerty closed the door.

The series concludes tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.

USC	 000-020-100---3-8-1ASU	 300-001-10x---5-12-0

WP - Kelly (8-0) LP - Mount (3-3) S - Swagerty (10)T - 2:51 ATT - 4,371Records: USC (15-19, 2-9), Arizona State (30-3, 8-3)

Mount, Mezger (7), Cabral (8) and Roundtree.Kelly, Rodgers (7), Patterson (7), Lambson (8), Swagerty (9) and Swagerty, Barnes (9).

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