Trojan Bats Lead The Way In 9-2 Win At Winthrop

March 8, 2008

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Senior Roberto Lopez (La Mesa/Rancho Bernardo HS) led off the game with a home run as part of a 3-for-5 day Saturday as the USC Trojans took their second straight game over the host Winthrop Eagles with the 9-2 decision. Lopez's leadoff homer started a five-run first inning as the Trojans knocked out WU starter Billy Tinsley after he allowed five runs on six hits.

USC (8-4) banged out a season-high 17 hits on the afternoon as sophomore right-hander Kevin Couture (Coronado/Coronado HS) threw seven strong innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

Mike Roskopf and Hector Rabago also posted three-hit performances for USC.

With winds in Rock Hill gusting to 40 miles per hour, Lopez hammered a 1-1 pitch to left against the grain for his first homer of the season in the Trojan first. Nick Buss singled and stole second before scoring on Perren's single. Roskopf then blasted an RBI double to right and advanced to third on a throwing error. He scored on Rabago's single to left. Billy Pinkerton moved Rabago to third on a single and Robert Stock plated Rabago on an RBI sacrifice fly to left for the 5-0 lead.

USC added two runs in the third and a run each in the fourth and fifth innings for the commanding 9-1 advantage. Couture retired the side in order three times and induced two key double plays as the Trojans used high school teammates (St. Mark's School in Dallas, Texas) Jordan Hershiser and Philip Urso to finish the victory in relief.

The Trojans will go for the series sweep tomorrow with a noon start Eastern time. Sunday's game will be broadcast live, along with Gametracker live stats, on

Notes: This is USC's first-ever meeting against Winthrop and first trip to Rock Hill...the Trojans will have a chance for their second series sweep after opening the 2008 season with a road sweep at Florida International...Roberto Lopez extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games (his previous high was four games)...during Lopez's streak, he is batting .467 (21-for-45) with 10 runs scored, five doubles and 10 RBI...through 12 games, the Trojans have hit 13 home runs compared to 25 home runs for the entire 2007 season...Tommy Milone is 2-0 this season with a 2.00 ERA (18 IP, 15 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 20 SO, .211 OBA) while Kevin Couture is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA (19 IP, 12 H, 7 ER, 7 BB, 17 SO, .182 OBA)...the Trojans are now batting .301 as a team with three players batting over .400 (Lopez-.457, Derek Perren-.410 and Anthony Vasquez-.400)...opponents are hitting just .243 this season against the Trojans.

USC	 502-110-000---9-17-1WU	 001-000-100---2-6-0

WP - Couture (1-0) LP - Tinsley (2-1)T - 2:23 ATT - 449Records: USC (8-4), WU (3-7)

Couture, Hershiser (8), Urso (9) and Stock, Salinas (8).Tinsley, Lake (1), Yoder (5), Reid (7), Bradwell (9) and Murrian, Froehlich (8).

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