USC Beats UC Riverside, 7-5
April 1, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore catcher/pitcher Robert Stock (Westlake Village/Agoura HS) threw 1 1/3 perfect innings with three strikeouts as the USC Trojans scored twice in the eighth for the 7-5 win against the UC Riverside Highlanders at Dedeaux Field. USC (12-14) scored the eventual game-winning run with the bases loaded and two outs after UCR first baseman Ryan Goetz was unable to handle Grant Green's ground ball.
Stock (1-0) came into the game with runners at first and second with two outs. UCR (7-15) sent the runner at first, but Stock did not bite on the play and with runners at second and third, he struck out Trevor Hairgrove to end the inning. Stock then hit a one-out single in the bottom of the eighth. Freshman third baseman Joe De Pinto later singled and center fielder Nick Buss walked to load the bases for Green, who provided the ground ball that brought home the winner.
At the plate, Stock went 3-for-4 with three singles to raise his season average to .365. Senior transfer Taylor Grigsby (Pacific Palisades/Cal) recorded his first hit as a Trojan on his way to a 3-for-4 night.
Brad Boxberger made the start for the Trojans, going three innings and allowing two unearned runs on one hit with no walks and three strikeouts. Freshman reliever Ryan Cabral went a season-high 4 2/3 innings with five strikeouts.
Carl Uhl opened the game with a grounder to short, but Green's errant throw put Uhl at second. After Joey Gonzales struck out and Uhl stole third during the out, Drew Garcia hit a grounder that went between senior first baseman Derek Perren's legs for the Highlanders' first run. With Garcia at second, Goetz followed with an RBI single to left as the two unearned runs led to a 2-0 UCR lead.
Nick Buss led off the Trojan third with a single to center, followed by a double by Green. Roberto Lopez hit a grounder to third as UCR third baseman Ben Price threw to home to retire Buss. Perren lifted a sacrifice fly to left, cutting the deficit to one before designated hitter Mike Roskopf slammed his fifth homer of the year with a two-run shot to right center.
Green's RBI single in the fourth made it a 4-2 Trojan lead, but the Highlanders responded with two runs in the fifth. Garcia's RBI single brought home Hairgrove from third and a Cabral wild pitch tied the game at four apiece as Uhl scored.
Both teams traded a run with UC Riverside making it a 5-5 game in the seventh when the Trojans could not complete a double play as Uhl scored from second.
USC travels to No. 17 San Diego for a nonconference game, starting at 3 p.m. The Trojans then play a Pac-10 series at No. 23 UCLA, Friday-Sunday (April 4-6). Friday's game starts at 6 p.m. with a 2 p.m. start on Saturday and 1 p.m. start on Sunday. All four games will be broadcast (audio only) on usctrojans.com.
UCR 200-020-100---5-6-1USC 003-101-02x---7-13-2
WP - Stock (1-0) LP - Applebee (1-4)T - 3:04 ATT - 257Records: UCR (7-15), USC (12-14)
Orozco, Applebee (4), Waite (8) and Opdyke.Boxberger, Cabral (4), Stock (8) and Stock, Salinas (8).