No. 23 Cal Poly Defeats USC, 7-5
March 31, 2009
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Adam Buschini went 3-for-4 with a home run and five RBI Tuesday as the No. 23 Cal Poly Mustangs defeated the USC Trojans, 7-5, in a nonconference game at Baggett Stadium. Buschini's two-run single in the seventh broke a 4-4 tie as DJ Maudlin came into the ninth with the tying run at first to record his first save of the season.
Cal Poly is now 18-7 overall while USC fell to 11-13 on the season. The Mustangs snapped a six-game losing streak in the series against the Trojans.
Mark DiVencenzi threw two scoreless innings in relief to get the win for the Mustangs while USC freshman Chad Smith took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Green hit a solo home run in the first, his second of the year, as USC added another run to take the 2-0 lead. Ryan Lee led off the Cal Poly half with a triple off starter Kevin Couture and scored on Buschini's RBI double. D.J. Gentile followed with an RBI double of his own to tie the game at 2-2.
Buschini broke the tie in the third with a two-run shot to left, but the Trojans loaded the bases in the fourth and tied it on O'Neill's two-run single to left.
In the seventh, USC put runners at second and third with no outs, but DiVencenzi got Anthony Vasquez to pop up to short and struck out Robert Stock and Hector Rabago to end the threat. Cal Poly used the momentum to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh as Vasquez, who started in right field, came in to pitch. After striking out pinch-hitter Bobby Crocker, Buschini laced a 2-0 offering into left for the go-ahead runs.
Down by three in the ninth, O'Neill singled to left with one out and scored on Green's RBI double down the third base line. Vasquez grounded out to move Green to third and Stock walked to put runners at the corners before Maudlin came in and got Rabago to fly out to center for the final out.
USC travels to Arizona for a Pac-10 Conference series this weekend, Friday-Sunday (April 3-5). Friday's game starts at 7 p.m. local time with a 6 p.m. start on Saturday and noon start on Sunday. All three games will be broadcast live on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Hector Rabago made his first collegiate start at catcher for tonight's game...Rabago made several strong defensive plays, including a pickoff of Ryan Lee at second and throwing out Kyle Smith at second after a Chad Smith pitch bounced in the dirt, away from Rabago...After a slow start at the plate this season, preseason first team All-America shortstop Grant Green has recorded three hits in four of his last nine games...Mike O'Neill recorded his first career three-hit game for the Trojans this evening...Cal Poly was without the services of its two top hitters, Wes Dorrell and Matt Jensen, in tonight's game...Dorrell was out with the flu and Jensen was scratched before the first pitch, also with flu-like symptoms.
USC 200-200-001---5-10-1CP 202-000-21x---7-10-2
WP - DeVincenzi (3-0) LP - Smith (2-2) S - Maudlin (1)T - 3:12 ATT - 1,463Records: USC (11-13), Cal Poly (18-7)
Couture, Smith (4), Vasquez (7) and Rabago, Stock (7).Eskew, DeVincenzi (6), Massingham (8), Maudlin (9) and Brayton.