Triggs Pitches USC To 10-3 Win Over Oregon
April 10, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Redshirt freshman right-hander Andrew Triggs (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy) threw his first complete game Friday as the USC Trojans defeated the Oregon Ducks, 10-3, to win their season-high fifth straight game. Triggs allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts and threw seven scoreless innings to finish the game.
USC improved to 16-14 on the season, 6-5 in Pac-10 play while Oregon fell to 12-19 on the season and 2-6 in conference.
Oregon starter Erik Stavert lasted four innings, allowing two runs on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
Caleb Tommasini led the game off with a single to left for the Ducks. Curtis Raulinaitis followed with a double down the third base line for runners at second and third. Eddy Rodriguez recorded the first run with a groundout to short and Danny Pulfer singled to right for the 2-0 Oregon lead. Oregon made it 3-0 when designated hitter Colby Sokol hit his first homer of the season with a solo shot in the second.
Oropesa got a run back in the second with a solo home run, his sixth of the season and second in as many games. The Trojans loaded the bases in the fifth with no outs, but Oropesa's sacrifice fly created the only run as reliever Bennett Whitmore struck out Robert Stock and retired Kevin Roundtree on a fly out.
O'Neill walked to lead off the Trojan seventh, advancing to third on a single by Vasquez. Oropesa was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Whitmore walked Stock to force in the tying run. Zack Thornton then entered the game for the Ducks and got Roundtree to hit a ground ball to short, but KC Serna was unable to find the handle and the error gave USC the lead at 4-3. Billy Pinkerton then singled home a run to right and the throw from right fielder Kenny Bartz sailed wide of the plate as the Trojans led by three, 6-3.
USC piled on four more runs in the eighth, thanks in part to Stock's two-run homer to right.
The series concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast through a live video webcast on usctrojans.com.
Notes: Grant Green and Anthony Vasquez extended their season-high hitting streaks to nine games each...Andrew Triggs threw USC's second complete game in a week (Robert Stock last Sunday at Arizona)...USC tied its longest win streak of five games in three years (May 11-18, 2008).
UO 210-000-000---3-7-3USC 010-010-44x---10-8-0
WP - Triggs (3-1) LP - Whitmore (1-5)T - 2:35 ATT - 422Records: Oregon (12-19, 2-6), USC (16-14, 6-5)
Stavert, Whitmore (5), Thornton (7) and Karraker.Triggs and Stock.