USC Uses A Lucky Seven In 10-5 Win At Long Beach State

March 2, 2010

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Junior right-hander Chris Mezger (Boulder, Colo.) earned his first collegiate win with 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief Tuesday as the USC Trojans beat the Long Beach State Dirtbags, 10-5, in front of 1,192 at Blair Field. USC (3-4) got its best performance from the offense on the season, spurred by a seven-run third inning.

The Trojans got home runs from Alex Sherrod, Ashton Kent and Ricky Oropesa as both teams combined for five home runs in a normally pitcher-friendly ballpark.

Joe De Pinto and Matt Foat had two hits each with Kent going 2-for-4 with three RBI in his first start of the season.

Long Beach State (3-4) took a 3-0 lead in the second after Joey Terdoslavich tagged USC starter Brett Williams with a two-run homer to right center. In the top of the third, Branden Pinder walked Oropesa and allowed a single to De Pinto before Sherrod tied the game with a three-run blast off the top of the wall in right center. After shortstop Kirk Singer committed a fielding error, Kent made the Dirtbags pay with a three-run homer to left as Pinder was pinned for all seven runs.

The Dirtbags got to within four in the seventh, but with two outs and a 3-0 count to Steve Tinoco, designated hitter Devin Lohman tried to steal third before being gunned down by Trojan catcher Richard Stock for the third out. Oropesa then hit his second homer of the season with a line drive shot over center field. Mezger later got pinch-hitter Tre Dennis to ground into the 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

Notes: USC snaps a three-game losing streak...the Trojans scored more runs in the third inning tonight than the six runs combined in three losses last weekend to Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and UCLA...Trojan head coach Chad Kreuter changed his starting lineup, inserting Ricky Oropesa as the leadoff hitter...Joe De Pinto became the third Trojan to start at shortstop this season with Ashton Kent making his first start of the season at second base...USC is now batting .293 as a team...the Trojans have committed only eight errors through the first seven games of the season for a .974 fielding percentage.

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WP - Mezger (1-0) LP - Pinder (2-0)T - 3:17 ATT - 1,192Records: USC (4-4), Long Beach State (3-4)

Williams, Mezger (5) and Stock.Pinder, Magallon (3), Trout (8), Donohue (8), Brown (9) and Hoime.

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