Washington Holds On For 9-7 Win At USC
May 28, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Zach Clem retired Adam Landecker, who represented the winning run, on a groundout in the bottom of the ninth Friday as the Washington Huskies held on for the 9-7 win over the USC Trojans in a Pac-10 Conference game. The Huskies won despite a record night from USC sophomore Ricky Oropesa (Rancho Cucamonga/Etiwanda HS), who belted three home runs in the game.
Oropesa finished 4-for-5 with a double, three home runs and five RBI to make some personal history for the Trojans (26-32, 5-20). He recorded his first career three-homer game, the first Trojan to do so since Jeff Clement (vs. Washington State - May 16, 2003). It was the third time in his career that Oropesa registered two or more home runs in a game.
With 19 home runs on the season, Oropesa broke into USC's single-season list and is now tied for seventh with Mark McGwire (1983). He also broke into the USC career top ten list as he is now tied for ninth place with 32 home runs with Pat Harrison (1966-68) and Brad Ticehurst (1996-99).
Pierce Rankin led the Huskies (28-26, 11-14) with a 2-for-5 night with a home run and two RBI as Washington recorded its eighth straight victory over USC in the series. Adrian Gomez (4-1) got credit for the win with 2 2/3 innings in relief, allowing two runs on four hits as starter Adam Cimber went 4 1/3 innings. USC starter Ben Mount (5-6) allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings of work.
Oropesa hit a solo shot in the first for the early 1-0 lead for the Trojans. The Huskies responded with a two-out, two-run rally in the second. Troy Scott singled and stole second, later scoring on David Bentrott's single to right. Bentrott stole second and scored on Julian Pollard's single to right to take the lead. Chase Anselment made it a 3-1 advantage by hitting his sixth home run of the season with a solo shot to right.
In the bottom of the third, Oropesa doubled down the first base line and Keith Castillo was hit by a Cimber pitch for runners at first and second. Cade Kreuter then hit a sharp one-hopper that went over Bentrott's glove to score Oropesa, followed by Landecker's infield single to tie the game.
In the Washington fifth, Rankin hit his 10th homer on the year with a two-run shot to left and Troy Scott made it three home runs for the Huskies with his seventh on the season to right center. Doug Cherry was hit on a 1-2 count with two outs in the seventh, stealing second and scoring on Jacob Lamb's single for a 7-3 lead for UW.
Mike O'Neill hit an infield single with one out in the seventh and Oropesa hit his second homer of the evening with the two-run shot off the scoreboard in right to cut the deficit to 7-5. Washington scored twice in the ninth with Rankin tripled off the fence in right, scoring on pinch-hitter Max Kwan's single when the Trojans used a drawn-in infield with five players. Pinch-runner Andy Bethel stole second and advanced to third on Scott's grounder to the right side. Bradley Boyer gave UW a four-run lead by singling to center on a 1-2 pitch from Ryan Cabral.
In the bottom of the ninth, O'Neill walked to lead off the inning against Clem. After striking out Joe De Pinto, Oropesa hammered his third round-tripper of the contest to left center to cut the lead again to two runs. Clem then hit Castillo with a pitch, but then struck out Kreuter looking for the second out. Pinch-hitter Brandon Garcia drew a walk to put the tying run on at first, but Clem induced a soft grounder from Landecker that Lamb made the play on the run to close out the game for the Huskies.
The series continues tomorrow at 2 p.m. with a 1 p.m. start for Sunday's season finale. Both games will be broadcast through a live video webcast on usctrojans.com.
UW 021-031-002---9-14-1USC 102-000-202---7-11-1
WP - Gomez (4-1) LP - Mount (5-6) S - Clem (6)T - 3:22 ATT - 224Records: Washington (28-26, 11-14), USC (26-32, 5-20)
Cimber, Gomez (5), Clem (8) and Rankin.Mount, Odom (6), Douthit (8) and Cabral (9) and Roundtree, Castillo (9).