USC Baseball Drops 11-Inning Slugfest at LMU
LOS ANGELES – The USC baseball team fell 9-8 in 11 innings at LMU as the teams combined for 35 hits in the nearly four hour game.
The loss drops the Trojans to 2-1, while LMU moves to 1-2.
USC had a chance to win it in the ninth, but an error allowed the Lions to score a run and force extra innings. Kenny Oyama would come through with the game-winning single in the 11th for the home team.
Clay Owens hit two homers in the game and Nate Clow hit his first career home with a three-run shot. The Trojans jumped ahead early, but the lead traded hands five times before the game was up. Owens' homer in the first made it 2-0 and after LMU put up two runs in each of the first two innings themselves, Clow's three run shot again gave USC the lead back. Owens also homered in the third as part of a four-run frame.
LMU scored once in the third and then regained the lead with two runs in the fourth, making it a 7-6 game. USC scored once in the fifth and sixth, and would take an 8-7 lead into the ninth before the Lions tied it up and eventually won.
USC used seven pitchers on the day and LMU used five. Jason Starrels suffered the loss for USC and Owen Hackman picked up the win for the Lions. Four of LMU's nine runs on the day were unearned.
- Clay Owens: 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 runs scored, 1 BB
- Nate Clow: 2-for-6, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 run scored
- Bart West: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 run scored
- Kyle Wisch, Quentin Longrie and Gus Culpo each had scoreless relief outings of at least 1.0 inning.
The Trojans host Cal Poly for a three game series starting on Friday.