USC Baseball Rallies For Four Runs in the Ninth to Beat No. 10 UCLA
LOS ANGELES – The USC baseball team rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat No. 10 UCLA at home on Friday night at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans loaded the bases and scored on a walk before Jamal O'Guinn tied the game with a single to left. It would be a throwing error on a Rhylan Thomas grounder that ended things, as Tyler Pritchard scored the winning run.
USC improves to 10-7 overall and 4-0 in Pac-12 play with the victory, while the Bruins fall to 13-7, 2-2. The Trojans have now won seven of their last eight contests.
USC trailed 4-1 heading into the final frame after the Bruins scored two runs in the seventh inning to pad their lead. John Thomas led off the ninth with an infield single and then USC worked two walks sandwiched around two outs to load the bases. Down to their final out, Pritchard drew the bases-loaded walk, setting up O'Guinn who drove a ball into left field to tie the game at 4-4. After UCLA went to the bullpen, Thomas hit a bouncing ball to short, but the throw came in high and allowed Pritchard to score and the Trojans to celebrate.
Garrett Clarke picked up the win as the pitcher of record in the ninth, after tossing three innings of relief. Starter Isaac Esqueda ended up with a no-decision, giving up two runs in 6.0 innings on the day.
UCLA scored first in the game, getting a run in the second, but the Trojans responded in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI double from Ben Ramirez. The visiting Bruins broke the tie with an RBI from JT Schwartz in the fifth, before adding two in the seventh.
- Jamal O'Guinn: 2-run game-tying single in the 9th
- John Thomas: 2-for-4, 2 runs scored
- Tyler Pritchard: 1-for-3, RBI, run, BB
- Isaac Esqueda: 6.0 IP, 6H, 2R, 3BB, 5K
The Trojans continue their home series with UCLA on Saturday at 6 p.m. and then wrap things up on Sunday at 4 p.m. Both games will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
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