USC Baseball Takes Down No. 15 Oregon, 9-5, in Series Opener
LOS ANGELES – The USC baseball team took down No. 15-ranked and Pac-12 co-leaders Oregon, 9-5, on Friday night in the series opener between the teams.
USC erased an early deficit with a four-run fifth inning and then tacked on two more in both the seventh and eighth to pick up the win and move to 17-11 overall and 6-4 in Pac-12 play. Oregon falls to 20-8, 6-4. The Trojans have now won five in a row.
The Ducks took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth after runs in the first, fourth and top of the fifth. USC led off the home half of the inning with a single and a walk, then got an RBI single from Rhylan Thomas and run-scoring double from Tyresse Turner to cut into the Oregon lead. The Trojans tied the game thanks to an RBI groundout by D'Andre Smith and then plated the go-ahead run on a triple by Ben Ramirez.
Ramirez drove in four runs on the day for his second four-RBI game in the last two weeks. The junior third-baseman had an RBI groundout in the fourth and then capped the USC scoring with a two-run double in the eighth.
Turner gave the Trojans some breathing room in the seventh, hitting a two-run bomb to make it 7-4.
Garrett Clarke picked up the win in relief after tossing 3.0 innings in which he scattered six hits and gave up one run. Quentin Longrie notched the save after entering in the seventh with the score 5-4. Longrie got a double-play ball to get out of a bases-loaded jam for USC in the seventh and would give up one run and one hit the rest of the way. It was his first save of the year.
Friday's game was only the third time this year Oregon had given up at least nine runs in a game. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Ducks.
- Garrett Clarke: W, 3.0 IP, 6H, ER, BB
- Quentin Longrie: S, 2.2 IP, H, ER, 2BB, 3K
- Ben Ramirez: 2-for-4, 4 RBI, 2B, 3B, BB
- Tyresse Turner: 2-for-4, 3 RBI, 2R, 2-R HR, 2B
USC continues its series with Oregon tomorrow at 2 p.m. before wrapping things up on Sunday at noon. Saturday's game will be streamed live, while Sunday's game will have an audio only stream on USCTrojans.com.