USC Baseball Rallies for Seven Late Runs to Beat San Jose State, 7-6
LOS ANGELES – The USC baseball team scored five runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to erase a 5-0 deficit and beat San Jose State 7-6 on Friday night at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojan offense had been silent all night before coming alive for six hits and seven runs in the final two frames, moving USC to 15-8 and dropping the Spartans to 14-13.
San Jose State scored a run in five of the first seven innings to take a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, with the Trojans getting just one runner past first to that point.
After a hit-by-pitch gave USC a runner to lead off the inning, Garret Guillemette kicked off the rally with a double into left to give the Trojans two men in scoring position. Trevor Halsema really got things going with a three-run shot to left that sparked both the USC dugout and stands.
After a walk to Tyler Lozano following the home run, Johnny Olmstead doubled and USC once again had runners on second and third. Nick Lopez brought home a run with a groundout before Rhylan Thomas tied the game at 5-5 on a sacrifice fly to left.
Carson Lambert came in and tossed a scoreless top of the eighth, striking out two batters and bringing the USC bats back up. Tyresse Turner picked up right where the Trojan offense left off, doubling to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Adrian Colon-Rosado singled him home to put USC ahead for the first time in the game and after Halsema singled to advance Colon-Rosado to third, Lozano's sacrifice fly brought him home for what ended up being the winning run.
Matt Keating picked up the save, working around a leadoff double and later sacrifice fly to end the contest on a strikeout.
It was the seventh time this season USC has scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning or later.
- Trevor Halsema: 3-for-4, 3-R HR
- Rhylan Thomas: 3-for-3, RBI, SF
- Carson Lambert: 1.0 IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
- Toby Spach: 1.1 IP, 0H, 0ER, BB
The Trojans and Spartans are back at it on Saturday at 2 p.m. before closing things out on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on Pac-12+ via USCTrojans.com.