USC Baseball Falls in Series Finale to ASU, 9-8
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The USC baseball team let a late comeback slip away, falling to the Sun Devils 9-8 on Saturday afternoon.
USC scored three runs in the eighth to take the lead, but a four-run bottom half of the inning won it for ASU. The Trojans fall to 18-15 overall and 4-11 in Pac-12 play, while Arizona State improves to 18-19 overall and 8-7 in conference action.
The Trojans broke a 5-5 tie thanks to a two-run double from Rhylan Thomas and then Tyresse Turner followed with an RBI double of his own to make it 8-5. ASU hit two two-run homers in the bottom of the eighth, however, handing USC its third loss in the desert.
After falling behind 5-0 in the fourth inning, the Trojans scored in each of the next three innings to tie it up. D'Andre Smith singled home two runs in the fifth and then a single to center by Tyler Lozano in the sixth brought home two more runs to make it a one-run game. Adrian Colon-Rosado would bring home a run on an RBI groundout to tie the game at 5-5 in the seventh.
Jaden Agassi entered the game with runners on and a 4-0 deficit in the fourth, and after allowing an inherited runner to score, he shut down the ASU offense, throwing 4.0 solid innings of relief. The lone run charged to him came in after he exited the game.
- Rhylan Thomas: 2-for-4, 2RBI, R
- D'Andre Smith: 2-for-4, 2RBI, R
- Jaden Agassi: 4.0 IP, 2H, R, 0BB, 2K
The Trojans return to Southern California and head to Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday before hosting Utah for a three-game Pac-12 series starting next Friday. Tuesday's game will be shown live on ESPN+ and the series against Utah will be on the Pac-12 Network. Links to follow all games are available on the baseball schedule page at USCTrojans.com.