Dominant Pitching, Timely Hitting and Defense Lead USC Baseball to 4-2 Win Over Utah
LOS ANGELES – The USC baseball team got back in the win column with a 4-2 victory over Utah on Sunday afternoon at Dedeaux Field.
The Trojans scored three runs in the fifth and the USC pitching staff gave up just one earned run on the day as the Trojans improve to 19-18 overall and 5-13 in Pac-12 play. Utah falls to 23-15-1 overall on the season and 9-9 in conference action.
USC broke the scoring open with a three-run fifth, getting RBI singles rom Nick Lopez and Rhylan Thomas, and capitalizing on a couple Ute errors.
Utah came back with a solo-homer by Chase Anderson in the top of the sixth, but an inning-ending double-play by the Trojans limited the damage. The Utes then cut it to a 3-2 game in the seventh when Kai Roberts beat out a double-play ball and allowed a run to score.
The visitors got the tying run to third with one out in the eighth, but Kyle Wisch induced groundouts to short and first to strand him there and keep the Trojans in front. Utah then had runners on second and third in the ninth, but Trevor Halsema made a diving grab in left to strand the runners and end the game.
D'Andre Smith hit his fifth homer of the year in the eighth to make it a 4-2 game heading to the ninth.
Charlie Hurley tossed 6.1 innings in the start, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits. Ethan Reed got the final two outs of the seventh, then Wisch tossed a scoreless eighth and Matt Keating picked up his sixth save of the year with a scoreless ninth.
- Rhylan Thomas: 2-for-4, RBI
- D'Andre Smtih: 2-for-4, solo-HR
- Charlie Hurley: W, 6.1 IP, 6H, 2R (1ER), 2BB, 3K
The Trojans host UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and then hit the road for Washington State next weekend. Tuesday's game will be streamed live on Pac-12+ via USCTrojans.com and all three games at Washington State will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.