Jaden Agassi, Kyle Wisch Keep Arizona Bats Quiet in 6-1 Victory for USC Baseball
LOS ANGELES – Jaden Agassi and Kyle Wisch combined to hold Arizona to one run, and the Trojan bats made the most of their opportunities as the USC baseball team picked up a series-opening 6-1 win over the Wildcats on Friday night at Dedeaux Field.
Nick Lopez and D'Andre Smith both homered in the game as USC improves to 23-20 overall and 7-15 in Pac-12 play. Arizona moves to 32-16 overall and 13-9 in conference action on the season.
Agassi gave up just one run in 6.0 innings pitched while walking none and striking out a career-high six batters. Wisch tossed the final 3.0 innings, earning his first save of the year. Wisch struck out six of the 10 batters he faced on Friday, matching his career high.
Agassi stranded six batters through the first three innings, but settled in and retired 10 of the last 11 he faced, giving up his lone run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
USC broke through with a two-run single from Lopez in the fourth and then Rhylan Thomas made it 3-0 USC with an RBI single in the fifth. After the Wildcats' sacrifice fly in the sixth made it 3-1, Lopez's fifth homer of the year in the bottom half of the inning put USC back up by three. D'Andre Smith capped the scoring with a two-run shot to right in the seventh.
Smith had three hits and two RBI on the day and Lopez had two hits and three RBI. USC was held hitless through the first three innings, but finished the day with an efficient six runs on seven hits.
Wisch took over to start the seventh and was dominant until the final out. He faced one above the minimum and allowed just one hit in the ninth. He finished the game with his sixth strikeout, giving him two consecutive relief outing with six strikeouts.
USC pitchers did not allow a single walk in the game.
- Jaden Agassi: W, 6.0 IP, 5H, R, 0BB, 6K
- Kyle Wisch: S, 3.0 IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
- D'Andre Smith: 3-for-4, 2RBI, 2R, 2R-HR
- Nick Lopez: 2-for-3, 3RBI, R, BB, HR
The Trojans and Wildcats continue their series on Saturday at 2 p.m. and then close things out on Sunday at 2 p.m. Both games will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.